My answer is YES!… If the kid knows what he is doing!
Weightlifting at an early age it’s safe & will not stunt growth like make people say so
The main thing is to lift weights with good form, otherwise injuries can occur & that is why I strongly recommend that the kid has a strong bodyweight foundation
Simply because the kid needs a relative strength foundation (to be able to carry his own weight)
He might be too weak for the extra stress of the iron so developing strength trough bodyweight will strengthen his joints, ligaments, and muscles to withstand the extra resistance better
Bodyweight training will tech him and him aware of how his body works, what muscles to fire up doing certain exercises & show him his weaknesses so he can work on them & develop a balanced body
Even if the kid plays sports like soccer or basketball, he needs to work on their bodyweight since he might be lacking back & core stabilization strength (which can be improved with pull ups, handstands & planks)
Usually is not just being weak but also the combination of lifting like a fool without focusing on form and just trying to lift the heaviest weight he can to impress his buddies (this was my experience in my high school gym days)
Here is list of fundamental bodyweight exercises he should be able to do with good form in order to be a lot more prepared before using weights:
Those are the minimums he should be able to perform those res with relative ease (heck everyone should be able to no matter what age in order to have good relative strength)
After having a good foundation he should learn proper technique in the main compound barbell lifts:
Hiring a personal trainer or a coach to teach the kid how to execute these movement with good form is ideal, so knows which muscles to engage during the movements
Like I explained in the video, doing bodyweight exercises will make him aware of his weaknesses and they will be exposed while using weights
That’s why it’s important that he becomes aware of these weaknesses so he can work on them and not let them be an enigma
So bodyweight training will set the foundation he needs to strengthen his ligaments, joints and put on actual muscle to support the extra resistance
And the primary focus hen he does start lifting weight should be on learning proper form and not letting his ego take over!
Why does he even want to lift weights?
Have you ever considered why does he wants to lift weights?
Does he want to get bigger?
Earn the respect of his buddies?
Look good for girls?
Excel at his sport?
Build a stronger character because he is to self conscious?
The truth is you don’t know why he wants to do this, it might not even be because he wants to get bigger
He might get picked around at school for being skinny & weak & lifting weights is an outlet for him to cope with this
For me this was one of the reasons I started lifting weights, not only did I get more confident but also developed mental toughness & started to be more responsible for myself
I was learning how my body responds to stress and metabolic changes + also was taking care of myself since I wanted to get bigger so that meant being healthier & staying out of trouble
And your kid might be in a similar situation
He won’t tell you he has low self confidence, or that he gets pushed around (even if it’s not in a bully type way, if he is weaker than his buddies this will make him wish he was bigger and stronger)
So bottom line, Don’t Tell Him No
Help him out get stronger at bodyweight so he can learn how his body responds to resistance & builds a strong foundation
And then have him Lift Some Damn Weights! So he can build up his confidence and become a Stud!
I personally wish somebody would have told me to focus on a lot more bodyweight first to get strong at the basics and then attack the weights
All of my lifts would be a lot better and I probably wouldn’t have gone trough several annoying injuries
But am grateful for all these “bad” experiences, they put me in a position where I can help somebody like you & prevent you from making the same mistakes I did when starting
Hopefully this makes you aware that weightlifting is safe, if the kid knows what he is doing
It’s like saying that driving a car at an early age is dangerous
It can be if the kid is inexperienced, but if the kid knows how to drive because he has learned the fundamentals and has good awareness of the roads + signals, then is not dangerous, no matter how young the kid is
And even if it’s an older man driving, there is always a chance of crashing…just like when doing any sports or weightlifting, there is always a chance of in jury no matter how experienced the athlete is
But the more experience and awareness he has, the more prepared he is & can lift safer
So have your 15 year old master the basic bodyweight movements & Learn proper technique at the basic compound movements so he can lift & get stronger
If you have any questions about anything, feel free to drop them in the comments below, I’ll get to them ASAP!
Attack Life & get Stronger!
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Lot’s of people think that being sore after a workout means that they had a great workout!
This is not the case at all, muscle soreness doesn’t mean you had a good workout & that you will build more muscle
In most cases you are training with a lot of volume (8-15 rep ranges) or are just doing more than you are used to so you get sore
Being sore is neither good or bad, it’s not really a measurement to say that you got a good workout or not (even tough some people feel like they need to feel like shit the next day as an indicator that they got a great workout)
You typically get sore from doing higher rep workouts (8-15 rep range) with multiple sets, since you are doing damage (micro tears) to your actual muscle tissue & putting them under a lot more time under tension so you will get sore as your body recovers, simply because you put it into a lot of stress
Why am I not sore after every workout?
