My 13 year old cousin has begun working out. So far he’s 4 months in and the kid is blowing up! He got embarassed about the stretch marks on his shoulders but I told him he should wear them with pride.
Anyway he hasn’t been working out with me but rather his friends dad who’s training him and a few other young kids. They are doing basics like bench press (he’s up to 125 for reps already!), pull ups, skull crushers…You get the idea.
I brought him to my house today and worked out outside since the weather is beautiful. I was just doing simple things like powercleans, snatches and such and he was just flipping out about them. He got really psyched and he told me he wanted to learn to how to do them…I wasn’t sure if he was too young to teach but I told him I’d check it out and see if it was safe.
So what do you guys think? What are the safest compound movements for a kid his age? I have seen kids 16+ doing them but is 13 too young? He’s a bit chubby- 5’5" - 160lbs (he has a very big frame though). He already had a problem with high cholesterol but the working out and such has helped out alot.
I am psyched! I wish I had someone teaching me this stuff at his age. For me working out at 13 meant pushing wheel barrows filled with concrete, swinging 20 pound sledgehammers and cracking up sidewalks in nyc (my family is in construction - as you can tell hah).