25% Off Black Friday Sale

Children and weight training, whats considered too young?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 30 of 31
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    Curlingcadys's Avatar


    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    767
    Rep Points
    3674670

    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

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    ihateschoolmt's Avatar


    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    5,632
    Rep Points
    138111922

    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.

  3. #3
    BEEFCAKE
    SUPER MODERATOR
    sassy69's Avatar


    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    On the squat rack
    Posts
    2,704
    Rep Points
    770040272

    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.


    All posts are for entertainment. Consult a doctor before using any medication.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    bigrene's Avatar


    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    TheSouth
    Posts
    564
    Rep Points
    12138123

    Some bands perhaps might not be to harmful.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    Curlingcadys's Avatar


    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    767
    Rep Points
    3674670

    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.
    good points

  6. #6
    Registered User


    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    75
    Rep Points
    1544007

    13-14years you dont want to stun there growth, push ups, pull ups, sittups i think would be ok at like 10 years old...

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    ihateschoolmt's Avatar


    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    5,632
    Rep Points
    138111922

    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.

  8. #8
    Non-Elite Member
    x~factor's Avatar


    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Old Bridge, NJ
    Posts
    1,933
    Rep Points
    97800608

    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.

  9. #9
    Getting my Grow on!
    trapzilla's Avatar


    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    U.K.
    Posts
    914
    Rep Points
    18283858

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

    And curling if thats you in your Avi i'm in awe!
    "That ain't big to me, when y'all 300lbs y'all big!"- Dexter Jackson
    http://www.ironmagazineforums.com/on...ml#post2523637 - the new Journal

  10. #10
    Registered User


    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Here
    Posts
    4,103
    Rep Points
    542394545

    I started in 7th grade, same time my parents first allowed me to play football.

  11. #11
    Un~Bulking
    ELITE MEMBER
    DaMayor's Avatar


    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Right Here. No, HERE.
    Posts
    7,855
    Rep Points
    76758723

    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.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    ihateschoolmt's Avatar


    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    5,632
    Rep Points
    138111922

    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.

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    BOARD REP
    LAINA's Avatar


    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    29
    Rep Points
    6482105

    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 !!!

  14. #14
    big for a notbig


    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    SLUMERICA
    Posts
    2,416
    Rep Points
    293087326

    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.
    Cumming day and night.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    Curlingcadys's Avatar


    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    767
    Rep Points
    3674670

    Quote Originally Posted by trapzilla View Post
    As far as i'm aware weight training is fine certainly from the age of puberty upwards.

    And curling if thats you in your Avi i'm in awe!
    some day, thats Chris Bennet's arm.....

  16. #16
    Junior Member


    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    The Universe
    Posts
    39
    Rep Points
    115776

    13 years old and under is too young! Only foolish parents/adults would disagree.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    Curlingcadys's Avatar


    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    767
    Rep Points
    3674670

    Quote Originally Posted by Hittman View Post
    13 years old and under is too young! Only foolish parents/adults would disagree.
    based on?............

  18. #18
    Junior Member


    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    The Universe
    Posts
    39
    Rep Points
    115776

    Quote Originally Posted by Curlingcadys View Post
    based on?............
    Common sense. You think anyone that young(er) should be weight lifting? Seriously?

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    ihateschoolmt's Avatar


    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    5,632
    Rep Points
    138111922

    Quote Originally Posted by Curlingcadys View Post
    based on?............
    Don't even acknowledge him he's just the new name of someone who got banned several times I am pretty sure.

  20. #20
    Junior Member


    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    The Universe
    Posts
    39
    Rep Points
    115776

    Sorry madame, but you are mistaken.

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    ihateschoolmt's Avatar


    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    5,632
    Rep Points
    138111922

    No I'm not. And why don't you tell me why it's bad for children to train with weights? Or better yet just leave this forum.

  22. #22
    Junior Member


    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    The Universe
    Posts
    39
    Rep Points
    115776

    1. Children should be playing and doing more fun things with their time.

    2. Children's bodies shouldn't be subjected to intense weight training.

    I can't see any rational human wanting their child looking like a freak.
    There's enough teasing and ridicule going in school, and would only get worse.

    Now if they just lift light, colored, plastic dumbells occasionally, then its not problem.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    ihateschoolmt's Avatar


    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    5,632
    Rep Points
    138111922

    Quote Originally Posted by Hittman View Post
    1. Children should be playing and doing more fun things with their time.

