So, I was home with my 8-year-old brother today and I was going to go to the basement to do abs and cardio. My brother asked if he can go on the elliptical while I work out, so I said sure.
When we got down, we got to talking about gym class at his school and it somehow gravitated to sit ups. I asked if he can do a sit up and he said yea, so I had him do some sit ups.
He can't quite do one with his knees bent past maybe 40 degrees, but he can do like 6 with his knees at around 40 degrees with me holding his feet.
I taught him to do those with proper form and then we did some leg raises. I didn't want him worrying about flutter kicks or anything, so I just saw how long he would be able to hold his legs raised on his back. He could do like 20 seconds and we did a few sets of that.
I asked him if he wanted to try some other stuff and he said sure. He can't do a full push up and can barely do one to 90 degree elbows, so I had him bench a little. He did some sets of around 12 or the 10lb bar. I made sure he was doing it slow and with good form.
It was the cutest/funniest thing to see him benching. He was actually trying really hard too and pushing himself to failure. I taught him to breath out when he's exerting force and that helped a lot with everything.
We did a few sets of rowing with 10lb dumbells lying on his stomach on the bench. We did some Supermans, those things on the stomach where you balance on your stomach. I had him do a few sets of the Arnold Shoulder Press with 5lb dumbells. He curled some 5s and then did some behind the back Tricep extension with the 5.
It's weird, he can do like 40 reps of 5lb curls but can't curl a 10 once.
We did a few sets of unweighted squats and some standing Calf raises on the stairs.
He told me that he liked it and wants to work out more tomorrow. He was really pushing himself and trying hard. I really didn't expect him to try at all, but he did. What should I do about this? Is it fine for an 8-year-old to work out a little? Maybe only compound movements?
I don't know if an 8-year-old can even make any gains either, but he seems to like it. Is it healthy or can this hinder growth or something?
Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I couldn't find the 8 and under Lifter section.