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How Can I Sell My Daughter on Calisthenics?


#1

She is only 11, turns 12 in April. I keep trying to talk up the benefits of body weight workouts. She is bull headed and wants to go to the gym. I am glad she has the interest and I get that doing push-ups is just boring. I am not against kids lifting myself. She just could get so far with calisthenics


#2

I have found the best way to get kids doing something is to model it (up to a certain age lol). How much doing vs talking is happening?


#3

Does she play any sports?


#4

What’s the problem again? If you don’t mind her lifting and she wants to go to the gym…


#5

you’re asking us how to convince an 11 year old why a particular way to work out is better than a different way? I’m not sure you’re going to get much out of this thread, lol


#6

In an era where childhood obesity is an epidemic, instead of trying to convince your daughter to exercise differently, I would support their decision to exercise.


#7

Basketball, and she gets made fun of for looking anorexic. Modeling is a good idea


#8

he’s not saying she should model… read again. this time, do it better.


#9

Get her rock climbing. It’s fun and the most muscular girls (17 and under) I’ve ever seen were all climbers.


#10

Hey @Navin_Johnson, I agree that body weight movements are extremely valuable but I also remember what it was like being that young and just wanting to hit the weights. I think incorporating body weight movements into a weight training program as accessory work could be a compromise. She would still be able to lift weights and would benefit from the body weight movements. I do this myself, its a great workout! Good luck!


#11

Beat me to it