    2. Children's bodies shouldn't be subjected to intense weight training.

    I can't see any rational human wanting their child looking like a freak.
    There's enough teasing and ridicule going in school, and would only get worse.

    Now if they just lift light, colored, plastic dumbells occasionally, then its not problem.
    His child WANTS to lift weights and spend time with his father. I wanted to do the same thing when I was his age because my dad did it. He let me, and nothing bad happened, I had fun being with my dad and learned about form.

    Children don't have the testosterone levels to make gains like an adult. A child will not get significantly bigger from weight lifting until they hit puberty.

  24. #24
    BodybyBUILT
    niki's Avatar


    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    east of eden
    Posts
    398
    Rep Points
    28615484

    I have three boys - ages 17, 15, and 11. Their dad has always done some lifting, and they have always wanted to do it with him. He just taylored it to their abilities/strength being careful to not stress or strain their joints. Some stuff was off limits, but there was always something they could do.

    The older two are bigger than he is now.....outlift him. But the older two didn't get serious about lifting until three months ago......

    A century ago - boys were farming, handling large draft animals, chopping wood, plowing, myriad of tasks, heavy labor....imo much healthier than tele and vid games. Not to mention the time spent together - which is probably even more important than whatever it is you are doing....

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    Curlingcadys's Avatar


    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    767
    Rep Points
    3674670

    well this is easy, yes what ihate school said....hahaha!
    Weights are somthing that sparked HIS interest. Now weights aside physical training was how he was brought up thus far and will continue to be, the first time he did push ups- no it wasn't HIS interest at the time, actually I think it was cause he didn't clean his room but thats another topic. But now that my wife and I have involved him as many athletics as possible he has some realization of why and how the introduction and progression of simple physical training is allready paying off for him as from a basic strength and stamina stand point, I'll gloat, HE OWNS what he competes in. Now he's seeing that and is hungry for more, and yes he's 8 ofcourse he wants to do everything Dad is doing, I couldn't be happier. It was the whole growth plate issue that I was curious about I couldn't put my finger on it at first, nor had any diffinitive knowlege on the topic thats why i asked. From a medical/safety stand point. My little girl is 5 and do 6 real push ups and is quite the sprinter, so she's up and coming now too.....its how we live. This is a nice chunk of our "playing and fun." Yes we do- do typical family fun stuff as well its not like we PT from sun up to sun down....just thought I'd throw that out there before you take the Maury Povich soap box. The PT is just my little contribution to stop the epidemic of repeat generations of video game fat kids amongst all the other bennefits of getting a child off their ass.

  26. #26
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    Curlingcadys's Avatar


    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    767
    Rep Points
    3674670

    Quote Originally Posted by niki View Post
    I have three boys - ages 17, 15, and 11. Their dad has always done some lifting, and they have always wanted to do it with him. He just taylored it to their abilities/strength being careful to not stress or strain their joints. Some stuff was off limits, but there was always something they could do.

    The older two are bigger than he is now.....outlift him. But the older two didn't get serious about lifting until three months ago......

    A century ago - boys were farming, handling large draft animals, chopping wood, plowing, myriad of tasks, heavy labor....imo much healthier than tele and vid games. Not to mention the time spent together - which is probably even more important than whatever it is you are doing....
    +1 well said

  27. #27
    BEEFCAKE
    SUPER MODERATOR
    sassy69's Avatar


    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    On the squat rack
    Posts
    2,704
    Rep Points
    770040272

    Quote Originally Posted by LAINA View Post
    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 !!!
    HEY LAINA! Your kid is going to turn into "The Situation".. He won't be able to take a picture w/o showing off his abs or throwing up a thumbs up / #1 sign. LOL!


    All posts are for entertainment. Consult a doctor before using any medication.

