I've been meaning to ask this for awhile but I always manage to forget about it and not ask.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to go about training the compound lifts with less than an olympic bar...especially in the case of the deadlift, I've got access to bumper plates which make the bar the right height but that's a 95 lbs. load and it might be too heavy for someone to start with.
I'm mainly wondering for my 10 year old son who has expressed an interest in training. He's almost 100 lbs. and while most of us are capable of handling a 45 lbs. barbell to get the form down, that might be a little much for him. I know I could use a broomstick to teach the form but bridging that gap between broomstick and barbell might be difficult.
I'm open to any suggestions people may have. I don't really want to debate what age training should occur at. I don't plan on pushing him too hard / too heavy especially since he's not going to be very coordinated for at least 6-8 weeks of solid training.