Stunted growth can not be blamed on weight lifting.

Does weight lifting stunt growth?

Lifting weights will not stunt your growth.

However, there are caveats you should be aware of. Read on.

What does it mean to stunt one’s growth?

Soft areas of cartilage near the end of a growing bone regulate its shape and eventual length. These regions are called growth plates. When you stop growing, the growth plates in your bones harden and become functionally identical to the rest of your bone tissue.

When an older adolescent nears the end of his growth spurt, the strength of his bones’ growth plates is often less than the strength of his ligaments. Growth plates are at the ends of bones.This is especially true in youngsters who engage in strength training activities like weight lifting and bodybuilding.

If an adult with fully ossified bones – bones which are not growing longer – suffers an unfortunate accident, it may put a joint under enough stress to cause ligament damage. When an adolescent is involved in the same sort of accident, and his bone’s growth plate is weaker than his ligaments, he often ends up with a growth plate fracture rather than a ligament tear.

An untreated growth plate fracture may stunt your growth. This sort of fracture is a serious injury with potentially life-altering consequences, but with competent medical attention it does not have to be the crippling injury that it once was. Contemporary orthopedic surgeons can successfully treat these injuries in all but the worst cases.

How is weight lifting related to stunted growth?

Strong adolescents – who might have developed their strength through weight lifting – may suffer a growth-plate fracture rather than a ligament tear because their still-soft growth plates are the weak link in the anatomy in and around their joints. It is this fact that leads to speculation regarding a link between strength training (including weight lifting) and growth plate fractures.

Soccer, basketball, football, skateboarding, and bicycling are the five activities most likely to result in growth plate fracture.

The US government collects data on injuries among adolescents. Its findings indicate that approximately 50% of growth plate fractures occur during sports or recreation activities. Soccer, basketball, football, skateboarding, and bicycling are the five activities most likely to result in growth plate fracture. Weight training was not directly implicated in any growth plate fractures.

It is reasonable to conclude that the old wives’ tale which states that weight lifting can stunt your growth is not only false, it is harmful. The risk of growth plate fracture from an accident during recreational activities is no reason for adolescents to be denied the many positive benefits of strength training.

If weight lifting doesn’t stunt growth, why do so many people believe that it does?

Many people confuse cause with effect.

The best weight lifters and bodybuilders are generally short. It is easier to lift a heavy weight over your head if you are short, because you don’t need to raise the weight as far off the ground. Bodybuilders, who may weigh 220 pounds (100 kg) or more, are usually also short, simply because it is difficult for taller men to eat the massive amounts of food required to fuel a proportionate amount of muscle growth to that of a shorter man with smaller muscles overall.
Tall or short, weightlifting is unrelated to height

Since the very best weight lifters and bodybuilders are short, many people jump to the mistaken conclusion that weight lifting is responsible for stature, instead of concluding that stature is responsible for success in weight lifting.

Additionally, before modern medical treatments were developed, if an unusually-strong child survived a growth-plate fracture, he often remained crippled for life. It is easy to blame the child’s strength for the injury, rather than the accident which injured him.

I’m worried that I am not tall enough. What can I do?

Many adolescents worry about their height.

If you are shorter than you’d like, there’s not much you can do about it except to make sure that you are not malnourished or undernourished.

Eat nutritious food and give yourself the chance to be tall, like the leek and yam in this picture.

If you are malnourished, you are suffering from insufficient amounts of essential nutrients. If you are undernourished, you are not getting enough calories to meet the energy requirements of your growing body. To ensure that you have enough nutrients to fuel your growth, make sure to eat a well-balanced diet while avoiding the empty calories found in junk food.

Don’t avoid strength training because you are worried about stunting your growth. A moderate level of strength training activity will benefit you in many ways and help you develop good habits that will pay dividends in adulthood.

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Sean Shoosh June 25, 2009 at 1:12 am


I am 15 years old and about 5’10”. I just started weightlifting. I am now very worried about whether this will stunt my growth?


