While it’s clear that a healthy body with a lot of lean muscle mass is just as beneficial to a adolescent as it is to an adult, the experts have entered a hot debate on whether weightlifting is safe for adolescents or not. Adolescents as young as 13 or 14 are now entering bodybuilding contests and there are adolescents that have more muscle than most grown men. While some say this is perfectly safe and healthy others argue that an adolescent’s body is not finished growing and weightlifting is unsafe.
Adolescents need to be supervised when they are strength training and parents must use their best judgment when determining what is appropriate for their child and what may be crossing the line.
You are never too young to start strengthening the body with movements that use your own body weight. This would include push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, crunches, tricep dips and lunges. Kids who are into sports and martial arts often start doing this type of strength training…
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