I'm glad that you saw one of the best benefits of working out. I have four sons. One is 6'11", 245 lbs., 38 inch vertical, 11'2" long jump, 4.8 forty, 300 lb. bench, 385 parellel squat, 280 hang clean. Another is a 6'3", 215 freshman in high school who plays on the varsity, 225 bench, 205 hang clean, 275 parellel squat, 27.5 in. vertical, 9'6" long jump, 5.0 forty. My little one is a sixth grader. 5'9", 135 lbs. He is learning correct technique in lifting and running. We work out daily when he isn't involved in some type of athletics.
I'm kind of bragging, but the point is, I really couldn't leave it up to a high school coach to do what's best for my sons. In the education that I have attained to help them, I have benefitted immensely. I have my CSCS, and some other certifications, I have corresponded with noted strength coaches. (Al Vermiel, Charles Poliquin, Ian King, and others that I found here on the T-Nation web site, and who were more than willing to help me out by sharing their knowledge.) One of my sons is cognitively impaired. He is also legally blind and deaf. Lifting with him has prepared him to work, and has given him confidence to face the world with confidence, inspite of his struggles. Even he recognizes that in his competitions, he performs better because he is prepared. He will have a surgery for Kyphosis in Jan.
The doctors are amazed at the flexability of his spine, and feel like the surgery won't be as drastic because of lifting. I also want you to know that it is so gratifying to know that I had a great part to play in my sons successes, instead of leaving it up to chance, or up to someone else to take care of. My oldest played Basketball last year for Cornell University. He is now going to spend two years in church service, and then hopefully play somewhere closer to home where I can watch him more often.
My freshman son has already had football and basketball coaches talk to him, and because of their examples, my sixth grade son is already working out so he can do what they are doing. I wouldn't trade one of our 5:00 a.m. sessions in our garage gym for anything in the world. It has allowed me to interact with my sons in a way that nothing else could duplicate.
Every penny spent on good food, correct supplements, and training equipment has paid off in so many ways. They are disciplined, know how to prioritize, and can analyze what is really important, and what is not. They believe in early to bed, early to rise, and so I don't have to worry much about them being in trouble somewhere. Inspite of all that, I am the one who has truly benefitted. I have grown. I have been allowed in my son's lives. We are close and our love and respect for each other is strong. I can't say enough good things about the T-Nation lifestyle.