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    workout routine for 13 year olds

    Alright im danny81s younger brother. Im 13 and was wondering if its ok for me to do heavy squats and bench? Thanks.

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    What is your training experience?

    What exactly do you mean by heavy?

    Also - read the stickies if you have no already done so.
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    My brother printed them out for me and I have read them. I only started lifting recently and by heavy I mean where i can only do a few reps of an excercise. I am mainly doing 8-12 reps tho.

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    How recently? In months, weeks, or days.
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    about a month.

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    At this point, I would refrain from lifing near your 1RM.

    For the next few months I would continue lifting in the rep ranges you mention. I would not lift more than your 8RM at this point. You want to reinforce good motor patterns and proper form in your lifts. Form is everything for everyone, especially for such a new lifter. With heavy weight you will be tempted to let your form down a bit to get the weight up, this often happens without thinking too.

    By the way, besides squatting heavy, are you sure you can execute a proper squat as it is? Be completely honest, you don't want to hurt yourself. I have not seen one new lifter who can squat correctly. Including myself, I got lucky and learned eventually by myself.
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    I do ATG, but IDK if I am doing the squat correctly.

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    best to get a video from a profile view if you can.
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    Ok. Thanks.

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    Start out with some bodyweight stuff. See how many push-ups, dips, chins, pull-ups, lunges, etc. you can do. Don't forget your rows. They're very important.

    Like fu said, form is everything atm. A fullbody 3x a week program with reps in the 3x12-15 range would do you well. Add a good diet and you'll be gaining mass and strength very fast.

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    I would recommend getting Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. Teaches you how to do the lifts correctly and a good starting program.

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    Get into it just like any other lifter. Start out light, relatively speaking, and focus on good technique. You can start to up the intensity progressively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danny81 View Post
    Alright im danny81s younger brother. Im 13 and was wondering if its ok for me to do heavy squats and bench? Thanks.
    At 13, I wouldn't do anything "heavy". I agree completely with the bodyweight suggestion. Do pullups, pushup variations, crunches, box jumps, jump squats, etc. before you progress to weights. If you can't effectively control your own bodyweight, you shouldn't be lifting weights. Working on flexibility is important at that age as well, especially in the hips and hamstrings.

    When you do start weight training, I would keep your reps in the 10-15 range. Both of my sons have done this simple beginner's program at 13-14:

    Workout A
    DB Lunges: 3x10
    Pulldowns (Palms Facing): 4x12
    Flat DB Bench Press: 3x10
    Triceps (you pick): 2x12
    Abs (front): 3x1 rep shy of failure

    Workout B
    DB Split Squats: 3x12
    Standing DB Military Press: 3x12
    Bent Over DB Rows: 4x10
    Biceps (you pick): 2x12
    Abs (obliques): 3x1 rep shy of failure

    Monday: Workout A
    Tuesday: Steady State Cardio
    Wednesday: OFF
    Thursday: Workout B
    Friday: OFF
    Saturday: Workout A & HIIT Cardio
    Sunday: OFF

    Week #2: Start with Workout B

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    I started when i was around 14, and I had a trainer evaluate me. he started me up on something that was comfortable for me but challenging. So that's what I reccommend, for 13 years old you should be pushing yourself but don't expect to get big right away, especially since you're young and you're still growing.

    I commend any teen though, they are building a good base for a lifetime of well being when they start training at a youn age.
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