Don't let your kids lift weights!!! DANGER!

maverick66

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When i see kids like this i often wonder how sane the parents are. Kids bodies just are not ready for the stress this puts on them. I hope he grows up injury free but this is just asking to seriously injure this kid.
 

chess9

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Take your kid to a gymastics club. The better clubs have kids who are 8-10 doing similarly difficult stuff. His parents may be gymnasts too, so he's getting a head start.

Having said that, it seems a bit extreme doing those flips off a table without a mat.

The kid is very lean isn't he? Maybe 5% bodyfat? Is that good at his age? Maybe a bit too lean?

Interesting though....

-Robert
 

Gmedlo

Professional
his bf looks to be around 8% or lower, but he does look healthy. IMO, if the kid likes to do it, let him (but it should be done with a little more safety in mind...) He seems VERY happy in the videos.
 

maverick66

Hall of Fame
the fact that he was doing curls tells me he is on a lifting schedule. Not so good for children. If he was just doing gymnastics i would say as long as its done safely go nuts. But he is lifting weights and thats gonna cause some issues for him. Children just are not ready for that kind of stress on there body.
 

tricky

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If he was just doing gymnastics i would say as long as its done safely go nuts. But he is lifting weights and thats gonna cause some issues for him.
I actually think the gymnastics is more of a problem. Can't imagine all that joint impact forces being good for bone development. Or ligament health.

Having said that, this kind of coordination does develop the mind.
 

chess9

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the fact that he was doing curls tells me he is on a lifting schedule. Not so good for children. If he was just doing gymnastics i would say as long as its done safely go nuts. But he is lifting weights and thats gonna cause some issues for him. Children just are not ready for that kind of stress on there body.
Maybe we'll see his video in 10 years and find out. He could be a horrible warning or a shining example. I wouldn't recommend the gymnastics he was doing at his age, but he does seem precocious.

-Robert
 
Take your kid to a gymastics club. The better clubs have kids who are 8-10 doing similarly difficult stuff. His parents may be gymnasts too, so he's getting a head start.

Having said that, it seems a bit extreme doing those flips off a table without a mat.

The kid is very lean isn't he? Maybe 5% bodyfat? Is that good at his age? Maybe a bit too lean?

Interesting though....

-Robert
Be warned regarding gymnastics for kids, it stunts growth.
 

maverick66

Hall of Fame
He could be a horrible warning or a shining example.
hes not really either. Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about he was able to lift at 15 years old because he was already developed somewhat but he recommends that you dont start lifting heavy until later in your growth. So obviously it ranges kids. This kid being very young puts him about ten years away from being able to lift heavy weights. I hope this kid is able to walk and move when he gets older because he is destroying his undeveloped joints.
 

tricky

Hall of Fame
Be warned regarding gymnastics for kids, it stunts growth.
Moreso than the heavy lifting, actually. The centrifugal source is much higher than what most people lift. All the impact from dismounting gets to your knees. One of my best friends developed some minor arthritis before she turned 15. Why? Injuries during gymnastics.
 

mike53

Professional
That kid is fine with 2 notable exceptions:

His closed chain spinal extension overstresses the vertebrae

The impact from landing on his hands is excessive for his age. Pushing up into the handstand is fine, my kids do that against a wall

Pretty remarkable in any event.
 
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