Burnsy January 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Mate im gona be 15 in march and im only 5 “7” , and im not botherd cause i have the most muscle in my year..take eny wido oot. :)


Espada February 18, 2011 at 5:49 am

dude 5’10 is not even short. ur crazy lol. im 16 and im 5’5. started working out since I was 14 on and off and now im taller than my dad XD. ( last time i checked men in my fam dont stop growing at 16). so i hope to be 5’7. and im allgoods wit that. you could still look sexy with a sexy bod at 5’7 :P.


skata January 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

5,10 and 5,7 are tall compared to me im 14 and im only 5,1 i started working out for about 5 months now my whole family is short around 5,7 i figured that genetics would already make me short that id atleast like to be a bit bulky i hope i atleast grow to 5,5 or 5,6


rajat November 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm

hey may i know whats your height right now?


Michael December 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hey man, i’m 14 and 5’7″. 5’10” is really good especially for someone your age. If you were to stop growing right now, you’d still be a pretty average to tall guy when you’re and adult. i’m aiming for 5’9″ myself. not sure if it’s possible for me, everyone in my family is pretty short and im asian haha


Bryce Escobar June 16, 2013 at 3:58 am

same here! how tall are you now Sean?


Jason December 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Sean Shoosh,
im 15, and I’m 6’1. I started lifting and doing advanced workouts about 1 year ago….. The tallest person in my family was my dad (until i grew) and he’s 5’8. I can assure you weightlifting will not stunt your growth whatsoever, it will actually help you and your muscles grow. Also eat a lot of nutrients, proteins, and supplements. When i was 14, i was 5’7…. I grew 6 inches in one year when i started working out. I also recommend taking wheybolic protein shakes right after your workout….. Don’t be afraid to lift because it honestly won’t do anything to you…. My whole family is short and i was the first person to reach above 5’8…. Also stretch out your body for about 10 minutes before your workout, so all your muscles and ligaments are well stretched so that you don’t pull anything or cause growth plate fractures…. Good Luck bud!


Hunter March 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm

I’m 14 5’10 and I lift weight frequently, do you think I have a chance to hit a growth spurt? My goal is to be 6’2.


mark February 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Bro, u good, 5’10 is average for a 15 year old lifting weights, im 17yrs old, benching 285, squatting 435, im also 5’10, u gone be good, keep lifting weights


Syed Ehtisham Ali Zaidi July 6, 2009 at 12:27 pm

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I’ll b vry vry vry thankful 2 u.
Ehtisham 4m Pakistan


mr dilip September 8, 2009 at 9:53 am

plz help me…i m 26 year old and my heightis 5 feet 5 inch.
now plz help to make me taller just compare to now.
i will do anything to achieve it…just tell me the proper way.
tell me is there any growth hormone at age 26 for growing taller. plz plz plz


andy January 26, 2011 at 1:52 am

there’s really nothing else to do, once your growth plates have hardened, you cant grow.


JJ March 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

hey im 14 and im 5 feet and i started weight lifting in the 6th grade and now everyone tells me to stop because they say thats the reason why im short but ive made so much progresse that i dont want to stop so i wanted to know if there was anything i could do to increase my height but at the same time keep weight lifting??????


Anonymous August 2, 2011 at 3:31 am

Dude, it’s a well known fact that swimming helps your growth. Just ask any pediatrician -.- . So, if you wanna grow AND workout SWIM. Lifting weights isn’t advisable for 11 year-olds anyway, and since you started way too early it could have stunted your growth. Just saying. For now stop weightlifting and stick to swimming, but you can also through some complimentary cardio work.


Tyciol January 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Well known fact eh, based on what?

Swimming involves pulling with the arms, so you’re under a bit of traction, but much less compared to doing things like pullups.

