The 3 BIGGEST Resistance Training Mistakes Parents Make With Their Young Athlete
If You Hope to Help Your Young Athlete Reach Their Athletic Potential, Make Sure You Avoid These Mistakes
Dear fellow parent,

We all want the best for our young athletes.

We want to hand them the tools to succeed.

We want to see that smile of excitement after they play a great game.

However, in my 10 plus years as a coach I’ve seen parents unknowingly make huge mistakes in trying to “help” their young athlete. 
Mistakes that held their child back from reaching his or her full athletic potential.

And sometimes ended in injury, embarrassment, and a loss of love for their sport.


Despite what you may think, or may have been told, ages 6-16 are critical formative years for athleticism.
But, most parents are not taking the steps to help their child capitalize on this crucial time correctly..

The decisions parents make for this young athlete during this time could be the difference between:
  • The athlete being fast and quick on their feet or their child being slow and heavy-footed
  • Their child being highly coordinated and agile or sloppy and awkward
  • Their young athlete being FILLED with passion for their sport, or loathing every game and practice they have to attend
To be clear, not every athlete can be the next Michael Jordan.

However there are steps you can take to help your young athlete maximize his or her potential.

And you can do this without being that parent who pressures their child so much that their child loses love for their sport, gets frustrated, and gives up.
Below, I’m going to share how you can help your young athlete reach their potential while avoiding the 3 BIG mistakes most parents make with their young athlete.

But first, I want to introduce myself...

My name is Chris Barnard.

A little over a decade ago, I got my start on being a strength and conditioning coach when I was training for the NFL Combine in Miami. I was at a park in Miami doing some field work. After I finished some young kids approached me and asked if I could train them to be like me.

I agreed.

Every day after I finished my field work, I took an hour and trained those kids.

That’s how my passion for helping young athletes achieve their goals was born.

And since then, it’s only grown stronger with experiences like:
  • An entire swim team (besides two kids) receiving full rides to colleges,
  • Turning an undersized high school kid into an NFL hopeful
  • Having NBA, NFL, and MLB players seek me out for training…
Plus a bunch more experiences like this that opened my mind to what’s possible with sound strength and conditioning (which isn’t so common)

And in my 10 plus years of coaching young athletes, I’ve noticed some HUGE mistakes parents make when trying to lead their young athlete towards unsuccess.

Mistakes that end up hurting the athlete’s development more than helping.

Three Mistakes Parents Make Trying to “Help” their Young Athlete

Mistake #1: Being too Cautious
I’ve met a lot of parents out there who are worried about their child getting injured,

Stunting their child’s growth,

Or over-exhausting their child when it comes to training.

These are very real concerns. 

However, if your child wants to be a successful athlete, and you want to do everything you can to help your young athlete succeed, there’s something you have to realize:
Ages 6-16 are critical formative years for a young athlete.

Your child develops most of their motor skills between these ages. These motor skills will serve as the foundation of his or her ability to perform certain tasks that are crucial to his or her sport.

If this window of opportunity closes before you are able to take advantage of it…

Your child will not reach their full athletic potential.

This is simple developmental science.
Between ages 6 and 16, a child is undergoing locomotor, manipulative, stability, muscular, and coordination developments. The nervous system will accelerate these developments based on the stimulus the young athlete faces.

If he’s lounging on the couch 4 hours a day, the body will adjust to that.

If he’s following a well-structured program with agility, reaction, and stability training, the body will adjust to the stimulus he faces accordingly.

In other words…

Your child’s body will adjust to the challenges it is presented with.

If your child is inactive, aside from a handful of practices or games, his body will reflect that as he grows older.

If your child is being presented with new challenges to adapt to, his performance will reflect that in later years.
The Fix:  Begin The Proper Training Early
Mistake #2: Specializing too Early
On the other end of the spectrum, we have parents who try to specialize their child too early.

This brings to mind the story of a local baseball pitcher. 

At age 14, he was the next best thing in the local area.
By age 16, he was burnt out, injured, and had lost passion for the game.


Simply specializing too early.

His parents decided to have a strength coach build a specialized plan to increase their child’s arm strength. 

The young man had pitching lessons multiple times a week.

He was also playing club ball and had tournaments nearly every weekend in the high school offseason.
All of the stress and repeated movement patterns built up in his body until he eventually needed surgery on his arm.

This happens more often than we’d like to admit.

And it’s puzzling that it happens over and over again because the science shows that specialization can be debilitating for a young athlete. 

Especially later in their career.

For example,

In a 2018 study on first round NBA First Round Draft Pick injury rates from 2008-2015, researchers found that draft picks who were single sport athletes in high school were nearly two times more likely to sustain a MAJOR injury than draft picks who were multi-sport athletes in high school.

