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Absolutely terrible idea having a 10yo child lifting at or near a one rep max.


That was my thoughts exactly the kids not developed not good on him at all. I could understand some light exercises that would be beneficial but maxing out like that no good.


I thought this theory got disproven. Similar to how people though kids/teenagers lifting heavy weights will make them not grow as tall as they potentionally could have. Am I wrong?


Ex- personal trainer here. 10 year olds technically can lift heavy weights, but it's not recommended. Yes, you are correct that it likely won't stunt their growth (although it can lead to abnormal development), but that's not really the issue. The issue is even with proper form, heavy weights put a lot of stress on the body that could lead to injuries in both the short and long term. My issue with this is that i do not expect a 10 year old to have proper form (hell like 90% of gym goers have shit form, even the big guys). Improper form will absolutely lead to issues. Gonna throw an edit in here for those curious. If I was training a 10 year old, I'd primarily focus on stability training. It builds the foundational strength, is a great introduction to proper form, and some of the best training for sports and long term health


Couldn't it do damage to the growth plates? They are not yet closed in a 10 year old.


Man I'll be honest, I've heard arguments from both sides and even i don't 100% know. But I'll give my opinion. I think lifting properly at 10 years old CAN be fine. I think a lot of damaging growth plates was because of improper form, lack of rest or something along those lines. I think that no matter which side is correct, I still wouldn't be doing heavy strength training on a 10 year old though. Looking back on my life, I wish that at 10 years old I did more stability training. This has the benefit of being relatively low weight, teaching beginners proper form but also being among the best forms of training for sports and long term health.


What do you mean by stability training?


Basically doing exercises but on an unstable surface. This could include multiple different things such as 1 leg, BOSU ball, stability disks, foam pads, and like a million other shit. You can do this with pretty much every exercise. Let's take squats for example. You would start on the ground, as you learned the exercise and fundamentals you would progress to an unstable surface such as a foam pad. When that gets easy you would progress to something even more unstable such as 1 leg or bosu ball. Even things like push ups are harder if your hands and feet are on an unstable surface. It's very good for everybody, but it's best for athletes and people in pain (it's used a ton in physical therapy) or looking to just improve their physical health. This is because it trains your muscles how to, well, work effectively and efficiently. It's not the best for hypertrophy (gaining muscle size), but it's an excellent introduction to weight training. More advanced stability training is actually extremely difficult, which helps with athletic training.


Props for explaining all that. Not a lot of people know about the importance of those basics. My favorite workouts are when I deload after powerlifting for some time. I play hockey and love watching all the stability stuff they do. if you enjoy watching training/physical therapy videos but you should check out squat university on YouTube


Thanks for the details comments. It was very interesting.


Thanks man! I took a lot out of your explanation


Thanks from a lifelong athlete who at 62 is trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I will be incorporating this into my training


calisthenics, the art of mastering moving your own body’s weight around


Barbell flat bench in particular is a bad exercise for rotational force on the shoulders. I talked to a physical therapist about my shoulder issues and he said basically everyone who lifts heavy on the bench has shoulder problems because of the awkward stress it puts on the shoulder. Dumbbell flat bench with the hands rotated at about 45 degrees is the proper pushing form and puts more focus on the pecs instead of your shoulder.


Damage to growth plates is generally a matter of repeated trauma, which this kid likely has had to endure to get to 155. That being said, every time he does shit like this, he's also at risk of massive connective/cartilaginous damage. Tear your labrum or other articular cartilage as a child, and you'll never lift again.


This is inaccurate and overblown. I work as a scribe for a pediatric orthopedics group. We see child and teenage athletes with glenoid labral tears all the time. They can be easily treated and rehabbed back to full athletic performance.


There is not much pressure on spine when benching... Jumping off (*edit: landing after it*) a ledge loads the spine much more. Your comments sounds made-up a lot.


Biological anthropologist here. When we look at bone growth, sometimes repeated activities that start at a young age can be seen where the growth plates were. Activities like squatting (a squatting facet will be present) as a resting position can cause changes. I think 10 may be too old for these changes to take place, but the extra weight on the joint may be enough. I just don’t see the point of having a 10 year old bench that much. It may help him be more athletic until people catch up, but why risk it?


