It is very common for a young boy to want to start lifting weights.
In most cases it actually has very little to do with getting shape or feeling better.
It has much to do with mimicking dad or, as a boy gets older, looking better, looking more masculine, and looking more attractive to the opposite sex.
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However, the question that comes up often is what age should a boy start lifting weights and what are the reasons for and against when it comes to young boy’s weight lifting.
As a child's body is still developing, safety needs to be a primary concern.
Also, talk to your child's doctor about any exercise program they participate in.
While this question of how young is too young to begin weight lifting or strength training was not something that was being asked just a few short years ago, today, it is a very viable question.
A boy wanting to look muscular is nothing new, but with fitness being so popular these days, it is little wonder why there is this growing debate over when is the right age for a boy to start lifting weights.
However, a short and to the point answer is that a boy should not start lifting weights before he hits puberty, usually around 12 to 13 years of age.
The main reason for this is simply due to a developmental difference in boys who have hit puberty and those boys that have not.
Pre-pubescent boys simply do not have the amount of natural steroid production that boys who have arrived at puberty have.
This steroid production accounts for many things, but one thing it does is it allows boys to have the ability to build muscle.
Some studies have hinted at the fact that pre-adolescent boys can benefit from weight lifting to gain strength. However, because of the lack of naturally produced steroids, it is impossible for those boys to gain any mass or muscular definition outside of what they are genetically predisposed to develop.
Of course, every boy’s dream of being muscle bound happens for a different reasons. Some boys don’t have a well-developed physical frame and they might feel that lifting weights will help to counteract that. Other boys feel that having more muscles will make them more appealing to the opposite sex. Some may feel it makes them look older.
Of course, many just want to copy a male role model. In the case of a very young boy wanting to workout with dad, you can safely allow them to use very light 2-3 pound dumbbells to mimic the adult motions. Just be certain to go over all safety precautions, as even light dumbbells can break a toe! Make sure they wear shoes at all times.
Whatever the case may be, a boy wanting a muscular body is normally a response to the developing masculine characteristics that they have begun to notice.
In some cases, a boy might be overweight or they may lack a certain level of conditioning. Lifting weights has plenty of benefits and one of them is it being a great tool for losing weight and getting in shape.
Follow these guidelines to maintain a safe and successful weight training program for a boy:
Most adults, after a good workout, may not be able to lift the next day, at least not the same muscle groups they worked out the day before. However, a boy, lacking this understanding may want to push himself to lift too soon. Making sure his muscles have adequately recovered means that his workouts will be maximized but it will also avoid any weight lifting related injuries as well.
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