I have an 8 yr old stepson (Dylan) who wants to be just like me, which is great.
He started AAU wrestling this year (loves it) and is doing well, but obviously, a little strength would help immensely.
He has been asking about lifting weights, and I have talked about form and the like, but ALWAYS kept it EXTREMELY light whenever I let him pick up the weights. I have limited him to mostly bodyweight squats and pushups thus far.
I have always heard conflicting information about strength training and growth development in children. I feel that it couldn’t hurt, but have read and heard several studies suggesting that it could stunt his growth, impair joint development, etc.
Do any of you have advice for me as to “breaking him in” with strength training safely and without developmental drawbacks.