I was going to post this in the weightlifting forum but Greg's response was so incredible it needs to stay on the front page for a while (Yeah I am a suck-up
I bought a William bar from Pendlay. It is an aluminum shaft and weighs in at 5 KG. I played around with it and it is actually really cool.
Here is my 7 year old gymnast son doing a snatch and some front squats. I have been teaching him the Burgener warm up. I opened the bar and checked it out and he called me Monday night and was so excited that he had his new bar and was doing snatches. I asked him not to do it when I am not around.
Peter I think I will have to pay some attention to that old text on coaching lifters you found
I am really torn because I have told him that he couldn't start using weights until he was 12. Bodyweight exercises only. But I bought the bar because I didn't want him to use a 45 lb regular bar when I wasn't around. Which is what any kid would do.
I am ramlbing, I ramble, I have rambled.
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. -John Ruskin