A 20-year-old member asked:
can my 14 year old son lift up heavy weights thank you?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Frank Holmes answered
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes, conditionally : It's reasonable to begin weight lifting around the time of puberty. Your son needs qualified instruction and supervision. He should begin with light weights and higher reps (i.e. 10 lb. Dumbbell curls, 2 sets 15 reps/set). No maxing out. Someone knowledgeable should spot him for bench and overhead presses. Allow for at least one day of rest between workouts involving the same muscle group.
Answered on Jul 25, 2015
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe,maybe not: Strength training is ok an any age under the guidance of qualified trainers. The growth plates in the long bones are not as strong as ligaments, so little johnie playing conan will fracture a growth plate before he sprains a ligament. The aap recomends a kid be at stage 5 (end) of puberty before involvement in power lifting or other such events. If shaving daily, stinky &
Answered on Jul 20, 2014
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