The Nautilus Brand Promise for Youth

Tokyo, Japan. March 31, 2014

Sochi Olympics Brings Special Emphasis to Youth Strength Training

The Sochi Winter Olympics will bring world attention to sports performance and highlight winning approaches to sports training.  As Olympians begin training at younger ages, youth strength training, after much research, is widely accepted as a key component to improved youth sports performance and reduction in injuries.

Dr. Wayne Westcott, author of five books on Nautilus strength training for youth, notes that “the most critical time for developing strong bones is during the childhood years.” He also cites research that indicates “strength training is about kids soccersix times more effective for building bones in pre-adolescent girls that it is even young, middle aged, or older women.”  Westcott also says that “contrary to the myth that strength training is detrimental to young bones, it is in fact the best way to develop a strong musculoskeletal system.” Youth strength studies “consistently show significant strength gains (15 to 100%) in preteens who complete a two-month Nautilus training program. Westcott writes, “Children, like women and seniors, respond favorably to strength exercise.”

A leading Japanese Olympic female figure skater stated, “Right now my goal is to make sure I have the physical strength to skate well until the very end, to be able to skate my programs in a way that satisfies me.” This approach correlates with Dr. Westcott’s recent study on female figure skaters (average age 10 years). After 10 weeks of training, the participants increased their overall strength by 67%, their vertical jump by 13% and their skating performances by “major proportions according to their coaches.”

The Nautilus Youth Skating Program recommends higher repetitions with moderate weight-loads to achieve maximum gains in the shortest amount of time. Westcott Youth Strength Trainingsays that “after 15 years of youth strength training programs with no injuries, we are confident this program is safe and beneficial, both physically and psychologically for children.”

Specifically addressing Japanese youth strength training programs, Dr. Westcott said, “children 12 years and older can train effectively on standard weight stack machines. Youth under 1.5 meters may require the addition of seat or back elevation pads to help align their joint axis of rotation with the machine axis of rotation, but can safely perform pulling and pressing movements using their arms and legs.”

Specific details of Dr. Westcott’s research are available at


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