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Age to start lifting weights?

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  1. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    My 9 yr old son is playing football for the 1st time this year. But the kid is skinny as a rail even compared to the other kids his age. He was asking me tonight about lifting weights but I wasn't sure at what age it is safe for a young boy to start lifting. Can anyone enlighten me on this?

    Thanks

    Glen
    heavyg
  2. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    I haven't started yet (27). I'll let you know when I feel it's safe ;)
  3. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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  4. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    I would think that is too young to start lifting for strength/muscle building. But lifting easy stuff to get good habit probably wouldn't be too bad. Just supervise heavily?

    Not an expert, just my opinion.
  5. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    I swear I don't know where he got his scrawniness (sp) he sure didnt get it from me...lol
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I would also think that's too early but he could always start doing push ups, situps and running.
  7. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    Oh gosh the boy is always doing push ups and sit ups. I have actually heard something in his room at 2 in the morning. Went in and he was in the middle of his bed doing push ups. lol
  8. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I'd stick with that for a couple of yrs.......maybe get him a weight to hold while doing the situps and put on his back while doing pushups.

    In the Army we did a version of a pushup called a diamond pushup. You place your hands under your chest with the index fingers and thumbs forming a diamond. It works a different set of muscles.
  9. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    Thanks for the info. I know I never saw a weight til I was in HS

    God Bless
  10. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I never lifted at all and weighed 170lbs soaking wet the whole time I was in HS.
  11. locked&loaded

    locked&loaded its redskin season

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    that is way to young to start lifting weights. It could stunt his growth and it wont help. You shoudlnt start lifting until at the earliest 14-15. Who lifts weight when your 9, that age its all about speed.
  12. Big Dakota

    Big Dakota New Member

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    As long as you don't take it as far as this kid's dad did[IMG], some light lifting won't hurt. But like the other poster said. lifting his own body weight is best till you get out of puberty. My old man bought me a Marcy home gym in 1978 when i was 11 and started wrestling and it didn't hurt me to lift. Guys like Bill Phillips of EAS would be a good place to start your research if you are intersted in the "pros" view.
  13. heavyg

    heavyg Active Member

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    When I graduated I weighed 211 lbs. I could bench press just over 300 but could squat 550. No I probably couldn't come close to either of those marks and am severely overweight :-(
  14. dargarin

    dargarin New Member

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    The experts say 12 but some light weight lifting won't hurt. It doesn't stunt your growth. That's a myth. He won't gain muscle because he isn't producing testosterone yet, but he will get stronger. Total supervision is needed if he does to prevent injuries. Emphesize good form. Explosive movements build strength. Focus on bench, squats and deadlifts. Make sure he's getting enough protein (anything from an animal that's not fat or bone).He needs that anyway for his brain development. Your brain makes new synapsis pathways untill your 10, then starts to get rid of the unused ones. So the more he makes untill he's ten the better and protein feeds the brain. If he's just trying to gain some weight increase good calories. Low fat meats and carbs. Some good fat like omega-3's are great and important for all development and strength. Children's multi-vitamins are also very important.
  15. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    I don't know man I heard they are pretty heavy ;)
  16. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I already lift a lot of weight getting my fat arse out of bed every morning :D
  17. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    Here is a good routine that does not include heavy weights.

    Front Dips for upper body, as many as he can.
    Pull-ups, as many as possible.
    Shoulder press with light dumbells, maybe 15 lbs -
    Push-ups
    barbell curls
    lunges - do these for reps without weights
    plyometrics - jump from a standing position up to a height of 2-3 feet onto 3-4 cinderblocks.
  18. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    ya know Hoov if you disect what you wrote you have

    Pull-ups which are diapers
    Push-ups which are Bra's,
    Light dumbells which are models
    barbell curls which is a hair style

    and some positions in karma sutra
    Front dips
    lunges
    plyometrics

    I think we all know what is on your mind :D ;)
  19. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    well I think you probably have done quite enough than don't you :D
  20. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    [IMG]

    What is this heavy? Is there something wrong with the Earth's gravitational pull in the future?

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