Are you ready to get better, faster, and stronger? Between now and December 31st, sign up for your first month of membership at BlackWatch Sports Performance, and get the second month free! BlackWatch offers performance and fitness training for athletes of all ages and skill levels! Learn more about our programs below.
Elementary Performance (ages 7-10) – Unlimited 30-minute sessions that cover the basics of speed, agility, and strength in a safe and fun atmosphere
Youth Performance (middle school) – Unlimited 60-minute small group training sessions (4-6 athletes/trainer) that go through upper and lower body strength, speed, agility, core strength, and power
Competitive Performance (high school) – Unlimited 60 to 90 minute small-group training sessions (3-6 athletes/trainer) that address strength, speed, agility, core, and power while all being geared toward the individual athlete’s goal(s) and sport(s)
Elite Performance (college and professional) – Unlimited 90-minute semi-private training sessions (1-2 athletes/trainer) that are designed to help each athlete achieve his/her athletic goals and include strength, speed, power, agility, and endurance
Fit for Life (adults) – Unlimited 60-minute small group training classes centered on cardio and strength and designed to help each client reach his/her fitness goals
Exactly ONE month from today, BlackWatch Sports Performance will be hosting the Braveheart Challenge obstacle race at Oak Mountain State Park! This 6-7 mile trail run will include 15-20 obstacles – both physical and mental.
In order to make this event a success, we need your help! Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and food during the event. Volunteers are needed to guide runners, help supervise obstacles, man water stations, and more! High school students, check with your schools to see if you can apply this event to school service hour requirements.
To sign up to volunteer, click here!
If you have questions, please contact Ryan Elm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting this Monday, October 2nd, Coach Valeria Hackett will be coaching volleyball skills and play sessions for girls ages 10 to 13 at BlackWatch. All skill levels are welcome! Sessions will be 5:30-6:30 pm on the following days – Oct. 2nd, Oct. 9th, Oct. 16th, Oct. 23rd, Oct. 30th, and Nov. 6th.
Kids and weights — do they go together? Unless those weights are book bags, the most common answer is “no.” New studies, however, are pointing to a different answer.
By participating in resistance training, children can essentially get a leg-up on muscular fitness early in life. And, even though most parents know this, plenty of myths are still out there. We all agree that physical activity is good for our kids, but once weights come into the picture, hesitation sets in.
Aside from improving muscular strength, resistance training affords children the opportunity to practice movement skills and establish long-term physical development.
If you’re still on the fence about youth resistance training, let us dispel some rumors for you. Here are 5 myths you might have heard:
1. Resistance training can stunt child growth
Why it’s false: There’s no scientific evidence to support that resistance training stunts growth. If well-designed and supervised, resistance training can actually improve bone growth and development.
2. It’s unsafe
Why it’s false: Like any other intense physical activity, resistance training is only unsafe if it’s unsupervised. You wouldn’t let your child practice resistance training without an experienced coach just like you wouldn’t let your child play contact football without a helmet. Although accidents can happen, the key is in providing qualified instruction.
3. Youth need to be at least 12 years old to lift weight
Why it’s false: The only true requirement for youth resistance training is the ability to listen and follow instruction. When children are ready for organized sports — which usually happens at around age 7 or 8 — then they are ready to to be exposed to resistance training in a safe environment.
4. It makes girls bulky
Why it’s false: The only true effect of resistance training in young females is getting stronger — and that’s a good thing. While girls and boys react differently to this type of training, there is little evidence that resistance training will make girls bulky. Especially if the training is light and done daily, the outcome will be ideal.
5. Resistance training is only for young athletes
Why it’s false: Regular practice in resistance training can benefit any child — even those who are not on an athletic team. Resistance training builds strength for healthier body composition and improved physical skills. In fact, because the benefits are so many, resistance training is an encouraged behavior for children.
We hope this helped dispel some of the myths about youth resistance training. If you have any more questions, reach out to us and we will be more than happy to tell you about our programs and how they can improve your child’s physical strength.
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We have TWO Parents’ Night Outs in September! Mom and Dad – take a night to yourselves and drop your elementary and middle-school aged kids off with us for one or both PNO’s in September! You get some time alone, and your kids will enjoy sports, pizza, games, and fun from 5-8 pm! We will have one PNO on September 22nd and one on the 29th! Our PNO on September 22nd will be in support of Greystone Elementary School. The PNO on September 29th will benefit the Chelsea Middle School girls basketball team! Click on the date(s) below to register your child(ren)! The cost is $25 for 1 kid, $35 for 2 kids, and $45 for 3 kids. If you have any questions, please email or call.
Register here: September 22nd, September 29th
There are only two and half months left until Birmingham’s only obstacle race, the BlackWatch Braveheart Challenge, and we are excited to announce that we have reach 150 racers! From high school cheerleading teams to racers from Pennsylvania to family teams, we are excited about all of the individuals who will be joining us! If you haven’t signed up yet, registration can be found at www.braveheartrace.com. Race registration includes a t-shirt and a medal upon race finish.
If you haven’t heard about the Braveheart Challenge, it is a 6-7 mile obstacle run through the trails of Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday, October 28th. It will include various obstacles that test strength, stamina, speed, balance, and agility. There are two time classifications – “Competitive” for experienced obstacle runners and “Open” for those looking to run for fun. There will also be a 1-mile obstacle fun run for youth under the age of 14.
Registration is $70 for all adults now through race day and $40 for fun run racers. For teams of 5 or more adults, race registration is $50/racer. To get the team registration code or for further questions, call 205-518-6591.
Join us on Saturday, August 26th for our Fall Softball Clinics with former collegiate athletes from the University of Alabama and UAB – Chandler Dare, Jojo Fallen, and Cara Goodwin. Jeff Gillespie, the pitching coach at Birmingham-Southern College will be leading as well!
Sessions are $60 a piece or $50 per session if you sign up for 2+ sessions!
Parents – drop your children off with us on Friday, July 21st for a Parents’ Night Out for games, sports, and dinner! The school with the most participants will receive 15% of the profits from this event!
Athletes – do you want to know how you measure up against other athletes and what areas you can improve in? Join us for our 2017 Summer Combine and get the stats! All athletes will run the 40-yd dash with timed laser gates, will run the 5-10-5 pro agility test, will get to measure their vertical jump, and will undergo a skills assessment for their sport.
This Friday, June 23rd, BlackWatch Sports will host a Parents’ Night Out from 5 pm to 8 pm! This event is open to all elementary school aged students and will include games, fun with friends, and dinner! Parents can just drop children off for this event and take some time to go out to dinner, run errands, or just relax.
To register, click here!