Start ‘Em Young: How To Get Your Kids JACKED The Right Way
They’re all squishy and cute and clumsily falling flat on their bouncy little asses as they work obsessively to establish some sort of rapport with their short, fat, little legs.
The issue is that if left unchecked, the
Yea, no. It doesn’t work that way.
I don’t care about whatever kind of pseudoscientific bursts of donkey gonorrhea you’ve been led to believe, weightlifting, when done safely, WILL NOT fuse and/or crack the growth plates in your kids’ bones. There is ZERO scientific evidence that lends any manner of credence to the notion that training with weights stunts the physical growth of children.
Read that again. I’ll wait.
So in the spirit of
1. Ingraining good habits early on by exposing them to healthy eating habits and moderately strenuous exercise regimens will set them up for a life defined by daring and vivacity; being strong and athletic will allow them to build both trust in their physical abilities as well as the confidence needed to try new things.
2. Training from a young age allows children to develop coordination, balance, and kinesthetic control, which in turn unlocks in them the athletic foundation needed to acquire baseline levels of proficiency in activities such as dance, watersports, and rock climbing with relative swiftness and ease.
Now, before stupid motherfuckers try putting words in my mouth, let’s get one thing clear right off the bat:
This ain’t Westside Barbells for fuck’s sake.
What I AM saying is that most kids would GREATLY benefit from some moderately challenging strength training in order to have a fighting chance at you know, not developing into fat, useless, unathletic adults with little in the way of ambition and self-esteem.
That said, IF your kids decide that they want to commit to a structured resistance program in the vein of powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman, or
This can be a tricky proposition because some kids develop earlier than others; I, for instance, legit had a full-on beard by the time I was 12 so yea, I probably could have gotten pretty jacked way back in the 7th grade.
That said, a little resistance training built into the context of a balanced and dynamic training program is a safe and effective way to increase strength whilst simultaneously increasing caloric expenditure.
Just make sure to keep the training sessions dynamic and fun by focusing the bulk of the exercise on bodyweight work and gymnastics, and don’t be afraid of throwing in some conditioning work with tools such as battle ropes, sleds, prowlers, hurdles, tires, and agility ladders.
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There is ZERO scientific evidence that lends any manner of credence to the notion that training with weights stunts the physical growth of children.
– Daniele Moretti
About the author
Head Coach, Managing Director
Wordsmith. Lover of Medieval literature. Heavy metal guitarist. History nerd. Dan mainly works with general population clients and normal folks that want to achieve their personal version of the extraordinary. He enjoys learning about what makes people tick, and to that purpose has decided to pursue a PhD in Business, focusing his research on the psychological imperatives that drive customer behavior – Basically, whether you’re looking to lose a little holiday weight or up your nude game to 12/10, he’s got what it takes to lead to the Promised Land.