My 15 y/o cousin has recently been bugging me to get him started on lifting some weights so I've decided to take the time this summer to introduce him to the wide world of strength-training. He's pretty athletic and plans on playing lacrosse in high school next year (he'll be a sophomore). He's a bit above average height-wise (probably about 5'9" right now) but he's pretty skinny and has absolutely NO experience lifting weights.
Obviously, he needs to train like an athlete, but I’m a bit perplexed as to how to start him out. I’ve decided the first thing to do is to simply get him going on the major lifts by hammering away at form for a couple weeks at least with mobility work and constant practice of proper form for the squat, pressing variations, deadlift, power snatch and power clean, along with some high pulls and probably some chins as well.
But once he’s ready to actually start throwing some weight on the bar, what would you recommend for someone like him? I’d like to keep things pretty simple for him so that he can easily make the transition to working out by himself once I’m not there. I was thinking something along the lines of an abbreviated version of HP Mass or the layer system with the third layer omitted in favor of some assistance work and some extra ballistic jumping and medicine ball throwing at the beginning of the workout.
I figure I won’t really need to worry about any sort of running or conditioning since he’ll get plenty of that once he starts practicing with the lacrosse team. Just pure strength-training for now, but something that will really help him develop his athleticism and strength without wearing him out or anything like that.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Any info or program advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.