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Weight Stunt Growth
Is there any exercises to increase my height? I am 16 I lift weights I am a body builder my height is 168 cm, is lifting weight stunt growth?
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. ...Read more
Possibly: Weight lifting or any other type of exercise can harm if not done with the proper technique, stunting of growth only occurs during our growing years, and supervised proper lifting has not shown to stunt growth ...Read more
Sir I'm 16. I go to the gym. Does doing squats stunt growth of height? Similarly I've been told weight lifting stunt growth. Is it true?
No: Lifting weights does not stunt your growth. It is good for your overall health as well as making strong muscles and bones. Continue doing it if you like. ...Read more
No problem: Joining a gym and doing exercises do not stunt growth. Kids will grow to the pre-destined height in America as long as they eat healthily, exercise moderately, grab some sunshine, and get plenty of sleep. To not hurt the body, one should avoid excessive exercise with unusually heavy weights. ...Read more
My brother is 15 years old 5'5" and 95kg. Can this weight stunt his growth or affect his height in any way?
His weight on itself: Will likely not stunt his growth, unless of course if he is severely malnourished. He needs to eat a balanced diet, and follow instructions of his physician. Weight management, and weight loss will be very helpful in minimizing the many negative health effects of obesity. (i'm assuming you mean 95 kg, and not pounds). ...Read more
Posture: No, but lifting weights incorrectly by technique or posture may injury yourself. Injury is more relevant than growth plate stunting. Find a professional for assistance to get proper training if you intend to lift heavier weights. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Depends on meaning: I encourage my patients to find physical activities that they can be engaged in for a lifetime. The idea of lifting weights can mean many things. The aap and certified trainer groups recommend no power lifting until the final stage of physical maturity which is when you reach your final height.Training in proper lifting under supervision of a certified trainer is fine. ...Read more
Growing Boys: Yes. You should not be doing heavy weight lifting or training until your growth spurt is over. Cardiovascular exercises and light calisthenics are fine. ...Read more
Unlikely: Lifting 15 pound weights should not affect growth. There is some concern that extremely heavy weightlifting in children can damage the growth plates, but the weights that are worrisome are much much greater. The concern is around "power lifting" and not for conditioning weights as you describe. ...Read more
Depends? Workout: Lifting is a generic term that can mean a variety of things. Regular technique training to an age appropriate standard is great for everyone. The aap advises that power lifting be limited to those who have reached skeletal maturity ; learned technique from a qualified trainer. Regular resistance training is fine in teens. At 17 you are likely finished growing taller.Pediatrics 121 (4)pp835-840, 2008. ...Read more
Probably not.: Unless you lifted weights so heavy that you broke your growth plates (I'm sure you didn't do this), then the answer is no. Except in extreme cases of malnourishment, most Americans get PLENTY of food. Therefore, if you are "stunted" then the chances are that you were not genetically programmed to be tall. FYI, moderate weight lifting is now recommended to athletic teens as part of their routine. ...Read more
Is it okay for 15 year olds to take supplements and lift heavy weight? I've heard that overhead lifts can stunt growth is this true?
Depends: In answer to your first question, taking supplements depends entirely on what is in the supplement. If it is a multivitamin, of course that is fine. There are supplements that may do harm, however. Lifting weights at 15 is fine if supervised by experienced trainers and coaches. Overhead lifting in and of itself will not stunt growth. ...Read more
Does really weight lifting help my body to grow taller make me taller or does it stunt growth and stop me from growing taller???! I am 17Yrs Male
Weight lifting: No, proper weight lifting should not make you taller or stunt your growth. Just don't go overboard with weight lifting. ...Read more
Growing up: Nope. Not in any way.Get a more detailed answer ›