If you just lift heavy (2-5 reps) and rest a lot you won’t get as sore
This is because you are putting more stress in your nervous system when lifting heavy than in the muscles (since your not putting them under that much time under tension)
In simplicity, the more time under tension you put your muscles, the higher chance you will get sore
If your going for size & are doing more bodybuilding type workouts you will likely get sore constantly as opposed to just lifting heavy or doing bodyweight training
And if your training heavy (explosive power & pure strength) you might not get as sore in the muscles, but your nervous system will still be stressed a lot from your training, so make sure you rest even if your muscles are not physically sore
The Main thing is to always keep progressing with your goals, whether you get sore or not it doesn’t matter
Nutrition and hydration have a lot to do with how fast you will recover from your soreness
So make sure you are:
drinking tons of water
eating your veggies
eating whole foods
and sleeping & resting a lot
In order to support your muscles with nutrients so they can recover faster & you can train with more intensity faster!
And of course your body adapts, so you won’t always get sore if you do the same workout as last time (unless you are eating crap & not resting enough)
Usually the more advanced you get the less sore you will get as your body becomes more efficient at recovering, but you will still experience muscle soreness even if you are advance since you will constantly push yourself to get bigger & stronger
I personally get sore from doing high rep work or when trying something new, but I don’t try to get sore: it’s not a goal of mine
Being sore doesn’t mean you will build muscle
That is a common misconception, and mainly a no pain no gain mentality
Soreness is just a response from stress in your muscles
But if your not eating right, staying well hydrated & resting, you won’t give your muscles the nutrients they need in order to recover efficiently
I mean when you get a new job & have to stand up for 5+ hrs a day, you will be sore in your feet and legs
Simply because you stressed yourself & did something you were not used to (it is a new stress & stimulus), but as you get more used to standing for longer hours you won’t get as sore anymore
Same thing happens when you stop playing a sport like soccer for 1 month…and then you decide to do it again, you’ll notice that you are sore the next day because of all of the high repetition running, kicking & jumping, but this will lessen as you do it more
So you get sore after a high volume intense workout, Good…Now you gotta make sure you rest & eat properly to recover fast or else all your effort will be wasted
Techniques to reduce soreness
To finish this off here are 10 things you can do to reduce soreness ASAP!
Eat good nutrient dense food (no fast food & sugary crap)
Do foam rolling
Lightly stretch the sore muscles once you finish your workout & the day after
Go for a walk or a light jog to get the blood flow moving
Drink Tons of Water!
Take Cold Showers
Get a massage
Do light bodyweight training
Relax & breathe (your muscles and CNS are stressed already so relax & don’t put more stress on them)
So how sore you get depends on how efficient your body is at recovering, but just because you get sore it doesn’t mean that you will build muscle
You need to break down the muscles so they grow bigger & stronger, but also make sure you supply your body with the nutrients & rest it needs!
Hope that helps & if you have any questions or funny stories about being sore drop them below!
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I just got done reading Muscle Gaining Secrets 2.0 (MGS 2.0 for short) in just 2 days! the whole program absorbed my attention like nothing in a long time & all because of 1 reason:
It took me back to the old school: Back to the era where the basics were hit hard to get big and strong!
Not only is the program fun and captivating to read ( a rarity in most programs) but it will explain to you in a freaking easy manner how skinny guys should approach muscle building & show you why you aren’t getting the results you want + Motivate you BIG Time to hit the Iron!
It fired me up to train & go back to basics, re-analyze my programing and see why I have been lacking on results lately
It was a kick on the ass and a wake up call…a big eye opener to me as a skinny guy, so I decided to write 10 reasons why you should get it it your a scrawny man that want’s to build some muscle size the right way!
No fancy scientific shit that will only confuse you & that quite frankly you don’t care about
You want know how to build muscle & you are taught this in a simple manner so your are ready to go and attack your workouts
#2 – Jason Knows His Shit
The dude has been in a skinny man shoes, because he is one…so your getting experience from his own journey + him experimenting with his own clients that he has trained over the years to develop this powerful muscle building system
#3 – The program is straight to the point
It won’t overload you with unnecessary science, you simply get the info to:
understand what to do to build muscle
how to modify your program if you need to
know why you are training the way you are
and know how to always progress your program to keep getting results
#4 – The program is Fast Quick & Intense
No need for 2hr sessions 5-7 times/wk
The program is designed for skinny guys that Still Have a Life! (not freaks that live in the gym 24/7)
It is made with all of our hardships in mind, we gotta train different and the workouts are designed to meet our needs
#5 – The program will develop Mental Toughness & a Physique that Demands Respect!
not just puffy useless muscle…
the workouts will get you jacked & looking lean and mean so others will fear you as you walk by
#6 –Heavy Lifting is a Must!
