by james18007 on September 18, 2013 - 7:12pm
I chose this article about a young bodybuilder because I regularly workout at the gym and often see young teenagers there simply because they want to be with their friends. They don't really have a clue how to workout. In the article however, the child that is working out clearly knows how to workout. At the same time, I have never seen anyone this young doing any bodybuilding before. The boy is only nine years old, and has been trained by his father since the age of two years old. This article led me to ask myself the question: Should any parent be putting their pre-pubescent child through such intense workouts?
Personally, I don't think that parents should be forcing their children to work out at any age, the child should be able to choose what he wants to do with his own body. As the father started training his son at the age of two years old, the little boy was clearly not free to choose if he wanted to do this or not. Now that the boy is nine years old, he seems to be ok with his intense workouts. However, he still may be too young to fully understand what he is doing and why he is doing it. The father could simply be training his son for his own personal benefit as his son is becoming more and more popular and may make a lot of money in the future.
Some may argue that the father is helping his son. He is educating his son on how to properly train his body and he is making sure that he is living an active lifestyle. He is also raising the self-confidence of his son, as he is probably stronger than just about any nine year old. With doing these workouts, the boy can easily perform demanding physical activities and feel proud of himself.
Let me finish by asking this question: at what age do you think children can make truly informed decisions?