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1 dragonfire1981  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 8:00:11am

That's awesome. I do weight training myself and getting "ripped" was never my goal. My goal was to train my body to handle a fair amount of weight. While this has improved my physique, the fact is you don't need to be (as this girl proves) loaded with muscles to handle large amounts of weight. You just need to properly train your body to be able to do so.

2 What, me worry?  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 8:57:26am

re: #1 dragonfire1981

Indeed. I think genetics has a lot to do with it also. Her father has been a weightlifter all his life.

I liked this bit down further in the article:

Doug Heifetz, a rabbi at Oseh Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Laurel, Md., is another prizewinning powerlifter. He has broken local records in deadlifting, and he said his hobby makes him more approachable to congregants.

“I think our tradition calls us to balance and to wholeness, and the body is part of that,” Heifetz said. “There are a lot of references to strength and body movements as part of our spirituality.”

As an aside, I was watching a CBS news program over the weekend that said Seventh Day Adventists have a high rate of long life and many are centenarians. They also believe a healthy body goes hand in hand with a healthy mind and spirit.

Pretty cool stuff.

3 CuriousLurker  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 9:58:10am

Wow—good for her! O_o

4 Destro  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 11:37:50am

Is this dangerous for young kids? I heard tales that weight training at an early age stunts growth, etc?

5 Bob Levin  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 12:15:24pm

Casts the fly into the water, sees if he gets a nibble.....

6 What, me worry?  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 12:15:30pm

re: #4 Destro

Is this dangerous for young kids? I heard tales that weight training at an early age stunts growth, etc?

No. It's safe.

[Link: www.infosports.com...]

With every young athlete, the question eventually arises: What is the appropriate age for a child to start strength training?

Before answering this question, let's define strength training: This refers to a method of conditioning designed to increase an individual's ability to exert or resist force. The goal is not to see which child is the strongest, but to improve the musculoskeletal strength. Strength training can mean using weights, or it can mean doing sit ups, push ups and leg curls without weights.

Despite the previously held belief that strength training was unsafe and ineffective for children, health organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) now "support children's participation in appropriately designed and competently supervised strength training programs."

Experts have found that strength training programs can be safe, effective and may also help prevent certain sports-related injuries among young athletes. Recent findings suggest that strength training during childhood and adolescence may make bones stronger, a benefit which can last a lifetime.

As far as what age a child should start such a program, here is a good rule of thumb: If 7- or 8-year-olds are ready for participation in organized sports or activities such as little league or gymnastics, then they are ready for some type of strength training program. For children starting out in weight training, lifetime fitness and proper exercise techniques should be emphasized. Adults designing training programs should provide a stimulating environment that helps children develop a healthier lifestyle.

7 What, me worry?  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 12:16:57pm

re: #5 Bob Levin

Casts the fly into the water, sees if he gets a nibble...

And I bit... not hard enough, but there you have it.

8 Bob Levin  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 12:32:03pm

re: #7 What, me worry?

He's had more practice. You'll be stronger for this.

9 What, me worry?  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 1:14:41pm

re: #8 Bob Levin

He's had more practice. You'll be stronger for this.

Did I ever tell you how much I adore you? You know, for an online, chat board, never-met-in-person person? I do.

10 Bob Levin  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 1:33:22pm

re: #9 What, me worry?

You're cute too. If you actually look like Alfred E. Neuman, I think you have a wonderful personality.

11 What, me worry?  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 1:39:41pm

re: #10 Bob Levin

You're cute too. If you actually look like Alfred E. Neuman, I think you have a wonderful personality.

lol More like Bette Midler.

12 Bob Levin  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 1:48:28pm

Damnnn, girrrl. ;-)

13 Achilles Tang  Wed, Jul 11, 2012 6:40:11pm

re: #6 What, me worry?

No. It's safe.

There is strength training and there is pushing to the limit. I am not convinced the two are the same thing, particularly in a growing body which I imagine could affect how bones and joints form.

I believe there are also hormonal effects, particularly in women, which can tend to make them masculine.

14 Achilles Tang  Wed, Jul 11, 2012 6:41:26pm

re: #10 Bob Levin

You're cute too. If you actually look like Alfred E. Neuman, I think you have a wonderful personality.

Unfortunately I always think Alfred E. Neuman looks very much like Governor Jindal.


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