World’s Strongest Child…Should Children Do This?

As I was looking through various fitness videos on youtube, I was shocked by what I saw.  The Video was entitled, “The Worlds Strongest Child and Me”.   Watch the video and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Not only does lifting heavy loads as a child have the potential to disrupt the growth plates, stunting the growth of the child, but there are many damaging effects on the connective tissue and potentially long term damage to posture in the future. Loading kids up with weight before they have reached a certain age is simply unacceptable. In my opinion, this father should be under serious scrutiny by child services. Is the child living out his own dreams or is this father simply living his own dreams through his child?

Have a look and you be the judge. Watch the Video

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About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

4 Responses to World’s Strongest Child…Should Children Do This?

  1. D. R. says:

    I think this is child abuse. It’s as bad as dog fighting. I’m all for kids getting physical training but their bones aren’t ready for over developed muscle.

    • Rich Thurman says:

      Definitely not ready for the loads, but stability is not there either. Body weight exercise is all young kids of this age need. They should be running and jumping and playing not bearing heavy loads.

  2. D. R. says:

    At what age do you think a kid can start lifting weights and how much should they start with?

  3. Rich Thurman says:

    I think in the early teens is ok. However, it depends on the child. The problem with most people is they jump straight into weights without any proper instruction. Having joint stability and mobility and being able to understand the movements are the first step as a foundation. I think that many people are not taught how to squat correctly or press correctly and are simply loaded up with weight straight away. Everyone wants to reach the end without going through the middle. Classic example would be Karate Kid. (the new one). He wants to fight and kick ass, but doesn’t understand why he’s learning the in between until the end when the light bulb goes off. If more people took the take home messages from movies like these and applied were able to apply the concepts over a broad range of areas the world would be a much more productive place.

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