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Old 01-04-2009, 10:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i dont think it will be wise for 13 year old to lift weights... it might challenge ur height growth
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:56 AM   #12 (permalink)
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i dont think it will be wise for 13 year old to lift weights... it might challenge ur height growth
That is the most retarded post I've ever read besides people saying Steroids cause cancer and shrink your penis.

ADHD Medications stunt growth but I don't hear people bitching about that.

Lifting weights does not stunt your growth. Injuries people sustain during exercise are either from too much weight or shitty form.


For a young person lifting weights is fine and is better than some other extra curricular and retarded activities kids get into today like underage drinking.

For a person new to lifting weights I always recommend they start by using Machines/Smith Machines for a majority of their workout to get their form down before they move on to free weights.

Some gyms like the YMCA, I know don't let anyone under 15 workout at all which I think is retarded. But I think that's more of a liability/safety issue.

To the OP keep the weight light and work on your form. You may get a lot of look from other people in the gym but you look like more of an ass trying to move too much weight and doing it wrong.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Lifting weights does not stunt your growth. Injuries people sustain during exercise are either from too much weight or shitty form.

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Old 01-05-2009, 09:54 AM   #14 (permalink)
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For a person new to lifting weights I always recommend they start by using Machines/Smith Machines for a majority of their workout to get their form down before they move on to free weights.
Thats interesting seeing as proper form on a squat is basically impossible in a smith machine.

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Thats interesting seeing as proper form on a squat is basically impossible in a smith machine.
Who said the squats were required for a beginner workout program?

You can do squats in a smith machine but I find that squats in a smith machine target the hamstrings and glutes more. Most people who do front squats do them in a Smith Machine as well.

It's better than moving straight to free weight squats where you have more of a chance of sustaining injury.

Smith Machine squats will more or less give you a rough idea of how they should be done and the bar and weight is guided which gives you less of a chance to injure yourself. Or you could do bare bar or bodyweight squats if that helps more. Just my two cents.
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Squats are always required for any type of program.

I'll respectfully disagree since you are much stronger than me, I think particularly for a beginner using a smith machine would lead to bad habits and a greater chance of injury. I've never seen a human being squat with the bar travelling in a straight line.
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:29 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Who said the squats were required for a beginner workout program?

You can do squats in a smith machine but I find that squats in a smith machine target the hamstrings and glutes more. Most people who do front squats do them in a Smith Machine as well.

It's better than moving straight to free weight squats where you have more of a chance of sustaining injury.

Smith Machine squats will more or less give you a rough idea of how they should be done and the bar and weight is guided which gives you less of a chance to injure yourself. Or you could do bare bar or bodyweight squats if that helps more. Just my two cents.
Eh, I disagree. Smith machine sucks for squats.

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Don't get me wrong I don't usually recommend people doing squats on a smith machine at all but it's safer to practice on it or with a bare bar or bodyweight as I said to make sure you have your form right.

Up until a few months ago I had no idea how shitty my squat form was until I was corrected and I had been doing it that way for almost a year.

I never said Smith Machine squats are better but for a rookie they are safer.

And I know I'm probably going catch a lot of heat for this but before you move onto Squats which I consider to be a more intermediate exercise, Leg Presses offer RELATIVELY the same premise as free weight squats without the risk of injury.
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And I know I'm probably going catch a lot of heat for this but before you move onto Squats which I consider to be a more intermediate exercise, Leg Presses offer RELATIVELY the same premise as free weight squats without the risk of injury.
Eh leg presses are definitely safer for the back, but they are nowhere close to a substitute for squats. They can be a good accessory though for leg strength/size.
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Eh leg presses are definitely safer for the back, but they are nowhere close to a substitute for squats. They can be a good accessory though for leg strength/size.
I know nothing beats squats and deadlifts for building mass and strength. Gotta love the endorphin release from doing deadlifts.

I'm just trying to look out for the Rookie's well being before I tell him to jump in the squat rack.

If he just go into lifting he probably doesn't even know what the hell we're talking about anyway
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