Would TACFIT Commando be a good fit for teenage athletes? Find out in the Q+A below.
Hi John, My son just turned 14 but is 21olbs and 6ft….and growing. lol
He is very active in sport…soccer, football, tennis, golf, snowboarding, dirtbiking, and LaCrosse. He injured his ankles repeatedly a few years back and it still bothers him. Would this program a good fit for a teenager who is still growing? Any other recommendations? Thanks so much. – Lisa
Teenage athletes face more than one issue when it comes to health-first training. You can usually count on a few things that are working against them. They usually don’t get enough sleep, they are sedentary all day at school, and they usually don’t eat very well. So, there are a lot of things competing for their health, and it’s hard to say if throwing in an intense fitness program is the right choice. Adding more stress – even if it’s meant to be positive – could do more harm than good. You obviously want what’s best for your son, so here is what I would keep in mind before you make your decision.
TACFIT Commando is a very intense conditioning program, and I would not recommend it for teenage athletes during their sports seasons. Also, teenagers whom are not already familiar with exercise and don’t have a solid base of conditioning should probably not start with TACFIT Commando. It may be ok (ie not too risky) during the off-season when his overall physical activity is less, and if you’re going to go for it, then this is definitely the best time to do it. Given that he’s so active, if he doesn’t have an off-season from sports, then I’d definitely recommend against it. Talk with his coaches to see if there’s anything extra he can do – without overdoing it, which is a very common problem with youth athletics.
If you do choose to get it for him, I would make sure he understands that he needs to follow the entire program, with special emphasis on the warmups, cooldowns, and “off-day” sessions. He may be tempted to only do what seems like the “work” portion of the program, and skip or skimp on the active recovery techniques that are a fundamental part of the program. It’s more important for him to recover from the sessions than actually push to his max during the work portion of each session. He may even want to experiment with adding an extra low intensity day either before or after his moderate intensity day and see if that improves his recovery without diminishing his progress.
If that’s simply not possible, then there are a lot of other great programs out there that I could recommend based on what you’re looking for. Whatever your choice, if you do decide to invest in a CST program, be sure to have him signup for an account at the RMAXInternational.com forums to get personalized help from the CST Coaching Staff. There are so many variables at stake with any training program, and especially when it comes to youth training, and it’s best to over-prepare.
Check out my complete product review to learn more about TACFIT Commando.