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    Default 5x5 with my son?

    Do you guys think I could follow a Starting Strength, Strong Lifts or Reg Park style 5x5 routine with my 15 year old beginning lifter son as an 48 year old experienced lifter? Would I be better off to do say 8-12 rep sets while he's doing 5x5's? I've never really trained for strength like these routines are supposed to target and am a little worried I'll get injured at my age.

    My bench, deadlift and squat are all about the same at a 5 rep max of 225. I was thinking this would be a good opportunity to get my deadlift and squat up to a more respectable number.

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    Injury comes from improper form. A 15 year old can get just as injured, age means nothing. Is there a magic number that says over 40 lifters will only get injured from heavy lifting?

    You are an experienced lifter, just do the plans as laid out.
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    Agreed. There is no reason that you can't do the same program as your son.
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    Thanks for the input guys. We started a Reg Park 5x5 program this past week and so far I'm amazed at how good it feels to be training full body for strength. I'm looking forward to improving my main lifts as well, especially getting my squats and deads up to where I feel they should be in relation to my bench.

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    Even though I am very inexperienced compared to you, I would mention to make sure you warm up thoroughly since you will be pushing heavier weights for less reps and adding weight frequently. I learned this the hard way after pulling a muscle a couple of times. Good warm ups fixed that problem for me. Just in case you had not thought of that now that you are doing a strength program. Good luck! And very cool that you are lifting with your son. I am in the same boat, lifting with my 16 year old twins(boy and girl).
    Last edited by Got2squat; 09-04-2014 at 05:30 PM.
    7/6/2015
    Squat 395
    Bench 265
    Deadlift 465
    Total 1125 @ 193.

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