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Weight lifting for youth?

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Created April 02, 2012 at 5:41 AM

Are there any good resources for weight lifting for youth? Any precautions/advice?

EDIT: He is 14 years old and plays sports and wants to get bigger/stronger/faster.

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Thank You Rob!!!

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on April 03, 2012
at 12:12 AM

Body by Science and check out Drew Baye's web site.

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Yup, same things still apply. Make sure he's following a good program that emphasizes balance and (gradual) progression. When I was 14, I spent an entire winter doing half-ROM squats and bad, back-driven bicep curls; the numbers went up, but it did nothing for me physiologically.

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on April 02, 2012
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So my kids are 6 and 9, and so they don't lift like I do. But if you can find a local crossfit teens, he may experience the benefits of the lifting there. And yeah, check out Catalyst-I lift there 2x a week, and took their o-lifting seminar, and they're the real deal. Good luck!

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Great Point. He is 14. I have updated the question. Thanks!

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Thank You HA!!!

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Stuart McRobert has good books for beginners.

And search youtube for Mark Rippetoe.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Thank You Rob!!!

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on April 03, 2012
at 12:12 AM

Body by Science and check out Drew Baye's web site.

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Define "kid." Technically, I'm still a kid (for two more weeks) and I'm following normal lifting protocols for adults. The same rules apply for starting: don't start too heavy, and don't scale up too fast. A lot of people I know like Starting Strength and Stronglifts as a basic strength program. They both use basic barbell movements (squat, deadlift, bench press, row, overhead press) and emphasize effective strength gains. No matter what you decide to do, nothing is more important than proper form. The first couple times you lift, get an experienced lifter (preferably a trainer) to coach you and make sure you're on the right track.

Good luck and happy lifting!

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on April 02, 2012
at 06:33 AM

Yup, same things still apply. Make sure he's following a good program that emphasizes balance and (gradual) progression. When I was 14, I spent an entire winter doing half-ROM squats and bad, back-driven bicep curls; the numbers went up, but it did nothing for me physiologically.

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on April 02, 2012
at 06:06 AM

Great Point. He is 14. I have updated the question. Thanks!

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on April 02, 2012
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My kids lift (sort of) at Crossfit Kids. I know there are mixed feelings here about crossfit, but our crossfit box has a really nice kids program that is fun and includes xfit type stuff as well as a fun and non stressful (and technically accurate) weightlifting aspect. Good stuff.

If you're interested in strict weightlifting, I'd check in with Catalyst Athletics, out of Sunnyvale, CA. Many people consider them to be a leader in weightlifting and thinking about weightlifting. See what they've got to say, and what they recommend.

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on April 02, 2012
at 05:54 AM

Thank You HA!!!

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on April 02, 2012
at 06:26 AM

So my kids are 6 and 9, and so they don't lift like I do. But if you can find a local crossfit teens, he may experience the benefits of the lifting there. And yeah, check out Catalyst-I lift there 2x a week, and took their o-lifting seminar, and they're the real deal. Good luck!

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