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    What age to start lifting....

    I am a little distraught by all the young ones here begining to lift, take supplements this early. I am seeing kids 12-15 in the gym and reading this forum. Not that its entirely bad idea, but has anyone done any real research to what age children should begin lifting?

    Some of you young ones are getting depressed about chest size and muscle gains. However, right now your body is growing in every direction, and you probably wont hit your real growth spurt until mid twenties.

    Can someone post some info here about age and weight lifting?

    PS - young kids, I am not saying dont lift, but I think it has negative effects on your overall growth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spillman
    I am a little distraught by all the young ones here begining to lift, take supplements this early. I am seeing kids 12-15 in the gym and reading this forum. Not that its entirely bad idea, but has anyone done any real research to what age children should begin lifting?

    Some of you young ones are getting depressed about chest size and muscle gains. However, right now your body is growing in every direction, and you probably wont hit your real growth spurt until mid twenties.

    Can someone post some info here about age and weight lifting?

    PS - young kids, I am not saying dont lift, but I think it has negative effects on your overall growth.
    Mid twenties growth spurt? I don't know about that. Most people are done growing by the time they hit 21. A young person on this forum has about the best advantage they can get assuming they aquire all the right knowledge. As far as what age to start that has been debated many times. It's really impossible to say at X age it's ok because some people are done growing by the time they are 16, others when they are 18 etc...A better debate would be if lifting when you're not done growing can in anyway stunt your growth.
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    I believed all my life (mostly because I was told by my parents and other adults) that lifting would stunt my growth. So I stayed away from heavy exercise as much as possible. If I had no back trouble I would be at least 6 inches taller than my dad. I won't say one way or the other, but he's not that much taller than his dad, and I think he worked out at a younger age than I did.
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    I wish I started when I was 12

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    Early twenties is definatly the time you see major changes.As a teen lifting i hardly put on any mass(cut to the bone),but no mass.I really bulked up in my mid twenties.Now i'm 30 and i sure don't burn like i used to,due to slower metabalism,but that is why as a teen you can eat whatever and still stay slim.Teens should be patient because the size will come.Plus you want good mass not fat!1

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    Quote Originally Posted by FEEDTHEMACHINE
    Early twenties is definatly the time you see major changes.As a teen lifting i hardly put on any mass(cut to the bone),but no mass.I really bulked up in my mid twenties.Now i'm 30 and i sure don't burn like i used to,due to slower metabalism,but that is why as a teen you can eat whatever and still stay slim.Teens should be patient because the size will come.Plus you want good mass not fat!1
    BUT ALSO they're teens that eat whatever and are obese IMO you should try to keep a good balance in your diet whether you're a teen or adult
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    i dont think theres anything wrong with starting early as long as you do things correctly to prevent injuries, i started when i was 14 and i wish i knew then what i know, supplements wouldn't do any harm if ur just taking a whey shake would it ? least there taking intrest in how to eat and keep healthy unlike most teenagers who smoke and eat junk food all the time

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    doesnt working out stimulate growth?

    ive heard it on here before from a fairly reliable source if i remember correctly.

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    I started after the football season in grade 7, I was about 5'0 tall and weighed about 90-100 pounds. now I'm in grade 12 and I'm 6'0 and about 190 pounds.
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    I started when i was 14. I stopped growing when i was 12 though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam MacKinnon
    I started when i was 14. I stopped growing when i was 12 though.
    thats gotta suck

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuage
    I wish I started when I was 12
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuage
    thats gotta suck
    I used to be the tallest in the school! Then everyone else got taller and i stead the same. At first iwas pissed but now i like being short.
    Im 5'7 so not that short
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    Started lifting at 104 5'4 NOW 125 5'9

    I stayed at 104, due to not knowing anything, and ****ty eating plan until mid july, where i started to put on weight, and really start to grow. I think i gained quite a bit of height since mid july, and clearly over 20 pounds

    I do not believe weightlifting stunts your growth.
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    I started lifting when i was 15. However i was some what paranoid about the 'whole stunt your growth' deal so i only lifted light and with relativly high rep ranges.
    I didn't really get into it until i was around 17 (i'm 18 on wednesday).
    I've grown a good two inches since i started lifting. However also interestingly enough, my twin brother who dosen't lift is around two inches taller than me, but then again he has pretty well always been taller than me.

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    People who think weightlifting stunts growth, what about sports? I've been doing pretty serious weightlifting for maybe 4 months now, and I don't think that anywhere in those 4 months (and yes, I am trying my best to get the best workouts I can) did I feel as sore and as beat as if I play a nice game of football. I really think that sports and running, and any activity requiring physical strain can put a lot more strain on your body than working out in the gym. By the way, I started lifting when I was about 12, although it wasn't serious at all. I started to get serious just now a few months ago, and weightlifting really benefits me a lot. It stimulates overall growth (especially working the back, and legs) in my opinion. It also improves my coordination, and stimulates extra bone growth. And when I'm a lot older, I know I'll appreciate the nice bones I have that most older people lack.

    So, I don't care what people say about working out in the early teens. I know it doesn't harm me. I love lifting.
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    god i wish i would have started lifting in high school. I was just too scared to go to the gym though

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    All I can say is my diet was crap when I was younger and I was always incredibly slim, and at your age fixation I was half a foot taller than you. No one said there was any kind of health risk from working out at a young age, unless you don't know enough to prevent injury, which is really whenever you start lifting no matter what age. And I don't thik there will ever be any proof one way or the other. There are too many variables to ever come to any kind of conclusion about it.
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    Weightlifting does not stunt growth. This has been discussed over and over again. It is a myth. Completely false. What CAN stunt your growth is poor nutrition. Lifting with bad form can also have adverse affects on your growth, but growth in terms of muscle mass, not height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtremeAnabolic
    Weightlifting does not stunt growth. This has been discussed over and over again. It is a myth. Completely false. What CAN stunt your growth is poor nutrition. Lifting with bad form can also have adverse affects on your growth, but growth in terms of muscle mass, not height.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMCtrk
    god i wish i would have started lifting in high school. I was just too scared to go to the gym though
    you should have just gotten some weights for your home like i did and some of my mates, saves going to the gym and you can work out whenever you want then

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    I didn't start lifting seriously until my 3rd year of college, and I still turned out alright.

    It worked out well for me though due to my situation on the baseball team, I don't know of any evidence saying that people should wait until they are 19 to begin lifting heavy.

    I was always the skinny little bastard who could throw hard in high school anyway, so I almost wish I had gotten serious earlier.
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    I THINK STUNT GROWTH IS ALL A LIE . I STARTED LIFTING WHEN I WAS 14 AND I WAS AROUND 5 '5 AND NOW IM 6'7 SO BASICALLY I THINK TEENS SHOULD BE ALOUD LIFT WEIGHTS BUT DONT OVER DO YOURSELF AND DONT WORK LIKE ON UR ARMS EVERY DAY SPREAD UR WORKOUT OUT LIKE YOU COULD HAVE ARMS ON A MONDAY AND LEGS ON A THUESDAY .

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