Weight training, or strength training, means doing exercises that build muscle strength. There are several ways to build muscle:
Proper strength training makes muscles stronger by asking them to do more than usual. The body responds to this challenge by getting stronger. Strength training must be done gradually and carefully, but can be done at any age.
The American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all said that weight training is safe for children as young as age eight under the proper conditions.
Check with your child's healthcare provider before your child starts a weight training program. This is very important if your child or teen has a health problem such as asthma, diabetes, or a heart problem. Here are the conditions that are needed:
For children who are weight training:
For teens who are weight training:
There are few risks if:
There are many benefits. Weight training can: