Thursday, July 8, 2010

Weight Training and Your Teen

If your teen is interested in strength training, tell him that his goal should never be to bulk up. In fact, sports activities like weightlifting and bodybuilding are not advisable for his age just yet. To keep him safe, take note of these pointers:
  • Before you give your teen the go signal, make sure that he gets a thorough consultation with his doctor first.
  • Upon getting the doctor's approval, the next move would be to ensure that your teen has everything he needs. See to it that he gets the right supervision and has the proper kinds of safe equipment.
  • As a rule, teens should only use light weights to tone their muscles. However, they're advised to have more repetitions. Experts say this works more effectively than lifting heavy weights for only a few reps (1-2).
  • Kids in their pre-adolescent stages aren't advised to take up strength training to increase the bulk of their muscles. The only time this should be made part of their goal is after they've passed puberty. And even if they are already eligible for this, using the right method is still the main concern to ensure that they stay safe while doing strength training. 
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