"PurplePackerEater" wrote:
"ultravikingfan" wrote:
I am very blessed that Ultra Jr. has learned that in order to be the best, you have to train like the best.
The best thing is that he wants to, and that is not very common for young boys.

We lift weights (smartly), we go to this hill (it's huge) and he sprints up it 10 times (I can only do it once), then he runs a mile and a half.
All this has really paid off.
In the JV part of our league (4th and 5th graders) he is the fastest player hands down.
His endurance is incredible.
If he did not love football so much he would be a great cross country runner.

The next stage is the mental game; we have been working at that.
I tell him that nice people do not play football and it's kill or be killed.
So, we try to get him to really focus on intensity.
Also, never get beat twice.
Sure, somebody may level you once but not the second time.

I really want him to appreciate the history of the sport and that it's all not Tomlinson, Manning, and Brady.
He is very knowledgable about the history for an 11 year old; especially about the Vikings.

Our goal is for him to play college ball.
Of course he wants to play pro, but we try to keep it a little more realistic.
I just need him to hit his growth spurt.
He only weighs 84 pounds, but is ripped and lean.

I have always preached to my players:

What the mind believes the body can do

and that football is 80% mental.
What age are kids able to start lifting weights? I see ultra jr. is 11, and my son will be 11 in Feb. But the gym I'm a member at won't let him be in there until he's 12.
You can start them young.
I have done a lot of research on this and have found that you can start them with just the basic movements at first.
You do not stress the importance of adding weights.

At age we started with lifting once a week.
We do basic lifts for larger muscle groups:
bench, shouldpress, rows, barbell curls, etc.
We only do 50% of his max more 1 set or 15 reps.
We do an extensive "core" routine as well with situps, cruches, and medicine ball.

It has paid off and he enjoys it.
He feels good and he can see that he is muscular for an 11 year old.
Genes on my side of the family do not favor a huge Scandanavian person, so we have to make up for that with training.