That same study found that the Draft Picks who were single sport athletes in high school were more than THREE TIMES more likely to end their career early than Draft Picks who were multi sport athletes in high school.

Another study on the 2018 NFL Draft Class found that 88% of the picks were multi-sport athletes in high school.

And finally, a 2016 study on MLB players found that early specialization in MLB players was associated with higher rates of arm and shoulder injuries AND fewer games played in the MLB.

The point?

Early specialization can put your child at a massive disadvantage

It could lead to injury...

And worse:

Overdoing it could lead to burnout and a loss of love for whatever sport they’re playing.
The Fix:  Train for General Athleticism Until Age 18, THEN your young athlete can begin to specialize.
Mistake #3: Using “Traditional” Strength and Conditioning Knowledge to Train Your Child
If you’re like me, when it was time to ramp up for the season, you started by going for jogs around your block to “condition” yourself.

As you reached age 15. 16, you began to lift weights.

And if you’re like me when I was young, you threw more weight on the bar than you had business lifting.
You stuck to the traditional lifts - squat, bench, and deadlift…
And you didn’t care for much else.

Flash forward to today, and you may be giving your child the same advice.

This advice could be taking away from their athletic ability.

See, every person has a different makeup of fast twitch and slow twitch muscle fibers.
Fast twitch fibers are responsible for producing explosive movements like a sprint, a jump, or a heavy one rep max.

Slow twitch fibers play a big role in muscular endurance and long bouts of activity.

Obviously, most team sport athletes want more fast twitch fibers to gain an edge in competition.

Jump higher.

Sprint faster.

Outmuscle the competition.

The thing is, what you do between ages 6-16 determine what type of muscle fibers you’re predisposed to.

If your child is playing Fortnite, watching TV, jogging around the block or lifting weights in a slow manner, your child has a high likelihood of becoming slow twitch dominant.

That’s fine if your child wants to be a marathon runner, or a cyclist.

But, if they have a tendency towards baseball, basketball, football, tennis, wrestling, or another team sport, they’ll want the majority of their muscle fibers to be fast twitch.

That means you’ll want to train them with FAST, EXPLOSIVE movement.
The Fix:  Train FAST.

The Next Step In Training Your Young Athlete

Whether you’re guilty of making the mistakes I laid out above with your child or not…

One thing is clear.

If you want your child to excel, you need to get them started in training at an early age.

And chances are, you’re not going to get your Certified Strength and Conditioning Certification to learn the best way to train your child.

You’re not going to go out and get a Degree in Exercise Science from a University.

You’re not going to spend 10 years experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.

You just don’t have the time.

You need an expert.


There’s a Surprising Lack of Experts in This Area

Your local personal trainer probably isn’t the best pick for your child’s athletic future.

Even some highly effective Strength and Conditioning coaches DON’T have a system for developing young athletes.

They may cause more harm than good.

Over the past few months, I’ve come to realize this.

I’ve heard some real HORROR stories.

And that’s why, for the first time. I’ve decided to make my own youth performance methods available to the general public.

You can find them inside of...

The NEW Overtime Athletes
Youth Performance Program

The Overtime Athletes Youth Performance Program compiles the most effective training parameters for athletes ages 6-16, backed by in-field experience AND science.

Inside, you’ll receive:

3 Youth Training Programs Each Dedicated to One Stage of Youth Athletic Development:

Program #1:  Fundamental Stage Training Ages 6-9 (Motor Skills Training, Building Agility Balance, Coordination):
The focus of the Fundamental Stage Training Program is to introduce your young athlete to movements and force them to adapt.

In other words, this program will help your young athlete become proficient at general movement patterns like jumping, landing, sprinting, and changing directions.

This will help your young athlete avoid injury and have the ability to position themselves advantageously on the court or field.
Program #2:  Developmental Stage Training Ages 9-12 (Motor Skills Training, Strength, Movement Efficiency, Agility, Foundational Movement Patterns)
The window between ages 9-12 is one of the most important developmental periods for young athletes.

Young athletes at this age are primed to acquire general sports skills that are cornerstones of their performance.

Their training should be designed to take advantage of this window.

The Developmental Stage Training Program will begin to teach your child how to train.

Movements like squats, push-ups, pull-ups, and other movement patterns will be introduced while the movements from the previous program (sprints, jumping, changing direction) will be built upon.

This program will also introduce light resistance that your young athlete will move explosively to elicit the growth of fast twitch muscle fibers.
Program #3:  Advancement Stage Training Program Ages 12-16 (Strength, Agility, Power, Explosiveness, and Encouraging General Athleticism)
The final program of the Youth Performance Trio is the Advancement Stage Training Program.

In this program, we’ll throw more novel stimulus at your young athlete in the form of more intense weight training, more advanced plyometrics, speed drills, and agility drills.

