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Is Weight Training Safe for Children?

The short answer is Yes.  The long answer below, a piece written by National and Olympic Track & Field Coach, George Van Zyel:

Drs. Holly Benjamin and Kimberley Glow wrote an article Strength Training for Children and Adolescents: What can physicians recommend? published in The Physician and Sports Medicine Vol.31-No.9 September 2003. It provides an honest appraisal of the value of strength training for young athletes and the risks associated with various forms of strength training.


Their conclusion was that the "current published literature demonstrates that the benefits of strength training far outweigh the potential risks." Interestingly, they found that the safest type of strength training involved Olympic Lifting because of the heavy emphasis on proper technique.
As long as the strength training programme is supervised, the answer is a resounding "YES IT IS SAFE" from the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

  • American College of Sports Medicine

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

  • British Association of Sports & Exercise Science

  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association

  • United Kingdom Strength & Conditioning Association


This is a view of the safety of weight training and particularly weightlifting that is supported by empirical evidence. Brian Hamill conducted a survey involving a number of British schools and published the results in the article Relative Safety of weightlifting and weight training that appeared in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 1994;8(1);53-57. The results appear below:

You can read the full article here.

Strength is the Foundation,
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Belaglazov Brother's Wrestling Camp 2018

This year we at Beat the Streets Toronto were lucky enough to have a summer camp hosted by both Anatoly and Sergei Beloglazov! I can’t say enough great things about the Beloglazovs, if you haven’t been to a Beloglazov Wrestling Camp then you’re missing out! They are very professional and as they were as wrestlers, they are perfectionists as clinicians. 

At our camp they worked tirelessly with kids of all levels, giving their attention to 6 year olds as well as 18 year olds. They were very patient and moderated the camp to the skill level of the campers. 

Thank you so much for a great experience Gentlemen! 

OMERS Foundation awards BTST $25,000 grant

This summer Beat the Streets Toronto was awarded a $25000 Grant from the OMERS Foundation. Where OMERS employees fundraise and choose a cause to support as a group. It was presented to us at our Wrestle the North Festival.

We are truly honoured to receive this Grant and we will put it towards helping students in undeserved communities and building up vibrant commutes across the GTA. We would like to say a very big thank you to the OMERS Foundation for your generosity. 

To learn more about the OMERS Foundation, please visit their site:

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