Damage to children's growth plates is an ongoing debate, with lots of smart people on both sides of the argument. I'm a former personal trainer myself, so here's what I know: Children's bones are not fully ossified, and have a greater cartilage content than adult bones. Under sustained heavy strain, such as with consistent adult-style resistance training and especially with one-rep-max and superset days, the cartilage in the bones can twist and bend and then grow in the new position. How long does this take? How much is too much? How often is too often? ALL of those questions are debatable. Childrens' physiology is significantly different from an adult, and individual variability is far greater than what would be expected in even an 18 yr old; just ask any pediatrician. If I had a child ask to start training resistance (with parents' knowledge and permission), I would do what the other guy said - focus on form and focus rather than weight. If we got to a point where he needed more than roughly 15% of his body weight to progress, I would want to consult with his pediatrician to get a better understanding of what his body is doing right now... Not kids his age, but that child specifically. And, when in doubt, *Don't.* We don't take chances with kids. If something even has the potential to be maybe, possibly harmful to a child, we back off. I can tell an adult the risks and have them sign waivers, etc., But even with an equivalent number of years working with a kid vs. the adult, the kid is more likely to be caught up in the joy of advancement, or feel pressured to work against their better judgement for whatever reason. So I, as the bigger person (literally), need to take the initiative and avoid unnecessary risk. And all of this is without even considering the mess of legalities involved with all of this.


Sports Therapist here: The problem I see, isn’t the growth plates being damaged directly. But kids under 20 and especially pre-pubescent are going to have softer bones that can splinter with heavy continuous stress. Which micro fractures on your bones could injure the growth plates. My main concern is them just breaking or fracturing limbs.




No. The only chance of that is if they injure themselves severely and don't seek proper medical treatment. I wouldn't recommend one rep maxes to anyone that doesn't have more than a couple years of training - not because you can't but because there's basically zero point. There are safer and more reasonable ways to both measure or fulfil any goal in fitness. The recommendations of doing squats on unstable surfaces is not a great one. At best it's just very limiting when resistance training can offer simply more and be safer in progression at a reasonable rep range. I'd consider unstable surface training to be less safe than a safe rep range with a stable base for any exercise with meaningful resistance. In cases where one would do squats with a single leg that's much more dangerous and basically pointless. The only thing unique to that movement is placing the hip and/or knee in a more compromised position while squatting


The dude that bags my groceries is a personal trainer, my sons nanny is a personal trainer. Point is, I’m not listening to anyone when it comes the the physical development of my child besides a doctor.


As a personal trainer, I'll be the first to tell you that it's too easy to become a personal trainer. I absolutely do not think personal trainers are some beacon of enlightenment. You do not have to listen to what i say, I'm just offering my limited experience and knowledge. After all, I'm just some guy on the internet. With that said, you should also realize doctors are specialized. A primary care physician probably doesn't know as much about exercise science as a physical therapist. If you want more information on the physical development of your child when it comes to exercise, i would ask a physical therapist or occupational therapist (notice how I'm not including personal trainers here).


Even physical therapists differ in their knowledge and experience. Source: I'm a physical therapist.


I agree with the specialization of doctors. A physical therapist or occupational therapist would be the way to go, possibly an orthopedic surgeon as well.


Plus his feet weren’t even flat on the ground- or is that not an issue?


Please, stick to the things you know about. No, you don’t need your feet flat to bench properly.


I was a 10 year old who could lift like that. Granted, I was a bigger 10 year old than the kid in the video. I absolutely wished someone taught me proper form and stability. Instead i have shoulder and neck issues probably related to football but I wouldn't doubt if years of unchecked form through my teenage weight lifting days does not also contribute to.


I’m currently a trainer and I agree with all of this. Anytime we have a child roll into our studio(extremely rare) they usually are trained on stability at the joints first cuz all kids are Gumby and have to have stability before loading the pattern


What theory? At that age two things are certain: No/low testosterone = no muscle growth Bone mass is still growing What ever that guy is doing is stupid and reckless and may cause permanent damage to the kid spine/back muscles.


Children can of course develop a small amount of muscle, you’re being ridiculous


Here a page from Mayo Clinic on this topic. Basically not recommended, there is a risk of injury to ligaments and growth plates with maxing weights, however, some strength training is beneficial. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/strength-training/art-20047758


The article that suggests kids can start lifting at 7 isn’t a non recommendation. It’s literally the opposite.


