Thread: starting out
10-09-2005, 09:27 PM #1
i have a 15yr old kid who has taken up bodybuilding. he has never lifted b4 so i started him out with just basic push ups and pull ups. he has been doing these 3 days a week for the past month. i was wondering if i could give him a program that included weight training? he has alot of other kids pressuring him at school to max out and stuff. (i think we can all relate to highschool weight rooms and peer pressure) I know he is not ready for that.
10-10-2005, 11:06 AM #2Banned
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I'm 18 and started with pushups and pullups when I was fourteen. I used to love the way everybody would max out the machines with terrible form, whilst I would do 12-15 reps in a controlled fashion with the free weights. Although I was the only one doing it and got laughed at because my weights were 'pathetic', in the end I had the last laugh when I had outgrown them and could lift more in both machines and free weights. Because I dedicated myself to learning all about muscles and exercise, I would quietly laugh to myself as I watched them fool about pumping their egos instead of their muscles and not knowing one thing about what they were doing.
My dad said when I was 15 I shouldn't do deads until I had stopped growing and I'm glad I didn't. Now I do them since there is less risk of injury. I think doing 12 reps is probably best at that age and have read it many places. Bench pressing can put a lot of stress on young shoulders which have very weak interconnective tissue. I found it best to just add weight in a backpack for pressups since that strengthened the surrounding muscles more than bench pressing anyway because the body moves as a whole solid unit. Then going onto benching at 16 was good.
Hopes this helps because I have been in this situation.
10-10-2005, 11:11 AM #3Originally Posted by copenhagen
10-10-2005, 11:16 AM #4Originally Posted by alo5603
Last edited by S.P.G; 10-10-2005 at 11:27 AM.
10-10-2005, 11:16 AM #5
I will have to see proof on the stunted growth. I started at age 14 and now I am 27 and am fine. I just wish I had know more at that age on how to lift correctly.
Is this kid interested in lifting weights? Ask him. If he is, then show him how to do controlled movements with the correct amount of weight. If he sticks with it, change his workout routine every 3 months or so advancing him a little more each time.
10-10-2005, 11:24 AM #6
He can get a lot out of training at this age. I have a 15 year old son and he trains with me 3 times a week in the gym.
I allow him to train upper body only and his confidence as grown with his strength. I also believe that training helps him to dispel some of that teenage rage coursed by the Testosterone racing around his body and that the discipline of good training help him to manage under school pressures.
10-10-2005, 11:27 AM #7
totally agree, it is very good for kids to lift, helps confidence for sure which leads to better grades, better athlete, more gf lol, etc. and upper body is a good way to start, just monitor his benching and dont allow him to go super heavy. If he wants to work out legs, try wall squats, body weight lunges, calve raises, etc. Nothin too fancy, but it will help.
10-10-2005, 11:30 AM #8Originally Posted by Lavinco
10-10-2005, 11:37 AM #9Originally Posted by alo5603
10-10-2005, 11:52 AM #10Originally Posted by Lavinco
10-10-2005, 01:24 PM #11
thanks for the advice fellas.
10-10-2005, 02:13 PM #12Originally Posted by alo5603
and im getting this right out of class. im a nutrition and fitness major.
10-10-2005, 03:02 PM #13Originally Posted by robkesl
I can see your way of thinking so by no means am i tryin to be an A**. The difference we see comes from our schooling, you are taught for leading an overall healthly life style, im taught to keep people healthy and diagnose and prevent disease OR developed deficiency's with age.
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