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Looking for a Good Start for My Son


#1

my son just turned 14.
plays high school football Oline
weight is about 140 and is about 5/9 in height.
coach says he need to get stronger and add size.

I have been in the gym now for about 2 years.. with trail and error i have found what works for me
however i,m 43.. not 14

So i need to figure out were to start my son
i don't want to hurt him or push him to far as he is 14

any ideas on a good solid program for a beginner kid?
will the 5x5 work for him?
any input would be great


#2

[quote]Barstoolphreak wrote:
my son just turned 14.
plays high school football Oline
weight is about 140 and is about 5/9 in height.
coach says he need to get stronger and add size.

I have been in the gym now for about 2 years… with trail and error i have found what works for me
however i,m 43… not 14

So i need to figure out were to start my son
i don’t want to hurt him or push him to far as he is 14

any ideas on a good solid program for a beginner kid?
will the 5x5 work for him?
any input would be great[/quote]

This would be an excellent place to start I think.


#3

Starting Strength, by Mark Rippetoe would be very helpful if you have not read it yet. 5x5 would work great for him.


#4

[quote]dagill2 wrote:

[quote]Barstoolphreak wrote:
my son just turned 14.
plays high school football Oline
weight is about 140 and is about 5/9 in height.
coach says he need to get stronger and add size.

I have been in the gym now for about 2 years… with trail and error i have found what works for me
however i,m 43… not 14

So i need to figure out were to start my son
i don’t want to hurt him or push him to far as he is 14

any ideas on a good solid program for a beginner kid?
will the 5x5 work for him?
any input would be great[/quote]

This would be an excellent place to start I think.[/quote]

x2

Also, teach him to do push ups and pullups with his shoulder blades depressed. It will pay off by the time he really pushes heavy weights.


#5

#6

[quote]nighthawkz wrote:
https://www.T-Nation.com/training/teaching-a-kid-to-lift[/quote]

Hello, Chris? Is that you?


#7

[quote]Barstoolphreak wrote:
my son just turned 14.
plays high school football Oline
weight is about 140 and is about 5/9 in height.
coach says he need to get stronger and add size.

I have been in the gym now for about 2 years… with trail and error i have found what works for me
however i,m 43… not 14

So i need to figure out were to start my son
i don’t want to hurt him or push him to far as he is 14

any ideas on a good solid program for a beginner kid?
will the 5x5 work for him?
any input would be great[/quote]

At that age/height/weight he plays HS OL, OR he WANTS to play OL. Regardless, assuming he is on the bench right now, do they not have an in-season lifting program? Any good HS should have practically a year round schedule.


#8

[quote]Barstoolphreak wrote:
i don’t want to hurt him or push him to far as he is 14[/quote]
The biggest thing for both of these points is to not hit muscular failure. Grind through some tough reps (after a while of training) if needed, but every rep should always, always be doable.

I’d actually combine all the previous advice: Start with the bodyweight plan and approach to eating here:

And then progress to the training here (continuing with the previous eating plan):

[quote]dagill2 wrote:

[quote]nighthawkz wrote:
https://www.T-Nation.com/training/teaching-a-kid-to-lift[/quote]
Hello, Chris? Is that you?[/quote]
Nope, not me, just a clearly well-educated fellow with a keen eye for sharing relevant information.


#9

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:

[quote]dagill2 wrote:
Hello, Chris? Is that you?[/quote]
Nope, not me, just a clearly well-educated fellow with a keen eye for sharing relevant information.[/quote]

I’m flattered.


#10

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:

[quote]dagill2 wrote:

[quote]nighthawkz wrote:
https://www.T-Nation.com/training/teaching-a-kid-to-lift[/quote]
Hello, Chris? Is that you?[/quote]
Nope, not me, just a clearly well-educated fellow with a keen eye for sharing relevant information.[/quote]
Just yanking your chain.

I’m a big fan of that article, as you know.