It’s a much better idea for the kid to focus on cardio strength/stamina at those young ages instead of physical strength and weights that heavily compress the musculoskeletal system. Cardio is the basis for all athletic sports and just a healthy lifestyle in general. If I could give this kid some advice or light a fire under him, instead of bench press, I’d challenge him to run a 6-7 minute mile.


Agreed, he should at least wait till his teen years to do that kind of lifting.


Gonna seriously malform his growth plates and cause his development to get fucked up


Nah, not at all. > The one-repetition maximum (1 RM) (see Table 1 for definition) test can be administered by qualified professionals to assess maximal strength, determine an appropriate resistance-training intensity, and evaluate the effectiveness of a resistance-training program.^(36) **Previous American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statements have not recommended 1 RM testing in skeletally immature individuals. However, 1 RM testing that is properly administered has been found to be a valid and reliable measure of strength and power in children and adolescents.**^(36,37) Although 1 RM testing is used in pediatric research settings and youth sport facilities, alternative measures (handgrip strength, long jump, and vertical jump) correlate with 1 RM strength and may be used to evaluate muscular fitness in youth.^(38) **Research indicates that 1 RM testing in children and adolescents can be safe and efficacious when established testing protocols are followed by qualified professionals.**^(36,37,39,40) [Stricker, Paul R., et al. "Resistance training for children and adolescents." Pediatrics 145.6 (2020)](https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/145/6/e20201011/76942/Resistance-Training-for-Children-and-Adolescents) In fact, "1RM training is bad for children and adolescents" is specifically addressed in their list of myths and misconceptions.


Interesting. Thanks for that. This is great. I think the caveat of being well supervised and using proper technique is important. Also, here 1RM seems to be defined for a broad range of exercises and I am going to dig in a bit more tomorrow to see if there's good info on more specific movements. A few of my younger relatives are playingsports so we've started them in the weight room doing squats and dumbell presses, etc. Maybe there's been more research in the last few years.


The article doesn't say it is safe for training. The article says it is safe for testing max strength. A 1RM test once a month or so is different than training near 1RM most sessions.


And that’s exactly what we are seeing here. A one time test of strength.


Yep. Some people think if they find one source that mildly corresponds with what they already believe, then they have won the internet.


I hate Redditors like you who make broad sweeping and unfounded statements and then, when proven wrong, say shit like this: > I think the caveat of being well supervised and using proper technique is important. Fucking duh dude. “Being well supervised and proper technique” applies to adults too.


“Safe and efficacious” This is where reading the referenced articles can shed some light. They list four articles where they found it was safe. Safe was defined as they were not injured. But the guideline to avoid max out sets is to preserve adult height. Have you ever noticed Olympic gymnasts tend to be shorter than average? This is from their training, which is effectively years of doing max out sets, like landing after flipping from high bars. TLDR: yes kids can do a max out set without injury. But lifting heavy also likely decreases eventual adult height. Edit: after getting comments I have revised my thinking. My paragraph about Olympic gymnasts being short does confuse correlation with causation. I would still say, though, without absolute proof, following guidelines like Mayo Clinic to avoid max out sets is still valid.


> This is where reading the referenced articles can shed some light. Perhaps you should try reading it, then. > *Resistance training may stunt growth.* > Well-designed resistance training programs have not been shown to have a negative effect on physeal (growth plate) health, linear growth, and cardiovascular health in youth. Quite literally addressed in the table of common myths and misconceptions. > Have you ever noticed Olympic gymnasts tend to be shorter than average? This is from their training, which is effectively years of doing max out sets, like landing after flipping from high bars. Have you ever noticed NBA players tend to be taller than average? This is from their training. Years of hanging from the rim after dunking has stretched out their bones!


