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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Is it a good idea to train your muscles during puberty?

Is it a good idea to train your muscles during puberty?

Form first: Attempts to gain muscle in an immature body can lead to injuries and frustration. Hormonal changes that occur during puberty set the stage for building more lean muscle once puberty is completed. Prior, or during this time, it is better to focus on learning and executing weightlifting exercises with proper form using a PVC pipe or lightweight empty bar. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when do your pectoral muscles develop during puberty?

Can you tell me when do your pectoral muscles develop during puberty?

Unrelated: Pectoral muscles are always present, any increase during puberty is related to hormonal influence of increased testosterone production. But if no evidence of pectoral muscle raises the concern of poland syndrome a congenital absence of the pectorals muscle. Seek an evaluation. ...Read more

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My son is 11 & going through puberty. He's concerned to have big arm muscles like some of his more developed boys. Is it ok for him to work out & how?

My son is 11 & going through puberty. He's concerned to have big arm muscles like some of his more developed boys. Is it ok for him to work out & how?

Depends: The aap & sports medicine groups encourage a delay in power lifting/heavy lifting until skeletal maturity. This varies with each kid & generally equates to final height & pubertal stage. Lifting technique and exercises with lower weight loads can be started earlier under the supervision of trained coaches. Such limitations are meant to reduce the rate of injury in each age group. ...Read more

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I'm 18 but I've only gained 11kg since the start of puberty. I was very late bloomer and am now 6'1". Barely any muscle with some fat (chest mostly)??

I'm 18 but I've only gained 11kg since the start of puberty. I was very late bloomer and am now 6'1". Barely any muscle with some fat (chest mostly)??

6'1": You should be seen by a hormone specialist and check whether your height is growing and to what extent. Getting taller without muscles is OK for 6'1" for a while but you do need to see someone who is expert at increasing your muscle size and strength. There are many places (physical training) that will help you gain weight and improve your strength. ...Read more

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I'm an 18 y/o male. I already went through puberty but i still look like i'm 15/16. I am skinny and have muscle. Anything i can do to make face mature?

I'm an 18 y/o male. I already went through puberty but i still look like i'm 15/16. I am skinny and have muscle. Anything i can do to make face mature?

Enjoy who you are: Congratulations on these steps in becoming a man. You suggest you have both muscle mass and muscle definition ("skinny") and these are great -- i hope you'll continue to lead an athletic lifestyle. I'm having some trouble understanding your question. If you want a thicker beard, this may or may not come with time depending on your genes; many women prefer a sparsely-bearded man. Can you clarify? ...Read more

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At 12 I was avg. wgt (45kg). Over next few years I got very skinny, still had fat tho, just no muscle development. Had very very late puberty?? 18 now

At 12 I was avg. wgt (45kg). Over next few years I got very skinny, still had fat tho, just no muscle development. Had very very late puberty?? 18 now

Late puberty: You should see a primary doctor as soon as possible! (Spent 27 years in Sydney before coming to USA. Visited QLD only once and had a good time. Now I am 72 and still working hard and enjoying life.) ...Read more

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Is puberty at 22 strange? My father says he grew at a later age too. Changes: deeper voice, body hair, muscle growth and more.

Is puberty at 22 strange?  My father says he grew at a later age too.  Changes:  deeper voice, body hair, muscle growth and more.

Puberty at 22: is late. The type of doc you need to see is an endocrinologist. He/she will likely test your hormones to see if all is well. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm 18 male and 2 years behind in puberty. I'm advancing in puberty but I have abnormally low muscle mass but with fat. My legs are very very skinny?

I'm 18 male and 2 years behind in puberty. I'm advancing in puberty but I have abnormally low muscle mass but with fat. My legs are very very skinny?

Late bloomer: As you notice other signs of late puberty, like facial hair, you will see more muscle growth. Testosterone boosts muscle growth but you also will need to exercise. If wt lifting while you are still getting taller focus on reps rather than high weight to protect your growth plates. Be patient! ...Read more

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Is it bad to take a DHT blocker during puberty?

Is it bad to take a DHT blocker during puberty?

Unknown: This hasn't been studied, to my knowledge, but i'd guess Dht is pretty important during puberty, so it's probably not a good idea to block it during that critical phase. Personally, i wouldn't take the chance. And why would you want to do it anyway? ...Read more

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Should I play sports, lift weights as a girl during puberty?

Sports yes.: I am not a big supporter of weight lifting in young people.Too many injuries.In the gym:aerobic training. ...Read more

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Is it possible that taking rogaine (minoxidil) and procerin during puberty to block DHT be bad for you?

Is it possible that taking rogaine (minoxidil) and procerin during puberty to block DHT be bad for you?

Oral?: Procerin is a natural drug which will inhibit the 5 Alpha reductase enzyme, thus preventing testosterone from converting to dht. It hasn't been studied in kids and i can't vouch for adult studies. Dht is necessary for masculinization. Without enough of it, breast tissue could develop, but no one knows if procerin causes it in kids. Rogaine (minoxidil) topically should be discussed with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my muscles are sore after I lift weights is this good or bad?

Normal: Weightlifting tends to cause small muscle injuries and through the healing process one gets stronger with changes in the musvle, so the soreness is a normal result of training ...Read more

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I am fasting for the month of Ramadan. I do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset (4am - 830pm). But I usually do muscle workout during. I am hearing rumors that working out during fasting hours does not gain muscle and is bad. Is this true?

I am fasting for the month of Ramadan. I do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset (4am - 830pm). But I usually do muscle workout during. I am hearing rumors that working out during fasting hours does not gain muscle and is bad. Is this true?

You can gain muscle: mass during Ramadan, but it may not be wise to try so hard. Your body is adjusting to fasting, which means calorie restriction in your case, during significant hours of the day. Your body will steal from its fat reserves during and after your workout, but you'll already suffer the effects of reduced calories. Lifting weights might be more hazardous. Take it easy until Ramadan is over. ...Read more

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Is not eating anything after a workout bad for you? Some days i would lift weights before i slept, but ate in morning. Can this cause muscle atrophy?

Is not eating anything after a workout bad for you? Some days i would lift weights before i slept, but ate in morning. Can this cause muscle atrophy?

It is bad for you: If you exercise by weight lifting, it is best to replenish the protein and carbohydrates you've needed in order to lift weights within an hour after stopping exercise. You're breaking down muscle by lifting, and consuming protein with some carbs to help absorb the protein in that first hour will help ensure adequate muscle repair and growth. Otherwise, you're just breaking down muscle for energy. ...Read more

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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more