View Full Version : How young is too young to start training???


shadeyfizzle
02-21-2012, 01:03 AM
the 1st time my father brought me to the gym was when I was 8yrs old. I started training when I was 9. I was thinking of starting my son at around 5-6 yrs old but then I see kids like young cashflow that are about 6-7 and look like theyve been doing it for years.

So what's a good age to start a kid without having any side effects on their growth???

Bombs
02-21-2012, 01:05 AM
For real wait until like 12 or so. I hate seeing little 8 year old boys in the gym getting beat up by 18+ year olds. I cant stand that in my gym. Let him develop and give him a chance.

AdamantiumPI
02-21-2012, 01:05 AM
5-6 years old could be fine without sparring. maybe some mitt work, heavy bag and jump rope. I would avoid getting kids some sparring until their at least 13 years old but that's my opinion.

Come∂ian
02-21-2012, 01:07 AM
I'd say around 8. Earlier the better to start learning fundamentals. Any hard training can stunt your growth though.

Come∂ian
02-21-2012, 01:13 AM
For real wait until like 12 or so. I hate seeing little 8 year old boys in the gym getting beat up by 18+ year olds. I cant stand that in my gym. Let him develop and give him a chance.

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shadeyfizzle
02-21-2012, 01:13 AM
I'd say around 8. Earlier the better to start learning fundamentals. Any hard training can stunt your growth though.

Well my whole thing is staying ahead of the curve. When I see kids on youtube around 5 yrs old throwing 10punch combos with gloves the size of their whole arm is that a growing new trend thatll make starting at 8yrs old too late??

THE REED™
02-21-2012, 01:14 AM
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..El Chacal..
02-21-2012, 09:43 AM
I've got 3 boys..

my 8 year old has been training for about a year off and on..has had 2 amateur bouts (1-1)

my 5 year old knows the basic one-two and jumps rope..

my 18 mth old puts his guard up and punches furiously mocking his oldest brother mainly..

I don't think there's a such thing as too young for boxing..as long as you have the patience to teach and show them the basics..stance, guard, one-two, etc

as far as heavy bag goes I'd wait til they get more advanced with their punches to avoid shoulder, wrist, and hand injuries..til then shadowboxing and light mitt work will do

Zerwas1
02-21-2012, 09:54 AM
For real wait until like 12 or so. I hate seeing little 8 year old boys in the gym getting beat up by 18+ year olds. I cant stand that in my gym. Let him develop and give him a chance.

What kind of **** gym in the outback of bangladesh shall this be?
Seems like a troll answer

~AK49~
02-21-2012, 10:09 AM
I say go for it. Teach him how to punch, get him moving around/using his feet, etc. Kids are more capable than people realize, just ask old spartans. I wouldnt do much with weights at that age, and wouldnt do much sparring (maybe some very light sparring/shadowbixing him). Kids are gonna be active regardless if they are they are training or not.

LVfrank
02-22-2012, 10:55 PM
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lol.............

*Boss*
02-23-2012, 12:12 AM
the 1st time my father brought me to the gym was when I was 8yrs old. I started training when I was 9. I was thinking of starting my son at around 5-6 yrs old but then I see kids like young cashflow that are about 6-7 and look like theyve been doing it for years.

So what's a good age to start a kid without having any side effects on their growth???

Lots of successful boxers started at a very young age .....so id say the younger the better.

TheAuthority
02-23-2012, 01:28 PM
So what's a good age to start a kid without having any side effects on their growth???

There is no reason to think sensible training would have any detrimental effects on growth.

My lad started "training" at 7 years old - just 2 sessions per week doing pads, bag work and circuit training. He then started more rigorous training at 9 doing 3-4 sessions per week (sparring once or twice per week).
He's 12 now and trains hard 3-4 times per week plus a 1 or 2 easier sessions (i.e. 5 or 6 days per week). Every 4-6 weeks he has an easy week and every few months he has 1 or 2 weeks full rest (no training at all) to recover and prevent over-use injuries.

As long as he trains sensibly, he will be fine.

-Jay-
02-24-2012, 08:33 PM
I was hitting the heavy bag at about the age of 10, I turned out alright. I think sparring at about 12-13 is a good start.