Hello. I'm 46 year old male and I have some questions about my son’s health. You see, he’s only 15 and wants from me to buy him some weight for some home practice.
But, I'm not so sure should I do this because the truth is that I don’t know anything about teenage weightlifting.
I have never practiced body lifting and that’s why I would like to find out can it cause some damage to the young body. I have talked with him and he told me that all his friends are practicing body lifting and that there is no reason to be worried. How could I be sure?
I totally understand why you are so worried and that’s why I will tee you some things. You see, you were right about this because there are many dangers connected with unprofessional teenage weightlifting.
Many abnormalities could be caused by lifting heavy weight by your own without any professional supervision.
So, I wouldn’t suggest you to let him do this bodybuilding at his home but rather, I suggest you to subscribe him into some gym because there are a lot of professional trainers there who could help him giving him some good and useful advices.
Tell him that, if weight lifting is important to him, to lessen the weight, increase the repetitions and focus significantly on his technique. It will cause much better results.
body down, but what if I lift by sitting on a chair? Does it has a difference?
I lifted 12-15kg(10-12reps) and 20kg(5-7reps) last year starting from June
to Dec at age of 15. Approximately maximum for 96days. Will I be growing
again if I stop lifting those heavyweights?
Now I'm just doing bodyweight exercises. Will I stop growing now? I'll be
reaching 16 this March. I need to know whether may I still grow? Please and
I get this question all the time: "I'm in my teens and I want
to start weight lifting. But someone recently told me that
weightlifting can stunt my growth. Is this true?"
It's seems this myth will never die. But I will try again to
The whole notion of growth being stunted by weight lifting is
a myth. It didn't stunt the growth of Shaquille O'Neal, David
Robinson, Karl Malone, Michael Vick, etc. They all started
lifting in their early teens, and all have gone on to be well
over 6' tall and star in professional sports.
Dave Draper and Arnold Schwarzenegger started lifting very
young and both are 6'1" or taller. Lou Ferrigno started
working out at 14 years old at the height of 5' 9" and grew to
6' 5" - taller then anyone in his family!
So the answer is no, weightlifting does not stunt height growth, or
any other kind of growth, for that matter. There is no scientific
evidence to support such ideas and, in fact, books such as the
Russian, School of Height, suggest that weight training may
stimulate growth. The latest weight training studies done on
teens showed only positive effects.
I'd also point out that activities such as running and jumping
create forces on the body that are six to eight times one's body
weight. The compression forces on his legs and spine are far
greater in running and jumping than they will ever be in
squatting or pressing over head.
Not only will proper weight training not stunt growth, it allows
teens to grow up with stronger muscles and bones, along with a
healthy lifestyle. It certainly benefits any other sport they
Even though proper weight training protocols will not inhibit
growth, the risk for such occurrences and injuries are just like
anything else. If you have proper instruction and a
well-organized program,,your chances are very low.
It is important to learn the basics of weight training and get
medical clearance from your doctor before you begin.
Careful attention should be paid to correct weightlifting form, and
not using too much weight or too much stress placed on the
joints. This is still true, of course for everyone, regardless
of age, and no one should ever try to do more weight than they
can reasonably lift, otherwise injury can occur.
Correct technique will reduce any risk of injury and develop your
strength more effectively than not training with proper technique.
The greatest benefits and smallest risks occur when 8 to 15
repetitions can be performed with a given weight before adding
weight in small increments.
Remember if you are going to exercise regularly always do a
warm up followed by some stretching. After your workout take
5-10 minutes to cool down and do some more gentle stretching.
Studies have shown that people who warm up and cool down
adequately have far fewer injuries.