I don't have the motivation to look my next statement up, but I recall reading that activities like long distance running, gymnastics, football (US), were more likely to cause issues with the growth plate than weight lifting because of the high impact to the growth plate. Weight lifting, even though it can be intense, is not really high impact in that same sense. Lifting, you're not landing repeatedly on your feet from a big height and damaging the growth plate. Having said that, what I remember from the study, is that the evidence from those activities causing harm to the growth plate is like anecdotal at best. The other guys whole example of gymnasts being short is ridiculous. Go to a kids gymnastics class you'll see all heights cause they're just starting, eventually the ones who aren't physically suited for it will go on to something else. What we see on TV just happens to be the best gymnasts, and the best gymnasts are smaller, maybe not always but mostly. Just like NBA players being tall and jockeys being small, the best athletes are usually going to reflect the physical qualities that make them good at their particular sport.


And that is just like for bodybuilding. The taller you are, the larger distribution of muscle for each part. So a shorter person will look very bulky very easily. Someone over a foot taller but with the same amount of muscle will make the taller guy look like he's never been in the gym, and the shorter guy look like he's on steroids. And, as you stated with gymnastics, those who are shorter will be seen as a gym goer compared to the taller guy. So naturally people will get accustomed to shorter people being muscular, and blame the muscles for their height. It's a classic correlation does not equal causation, and there will always be plenty of factors that lead into observations.


I see where you're coming from but I think it's a chicken and egg situation. Is it that only the shorter people succeed in gymnastic and make it to a stage where we notice they're all short, or is it that all that train in that sport stunt their growth?


Or tall people in the sport of basketball.


Strongmen are super tall so I suppose we should have kids train strongman and basketball. Will make them 3 meters tall, easy.


Olympic gymnasts are chronically malnourished to stay light, lean and presentable. It’s *possible* that their training has an impact but it’s far more certain that their malnourishment has a noteworthy and direct impact. It would take more effort to prove it was the training. There is no evidence in weight training reducing height, unless you can find any.


Olympic gymnasts are short because a lower center of gravity makes it easier to do what they do. What your seeing is survivorship bias.


You have cause and effect backwards. They're Olympic gymnasts because they're shorter, taller people were selected out of the gymnastic level. This is like saying playing basketball makes you tall.


I literally just posted this same comment a few days ago. My dad and sisters boyfriend had me doing this at 13-15. My rib snapped at about 90% up from the stress, which caused me to drop the bar....on my broken rib. It took over a year to stop hurting. I'm 42 now and can still feel the bone spur. Doctor told me my ribs were "green" and nowhere near strong enough to be pushing like that.


No it didn't. You didn't break a rib from benching, that's literally not a thing.


Your anecdote is unfortunate for you, but is certainly a fluke, and you should have gotten a better doctor haha. I competed in powerlifting for years, an young kids competing is common. BTW resistance training increases bone densities, but it does take time.


I actually saw your other post and wanted to ask how this is even possible unless you bounced a lot of weight extremely hard off your chest. I could understand if you were 8 or something, but 13-15? HS Freshman can bench 200+ with no problems.


Green eggs and ~~ham~~ ribs.


You're wrong here, in fact the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their stance on weight training for children and adolescents in 2020: https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/145/6/e20201011/76942/Resistance-Training-for-Children-and-Adolescents?autologincheck=redirected


How often as kids did we use all of our strength to lift a log, or push something over, or lift someone off of us.... I don't see why doing it with a weighted bar would be worse than trying to lift my fat mate Dafydd off of me when everyone was doing pile-ons as a kid.....


I’ve tried to make this example in threads like this before, but people always think “it’s different” If I go for a walk in the woods my kids will try to deadlift logs that are 300-1000% of their 1 rep max. My 6 year old lifts her 10 year old brother daily. Somehow, doing the same thing with more reasonable weights under controlled conditions would be super bad for them.


I love seeing it with people talking about how squats are bad. Even a normal jump causes more force than a heavy squat and you routinely see kids jumping off jungle gyms without any injury but some how the significantly lower force of a squat is going to make their knees and growth plates all explode.




Because they’re mad a 10 yo can out bench them 🤣🤣🤣


Wow, this.


Oh my hell Van Daley. Why not just erase your comment? Why comment when you have no fuckin idea what you are talking about?


Because ignorant know nothings will mindlessly upvote him because this old wives tale refuses to die. Your joints experience more force from running then lifting weights.


It could be a terrible idea without supervision and proper form. But it is no longer the dogma that kids lifting heavy is bad. This has been studied quite a lot.


