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Guidelines on how to guide teenagers in weightlifting

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Guidelines on how to guide teenagers in weightlifting

Research shows that teenagers can get stronger if they follow a supervised weightlifting program. Here are several guidelines on how to guide your teens in weightlifting.

Don’t force them to join weightlifting

If your kids show an interest in lifting, encourage them. If not, don’t force them to do it. The reason is that it is a way to instill a dislike for sports later on. They have the rest of their lives to be serious with exercise. Most of the professional weightlifters who have kids have never attempted proactively to get them to lift weights. It is best to have a policy of actively encouraging your kids to lift, instead of forcing them to do so. If they want to, show them how and try to keep the session light and fun.

Keep the weight light

Your kids shouldn’t grind out too heavy singles when they lift. Remember that the focus should be on form rather than the weight lifted. Adult-sized barbells will be too heavy for a child. Get a bar specifically made for kids, weighing about 11 lbs.

Standard barbell weights should be fine for kids. Depending on the lift, most kids should be able to lift a barbell with 2.5-10 lb plates.

If you want to have your kids lift even lighter weights, buying some microplates, which allow you to make .5-2.5 lb increases in load, is a good option.

Keep weightlifting fun and playful

The most important goal when kids start weightlifting or doing any exercise is to help them get the movements down as well as to instill a love of fitness in them. In addition, many young children don’t have enough long attention ability to follow a regimented program. Just let your kids play with barbells and provide feedback on the form. For example, put some weight on the kid bar and bust out several sets, then they may go play something else, before coming back to do another set.


Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 2)

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 2)

5. Walk-In Front of somebody During Their Set

Is it really an excessive amount of to ask? If you see someone who is noticeably employing a mirror to make sure they’re maintaining proper form then the polite thing to try to would be to steer around. It doesn’t matter if you walk by fast it’s just good etiquette to not roll in the hay.

6. Leave Your Weights On The Equipment/ Not Rerack

This one might even be worse than not wiping down your equipment after use (also on our list) and it’s one among the most important ways to point out a scarcity of respect for the opposite people within the gym. Nobody wants to unload 10 plates on a barbell or shop around for dumbbells across the gym.

Can it just be that they weren’t taught this once they first started lifting? Maybe these people think that others won’t mind putting their weights back or they only can’t be bothered to try to to it themselves…

Surely though, everyone has seen the signs in just about every gym that requests all gym-goers put their weights back whether plates or dumbbells and from experience we all know that in many gyms, the front staff makes this known when someone signs up.

Don’t be that one that leaves the load on the equipment because this is often not only very rude and inconsiderate but who wants to be exhausted before they even begin their set.

7. Attempt to Be The Gym Coach

Every gym has that one guy who feels the necessity to correct everyone’s form. Although, every now then it’s going to be warranted because you never want to ascertain anyone gets hurt doing reckless movements. But repeatedly, the one handing out tips isn’t an expert and is simply trying to offer out advice supported bro-science which is basically annoying, to be quite honest.

Sensible advice is usually good under the proper circumstances but doesn’t go around trying to correct everyone’s form as you’ll not even be conversant in the exercise or the modification that somebody is trying out.