The emphasis, however, is on building strength to increase power and explosiveness.
We’ll do this with loaded foundational movements.


Youth Performance Theory Videos (BONUS)
I’ve created a series of videos that dive deep into the theory behind Youth Performance. 

This is for parent who don't just want to know WHAT their athlete is doing, but also WHY they're doing it.
Youth Performance Program Walkthrough Videos (BONUS)
To help your young athlete go through the program, I've created walkthroughs that lay out exactly how to follow the program for the best results possible. This way there's no confusion or second guessing. You know exactly what to do to get the results you're after.
The OTA Exercise Database (BONUS)
When you get inside of Youth Performance, you’ll gain access to the new, updated OTA Exercise Database. Inside, you’ll find step by step demonstrations of each movement, exercise, and drill inside each program. This ensures your athlete is performing each movement with precision, intent, and full confidence in each movement's effectiveness.
Youth Performance Accelerator Call (BONUS)
I want your athlete to get results with Youth Performance as quickly as possible. And that means setting you on the right path, and answering all your questions from the jump. So when you join Youth Performance, I’m going to link you up with one of my coaches to get you the best start possible. 

The Overtime Athletes Ironclad One Year Guarantee

I’m absolutely certain Youth Performance will help your child reach new heights of athletic success.

In the past, the training methods inside of Youth Performance have helped young athletes become faster, more coordinated, and given them the tools they needed to excel in their sport.

I’m certain these methods will deliver the same results for YOUR young athlete.

In fact, I’m so certain your child will see results with the Youth Performance program that I’m willing to give you a risk-free one year trial run of Youth Performance.

This means:

If your child uses Youth Performance for up to one year and for some reason doesn’t see results….

Just shoot me an email at and I’ll grant you a full refund.


I’ll take things a step further and point you in a direction that will best support your child.

So, you can think of this as a trial run.

A risk-free endeavor.

Or a test-drive.

However you want to frame it, know your child is going to see results, or you pay nothing.

How many trainers in your area are willing to put their money with their mouth is?

Am I crazy?

Maybe, but I’ve also seen the powerful results that Youth Performance delivers time and time again.

You Have Two Choices

You know about everything that’s packed inside Youth Performance.

You know that you’re backed by a One YEAR Guarantee.

And you know that you can grab Youth Performance for much cheaper than even a single session with your local personal trainer (who probably doesn’t have the knowledge contained in Youth Performance)

Now, you have two choices.

You can take the information you learned above, 

Try and craft your own training program for your child.

Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t.

You’ll have no way of knowing until your child gets older.

(I wouldn’t want to take that gamble)


You can pay the special introductory price for Youth Performance…

Receive 3 World-Class training programs built specifically for your child’s ability level…

And see them THRIVE (or pay nothing).

Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

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What Price Are You Willing to Put on Your Child’s Success?

Ask yourself that…

What Price Am I Willing to Put on My Child’s Success?

Most parents look into training for their child because they want to see them succeed.

And imagine the levels of success your child will achieve when they have access to training programs tailored to their ability level, their specific needs, and their age.... A training program that capitalizes on the windows of opportunity in your child’s development.
Imagine the joy that will flood your child’s heart as he excels on the field or court and fills up the stat sheets.

Imagine how proud he will be when he wins the big game, gets that MVP trophy, and sees college scouts in the stands taking note of his every move.

Imagine other parents approaching you, asking you what you’ve been doing with your child, hoping to acquire that same success for their child.

When you reveal your secrets, they’ll see you as a good samaritan responsible for their child’s success too!

I’ve seen all of the scenarios above happen countless times, and I’m sure it will happen again.

You and your child could be the next success story.

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If your child is sixteen or younger, you should understand…

These are pivotal times for your child’s athletic development.

What you do with your child now will determine if you have a stud athlete, or a child who rides the bench.
They are a blank slate.

They’re a blank slate ready to respond and adapt to whatever stimulus you present them with.

If you present them with thoughtful programming designed to capitalize on their specific stage of development (like the training you’ll find in Youth Performance), they’ll most likely develop into an athletic elite in their age group.
But, if you leave their development in the hands of their coaches who have them jogging to get in shape, and doing push-ups to get strong (both proven to negatively impact your child’s muscle fiber composition)...

You’re playing roulette with their performance.

And can you really afford to wait until your child is in his final years of high school to see if their coach’s approach to training worked? Especially when you’ve seen how Youth Performance gives a young athlete exactly what he needs to reach their full athletic potential?

Can you imagine how heartbreaking it would be to see your child lose love for the game because he’s fallen behind the other kids his age?

If you’re like me, it’d be tragic.

But, when you grab Youth Performance, you can eliminate that thought from your mind…

Because Youth performance has been field tested to work…

And it’s backed by the most cutting-edge training science.

Grab your copy and see your child sprout into a star:
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