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    Children and weight training, whats considered too young?

    As the title states...

    My boy has been pestering big time to get involved and have me show him some ins' and outs'. I'm thinking I'll show him some of the ropes here soon.

    Backround, He's 8yrs old now, this would be his first experience with actual weights however he is very familiary with many body weight exercises. He's trained with me for fitness tests the last couple years...just the basics pretty much push ups (he can do 47 with perfect form), situps- we do them with no leg support as well (he did 67 tonight with no leg support) and various other exercises, just think typical military physical fitness and he's done it with me. Even ran his first mile the other day....still have to work on what pacing means but he finnished and only walked once.

    Anyway point being he is quite physically fit just curious if there should be a year range of growth before introducing weights or the stress of weights on a young body,or if it even matters

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    I think a lot of people say that it closes growth plates but I talked to a doctor once when I was like 12 and he said it was fine to lift weights. Obviously make sure he is using good form but it's cool.

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    A thought I had was just using a broom stick to work on the form for the basic squat / push / pull moves to develop functionally correct form. In this case, the weight isn't the important part but the broomstick gives him the tool to work with. If you really want to get into it, you could go the route of Oly lifting which, again, is all about form first.


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    Some bands perhaps might not be to harmful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassy69 View Post
    A thought I had was just using a broom stick to work on the form for the basic squat / push / pull moves to develop functionally correct form. In this case, the weight isn't the important part but the broomstick gives him the tool to work with. If you really want to get into it, you could go the route of Oly lifting which, again, is all about form first.
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    13-14years you dont want to stun there growth, push ups, pull ups, sittups i think would be ok at like 10 years old...

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    13 year olds aren't still growing? How would lifting weights at 8 be any different than 13? But it won't stunt growth anyway that's a myth.

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    I waited until my son was 15 before I introduced him to weights. Just about the same time he started flexing/showing off his growing muscles. I'm not sure what's too young but I played it safe and waited. He's 17 now. Pretty soon he'll be doing more weights than me.

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    As far as i'm aware weight training is fine certainly from the age of puberty upwards.

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    I started when I was 8 years old....and believe me, it didn't stunt my growth, lol.
    The High School wrestling coach used to take a few of us to the YMCA....Of course, we were always supervised, and he educated us on form first...never encouraged us to push ourselves beyond safe limits for our age. I think as long as he starts with a form-oriented program similar to what Sassy suggested and doesn't try to lift too much, it will be a good experience for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaMayor View Post
    I started when I was 8 years old....and believe me, it didn't stunt my growth, lol.
    Exactly, that myth says that weight lifting closes growth plates, and children should only do body weight exercises. Now how many pull ups can the average 8 year old do? I don't know but it's probably less than 10. That being the case, their body weight is relatively heavy resistance in that exercise. Now tell me what changes when you put that 8 year on a lat pull down machine with 40 pounds on it that will magically close their growth plates?

    Now it is definitely a good idea to focus on form and not weight as they won't progress like a person that's started or gone through puberty. But it won't negatively effect them to use weighted resistance while learning form.

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    I have an 8 year old boy that occasionally trains with me when is able to put his DSI down LOL.. He does extremely light weights ..I am talking 5 lbs for db curls.. etc. he enjoys it .. gets some excersize out of it and it is time he and I can spend together.. Then afterwards he spends a hour posing for me in the mirror LOL HE GETS THAT FROM HIS DADDY !!!

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    I think puberty is the best answer. But then again I'm never having kids so Idk. I started with old school machines at my school in 7th grade, so that was 12-13. Didn't start with freeweights til high school. You don't want to make it a chore for them either I assume, If he's asking I'd say let him go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trapzilla View Post
    As far as i'm aware weight training is fine certainly from the age of puberty upwards.

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