Many people don’t think that it is a good idea for young kids to lift weights. I generally don’t have a problem with children and adolescents lifting weights, and many major medical and sports medicine organizations agree. I do think we should take steps to make sure they do it safely.
Here are a few suggestions for parents to help kids lift weights while minimize the chance they get hurt.
Set appropriate goals for a weightlifting routine
Kids who haven’t started their growth spurts aren’t going to develop huge muscles. They shouldn’t try to do much expecting to bulk up. Kids should discuss their goals with their parents and a personal training coach to develop an exercise regimen appropriate for their bodies and their goals.
Use proper technique lifting weights
Teach kids proper techniques with each exercise so that they don’t do the moves incorrectly. Proper form can assure that they don’t put the stress where it shouldn’t be, and they might not get injured. Correct technique can also make the exercises more effective. Make sure kids use a lower weight they can control for each exercise rather than doing a few reps with much heavier weights.
Have a spotter present when lifting weights
An adult or another child familiar with weightlifting to serve as a spotter is crucial. He can catch the weight if the child cannot complete a repetition, helping to prevent an injury from occurring. Having an adult present would be ideal, not only to spot, but also to teach the correct form with each exercise.
Do you think kids should lift weights? Do you have any tips for kids to lift weights safely? Please share your thoughts below!