Should Kids and Pre-Teens Pump Iron?

In the past two decades, strength training - once the bastion of competitive weight lifters, bodybuilders, football players and pro 'rasslers - has slowly become acceptable and even embraced by women, business professionals, senior citizens and even skinny runners.

All, for the most part, were once averse to "bulking up" but now can't ignore the benefits of building lean muscle mass on metabolism, bone health and muscle tone.

But one group that seems to be left out of benefits of building strength remains children and young adolescents, despite the fact that respected organizations have proclaimed it is both safe and healthy. In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a policy statement on strength training for children and teens declaring it to be safe, within limits, for children as young as 7

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