Frequently Asked Questions

What is Youth Development?
An all-inclusive long term development model that incorporates not only strength and conditioning but also on-site medical sports coverage, sound nutrition, behavior and mental health interventions, mentorship programs, and life coaching to prepare our youth for adulthood. 
  • We believe that every person who has a body and is willing to do some work can be active through all ages and when desired, an athlete.
  • We practice proper motor control to enhance fundamental movement patterns and when desired, the sports specific skills necessary to reach the highest performance levels required by an athlete during the entire in-season, to peak at the right moment post-season and to improve those performance levels in the off-season.
  • We train to improve your movement, strength, and execution every day.
  • We believe you are to move better first and then move regularly to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
  • We believe if you have plateaued you aren’t training correctly.
  • We believe you are to train like an athlete in order to succeed like an athlete.
  • We promise to strive to meet your goals by starting you where you need to start in order to get you where you want to go. 
Above all, ensure that all youth are doing the right things at the right time for their long-term development rather than their immediate development.
What is Physical Literacy?
Physical literacy is the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.  It is a life long journey that starts to develop in early childhood and advances in complexity during adolescence and adulthood.
What is Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD)?
LTAD embraces the habitual development of athleticism over time to improve health and fitness, enhance physical performance, reduce the relative risk of injury, and develop the confidence and competence of all youth (NSCA).  Athleticism is the ability to repeatedly perform a variety of movements in a variety of environments consistently.  It requires fundamental motor skills, strength, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and endurance and it changes with growth and development.  In youth, this change is rapid and often and therefore youth programs need to be ever-evolving for each individual and their specific development pattern and training skill level.     
Why do we need LTAD?
Exercise is medicine.  There are both physical and mental health benefits to engaging in physical activity.  LTAD is evidence-based training that will not only teach life-long habits and skills to promote health and wellness but also reduce the relative risk of injury and improve positive health outcomes.
  • Ensures children have fun
  • Promotes the development of good habits
  • Enhances skill development
  • Enables optimal performance levels
  • Encourages multi-sport participation to prevent burnout or dropout
What are the ACSM’s Healthy Activity Guidelines:
  • Children aged 5-17 should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily
  • Adults aged 18-64 or older should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity throughout the week.
What are the LTAD Levels of Progression
Level 1:  Active Start Ages 0-6
Level 2:  FUNdamentals Ages 6-8
Level 3:  Learn to Train Ages 9-12
Level 4: Train to Train Ages 12-14
Level 5: Train to Compete Ages 15-18
Level 6: Train to Win Ages 18-23
Level 7: Active for Life 23+
How do I sign my child up?
  • For current  session details and to sign up online click HERE 
  • For current  session questions contact Brett at 406-758-1480 or [email protected] 
Do you have sport specific training options for middle school students?
  • We do not. Research into the long term athletic development of athletes has concluded that the training of middle school athletes should be aimed at developing physical abilities and building a large base of physical capacity. Having a solid foundation of athleticism not only applies well to all sports, it also sets the athlete up to have the highest potential for athletic success and a healthy life as they mature. Our middle school training focuses on teaching proper movement skills and developing strength, power, speed, agility, and coordination.
My middle school student want to train in the high school class. Can I sign them up for that class?
  • Due to the rapid physical development of kids as they enter adolescence, the high school training programs we offer are a much higher intensity and require greater levels of physical skill than our middle school programs. Our middle school programs are designed to build the necessary physical skills and abilities necessary to see the full benefits of our high school training programs. For these reasons, we are adamant that middle school students do not transition into our high school training options until they are in high school. Our coaches may occasionally recommend an advanced 8th grader train in a high school program. This will be handled on a case by case basis
Is training safe for my child?
  • Overwhelmingly, the research points to exercise enhancing athletic performance, reducing injury, and thus assisting in the growth process of both adolescent and preadolescent athletes. The proper training methods we adhere to will not harm the growth plates. We provide a safe environment supervised by professionals to mitigate injury risk involved in physical activity
What happens if my son/daughter is not able to attend the training session at the time that I committed for?
  • Cancellations for the current high and middle school sessions (ending June 10th)  must be made three business days prior to the start of the session for a full refund minus a $5.00 administrative fee per participant, per session. Make-up classes and/or credits will not be available should a class be missed for any reason. No refunds or credits will be issued after the session begins.
  • Cancellations for the contract training (begins May 30th)  **Staff must be notified in writing of cancellation before the 25th of the desired last month, notifying staff after the 25th will result in the following month being billed and cancellation taking effect at the end of that month
Do you have any training options for …?
  • Our class offerings change depending on the current sport season. If there is a sport you would like to see us offer a program for, please CONTACT US and let us know. If you have a specific physical skill you are looking to develop, we have individual and small group training options that can be tailored to address your goals.
What are the benefits of youth training:
  • Performance enhancement
    • Strength and Power
      • Long-term muscle hypertrophy.
      • Short-term neuromuscular function improvements.
      • Power production and strength can be worked on at an early age.
      • Prevent early exclusion of sport participation by not being cut. These adaptations occur in a quick manner in athletes with no experience because of motor unit recruitment patterns developing. Even at this early age, muscles can be detrained so if you don’t use it you lose it.
    • Speed and Agility
      • Coordination for kids is important and it allows them to become familiar with their bodies making a brain to muscle connection.  This will make their reactions quicker and more accurate when it comes to daily activities and/or competition.
    • Conditioning
      • Developing a life-long active and healthy lifestyle by improving physical literacy, fundamental movement patterns, and endurance.
      • Includes a regimen of cardiovascular exercise, diet, and the appropriate rest or recovery cycles.
  • Injury prevention
    • Proper mobility, flexibility, strength, endurance and rest are proven to aid in the prevention of injury
    • Proper training is vital to preventing overuse injuries.
  • Strength training is SAFE.
    • Overwhelmingly, the research points to exercise enhancing athletic performance, reducing injury, and thus assisting in the growth process of both adolescent and preadolescent athletes
    • YD Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists will coach the young athlete from the moment they walk through the door to when they leave.
  • Expert coaching
    • Provided in a safe environment where properly certified individuals are supervising and coaching technique to mitigate injury risk with EVERY athlete.
    • Let your child learn from the best Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists in the valley in our safe and effective environment.
What is your pricing?
  • Our goal is to make youth training and fitness sessions an affordable opportunity for all.  
  • Pricing varies depending on the class, session, and type of training you are interested in.  See specific pages for current pricing.
  • As a partner in your pursuit of good health, financial assistance is available to anyone based on documented financial need. Scholarships are provided on a fair and open basis and without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal law.
  • Scholarship applications are available at The Fitness Center Member Services office during normal business hours. Youth Development welcomes everyone based on availability.  For more information contact Dr. Kelly Malmin at [email protected] or 758-7323.
How do I reserve a rental time at the Logan Health Performance Center?
  • Our goal is to keep as many outdoor clubs/leagues active and moving in the winter months.  Reservations are reviewed keeping in mind that we are trying to make sure as many groups and kids as possible have the opportunity to use the facility.
  • Reservation time will be taken away if the rules of the facility are not followed. We ask that each of your kids and parents work together to ensure the rules are followed, the property and equipment is respected.
  • Payment is due at the time of the reservation.
  • To request a reservation, click HERE.