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    Training Youth Athletes: Lifting Weights with Young Kids

    Training Youth Athletes: Lifting Weights with Young Kids

    We don’t have a babysitting service at Garage Strength so young kids who train at our gym are treated with the same respect as any other paying client. However, kids are not just little adults, and the same workout that a teenager might be capable of on his first trip to Garage Strength is usually not appropriate for a child. Here are some ways we provide a quality workout for a child under 10.

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    Jordyn Makes Protein Cookies

    Jordyn Makes Protein Cookies

    This recipe is super simple and a big hit with gym fans and kids alike. They make for a great breakfast, post workout, or afternoon snack. Jordyn makes big batches of these and they never last long. Here is the recipe for those who requested.



    2 bananas

    1 cup quick oats

    1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

    1 scoop EFM Chocolate Protein

    Smash Bananas but leave semi-lumpy and mix with quick oats. Add EFM Protein. Finally mix in chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Baking these, "cookies" creates a desirable consistency, but the dough is perfectly safe to eat raw!



    Cococut: Mix in 1/2 cup shredded coconut with the chocolate chips. 

    PB (my favorite): Add 3-4 Tbsp natural peanut butter with the bananas. Proceed with the recipe.

    Thanks for sharing Jordyn!

    Nourishing Traditions Granola

    Nourishing Traditions Granola

    My brother uses the description, "crunchy granola" to describe the type of person who is overly health conscious or the vegan/vegetarian type. Something like this youtube girl with a channel named: Raw Alignment


    Granola however, is not really a health food. It is mostly loaded in sugar and fat. I can't claim my version is really a healthy, but its better than most granola you can purchase. It's a great topping for some unsweetened raw yogurt that is truly a health food, and mixed with some milk it makes for a delicious breakfast high in carbs and protein. Great for a morning workout.


    • 8 cups organic rolled oats
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
    • 1/4 cup whey (from the top of plain yogurt)
    • 1 Tbs spelt flour
    • 1 stick butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 3/4 cup maple syrup
    • 1/4 cane sugar or rapadura

    Mix first 5 ingredients and let sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours. This soaking process allows for the phytic acids that naturally occur in grains to break down. When grains are not soaked the phytic acid binds to minerals in the gastrointestinal tract and can not be absorbed in the intestine and to many bound minerals can lead to mineral deficiencies.

    Melt butter and mix in sugar, maple, and vanilla. Toss over oat mixture breaking up any lumps. Spread in layers and bake in a warm oven around 200 degrees. Stir every few hours. This can also be dried in a dehydrator. Drying time varies, usually around 6-8 hours.

    Chores Update

    Chores Update

    Warning! This is a gloating blog on our family's successful implementation of chores. My husband and I have had a great deal of success upholding our 5-year-old's daily chore responsibility and I am using this platform to brag a little. 

    The best part of Lincoln's daily wood chore is that it had become so routine that it is almost a non-issue. We have more fights over getting a pair of shoes and socks on each day than we do over getting wood for the fire. The chore has evolved since my last post. Lincoln began by using a wheelbarrow to bring 5 pieces of wood from a backyard pile to create a stack on the front porch. This went on through most of October and the beginning of November. When we started having regular fires Lincoln's chore was to bring in 10 pieces of wood from the front porch to the small stack we have inside of the house. On a few occasions we work together to load or unload a truck filled with wood at our house or the gym and Lincoln is expected to contribute. Tune in to Dane's daily vlog's to see our family stacking wood at the barn on our day off!

    Some days Lincoln does not do his chores. There are days when Lincoln is shuffled out the door at 8am and he does not return until 8pm. On these days we don't force the issue of completing the chore. And we also try not to expect a double duty to occur on the following day. We don't keep track of the days he does or does not complete the chore in a chart or calendar. And we also did not follow through with any long term reward. We act like he does the chore every day, and we don't bring it up if it doesn't get done.

    There is one reward that he receives on a regular basis. He gets to watch a video or play a game on the iPad when his chores are completed. This does not happen every day, but it does happen often enough for it to be motivating. When Lincoln asks to watch a video on the iPad he knows the response will always be, "Did you do your chores yet?" The other day Lincoln was home with our (totally awesome) babysitter, and when I got home around 6:30 pm there was a stack of 6-8 pieces lying next to the wood stove. I knew they weren't there when I left. When I asked Lincoln if he did his chores while the babysitter was here and he was proud to report that he did. This was a huge success in his independently taking responsibility for the task of providing heat for the family.

    I think the single most important part of our parenting success was upholding our expectations on a consistent basis. When we ask Lincoln, "Have you done your chore today?," he knows he needs to do it, and that's it. He will still try and bargain to do it later, but usually it gets done right away.

    Lincoln is beginning to understand that chores are about contributing. I am fortunate to have parents and in-laws who are tremendously helpful with taking care of our two kids. Now I can send Lincoln to his grandparents house I can suggest at drop-off that he offer to do some "chore" to help out. I am not sure how helpful he is, but at least I can hope that he is less of a pain in the ass than normal.

    What kind of success or failures have you had with implementing chores. How young is too young? I would love to get your thoughts and feedback!

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    Photo Credit: Chrissy from On the Road Photography