Hey man, you've been proven wrong a number of times here. Maybe it's time to edit your comment and correct the information. Would be a good thing to do considering this is the top comment and it's just spreading wrong info.


You must be some expert then


I bech pressed that much at 12 when I played football. As long as the coach aids students in proper warm-ups and injury prevention excercises it won't do any damage.


Yeah that’s f’in stupid


Why is it a bad idea?


Their bones, more specifically, their epipheysial plates have not calcified yet. This can lead to severe damage limited or encouraging abnormal growth.


Citation needed. Growth plates are very resilient to axial loading, it's shearing forces that puts them at risk and that's a way higher risk in contact or collision sports than it is in lifting I found a very extensive [review](https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2009/08005/Youth_Resistance_Training__Updated_Position.2.aspx) of the current literature on the topic as a position statement from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the USA which would seem to contradict what you are sayin. The children in the study for citation 81 range from ages 6-12 > Some clinicians and researchers have not used 1RM testing to evaluate training-induced changes in muscular strength because of the presumption that high-intensity loading may cause structural damage in children. Thus, the maximal force production capabilities of children have not been directly evaluated in some studies. Yet no injuries have been reported in prospective studies that utilized adequate warm-up periods, appropriate progression of loads, close and qualified supervision, and critically chosen maximal strength tests (1RM performance lifts, maximal isometric tests, and maximal isokinetic tests) to evaluate resistance training-induced changes in children. In a study, 96 children performed a 1RM strength test on 1 upper-body and 1 lower-body weight machine exercise (81). No abnormal responses or injuries occurred during the study period, and the testing protocol was reportedly well tolerated by the subjects. In other reports, children and adolescents safely performed 1RM strength tests using free weight exercises (14,22,118,124,142,152,153,178,198,238). > Paradoxically, most of the forces that youth are exposed to in various sports and recreational activities are likely to be greater in both exposure time and magnitude than competently supervised and properly performed maximal strength tests. These observations along with current research findings indicate that the maximal force-producing capabilities of healthy children and adolescents can be safely evaluated by 1RM testing procedures, provided that youth participate in an habituation period before testing to learn proper exercise technique and qualified professionals closely supervise and administer each test. Detailed procedures for evaluating 1RM strength are available elsewhere


Machines are very different from free weights as most people know. Machines are much more structured and the supporting/ stabilizing muscles aren't recruited to the extent that this kids is displaying by benching that weight. If his stabilizing muscles are not strong enough and he slips, the epiphyseal plates can sustain damage.




Wdym source??? No one needs a source to tell you if you fall over bare-skin you’ll get a graze, at that point it’s common sense. If you damage your body, you get injured. No source needed.


Machines are different from free weights, that's not up for debate. But whether those differences result in different outcomes should be back up by observation. You can identify a difference between two things but you can't infer a difference in outcome simply because you feel like it's common sense. Your belief does not make something self evident If you observe the night sky, the common sense inference is terracentrism, that doesn't mean it's a correct inference


How did he lift the weight if his muscles weren't strong enough?


It’s a one rep max. The whole point is to push your limit. A lot of people fail when maxing, which is why you have a spotter. The kid didn’t fail this time, but it’s a really common scenario. And it’s not a big deal for an adult with solid form and a spotter present, but the previous comments whole point was he’s not an adult and his underdeveloped body has risks that adults wouldn’t have.


The prime movers of an exercise aren't the only muscles being targeted. You can, for example go for a deadlift pr and hit it, but if your form were to break down because of a moment of not being fully focused, you can fuck up your spine pretty bad. Same thing applies to almost every free- weight movement. That's why proper form is essential and the first thing every lifter should focus on


Guy pulls up peer reviewed source and people don’t accept it. Hilarious.


I'll cede the criticism that there could be more evidence on this, but the reality is there's not really much out there in terms of people looking to fund it. But what I did provide is a review of all the literature that IS out there and the recommendation based off it is kids can lift in a controlled supervised manner. There is no evidence or reason to believe that they should not. People just really like to stick to their beliefs.


Most research finds the only injuries associated with lifting is kids have incidental injuries (dropped weights, etc.) while adults cause non-incidental injuries (poor form). There is research that has compared kids who weight-lifted and those who didn’t (longitudinal studies) that showed no differences in growth rates. People need to stop arguing that weightlifting stunts growth and causes injuries.


