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Benefits Of Dumbbell Pullover
Lifting weights: We often advise that kids should not be lifting weights before puberty as it puts additional strain on growing tendons and bones and can affect height and cause injury. That being said, you should only be using a weight that you can hold or move steadily to avoid injury. If you are shaking too much trying to carry 5 pounds or 50 pounds, it's too heavy.
Use a trainer: Weightlifting like many sports activities can be beneficial if done right ; can produce significant injury if done wrong. Any 14yo should be supervised by a trained professional, preferably one certified in the area. Early training focuses on technique ; low intensity weights. Power lifting ; body building are not recommended until the kid reaches skeletal maturity (final height, b.O., shaves).
Possibly: If used in a program of graded increase in weights and generally good exercise, dumbell weights of various strengths can be helpful. You should exercise through stiff ness but not through pain. A good physical exercise counselor can help design a program depending upon your goals.
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Weight Training: It is usually 3 to 5 times a week doing 5 repetitions of gradually increasing weight. Say 5 lbs. Lift it 5 times, then go to 7.5 lbs, lift it 5 times. Depends on what weights in gym. If you have home dumbbells then use same weight and build up the number of times you lift it. (repetitions) Work out 3 to 5 times a week and you will see muscle definition.
Not really: You are too young to be posting on healthtap at 14 yo. You must be older in order to ask questions, since you're under parental supervision.
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Whatever's handy: Whatever weight seems right to you, so that you can work up to three sets of ten rips with good form and then increase the weight. Same advice you'd give a sixteen year old. No reason not to be as tough as everybody else just because you're fifty years old. Glad you're doing this. Good form is key -- you can hurt your joints a bit easier at your age but it's better than not lifting at all.See 1 more doctor answer
Total body: If you want a total body workout using only dumbells then here it is. Start with lower body with lunges, then straight leg dead lift, calf raises, all can be done with dumbells. Next a bicep and tricep exercise done alternating dumbells with supinating curls into overhead extensions. Next a shoulder exercise which works all 3 heads, the Arnold press. And finally, chest press and single arm rows
Yes: Single-arm dumbbell curls for biceps, dumbbell kickbacks for triceps, and side lateral raises for shoulders.
Form more important: The weight you lift with each exercise is much less important than the form you use. Make sure you are performing each dumbbell exercise appropriately. Use the full arc of motion, and go slow rather than fast with each repetition. Start with very light weight so that you can easily do 8-12 repetitions of each exercise for 3 total sets. You can slowly increase as your strength and endurance improve.
Weights: Start with 2lb weight and gradually work your way up.
Dumbbells are harder: Dumbbells require each arm to recruit more surrounding shoulder muscles to help balance the weight which means you are working harder (given the same weight). The bench press is a great exercise as well, but it does work a more specific muscle group and is intrinsically more stable because both arms are linked in trying to balance the moving weight load.
Absolutely: Yes, weight and resistance training is fine for both men and women. Make sure to start low and go slow. Work with someone knowledgable like a personal trainer initially to learn good form and prevent injury. Good luck.
Yes, not too heavy: It's ok as long as you don't use them to copy homework from.
Sore chin: If the chin is just sore after hitting it with a dumbell, then I would ice it 20 minutes every hour for the first 2 days. If you are not allergic, you can also take an anti-inflammatory medicine like advil (ibuprofen) or naproxen. If there is any change in your teeth fitting together, then you should definitely see a dentist or physician.
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