11-03-2006, 06:36 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2005
| | Re: Training program for 14 year old?
LOL, I think it's a total myth to think it stunts growth. Lou Ferigno started around 14 years old and he's the tallest in his family now (6'5" or something). Same goes for all the Olympic lifters. It's foolish to think they all started weight lifting once they turned a magical age of 16-18 years old.
Good thread over at midwest: Click here
Originally Posted by Glenn Pendlay
For Olympic Weightlifting, I consider between 8 and 10 years old as being the ideal time to start... although right now i have two kids who started earlier (one at 6, one at 7) who are gonna be great. But anything under 8 is too young for a lot of kids, just because of a lack of maturity.
And no, training early isnt going to hurt them. Unless they do something stupid, that is. But then again, you can do stupid things pretty easy outside the weightroom as well as in it. If my son gets hurt at the gym, im pretty sure it is more likely to be from jumping off the hood of my truck (which he has recently started sneaking outside and doing... climbs the tailgate, gets on top the toolbox, then on top the cab, climbs down the window to the hood, then jumps off) and not from snatching.
In my opinion, I would start him off with light/managable weights and supervise his form for the first however long. For instance, watching his benching ensuring his elbows are tucked, ect. The weight can come in time. Shit, starting off NOW, by the time this kid hits high school, he'll be a wrecking ball.
I know how kids can get having kids of my own. If he starts getting bored, there's nothing stopping you from making it a little funner by changing the rep ranges, picking different variations of those movements, ect. I think the core of the program doing full body workouts and strictly compound movements is ultimately what matters most.
Last edited by combat_action; 11-03-2006 at 06:40 PM.