In Reply to: lifting weights at age 15 posted by Todhunter on December 16, 1999 at 13:32:59:
First, you need to realize that football coaches are notorious for being more concerned about their win/loss record than they are for their players. A few things to consider with younger lifters is: Don't let them attempt 1 rep maximum lifts. Always make sure they have supervision both to spot them when needed and to be sure they are using correct form when lifting. They should be doing most exercises in the 10-12 rep range, with the last rep being almost to failure. At this age, the only supplement a teenager should need is a good multi-mineral/vitamin. Don't let him give in to the hype and pressure to use creatine, andro products (prohormones), or thermogenics. Even protein supplements shouldn't be needed at this age. At his age, he's probably a walking testosterone factory, or soon will be, so his gains will come fairly easily from a moderate weightlifting program. As he gains experience (in a year or so) then a more intense program may be appropriate (depending on his physical and mental development).
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