Lots of programs neglect the foundation of strength and that is a Big Mistake if the Goal is to Build Muscle
Jason addresses this in a simple manner…after all, what’s a Muscle Building Program without the Heavy Lifting?
Besides the fact that we are wired to lift heavy shit, being strong will give confidence and the respect of others
#7 – You know what to do all the Time
The program is simple enough to teach to a 9 year old, so there is no confusion on what to do
…Jason does has his personal recommendations as to what to do and why he chose certain exercises over others, but there is enough info in there so you can modify the program or exercises if you need to + All the FAQ’s will help you clear up any doubts you have
#8 – It will Build Mental Attitude
You can look good but if you are still not confident then there’s something wrong you!… This program will forge your mind with a dosage of mental toughness so you can have the balls to Take Big Scary Risks With Confidence!
The program is simple but that doesn’t mean easy, you will need to commit & follow the program to get beast results
Are there any flaws to the program? Hell yes of course
It is not made for lazy guys who are searching for magic!…The program is simple but that doesn’t mean it’s easy
You will have to work your ass off and commit to the program …there are no shortcuts and that’s just the way it is
Besides the lazy fact…I personally wish there were some videos accompanying the program, specifically to see how to perform the exercises…but we got YouTube and the abundance of great exercise tutorials so it’s not a big deal
You want a barbell & some weights to workout, so you excitedly go to the store & look for the iron
OK so 40 pounds dumbbells are $40 cool, ill take them
Wait, What, That It’s only for one?!
Fuck This! Ima look for some used ones!
Yes weights are expensive, about a dollar a pound (at least here in the states)
But you are smart and understand that new shit is not always necessary so you are now looking to go buy some used weights for cheap!
Here is some of my experience with buying used iron & how to not get taken advantage of so you don’t overpay like me 🙂
So like I said I use Craigslist to find used weights, and I recommend you do the same
Under “For Sale” you can click in the “Sporting“ Section & you will see all the posts about people selling fitness equipment (both new and used but mostly used)
So just search for dumbbells, barbells, plates, or whatever else you desire
I also recommend that you search what you are looking on the main “Search Craigslist” bar on the top right since not all that can be used to workout is listed under sporting goods
For example if your looking for a Keg to workout with then it is likely it’s not listed under the sporting goods section
Here is how to ask for what you want (and not get ripped off)
There is also a “Wanted“ section where you can ask for stuff of any kind
If you are gonna ask for weights, lets say you a barbell (most standard ones cost like $50-100)
Put way less money than you are willing to pay for
So if you are willing to pay $50 like I did, list that you have $25 bucks to spend & want a barbell ASAP! (don’t mind the condition)
Since you are saying you will pay that little you may get people telling you: “Hey I got one & I will sell it to you for $35, not $25)
BOOM! you just saved yourself some green paper by not making them aware that you would gladly spend more than that!
So they are happy to get rid of something they don’t need & your happy to get used weights for cheaper
So there you go, use this to your advantage & don’t be a fool & overpay like me
The first dumbbells & barbell I got where from Craigslist & although the first time I did not get the best deal it was a lot better than paying full price for some shiny weights
Take Advantage of People that Are Moving
People that are moving wanna get rid of their stuff ASAP! and they don’t wanna take it with them since it might cost them too much
Most of the time these guys have collected fitness equipment & since weights are heavy & most likely don’t use them, they decide to sell them!
Take Advantage of this!
Like me getting that great deal for $150 from a guy that was moving, all I had to do was pick the stuff up & be careful when driving so the weights don’t go flying out the window, since my car was loaded with everything in the pic below + a barbell which you can’t really see 😛
People that are moving simply will sell cheap weights since they want to get rid of them fast and don’t mind losing out in the real value of their weights
Like that dude I was talking to in the airplane, the dude sold $2K worth of fitness equipment for $200 bucks…He knew how much it was worth but was moving, so listing it super cheap made easy for him sell it fast & a no brainier for someone to go & pick it up right away!
Garage sales are also great places to get used equipment since they just wanna clean up..heck sometimes people sell valuable shit in garage sales without realizing it, so take advantage of these moments!
So there you have it now to go find some good deals and get cheap weights so you can train & become a strong mofo!