- Does my child have to be an Athlete (or training for a specific sport) to join your Athletic Development program?
No! We have members who are training for their physical health, mental health, fitness, sport, life, etc.
- Doesn’t resistance/weight training stunt growth?
No, yet this myth is still prevalent.
(“Weight training stunts growth like Basketball stimulates growth.”)
Here is the position stand of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association.
- Do you have experience with *the particular sport* my child competes in?
Short answer: probably (we’ve been employed by, or consulted, to 10 different state or national sporting organisations).
Longer answer: Sport Specific experience is over rated. At Propel, we take our young athletes through 3 phases.
- Healthy Person – where we focus on treating any injuries, niggles and ‘imbalances’.
- Healthy Athlete – the primary goal during this phase is to improve their general athleticism.
- Healthy Sports person – this is the time to become ‘sport specific’ and usually when the athlete is competing i) on the world stage ii) at the elite – not age-group – level.
- Can you help my child with nutrition?
Definitely! We believe nutrition should under-pin every aspect of training.
- Can you help my child with their attitude/mindset/ability to cope with pressure/etc?
In fact, our most common feedback from parents is how much their child’s mentality has improved!
- My child has no experience/never been in a gym before… Is this a problem?
No! We are often the first gym (Athletic development facility) almost all our young members have trained in.
And some have now been with us for 8 years!
- Why don’t you allow parents into the gym while their children are training?
One of the biggest predictors of the success of our member’s progress is their relationship with us: the stronger the relationship, the better the results.
And during the session is our time to build our relationship with your child.