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    Question Should I do compounds as a teen

    I'm 16 and I've been working out for a couple months running push pull legs doing hypertrophy and bodyweight training. I was signing up for a new gym because I wanted to get into compound lifts to increase my strength in bench , deadlift etc and the manager told me he wouldnt reccomend I do any of those from a health standpoint because my body isnt ready to take on a workload like that and he regrets doing it when he was younger. Even without injuring himself, like my bones arent dense enough and my joints are developed enough to be able to do compounds without future joint or bone problems. He said I should mainly just stick to bodyweight if I want to be healthy is this true? As a tall and lanky kid my bench 1rm is still just 105 after working my chest and increasing it by over 40 pounds in these first months
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    Yes do compounds... But the problem with teenage lifters myself included when I was young was they do stupid things.

    Don't test your 1rm and never attempt a weight that's more than 5 pounds more than a weight you've lifted before.

    I remember being 16 and being pretty happy I could Deadlift 225 pounds. Then the next session I would come back and put 275 on the bar.

    I spent 5 years with bad back pain due to lifting injuries I sustained as a late teen early adult.
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    Originally Posted by Millz12323 View Post
    Yes do compounds... But the problem with teenage lifters myself included when I was young was they do stupid things.

    Don't test your 1rm and never attempt a weight that's more than 5 pounds more than a weight you've lifted before.

    I remember being 16 and being pretty happy I could Deadlift 225 pounds. Then the next session I would come back and put 275 on the bar.



    I spent 5 years with bad back pain due to lifting injuries I sustained as a late teen early adult.

    Yeah I was testing my bench 1rm without a spotter and it was going fine but I went five pounds higher to what I thought was my max and it came crashing down on me with absolute zero power over it on my part , had support bars on each side however but I did feel a slight impingement on my shoulder for 2 days
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