I have a 12 year old, quite mature for his age. Only in 6th grade but will start competing in powerlifting in 8th grade. Does anyone know if there is a growth or health hazard to get him going on light weights to get the form down. Bench, Deadlift, Squats.
Thanks for any info.
Last edited by Panther08; 11-13-2008 at 07:57 AM.
No reall growth/health hazards, but I would def. incorporate a lot of GPP training and bodyweight exercises with your son. You want to build a solid foundation for him as soon as possible....Have him perform Sled Drags / Sled Pushes, push ups / sit ups/ pull ups/dips/Glute Ham Raises/Hypers Extension/BW Box Squats..etc....Once you feel he is ready, then I would introduce barbell training with your son.....I do not know your background on teaching barbell training, but I would highly recommend the book Starting Strength by Rippetoe to help guide your coaching.......Also elitefts.com has a great q&a with very knowledgeable coaches / trainers that can help out a lot......I believe this ? has been asked a few times over on that site...
Hope this helps....
There used to be a concern about harming the growth plates on young bones, but I think that has been disproven. I think as long as they learn the proper techniques, etc they should be fine.
i stopped growing 8th/freshman year but idk if it was b/c of lifting or not...b/c at the time i wasnt serious at all...
750/425/625/1800 at SPF Georgia State meet on 8/07/10
Started Powerlifting: September 08
What you do have to do is take it slow though. Don't have them maxing out all the time. Like AJ said, lots of GPP work and don't let them go all out like they'll want to.
When developing the connective tissue, you have to take it slow because that tissue repairs itself very very slowly because of low blood flow to them. In adolescents you need to take it even slower because their connective tissue is being stretched and grown as their bones and joints grow.
I would really encourage you to get him into powerlifting assuming he really wants to do it, you've just got to be smart about it. Once he gets to about 16-18 you can start go get a bit more agressive with the training
I think about 3 years old is the right time. By then they have pretty good balance and are ready. As long as you do not go over 90% of their max it will in no way damage the growth plates. So as long as they are doing triples or more I would say they are fine. I think it could still be argued that even if you hit a true max a couple of times a year the slight chance a few growth plate cells could be endangered might even be counteracted by the release of growth hormones and the strengthening of the bones due to loaded exercises. If you want a good read find the journal article "100 reasons why prepubescent teens should lift weights". It lists all of the good jouranl articles resources in th epast few years that have confirmed it is safe for even prepubescent kids to lift.
My boy started doing small stuff at 10 with DB's he turned 12 back in July is a fullbore 110% on everything I do now. He benches with us every saturday and is my full blown training partner through the week.