Im a fourteen year old that wants to start weight lifting. I dont believe it will stunt my growth as long as I dont push myself. For the past month I have been doing 20 reps and 5 sets of bicep curls with 15 pound dumbbells. I have also been doing 5 reps of 3 sets of triceps exercises. Is this to much for myself if so what should I be doing to weight lift and not stunt my growth. Any help will be appreciated.
That's the same age I started working out. I was a freshman in HS and I was training for football.
What exactly are your goals? Do you want to start competing in powerlifting, bodybuilding or something along those lines?
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Stop doing curls, and start doing squats, dead lifts, and the occasional bench press.
On the squat go to 90 degrees or lower, and on dead lifts your shins should hurt. On benchpress the bar needs to touch your chest.
Lifting won't stunt your growth, it'll just make you stronger.
O yea and curls are useless.
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Go to the weight trainging section in the forum. Explain you are 14 yrs old and here are my goals. Ask what program you should start based on the goals you have.
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That's pretty limiting for a proper lifting routine. You'll have to join a gym or buy more equipment if you want to go very far with weightlifting or bodybuilding. Until then, you should find a way to be able to do bar dips and pull-ups. Those will be your best bets for upper body strength. For lower body strength, you could try doing lunges, split squats, and step-ups. But those dumbbells will get pretty light very quickly. You could also make a sandbag and perform various movements with it; like cleans and press, squats, rows, carries, etc
Check out the dumbell routine on this if you are trying to cut some fat from your body. But like Off Road said those will get very light very quickly. Also try out the body weight complexes. As previously stated you will have to get a little creative as far as equipment goes.
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