Team sports cause much more force on joints when jumping, running, falling, etc. The physics behind a running layup in youth basketball tell you that landing after or catching your fall is exponentially more impact that a 1RM.


Why would this lead to severe damage?




It is not.


Maybe you should Google it :)


Ironically enough he’ll be the same height when he’s 20 years old benching 155lbs


He's going to be riddled with arthritis by his 30th birthday


Dude what??


So much bad info being spread in here


Redditors trying to justify their laziness cuz a 10 year old is better than them


He's gonna get syphilis and palm cancer by 15


Lolol go to r/conspiracycommons with that shit


People in here really hating on a 10 year old benching what they squat while using good technique


Yeah it's crazy right?


Omg, are you a psychic? How do I die?




Sounds right, maybe the kid really will get arthritis!


You sound optimistic


Please don't mindlessly repeat old wives' tales.


That is neither irony nor true.


No he won't.




I'm not an expert but I've always heard it was bad for a kid to lift weights like that.


BS in Kinesiology here. Injuries to the growth plate from improper loading has shown to stunt growth. But with proper loading and expert coaching, it can be perfectly safe, in many cases safer than more traditional team sports such as football and basketball. But the key is proper coaching and appropriate loading. Don’t think you can have your child go in there and throwing around weights when you don’t know wtf you’re doing


>But with proper loading and expert coaching, it can be perfectly safe So, in other words, for 99% of kids his age it isn't safe.


But as random redditors, we don’t know the kids situation and shouldn’t assume the adults are irresponsible until proven so.


No arguments here. My last sentence acknowledges that.


Pretty sure wild assumptions with incomplete data are a big part of our job as random redditors.


PHD in Kinesiology here, this is correct.


Thanks for the info. appreciate it


You have but it's just a prevalent myth.


70kg. You’re welcome






Wheres that bot when you need it!?


Seems irresponsible


Too young to be doing this. I started my kid out with push ups, pull ups, sit ups, etc. Got to middle school and was working machines. Didn't really get into free until end of 8th going into 9th grade.


Not really sure why anyone would do free weights before puberty. Wanna gain muscle? Chill, itll happen at 13. Wanna tone up? Do a sport, go for gymnastics.


Sports and gymnastics have a higher risk than weightlifting. Also, define “toning up”


Cause you enjoy working out and free weights are working out? I was working out with free weights by 4th grade. Doing push ups and work out tapes because i enjoyed it.


It's wild that people think sports are safer than weights. They're not. Soccer and basketball and especially football are more dangerous than lifting weights. Serious injuries like ligament tears and concussions are much more prevalent in sports.


[Mayo Clinic’s opinion](https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/strength-training/art-20047758)


> -6 points "Here's what professionals think on the matter" Reddit: Fuck off, I know what I'm talkin bout kay?


Only mf with a source, keep up the good work


The real goat.


30 upvotes for the right answer damn 3k on the shit one


I knew this guy, started lifting weights at 10 and he did at 87 from cancer! Coincidence? I think not!


But what did he do at 87?


It was the bite of 87 😱


Lift weights 🙄


Every time with these post about how kids shouldn't lift. Still haven't seen any evidence that this is bad for them lol


The evidence is someone's uncle said it one time, and some peewee coach, oh and I have a doctor friend and a bachelors degree in biology so trust me bro


There isn't any but plenty to the contrary.


Okay everyone, before I get in to the rest of this comment, I know everyone is thinking "it's bad for a kid to be lifting like this" Now I want you to ask yourself this very important question: **HOW** do you know that? Where did you get that information? Is it just something you've always heard, something that makes sense to you in your head? Or have you gone into the actual literature on the topic and seen what the real world outcome observations show. [Here](https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2009/08005/Youth_Resistance_Training__Updated_Position.2.aspx) is a very extensive review that will probably challenge a lot of your preconceived beliefs about children lifting


Comment wars


“Source? I am the source.” -99% of comments


not gonna comment on anything except put some risers or plates underneath this kids feet so he can get proper drive in the feet. Bottom of the foot should be flat on the floor (or riser). Benches are designed for average height men, not 10 year olds, so modify accordingly if you putting a smaller person on there. I see this mistake all the time. So easy to correct.


