My first thought was 'I wonder if that's doing her spine any good?' I don't know what the evidence is either way.
Originally Posted by 5kgLifter
When did children stop lifting heavy weights? There would have been a time, in our past, where even children lifted heavy; an adult age (for work purposes) was considered 15y/o in 1972, 12y/o in 1930 (based on hubby's father) and then the individual was expected to go and take on a full-time manual labour job...with many prior to the age of 12y/o doing heavy farm work.
True, but just because they had to do it doesn't mean it was good for them - bone wise, I mean - lots of other health benefits for kids lifting things.
Originally Posted by Off Road
I think it's a safe enough endevour. I mean the streeses from squats are probably duplicated in many thing kids do already; like jumping, gymnastics, wrestling, etc.
Do you think? I suppose some ballistic movements generate terrific forces on the body. I wonder if they are equivalent to having 200+ on your skeletal structure. I think kids can certainly bear a lot of robust activity, but wonder about that sort of loading.
I have mixed feelings about the enterprise.