rollingthunder2828 saidOk so I've noticed a disturbing trend lately at the gym and that is dads who pretend to be trainers for their kids. I'm not a big fan of young kids (12-14 range) weight lifting seriously to begin with but what gets me is dads who start training their kids but are showing their kids how to do a machine the wrong way or are showing their kids very bad form. And for some reason it's always a dad who looks like he's never seen a gym either.
Young kids already have softer bones and less muscle mass and the potential for injury with bad form could increase the likelihood of injury even more. My question is if you saw one of these situations would you say anything to prevent any injury to the kid?
Lots of young men, and women, have had better instruction than their parents with regard to proper exercise method, weight room courtesy, and so on.
I'm torn on this.
On one hand I think it's great that a dad / mom will spend time with his / her child. I think it's great that the young man / woman has a positive role model; especially a gay / bi young man, who so OFTEN lack any good role models. (75% of all Black children are born to single-parent households.)
On the other hand, the parent is often too pushy, and is often absolutely clueless about proper method, courtesy, stretching, cardio and so on.
It's fine for a young person to start strengthening themselves, using proper method, at a young age. Their likelihood of injury is NOT higher, given they use proper technique, and their recovery is often better, given they have enough calories, and rest. There's not a thing wrong with a 12 year old lifting provides he's led in a proper manner.
One thing I see almost every day is idiots (outside of this scenario) doing shoulder presses with a bar to the front. It's idiotic, and a sure-fire plan for shoulder impingement later in life. You certainly don't need to do the exercise. Folks get imbalanced and create all sorts of problems for themselves. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
I also see folks doing HORRIBLE form, and 1/4, and 1/2 reps.
Because folks in cities are especially self-centered, I've taken the position that you have to let a fool be a fool. In smaller locales, folks are more accepting of open discussion; more coachable; more open to suggestion / critique, and tend to have more common sense and reason...; less of the pack mentality and less staked-out in their "space."
I think every person who enters a gym should be asked to take a common courtesy course, and a common sense course. I see so many folks that are COMPLETELY CLUELESS.
From time to time, I'll see some dads giving their boys EXCELLENT coaching, but, it's rare.
From time to time, I'll have fathers tell their boys to listen to anything I might suggest. (An invitation for some free advice.)
More often than not, I see dad the fat ass, parked in the fire zone, waiting on his kid, yacking on the cell phone.
I've also known some rude, clueless, and idiot trainers, especially in chain gyms.
Such is the world of commercial weight gyms.