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Toddlers at the Gym — Too Much?

In the Bay Area, some parents are signing kids as young as three up for personal training sessions at the gym. (Maybe that’s what this kid did.) Though we can all agree that exercise is a good thing, is having kids work out just like their parents a bit much?

It’s probably no surprise that these kids classes cost a pretty penny too — $75 an hour for one-on-one sessions. But the motivations vary on the parent. Some are willing to pay any amount to make sure their child doesn’t become overweight; others are interested in giving their child a head start on competitive team sports. Sometimes it’s even just to boost a child’s self-esteem. One erroneous motive is the belief that exercise indoors is safer than playing outside.

While I’m a bit skeptical about getting kids to the gym at such a young age, it’s hard to poo-poo the idea of nurturing a habit of exercise early on. Especially now that gym programs are being cut at schools and obesity rates are rising drastically, doesn’t it make sense to do everything possible to keep our kids healthy?

Would you sign your toddler up for personal training?

From Babble. Photo by eyeliam.

  • Haidy

    I would not. I prefer to put them in team sports or other kind of sports they like and enjoy.
    Keeping the child in the proper weight and physical fitness does not have to be through the gym and through a personal trainer. There are so many other ways to keep the children active.

  • Goog

    Nope. My kid is three. His job is to play and my job is to feed him foods that don't make him fat.

  • http://momof2dancers.blogspot.com Ginny

    This seems a bit silly to me. The type of exercise kids that young need, they can easily get at home. Plus kids at age 3 are full of energy! It isn't until they start getting into the school age that they tend to slow down a bit & are less physical. I have no issue with kids exercising & even lifting light weights. My girls dance and without exercise they wouldn't be very good. Paying that kind of price for one on one training is really silly though. You start to wonder on the motives of the parent, it doesn't seem healthy in my opinion.

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