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Can weightlifting stunt growth?
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23 / M / North Bay Area, Ca
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Posted 9/18/12
Its better to not lift weights too early, because it can wear out your tendons faster. If a person focuses more on working out using their own body weight as the mass to lift (pushups, pullups, crunches, sprints) and focuses on resistance training (natural motions, like pushing and pulling) more than lifting weights, your body will develop better. Lifting more than your body weight (squats, bench press, etc.) can cause issues in the long term if you lift too early. Stunted growth can become one of those factors if someone is trying to supplement the weight lifting with protein powder and the like.

Your body has the ability to naturally gain potential, but putting it in overdrive can limit it.

Think of it as always driving at maximum RPM's on a car. I can accelerate as HARD as I want, but it just means MORE gas, oil changes, and engine wear in the long term. Your body is the same way.
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Posted 9/18/12
I dont think so, my brother started weightlifting at 10 and hes tall o.o like 6'3"
Posted 9/18/12 , edited 9/18/12
Of course you fucking dumb shit. Do you think bones are made of rubber?


Mirror-Image wrote:

I dont think so, my brother started weightlifting at 10 and hes tall o.o like 6'3"


Jesus christ. Obviously he was meant to be taller. Genius. The heavier you lift, the more your bones condense. If that wasn't a fact, NASA wouldn't be having trouble with people in space.
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22 / M / 風の山
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Posted 9/18/12 , edited 9/18/12
i got chiropractioner as cousin, and they been keeping his brother away from heavy weights until he has fully matured (18). he was one of the shortest kids ever. aparently this helped him out alot. he's taller than me now, same age. and he's begun lifting.

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there are also studies that a good amount of weight lifting to actually provide better growth. but i bets its a really moderate amount. like 20 reps of 10kilo per week kinda thing.
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Posted 9/18/12
The obligatory

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I used to lift heavy weights at 14yrs old and continued to do so until early this year. In that time period my growth upwards had suddenly stopped and I believe that may of been the result of avid weight lifting (I measure my height every year on the side of my bedroom door). I began lifting weights at a young age and my education on the activity was limited and thus it lead to the likely assumption of stunting my growth. My current height is 177cm though so I'm not crazy short, thankfully. My advice to any who is around the same age is to go down the path of intense cardio workouts instead of weight lifting. It's much more ideal and will still reap results without the negative effects upon your body. Besides, lots of girls prefer a lean ripped guy over one who walks like he has something up his arse.
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Posted 9/19/12
Pretty sure your growth's mainly stunted if you perform an exercise that contracts your spine.
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23 / M / Hawaii "OAHU"
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Posted 9/19/12
You can start working out by the age of 12 without having a great impact on stunting your growth.
Or so i've been told by countless body builders/personal trainers.
Some would even say 10 like most military gyms allow Children to start working out at 10 with a parent.
I've been working out since 12, but never did any serious/heavy lifting till around 15-16.
I've only started lifting for basketball at 12 i needed to be stronger i was 4'11.
15-16 I was still going but started goin in for heavy weight to show off in school. LOL P.E/gym classes
And for me i'm 5'8 That might not be tall for most people...
But you have to look at it this way. My dad is 5'3 my mom is 5'1
My sister is just about 5 feet tall. I'm tall for my family lol.
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Posted 9/19/12 , edited 9/19/12
It depends on what you mean by working out. There's a limit for how much strain the body can tolerate before the activities start causing more damage than they do encouraging growth potential. IMO, nobody should be lifting weights before the onset of puberty because children have very fast metabolisms and insufficient levels of testosterone for efficient muscle building. If you're not even a teenager yet, you should be in school, not lifting weights. Even if you are, you should be in school. You lift weights and train when it is practical for you to do so.

Obviously, different people also have different definitions of 'weightlifting.' One guy might think that weightlifting is simply picking up something considered heavy once while another guy means that it refers to a person doing a 10-rep set of 200-pound bench presses every other day. Obviously, the body can recover from a one-time hit of, say, lifting 100 pounds when you're 10. It's when you start doing this regularly enough for the stress from such an activity to affect your development.

Think of it this way: You smoke a half-pack of cigarettes one day and never smoke again (your body will eventually fully recover). VERSUS. You smoke a half-pack of cigarettes every day. Which one do you think will affect your long-term health and development the most? Which one does a person cite when telling others that smoking is detrimental to long-term health?

All it takes is a little bit of logic and common sense. If you continuously press on a living organism, its body will be affected by the pressure and it will adjust accordingly. You can press on a plant once and never press it again and it might grow fine. You put a weighted plate on the plant and leave it there....it will obviously not grow like it is supposed to without the weighted plate there.
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Posted 9/19/12
How tall is that kid?

I didn't lift weights. My growth got stunted anyway.
Posted 9/19/12
I don't know why this myth/urban legend is so damn popular, I think I answer this question 4-7 time a week.

There is ZERO medical evidence that weightlifting caused X individuals who were supposed to be Y tall to only reach Z in height.

Just like your hair color, eye color, sex, etc, your height is predetermined by your family genetics at the moment of conception.

Weight lifting/physical fitness WILL NOT, CAN NOT, DOES NOT stunt your growth.

In fact is has been scientifically proven that proper weight training can stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more Growth Hormone (GH), which may have a positive affect on someones overall height. Also, persons who are into weightlifting and physical fitness tend to take better care of themselves, which can allow their body to maximize its overall height potential.


Only 3 things can change or "stunt" normal human growth:

Malnutrition

Disease

Excessive, Chronic Drug Use

Massive injury to an individuals spinal cord may affect their overall height, but the body would still "grow" to its predetermined height and size. So even a weightlifting injury would not "stunt" growth.
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Posted 9/19/12
^ LOL

There's the nature aspect but "nurture" also has effects. The environment can cause changes in the phenotypes that are expressed from our genotype.

You already listed three environmental conditions that would result in changes in height attainment.

Hair color, eye color, height, all of these variables can and do change naturally, and are able to be changed temporarily or permanently through human tampering.
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Posted 9/21/12
yess i am 100 % sure it stunts your spinesgrowth wich stunts every thing else and any weight you hold above you head is the worst type of exirsise but at his age not much more growing to do and no offence but tell your friend to gain some weight if hes over 5"6 than thats 2 skinny
i see to much kids that say they have abs pull up there shirt and ribs are showing every body got abs you just got way to much fat off of them
they need to poke past your ribs to be classified as abs
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Posted 9/26/12 , edited 9/26/12
My knees kinda hurt yesterday (no severe pain). And I did leg extensions with pretty light weight up to 12 repetitions. And it still hurts. Though the pain is bearable. Is this a sign of injury (stunted growth i.e)?
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Posted 9/26/12
I agree hnn.

I was actually referring to me when I posted this thread. That was 1 year ago (the squat incident i.e). I have grown an inch since then, my weight is still light (64kg). I was 5,5'' back then. But atm Im just really concerned whether my growth is stunted. Cause I did lift heavy (6-8 reps) the first 3 months.
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