• No. There are many athletes and bodybuilders who are tall yet started lifting in their teens (for example, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, Karl Malone, Michael Vick, Dave Draper and Arnold Schwarzenegger). Weightlifting being a growth stunter is a myth. [Added in response to Illmatic67] That is absolutely false. It is a complete myth that weightlifting stunts growth. Running and jumping alone puts a force more than 5 times a person's weight on one legs. If a man is 200 lbs, he'd have to be squatting more than 1,000 lbs in order to be putting more stress on his legs than regular running or jumping would do. If running or jumping doesn't stunt your growth, neither will doing squats.
  • Weightlifting does not stunt growth My dad is a National Strength Conditioning Association Personal fit trainer and has been doing this for a long time and their was a Documentary on weightlifting stunts growth on fox last week 4/27/05 it showed the studies of a young teen lifting weights and once you hit adolescense your body does not stop growing
  • You will only stun your growth if you stop training!!! this is because ur body is used to lifting weights and if you stop ur body will relax and stop working properly.
  • Im 15, I started with weights a year ago and have not stopped growing.
  • I've heard (from some people in the field) that it can 'possibly' stunt your growth if you do it pre-puberty (REALLY do it, like full on pushing yourself...), but I've never seen anything particularly solid supporting this idea. If you are considering weight lifting and are unsure about whether or not it is ok to do it at your age (if you are very young), you should probably find someone who really knows the field so you can be sure. Gaining some muscles but stopping your growth isn't really worth the risk *shrugs* you can always get some muscles later on, but if you stunt your growth, it's stunted.

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