Are "scheduled workouts" even beneficial or maybe even harmful to someone my age and activity level

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 04, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I'm a 13 year old,male, and I'm 5'5, 120 pounds and 12.5% body fat. I walk to and from school everyday which is about 20 mins total for each day from Monday to Friday, I have two, two hour football practices a week(they're kind of mild aside from hill sprints at the end, but its still a mixture of jogging, sprinting, walking, and standing throughout), along witha two hour football game on Sundays in which I never come off the field,ever. In a few weeks I will also be starting hockey which will just be a game or practice on Saturdays, and I also play manhunt or touch football with my friends at recess. I was wondering wether the two trx workouts I include each week are even beneficial or maybe they are overdoing it and may be the source of my major joint pain.

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on September 04, 2013
at 01:48 AM

Your major joint pain is probably growing pains. You are super young, and are just about to hit a major growth spurt. But still - you are being really hard on your developing body! Take it easy on yourself - just exercise to have fun or for the sport of your choice. What you are describing is the kind of sport/workout program that leaves 24 year old young men with wrecked knees and backs, herniated discs, and the skeletal structure of someone in their 50's. Don't give in to the pressure of performance - do what feels right. If you are 12 yrs old and your joints are aching, something is up. PLEASE take care of yourself.



on September 04, 2013
at 12:55 AM

It could be damaging, it really depends on how your structuring it. Make sure you aren't over doing it and when you feel like it becomes too demanding cut some of the stuff out so you can recover. Add them back in later when you feel better. make sure you get rest days

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