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Old 12-08-2002, 06:26 AM   #1
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weightlifter..Actually it is my son..he is 13 yrs old and has really gotten into lifting weights at his friends house and in all honesty..this kid has muscles!! Anyway, I thought I would buy him a weight lifting bench for Christmas but I do not want to invest big bucks into this until I see that he is going to stick with it.I have looked at several sets and found one at my local WalMart store that includes 80lbs of weights..and the price isnt bad at all..it was like 60 bucks.Any suggestions or advice? He is 5'6" and weighs 164 lbs( yeah yeah I know big kid for his age..all my boys are...the 15 yr old is 6-1 and weighs 200 and wears a size 14 shoe already)

 
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Old 12-08-2002, 07:55 AM   #2
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If your confidant he is going to stick with it, 80lbs of weight isnt going to cut it. Maybe somthing like gloves or a belt? gym membership?
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Old 12-08-2002, 08:29 AM   #3
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H8..You really dont think that 80 lbs isnt good enough to start him out on?? I was thinking that it would be a good starting point and I could add weights as necessary..as for the gloves and belt..wouldn't those be worthless to him without weights to lift?? As far as gym membership...it isnt necessary..we are military so we have free use of a gym but because he is only 13 he doesnt drive and doesnt always have access to get TO the gym..that is why I was thinking that a weight bench at home would be a good thing for him.
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Old 12-08-2002, 08:46 AM   #4
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if you plan on adding weight in the very near future, then it would be fine. What type of bar is it? that makes abit of diff. But people are different i suppose.
Oh, and i only suggusted the belt/gloves because i assumed he was lifting regularly at his friends.

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Old 12-08-2002, 10:47 AM   #5
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I have heard bad things about the WalMart weight sets in terms of quality of product. If you have any Recycle Fitness type places that sell used equipment, you will probably get a better quality for less expensive. Everything I have ever bought at a used shop was in great condition. Until you're sure he plans to stay with it, I wouldnt go too elaborate (unless you're going to use it too.) That 80 lb set... it is dumbell or barbell?

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Old 12-08-2002, 05:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the response Naxis...this is the info on the bench:
Two 20-pound weights
Two 10-pound weights
Two 8-pound weights
Steel bar with textured hand grips
2 spring clips that can also be used as hand developers
Weights included
(the bench is also multi positioning)I realize that I will have to add weights as time goes on but that is what birthdays and rewards are for : )..also..unfortunately we do not have any second hand consignment stores for sporting goods in my area(bummer)

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Old 12-09-2002, 05:13 AM   #7
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Young people shouldn't lift extremely heavy weights until they are finished growing (regardless of their size) so I would go with the starter set.

How about a session with a personal trainer or some kind of class? Or maybe a gift basket with small items like lifting gloves, energy snacks, training journal, etc.

 
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