This was my only take away as well … should have feet steadily planted on the floor and drive through them. https://powerliftingtechnique.com/leg-drive-bench-press/


His feet don’t reach ☹️


This is extremely impressive!


It absolutely is


Sounds like most people here don’t lift.


It's Reddit, what did you expect?


very unnecessary




Top comments on this thread should be removed as they are factually incorrect. Studies have proven there are no negatives to kids lifting heavy.


Wtf I’m pathetic


This is an extraordinary kid (ergo why it's in /r/nextfuckinglevel), so don't feel bad if you aren't.


I’d worry more about repetitive club sports than this


You'd be right to, people have an irrational fear of lifting


Yeah, but can he buy alcohol?


No, but his girlfriend can.


make it part of your day...learn about all of life and educate yourself ..you got this..


some of the most divided sections ive ever seen are ones of fitness. "oH nO hE cOuLd HuRt HiMsElF" shut up please. if hes doing everything correctly then theres nothing wrong with what hes doing. i doubt the parents are making him do it either, the kid probably wanted to do it. stop getting mad at a kid into fitness because you wont get off your ass and do something.


Safely with a spotter. Brains and brawn!


Pretty descent form too


Half these comments have never put up 135. At least this kid isn’t juicing like some other lifters his age


Hopefully he uses his new found power for good!


Best comment


Ha for some reason I thought the bench was 10 years old and weight 155lbs?🤣


I’ll agree this kid is very strong , but this a lot of weight for his joints. I benched 300 lbs when i was 18. My rotator cuff would slip every week, I would just pop it back in. 54 now and my shoulder sounds like popcorn popping.


The problem probably wasn't that you were benching. It's that you had an obvious issue that you ignored and then kept benching anyway


Hey don't you call me out about my elbow and low bar squats.


The human need to squat is too powerful to be restrained


So you had poor form and you’re blaming it on your age?


So instead you should’ve been what? Smoking crack and getting wasted with your buddies instead? Playing video games?? Fuck off man everyone who’s done anything athletic in their teens has issues but it’s far better than being 50, overweight and exhausted from walking up a flight of stairs


I’m in shape , sorry 😞, I still work out. Don’t get hurt when people tell you the truth.


He was saying what you were doing is better than being out of shape. So saying that you are still in shape helps his point further.


Great, very healthy


Cop- Sir, please explain to us again what happened. Me- Look, like I told you; this fourth grader just started whippin my ass….


This kid is impressive but May forever be a D bag


This is cool. Maybe get him to 200 lbs by age 11. Then 300 lbs by age 12. Then repeat until he is benching 1000ks of lbs by age 100.




Future middle linebacker at Penn State


Future defensive end for the 49ers.


70KG? God damn, that kid can start lifting me


This kids bench is bigger than mine!


He can lift so much weight but cant lift his damn math grade


The Tenliest Tenifying Tenner year old to Teninate the Ten's Ten. Tenfully, of course.


It sucks when a 10 year old can bench 1550 times more than you


Without leg drive too wtf


Is this healthy for such a young kid?


He doesn’t even have a good foot plant. 155?! I know grown men that can’t do 135.


Give that kid a pizza party!


I’m convinced Americans use the imperial system because it sounds way more impressive.


100%, literally zero other advantage to it


So many experts, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter. He's doing something he enjoys and isn't definitively harmful to himself or others. Eating fast food is bad, but these experts are stuffing shit in their face all the time. We're allowed to do things that are enjoyable, even if it comes at a small price.


everyone in here a expert on lifting weights all of a sudden


That kid looks small for 10, too. Good for him. I was benching 225 when I was 12, but I am built for benching and had been blessed with natural strength and an ultra-competetive environment to grow in.


ITT: Fat, lazy redditors who are jealous they can't lift 155 lbs. Exercise is not bad when done right, even at his age. This will not damage his bones, only you guys' self esteem.


People say "lifting stunts kid's growth" because they're idiotic as fuck,they want pre teens to be childlike,or maybe 5 year olds by playing tag or some shit that's very childish and consider it "exercise"


But why? What is this obsession with lifting weights? Calisthenics, hombre. That's the way to go.