There's a huge thread in GNG about kids and weightlifting, so I figured I'd type this over with some folks who might actually know something. Our son is 9 and he lifts with me. I cleared this with the physical trainers at the gym and his pediatrician. Our rules are: 1. He only lifts light weights. If he can't do it 12 times, then it's too heavy. His idea of "difficult" is a lot different from mine, so he could easily lift the weights 20-25 times if he really tried. 2. He only does simple, basic exercises, always with dumbbells because he's not strong enough to lift a 45 lb bar 12 times on any exercise. 3. Direct supervision by an experienced adult--his Dad in this case. His form is immaculate due to the constant, but very kind, scrutiny. My contention is that there's no problem with kids lifting weights given these conditions. I think weightlifting is one of the safest forms of exercise and I think it easily has the best potential for a life-long form of exercise. At 8-12 years old, I think it's very tempting to let kids do other, lower quality activities, so anything positive that fills a chunk of time is a good thing. Weightlifting requires a tremendous amount of communication and discipline, so I think it's a very high quality family activity. Many of the arguments folks make against weightlifting are not valid in my opinion. For example, many recommend that a kid do pushups until they're 14-16 years old. Somebody tell me why a perfect form 20 lb bench (two 10 lb dumbbells) is dangerous and an upside-down 35-40 lb unsupervised bench press (a pushup) is not. Somebody tell me why a 70 lb kid can do pullups (a 60 lb pulldown) but it's not ok for them to do pulldowns with 20-30 lbs. Why is it not dangerous to run miles playing soccer (when each step is 2.5-2.75x bodyweight on ONE leg) and it's dangerous to do light weightlifting exercises for the legs. Not to slam runners, but they make a great example--when I read running magazines, it seems that half the discussion is how to deal with injuries. You don't see this in M&F, for a reason. So what do yawl think? DBD Wanna kill these ads? We can help!