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vafitguy
02-22-2005, 09:52 AM
Hello everyone, just have a couple of questions on how to get my 13 y/o son involved in weight training and fitness...have made some good gains over the last 2.5 years, but want to make it fun for him..........any suggestions???

DanMc
02-22-2005, 10:02 AM
The reflection of your attitude will go along way.

warped
02-22-2005, 10:25 AM
Just keep doing what you're doing. I managed to suck my wife in and she is loving it already. I have noticed he is asking more and more questions about working out, so I am sure within time he will be all mine as well! Muhahahahahah.......

beerman_420
02-22-2005, 10:31 AM
Hello everyone, just have a couple of questions on how to get my 13 y/o son involved in weight training and fitness...have made some good gains over the last 2.5 years, but want to make it fun for him..........any suggestions???

just let him do what he wants to do. If your pushy and want him to workout then he will do the exact opposite. Just do what you are doing and if you catch him being nosey and noticing what your doing for yourself and seeing the changes your making, he may get interested.

GameDayDog
02-22-2005, 11:30 AM
just let him do what he wants to do. If your pushy and want him to workout then he will do the exact opposite. Yeah.. thys is true with teenagers... then teach him proper form so he won't hurt himself... and not to worry about heavy weights.. they'll come over time... Oh yeah... don't let him forget his legs... and keep him away from the teen section of thys websyte... :D

Peace.. ~G

DanMc
02-22-2005, 12:19 PM
away from the teen section LOL

No doubt to the legs half of my gym does no leg work at all.

vafitguy
02-23-2005, 06:53 AM
thanks for the replies....yeah want to make it fun for him ...something that he will want to continue doing..he's already @ 20 lbs overweight and want to start gradually working up to him doing alot of cardio ....don't want to see him being the (fat Kid) in school that everyone pick's on

Capt. America
02-23-2005, 09:52 AM
My son is also 13. I built him a gym in the basement with weights and a heavy bag. Printed out weightlifting logs for workout programs and exercises. I always stress the improtance of physical fitness and the edge it will give him in sports and against non-lifting kids his age. He particularly enjoys the fact that he can be left alone and have his privacy while working out. I always compliment him on his growing chest, bicepts and legs. Now he wants a mirror of all things! He has his own gloves, belt and now when his friends come over instead of gameboys and crap they want to lift.

Hibiscus09
02-23-2005, 10:20 AM
Pick up a fun cardiovascular sport that he will enjoy and the two of you can do together -- like perhaps mountain biking. :)

domineaux
02-23-2005, 10:44 AM
Hello everyone, just have a couple of questions on how to get my 13 y/o son involved in weight training and fitness...have made some good gains over the last 2.5 years, but want to make it fun for him..........any suggestions???

You have to be careful with young people, especially when they haven't reached full height growth. Growth caps on the ends of bones can be damaged and it can actually inhibit bones lenghtening. I have a friend 6'2' and he started his son weight training at 12 yrs old. The kid is now a full grown man 5'4" tall, muscular but very short.

Genetically, all the women in the family are average height 5'7" or above. The men are all 5'10" or greater.

KingWill
02-23-2005, 11:16 AM
No offense but I have never believed that and don't think there are any proven studies backing it up. My son started when he was 10 and is now 16 and 6' 1". That's one inch taller than me. The only study I have seen affecting height in kids is on gymnastics and tumbling.

domineaux
02-23-2005, 11:29 AM
No offense but I have never believed that and don't think there are any proven studies backing it up. My son started when he was 10 and is now 16 and 6' 1". That's one inch taller than me. The only study I have seen affecting height in kids is on gymnastics and tumbling.

Here is a link on bone growth caps/plates

http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/growth_plate/growth.htm

If I had a child teen or pre-teen I think I would make some inquiries about issues created from athletics that could affect the future of my child. The growth caps/plates are generally not easily damaged, but there are health issues when they are damaged.

vafitguy
02-23-2005, 12:32 PM
Here is a link on bone growth caps/plates

http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/growth_plate/growth.htm

If I had a child teen or pre-teen I think I would make some inquiries about issues created from athletics that could affect the future of my child. The growth caps/plates are generally not easily damaged, but there are health issues when they are damaged.
not really worried about him bulking up or anything...just want him to become generally more physically fit for his age ...that will be his call later on when he mature's a little more...and thanks everyone for thier replies,,it seems like its getting harder and harder to keep kids into sports and generally more active whith all these new video games and stuff..wonder how it would have been if these thing's were around when we where that young???

Tom Knighton
02-23-2005, 12:45 PM
If it's video games he's into, why don't you get him Dance Dance Revolution? It's basically a dance videogame, but instead of using a joystick of any type, there is a floorpad where he will use his feet.

I did it once and it wore my happy butt OUT! It's a workout, but it's still a videogame! Might be worth a shot.

Tom

CdnArctic
02-23-2005, 05:37 PM
[QUOTE=domineaux]Here is a link on bone growth caps/plates

http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/growth_plate/growth.htm

QUOTE]

Well if I was going to use that study I would have to chain my boys to the the couch, lest they run and fall. :rolleyes:

Respectfully

domineaux
02-23-2005, 05:44 PM
[QUOTE=domineaux]Here is a link on bone growth caps/plates

http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/growth_plate/growth.htm

QUOTE]

Well if I was going to use that study I would have to chain my boys to the the couch, lest they run and fall. :rolleyes:

Respectfully

The way I see is:

1) Intelligent people can review information and make their own decisions.

2) I only provided 1 link. I'm sure with enough effort a couple hundred could be brought to bear on the subject.

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If you've got vitalic boys I seriously doubt any of them will have their two front teeth by the time they're 18...LOL

Trampolines, football, camping, soccer, foosball, etc. all take their toll.

Hibiscus09
02-23-2005, 06:00 PM
If it's video games he's into, why don't you get him Dance Dance Revolution? It's basically a dance videogame, but instead of using a joystick of any type, there is a floorpad where he will use his feet.

I did it once and it wore my happy butt OUT! It's a workout, but it's still a videogame! Might be worth a shot.


That game is a workout! It's a lot of fun! :)

Andrew69
02-23-2005, 08:05 PM
Im sure he will be brought "back from the dark side" as soon as his interest in girls sparks.
My kids are 5 and 7 (soon) and they lift with me everyday. Admittedly they only use 2 pound db's, but my 7 y/o daughter know all the exercises and why she does them.
We have fun-lots of fun- together. But they know to stay away when daddy walks into the squat rack and under a loaded bar :)

GameDayDog
02-24-2005, 12:40 AM
If it's video games he's into, why don't you get him Dance Dance Revolution? It's basically a dance videogame, but instead of using a joystick of any type, there is a floorpad where he will use his feet.

I did it once and it wore my happy butt OUT! It's a workout, but it's still a videogame! Might be worth a shot.

TomI'll never admit that I own DDR & DDR Max... and 2 dance pads.. nope.. not me... My boy and I was playing it once.. and then someone knocked on the door.. so with lightening speed.. we disconnected the mats.. threw them under the bed ... plugged in the joysticks... and put Madden 2005 in the playstation 2... hahaha...

Peace.. ~G