Lifting weights before you hit puberty?

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  1. dadx4

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    This was a big no-no when I was growing up because of the growth plates in the body still maturing. My son just turned 14 and still hasn't hit puberty. He starts high school baseball this summer and they start workouts next monday. So has the opinion changed? My son says his fiends are starting to work out but the one's he mentions have already hit puberty.
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    That whole growth plate thing was based off some poorly executed study in the 60s. No reason he can't be lifting at 14. Lots of reasons he should be lifting at 14.
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    Google around, but here's a good read. I know it's the NYT, but you can do it, dadx4. It won't hurt. ;)
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    :laugh:
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    lol, thanks.
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    I have a good article from cressey performance on kids lifting that I will post when I get home. I think starting in freshman year is perfect. I train two 15 year olds now and they are doing great.
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    The growth plates still being open didn't matter, he can lift weights. Your growth plates can still be open even after puberty.
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    My son is the same age dad but he's in full buck rut right now.

    If his coaches know what they are doing he ahould be fine. Anything beyond being sore is not good so tell him to try and recognize the difference between pain and injury.
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    I would start with body weight lifting for young kids.

    Dips, pushups, pullups, ab work, once they develop a good frame, hit the weights slowly.

    Better alternative to machine lifting IMO
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    This sounds like a good idea to me. And gymnastics if possible. I've even seen parkour gyms for kids, which could be the coolest things ever.
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    More kids will get injured doing gymnastics and parkour than lifting weights.
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    Agreed...I was thinking more in terms of learning how to move, though.

    In other words...I strayed :)
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    Haha, it happens.

    One of my clients is also doing parkour and loves it. It is a kick butt good time. I might even go check it out one of these days.
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    I started lifting at 13

    I'm 6'4"

    My mom is 5'5 and my dad 6'0

    I don't think it stunted my growth at all
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    I don't think that weightlifting is inherently bad for kids if its done properly, but it's often not. More importantly though, why should kids be in the gym in the first place? Let them play a variety of sports throughout the year (not specializing till late high school or even college) and they will get stronger, develop quality motor control, and become much more bad ass than you would ever see from sticking a kid in the gym at 10 years old. The gym should be a supplement to quality movement, and we generally don't need this supplement until high school at the earliest.
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    Exactly, when they close you stop growing. So, that's anywhere from 18 to 25 years of age for normal (male) people.
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    What is parkour?
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    free running

    watch American ninja warrior. at least 75 percent of the good contestants are parkour practicioners.
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    just search parkour on you tube. Some amazing stuff.

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