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    Buying Weights For 11 Year Old

    My 11 year old son has been wanting to lift weights for a year, so I'm thinking about buying him a weight set for Christmas. When I was his age, my parents bought me a Sears and Roebuck set, which consisted of a rickety bench and maybe 120 pounds of concrete weights. I'm thinking something inexpensive that "might" be the way to go. But, I don't know if I should instead buy some nice stuff that he can build on as he gets older, but who knows if he will stick with it. If any dads out there, who have been in this situation, have an feedback, I'd be grateful.
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    Originally Posted by ChrisKite View Post
    My 11 year old son has been wanting to lift weights for a year, so I'm thinking about buying him a weight set for Christmas. When I was his age, my parents bought me a Sears and Roebuck set, which consisted of a rickety bench and maybe 120 pounds of concrete weights. I'm thinking something inexpensive that "might" be the way to go. But, I don't know if I should instead buy some nice stuff that he can build on as he gets older, but who knows if he will stick with it. If any dads out there, who have been in this situation, have an feedback, I'd be grateful.
    I'd go with the lighter set and after a while if he masters it (15-20 reps max weight for sets) and wants to go further then go for it.

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    11 is young af.
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    Originally Posted by ChrisKite View Post
    My 11 year old son has been wanting to lift weights for a year, so I'm thinking about buying him a weight set for Christmas. When I was his age, my parents bought me a Sears and Roebuck set, which consisted of a rickety bench and maybe 120 pounds of concrete weights. I'm thinking something inexpensive that "might" be the way to go. But, I don't know if I should instead buy some nice stuff that he can build on as he gets older, but who knows if he will stick with it. If any dads out there, who have been in this situation, have an feedback, I'd be grateful.
    I started at similar age. Parents bought me 1” bar, bench with uprights, and concrete weights package. That came with a poster of exercises and it got me started. I eventually asked my parents to enrol me in a course at the local community centre to show me proper form. That course plus the weights took me through most of high school.
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    Might want to get a sandbag or two. Can do lots of movements with it, likely won't injury himself with it, and obviously can adjust the weight as he gets stronger.

    Do you have dumbbells of some sort? Light dumbbells could go a long way.
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    A compromise might be a 100ish-pound standard plate set. The iron plates are more durable than plastic and concrete and can be used even in the future for making multiple dumbbells. Should be significantly cheaper than an Olympic set.
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    Could bring him to the gym with you a few times and see how he likes lifting (assuming it's allowed). My mom did that for me and it's what got me into lifting. Having some weights at home is always nice, too.
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