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10/17/17 11:02 A

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That info and suggestion is covered in the link to Kidshealth.org that I posted for the original poster. Generally though, it is safe for teens to strength train as long as they don't have any medical/health issues that should keep them from doing that and that they aren't lifting too heavy or too often. Weight bearing exercises is actually good for bones, even when they are still growing. Proper form and safety are a big thing to keep an eye on though -- if it is done incorrectly, it can cause more harm than good, but generally speaking, it is good to incorporate in a fitness program, along with cardio and stretching (even at that age).

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10/17/17 12:34 A

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they should be careful because the body and bones are still developing. should check with his doctor.

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10/16/17 11:18 P

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It is safe and good for his bones as well, but you don't want him to start out with too heavy of weights. Kidshealth.org has some good info for teens and kids in general, but here's a specific page for strength training for teens: kidshealth.org/en/teens/strength-training.
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. If you can, I would recommend finding a personal trainer who is specifically certified to work with teens as they will be the most knowledgeable for that age group and help your son create a safe and effective strength plan (or at least help him pick correct weights for various exercises that are safe for his age and fitness level).

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Edited by: SP_COACH_DENISE at: 10/16/2017 (23:18)
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10/16/17 10:33 P

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My 13 yo son wants to start weight training with dumbbells. He hasn’t fully gone through puberty yet. Is this safe and if so how should we start

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