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what are the complications of weight lifting?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Risks: Injury is the most common complication. Doing each exercise correctly, using a spotter and using the correct weight for yourself can prevent many injuries.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is a good age to start weight lifting?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
High school or later: Around high school age, kids have more maturity (better long-term planning and dedication) and more body image awareness. They also have more testosterone, so their muscles will grow stronger with exercise. Mild or moderate weights are fine, but excessively heavy weights may be bad for their bone's growth plates. After finishing height growth (at age 16-18), they can start using heavier weights.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Does weight lifting stunt growth?

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Dr. Randall Mohler
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
No: Strength training won't stunt growth and is a great way to improve your health. Whether you're young and growing fast or stopped growing taller a long time ago, focus on good form and control to minimize the risk of injury.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Are there benefits to weight lifting?

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Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan answered
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
YES: It can increase your energy, lean muscle mass, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and core strength. It improves Insulin resistance, glucose metabolism and immune system. It improves balance, coordination and posture reducing risk of falls and injury. It reduces loss of muscle with age, bone loss, resting heart rate, blood pressure. Postiviely affects sleep, well being, and self esteem.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it bad if I feel achy after every weight lifting session?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Weight lifting: Weight lifting is an art, please seek professional help for the training as if you do not use a roper technique you can hurt yourself badly. If done with proper technique and you do not have any other contraindications to weight lifting it is okay to do it. Please see your doctor for pre approval. Some muscle soreness is common.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is it a good idea to do very intense weight lifting for short periods of time?

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Dr. Aj Rastogi
Pain Management 18 years experience
Depends...: High intensity workouts can provide massive gains but you have to be careful not to over do it - or risk resulting in an injury that would undo all your progress. 30 minutes twice per week of resistance training can be very effective. Would consider increasing weight by 10-20% per week to lessen risk of damage.

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