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Introduce Your Kids to Lifting?


Thought this was a cool story about a mom and daughter figure competing duo: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2009/04/tough_love_holly_mom_daughter.html

Ignore some of the jack monkey comments posted at the end though.

Got me wondering - how many of the parents around here plan to introduce their kids to lifting or perhaps already have?


I hope this thread gets some responses, I am curious as well. If I have children, I definitely plan on introducing them to the iron.


Parents must lead by example!

Also, for kids ages 6-9, it's all about making it fun and playing games that help reinforce many movement patterns. It's not the technique that matters at this age, but that they have fun doing it.

Technique begins coming into effect beginning at 10-13 years of age. Training still has to be fun, but form begins to matter more.

It truly matters when they are 14-18 years of age. Form is very important at this age (and not excessive loading).

Speaking of loading, it can begin as early as possible (provided the child is ready) with simple things like bodyweight exercises, med ball exercises and light dumbbell and bar work to practice correct technique.

This is just some of what I've learned as a Level 1 certified Youth Fitness Specialist through the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) - www.iyca.org. As I have an interest in opening a youth fitness facility in the future.


Started kids in early teens with pullups(band assisted for girls), pushups, KB deadlifts, and moved to ring dips, ring leg lifts, KB clean and press, and band rotator work. School has athletics program for athletes and they back squat, bench, clean and sprint.

Has paid huge dividends athletically and relationship wise.

Rings and KBs have been huge surprise. Teaching DL with KB sumo is way to go. teaching back squat with box is key. Kids love rings, and "spidermans", basicly inverted rows from rings are a big favorite. Make sure you have power rack with safety pins and never allow unsupervised training.


My sons got me into lifting.

It can work both ways.


I plan on first buying 10lbs blankets for the baby. They might as well start early and that seems most convenient. Too snug? Bench it.

If I can manage to successfully apply this idea to their baby bottles, rattles and stuffed animals, my kid should have decent biceps by the time he can walk.

Once school starts, 20lbs ankle weights will be a standard along with a lunch box the size of a suitcase filled with protein shakes, green tea and a Fruit Roll Up. (See, I'm not ALL business)

By the time he starts high school weighing a cool 255lbs at 11% body fat, we should be at a good starting place for the weight room.


Just make sure those protein shakes don't have more than 30g of protein in one serving, his body won't be able to absorb anymore than that.


The ankle weights comment made me laugh. I used to wear them around the workplace, on days I wasn't training, to tire myself out.

Thankfully my days in retail are over and work is hard enough now. Dirty jobs FTW!


My friends' 2 year old son can snatch a 10 lb DB and tries to deadlift when no one is on the platform at meets.


I wonder what my 2 yr old can Snatch. I'll get back to you tomorrow.


This post has been nominated for the 2009 Best Thing Award.


Only a 10 lb blanket for the baby?! Pu$$y! :stuck_out_tongue:


I don't push it on them but my 11 year old daughter will ask if she can work out with me sometimes and I will make up a body weight routine for her.

Sunday she had a friend over and they worked for 45 minutes on a circuit, including working the heavy bag. She has a wicked leg kick and high knee considering shes only 75 pounds.