Young guns

  • anonymous424
    Young guns
    on: 2017-04-22 19:00:41
    Hey Bro! Been a while, hope all is well with you and yours. And again, thx so much for all the awesome invaluable advice! Been asking questions about my "old fart" self (hit the big %-), ugh!) but now I have a question on the other end of the spectrum.My son is 11 1/2 and all of sudden wants to start going to the gym with dad, really bad. He starts tackle football this fall and wants to get "big and strong" (but then he also said he wants to work bi's, pecs and abs, get buff and a 6-pack for the girls, dear God!)What would be a good program for him? I know heavy weight is out of the question. I started playing around when I was 12, at 15 I found powerlifting and started triples, doubles and singles won the state men's open at 16 and never looked back (until I started blowing out tendons in my early 30's). Also, I am only 5' 3" and I believe my bone ends closed prematurely because of the heavy weights(could be genetics, my mother was 4' 11" and her side was short but then again my father was 5'11" and he was by far the shortest on his side, so maybe not). So I am concerned about starting him early. Obviously gear will be out of the question until he is an adult. I was thinking a M-W-F program, basic exercises (bench, squat, deadlift, presses), 3 X 15-20 reps. Thx again man!!
  • IFBB Undercover
    Re: Young guns
    on: 2017-05-10 00:00:00

    Hey ya old fart! Haha, I do remember you. This is a great question and quite refreshing to talk about here. Of course, at this stage of the game, make sure that you guys keep it fun. You’re a lucky man, having the opportunity to give him the gift of weight lifting. If we are lucky, this is a gift that he will continue to enjoy well after you and I are gone from this earth. As for plans, I think you are on to something. Get the basics down to build a foundation.You could stick with just these lifts or you could add in some additional lifts for fun, like adding in 1 exercise each, maybe 3 sets, shoulders, bi, tri, and abs. I would make sure to keep the workout to an hour. So maybe start with the big movements and then work your way down. I like the Mon, Wed, Fri set up. This is good. If that just seems like too much in real world exercise, pull them out and stick to the basics you already plan to do. And as for diet, you can teach him the importance of diet in the sport but I would not put him on a strict diet at this stage.