Kids And Weight Training Good Idea Or Bad?

Eventually, someone’s going to bring up the outdated notion that kids shouldn’t lift weights because it will stunt their growth.  Hmm.  I’ve got a number of sarcastic answers to that but it’s probably best that you answer with science.  The National Strength & Conditioning Association is the recognized authority on strength training in America.  Not the American Medical Association; they’re better suited for things like disease treatment.  The NSCA has published a position paper on Youth Strength Training which I could summarize but I prefer to simply post a link to it here.  Use this any time someone tells you that it’s perfectly okay for little Johnny to carry out a twenty pound trash bag and charge full speed into another kid on the football field but not to lift ten pound dumbbells or squat a 45lb bar.

Youth Resistance Training: Updated Position Paper From The National Strength & Conditioning Association


About the author

John Greaves III is a writer based in North Georgia with nearly two decades of experience in training at home. A former amateur kickboxing champion, John now competes recreationally in powerlifting. He takes a physical culture approach to training; believing that strength and health need not be mutually exclusive. In addition to his nonfiction work, John has written two fiction books, A Different Kind of Giant and A Little Lesson in Manners that are available on