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2015/02/02 14:42:13 (permalink)
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My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym

What do you all think about this and what should I concentrate her on most.
 
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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 14:52:27 (permalink)
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Fine. I see no harm in kids performing safe training sessions - focus on body weight exercise first, light weighted, technique, and gradual progression from there as she gets stronger. Can't see the point in teaching someone to bench if they can't do a decent set of push ups, for example. Sack off the cardio, it's a load of crap at that age - they should be running around and fit anyway!

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 14:55:46 (permalink)
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Don't mean to be rude but my personal view is that gyms should be for 16/18+ only.
 
Having said that, if she's going then at that age it would be best to get her doing some of the classes like Zumba, anything else dance-based. Unless she's really unusual I can't imagine she'd be interested in solo cardio which is all she could really do at that age in a gym surely?
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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 14:57:16 (permalink)
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If there is any truth that weight training stunts your growth then maybe get her doing heavy weights soon as she is catching up to me ( 5-10).  Also they have the apparatus with gym rings around 3 sides and there is a sort of monkey bar that has every other bar a few inches higher.  I really hope I can do this I am sure she will love it.

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:00:05 (permalink)
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I agree, I was really shocked when they said 11+.  I will see if she wants to join.  And of course I dont want to do any damage which is why I am asking for advice here before I sign her up.

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Re: 2015/02/02 15:02:31 (permalink)
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I'm surprised at this, I thought most were 14+ surprised the insurance covers use of the gym for kids that age
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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:08:35 (permalink)
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Don't mean to be rude but my personal view is that gyms should be for 16/18+ only.

I disagree with this bit as anything that takes a kid into supervised physical activity has got to be better than white lightning in an underpass, or xbox, Bonus because her dad is involved as well so the two of them can bond, but that overlook comes as I am involved with youth work so maybe a different outlook.
 
 
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Having said that, if she's going then at that age it would be best to get her doing some of the classes like Zumba, anything else dance-based. Unless she's really unusual I can't imagine she'd be interested in solo cardio which is all she could really do at that age in a gym surely?

That, pretty much.  Maybe even some form or martial art as well, build up her stamina, flexibility, coordination and overall fitness.  Don't know about the affect of lifting on an adolescent body but there might be some Saturday classes for teenagers, but I'd say go for the classes as a kids body is probably going to re-act differently than a 40 something, so what you can do might have a detrimental effect (Moves as well as weight) because her's is still developing where as yours is(without sounding like I'm a dick) winding down. 
 
Just my 2 pence worth and based on absolutely no scientific evidence what so ever.
 
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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:08:47 (permalink)
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If there is any truth that weight training stunts your growth


100% total myth. It may in fact help

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:13:09 (permalink)
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Sideeffectwhu
If there is any truth that weight training stunts your growth


100% total myth. It may in fact help

Do you have a source you can cite online? Just out of interest as I fancy reading something.
 
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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:16:11 (permalink)
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Thanks.  Keep em coming.  Resistance wise I was only thinking of pull ups but thats quite a advance exercies and surely seated leg press would be ok, or would it, this is why I am asking as I really dont want  what alreadys been said a detrimental affect. 

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:25:25 (permalink)
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Concentrate on Body weight exercises, I would wait a few years before  introducing training with weights .
11 is a bit young for the addition stress on joints . 
If you do want to consider weight training then there is some advice here:
 http://www.livestrong.com...workout-routines-kids/
post edited by Dumbat - 2015/02/02 15:27:52

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:28:49 (permalink)
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Do you have a source you can cite online? Just out of interest as I fancy reading something




I will refer to a post that I read a while back when researching -http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=132376553 - has a few sources in the thread as well. I've got some others somewhere as well, as I did a paediatric placement when studying and my presentation was on exercise and weight training in children.
 
Basically the only very slight danger to growth is if you smash your epiphyseal plates. The chance of this if strength training sensibly (technique not weight focused) is more remote than a remote thing on Dartmoor. Don't lift stupidly heavy, supervise and hammer home good technique, focus on basic movements first - can she squat down her own bodyweight without collapsing forwards? If not, then why leg press yet? - end result if done properly is no harm in gym training for kids, and plenty of benefit.

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:35:59 (permalink)
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Well she is 12 in March ( St Patricks Day ).  I believe she will not be allowed in the free weight section and I am not sure about the weight machines but if she is I would let her lift very light and many reps.  Im really not sure what to do yet.  Id like to hear what James thinks please.

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:40:18 (permalink)
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Do you have a source you can cite online? Just out of interest as I fancy reading something




I will refer to a post that I read a while back when researching -http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=132376553 - has a few sources in the thread as well. I've got some others somewhere as well, as I did a paediatric placement when studying and my presentation was on exercise and weight training in children.
 
Basically the only very slight danger to growth is if you smash your epiphyseal plates. The chance of this if strength training sensibly (technique not weight focused) is more remote than a remote thing on Dartmoor. Don't lift stupidly heavy, supervise and hammer home good technique, focus on basic movements first - can she squat down her own bodyweight without collapsing forwards? If not, then why leg press yet? - end result if done properly is no harm in gym training for kids, and plenty of benefit.


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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:50:24 (permalink)
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I disagree with this bit as anything that takes a kid into supervised physical activity has got to be better than white lightning in an underpass, or xbox, Bonus because her dad is involved as well so the two of them can bond, but that overlook comes as I am involved with youth work so maybe a different outlook.

 
I'm all for kids doing more physical activity, I just think it should be more activity-based things rather than in the gym.
 
If I were you I'd encourage her to take up gymnastics! I wish my parents had signed me up when I was a kid.
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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 15:57:27 (permalink)
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I wish mine had sent me to dance, loads of totty as a kid and impress the ladies in the clubs as a 20 something.  Instead of looking like a total muppet (like pretty much every other guy there) throwing shapes to Tiesto and Darude. 
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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 16:00:01 (permalink)
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Well they have gym rings there and a monkey bar.  She might not even like it but I want to give her the benefit of trying after all weight training done properly is probably unbeatable for good health.  I was thinking of doing on set of seated chest press as this is the movement she would use pushing some bully away from her.

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/02 17:28:31 (permalink)
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Phil's posts are spot on.

Weight training is far safer for kids than most sports. I won't push my kids into it but if they are interested I'll start them from a young age.

Football. Now there is a sport that causes injuries. Fractures at the joint leading to growth issues, ligament tears etc.

My only concern with them training in a commercial gym would be premature sexualisation and exposure to body image pressures.

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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/03 07:56:31 (permalink)
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I member of a athletics club and they dont let the juniors do weights something to do with bone development.but saying that my daughter was in council gym at that age with instructor and we know how health and safety councils can be.
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Re: My 11 year old daughter allowed to join Better Gym 2015/02/03 08:31:27 (permalink)
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I member of a athletics club and they dont let the juniors do weights something to do with bone development.but saying that my daughter was in council gym at that age with instructor and we know how health and safety councils can be.

As above - the athletics club are following a myth. The only impact on bone development is positive, unless you seriously damage your growth plates (which with an appropriate plan, supervision and common sense won't happen)

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