My 8 year old daughter likes playing sports and plays soccer, softball, and basketball. I recently asked her if she would like to improve in these and she said yeah. So I explained to her that there are several aspects that will help her improve and that getting stronger is one of those. I then asked her if she would be interested in weight training with me. She said yeah.
OK, that was easy. I figured I'd have to talk her into it.
So, about two weeks ago she started weight training with me two days a week. She is doing the following full body workout twice a week. The weights she uses are so light I figure it is OK to do it all on one day. If it starts to wipe her out I'll have to split it up.
Squat (zercher with sandbag)
Deadlift (yeah, full on deadlift with a barbell)
Bent Over Row (dumbell)
Overhead Press (dumbell)
It's fun, she's enjoying it. I've been using the techniques from Starting Strength to teach her form. Like I say we're using light weights to just getting her doing the motion although we did up the weight a little this last Saturday. She seemed to like the increase in weight and the feeling of accomplishment and improvement so that was great.
I hope she sticks with it as much for herself as for me. I mean, what better way to spend time with your daughter than in the weight room.
Do any of you work out with your kids?