  28. #28
    BEEFCAKE
    SUPER MODERATOR
    sassy69's Avatar


    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    On the squat rack
    Posts
    2,704
    Rep Points
    770040272

    Quote Originally Posted by Curlingcadys View Post
    well this is easy, yes what ihate school said....hahaha!
    Weights are somthing that sparked HIS interest. Now weights aside physical training was how he was brought up thus far and will continue to be, the first time he did push ups- no it wasn't HIS interest at the time, actually I think it was cause he didn't clean his room but thats another topic. But now that my wife and I have involved him as many athletics as possible he has some realization of why and how the introduction and progression of simple physical training is allready paying off for him as from a basic strength and stamina stand point, I'll gloat, HE OWNS what he competes in. Now he's seeing that and is hungry for more, and yes he's 8 ofcourse he wants to do everything Dad is doing, I couldn't be happier. It was the whole growth plate issue that I was curious about I couldn't put my finger on it at first, nor had any diffinitive knowlege on the topic thats why i asked. From a medical/safety stand point. My little girl is 5 and do 6 real push ups and is quite the sprinter, so she's up and coming now too.....its how we live. This is a nice chunk of our "playing and fun." Yes we do- do typical family fun stuff as well its not like we PT from sun up to sun down....just thought I'd throw that out there before you take the Maury Povich soap box. The PT is just my little contribution to stop the epidemic of repeat generations of video game fat kids amongst all the other bennefits of getting a child off their ass.

    This is awesome just in general! I used to compete w/ my dad & brothers in pushup contests when I was a kid and I was proud to be able to do it. The lifting stuff is ALL me and aside from my little brother who owns a gym, the rest of the family just looks at me funny when I say I want to go lift heavy shit.

    Its awesome your son wants to lift - I think there were a couple of good points in terms of starting lifting -- if the focus immediately goes to how much he can lift, at that age, he will be begging for a life of tendonitis at a minimum. That's a big reason I was bringing up FORM, and giving him the broomstick as a starter barbell and showing the importance of form. I used to date a guy who got into Oly lifting and when we went to some of the meets, it was really amazing how young the kids were who were competing. And none of them looked particularly big, yet they were throwing up some pretyt respectable weight. Get those basics locked in as the foundation of his lifting and he will be a great position to go after the big weights when his body is able to support it.


    All posts are for entertainment. Consult a doctor before using any medication.

  29. #29
    Senior Member
    ELITE MEMBER
    Curlingcadys's Avatar


    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    WI
    Posts
    767
    Rep Points
    3674670

    Quote Originally Posted by sassy69 View Post
    This is awesome just in general! I used to compete w/ my dad & brothers in pushup contests when I was a kid and I was proud to be able to do it. The lifting stuff is ALL me and aside from my little brother who owns a gym, the rest of the family just looks at me funny when I say I want to go lift heavy shit.

    Its awesome your son wants to lift - I think there were a couple of good points in terms of starting lifting -- if the focus immediately goes to how much he can lift, at that age, he will be begging for a life of tendonitis at a minimum. That's a big reason I was bringing up FORM, and giving him the broomstick as a starter barbell and showing the importance of form. I used to date a guy who got into Oly lifting and when we went to some of the meets, it was really amazing how young the kids were who were competing. And none of them looked particularly big, yet they were throwing up some pretyt respectable weight. Get those basics locked in as the foundation of his lifting and he will be a great position to go after the big weights when his body is able to support it.
    Sounds like a good plan, we'll run with that I'm positive I could keep him on the broom stick or one of my old cheapy walmart BB's for quite some time and he'd be thrilled to simply be in the basement working with me. Deffinately want to have the technique/form mastered 1st before any weight, that makes all the sense in the world just in general but especially on young joints/tendons/muscles- especially being 8, he is typical in that area, has no issue being right in the middle of doing somthing and seeing somthing shinny and being completely distracted so focus will be a big lesson as well.

    He's allready gloating a bit anyway, he does "forearm rollups" - taking a DB handle with a thin rope tied in the middle and that attached to a 2.5lb disc and rolling it up with his hands...he calls it the "popeye" work out. He gets a little pump and then talks about it for the next hour, its quite the spectacle!

  30. #30
    Registered User


    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    usa
    Posts
    92
    Rep Points
    1549454


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-21-2011, 03:00 PM
  2. Whats considered strong!
    By quick01 in forum Training
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 08-09-2011, 05:06 PM
  3. What is considered too young for bodybuilding?
    By Nightowl in forum Open Chat
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-14-2010, 02:29 PM
  4. Am i to young to be training?
    By Someone in forum Training
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 09-07-2004, 10:56 PM
  5. Children and training
    By Momma2 in forum Training
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 11-25-2003, 11:44 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
-->