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    DeaTH BeFoRe WeaKNeSs sCaRz*Of*PaiN's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    ok, i have first hand experience... typical football coach in middle school telling me to lift....messed up my shoulder(rotator cuff and collar bone). Stick to push ups and pull ups etc, body weight only... swimming is good too, a low impact entire body workout.
    And what if you had hurt your shoulder doing push ups? Would you advocate against push ups? One bad workout does not mean anything. We all have them at one time or another...unless you're just very fortunate.
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    uh, it was from benching, and it was correct,.... and i think multiple cortazone shots and surgery merits a title stronger than simply a "bad workout", although i was a combo between massive amouts of swimming and lifting young.. the point is that it is a kid, and they have a hard time understanding what injury from bad form means... i was shown and told the best advice, and if i would have followed it been fine, but i was a kid, and decided i knew more than anyone else, because thats what kids do, the first time he lifts alone it may not happen, but it is jus a matter of time before he pushes his own limitations, and that will result in a potential injury.... so play it safe and let him use his own body as a gym

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    Screw it...have the kid do Dog Crapp training and extreme stretching...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN View Post
    Children shouldn't lift weights...ever. Get him into other things and helping him stay active until he gets old enough to begin lifting weights. Football, soccer, martial arts, etc...
    this is exactamundo. let the kids play man...send em outdoors, team sports, hell i wish i even started martial arts at that age. keep them people friendly and not self centered lifters at that age.
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    Why can't he play sports AND hang w/ his dad at the gym?

    PS: I'm surprised the gym management allows him on the floor...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BG5150 View Post
    Why can't he play sports AND hang w/ his dad at the gym?
    Exactly. Some of you people make it sound like we're suggesting kids be put on the Super Squats program at 6 and Smolov at 10... Most kids I know that are active in sports, are active in 2 or 3 or even more - there's absolutely nothing wrong w. kids learning how to lift young.

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    I'm right with you Johnny... My son can warp some gravity as well.

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    Josh that video is awesome.
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    Man makes me wonder what my son would be like (if i had one with my gf) ... both parents were competition body builders (dad was Mr. NJ). It'd be a genetic freak thats for sure. Sweet vid btw. To the op - id say body weight exercises and light lifting is the way to go. I read somewhere a father had their son do like power cleans or some olympic lift since they were young with full intensity then when they were like 14 the father let the kid do some real weight and he was able to do some rediculous amount with perfect form.
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    Josh, that video is really great - my favorite part is where you tell him "get mad at it!" The thought of that kid going "LIGHTWEIGHT BABY, SFW!" made me break out laughing.
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    In physical education programs across the nation they (the almight unknown rule makers) suggest that they do exercises involving their own body weight (dips, inverted rows, pushup, chin ups, pull ups, one legged squats, step lunges)...Its great that kids wanna get in the gym just I beg of you please explain to them that the input (nutrition) is much more important that the output (exercise)

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