Traction can briefly increase height because the discs in your spine can soak up moisture, but I don’t think there’s evidence that this is anything beyond temporary, since once you stand under your own power, the discs will deflate.

Heavy loading of the spine during pressing/squatting/deadlifting compresses them further and can temporarily reduce height an inch or whatever, but that too goes away once you’re under some traction.


joe February 3, 2011 at 12:27 am

there is a type of surgery used on people with dwarfisim were they break your bones insert pins that come out of your leg that slowly expands the recovering bone tissue so the bone becomes longer its an extremly invasive surgery but it is known to be very efective people con grow up to 6 inches .
or there are some exersices that work on interverbral disks in your spine that can increse growth up to 3 inches because dosent work on bone it work on the cartilageous tissue .


Rod January 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I’m 41 and remember worrying about height and weight lifting/stunting and silly stuff like that. I reached the average 5’8″ and when young even wanted to be taller for perception, women, blah, blah. But let me tell you young ones what is really important than 3 inches of height that nobody but fucktards care about anyone, that is your brains and your health. Yeah, girls are stupid when they are young and may like tall. Yeah, if you want to spend your life working for someone else 3″ inch of extra stature might help you in the climb on top the shit hill that already exists. But, when you reach 28 girls will look for someone that is funny, good looking, smart and successful. How many big mugs have ugly faces? Not that this matter either, it don’t matter squat but you should be happy whatever God gave you and make the most of it. The best way to improve your stature amongst yourself is to work at being independent. Start a business, learn a skill, build a nice body tone, learn to be happy in the skin you’re in. Girls love confidence and that isn’t something you can fake by reading a book or getting your bones broken to gain 3 inches of height. The right girl, money, and the rest of it will follow. In other words stop trying to be something you aren’t. Hell I wish I had young bones and muscles that didn’t hurt like shit sometimes. You don’t know what you have until its gone. Good luck young’ns … cuz you’re going to need it if you worry about 3 inches and you really are that deficient in noggin material.


Kamlesh January 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

Thax for the advice Rod,
I am 22 and was worrying a lot about my short stature and weight. I am always in search of methods or drugs that help gain height and weight. But Today after reading your words i fill satisfied with what i have.


Callum March 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

You’ve inspired me to stop worrying about those things and start working on my education and adding to my knowledge. Thanks. :)


hudi September 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

so true


vangxay September 20, 2013 at 1:57 am

its great encouraging.


Barry Wilson June 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Hey man i really appreciate this , im 5″5 im told im good looking im just short for my age (21) i drank a lot of soda when i was younger so that could of been the reason but its hard sometimes. There are times when my my confidence level is through the roof but its like theres always someone that has to repeatedly point out that im short its frustrating at times even if i have come to terms with it and it doesnt help that i have a young face ( that part i love though).


the graet basketball palyer October 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm

im 5″11 and i just turned 14 a little while ago because i never lifted.all of my other friends choose to lift and now there all shorter than me!!!!!


Espada February 18, 2011 at 5:51 am

thats the most uneducated response ever lol. many possible reasons why they are shorter than u and btw ur 14 and 5’11 ? thats 4 inches taller than the average man. so the fact that ur friends r shorter than u is normal.


jason January 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm

you didnt spell great right just to let you know


Andrew September 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Hey, be nice


Guy for WA October 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I’m almost 19. I grew to 6’2″ by 8th grade, and that’s when I started lifting. I am more of a strongman/powerlifter type guy than a bodybuilder. Still lifting now. Here’s how my size progressed:

8th grade – 6’2″ 140lbs
9th grade – 6’2″ 180lbs
10th grade – 6’3″ 190lbs
11th grade – 6’3″ 200lbs
12th grade – 6’3″ 205lbs
1 year after 12th grade – 6’4″ 205lbs

I was lifting this whole time.

Stunting growth my ass.

Btw I also drink about 6 cups of coffee and 1-3 beers a day. So alcohol/caffeine, don’t think that does anything either. Unless I was supposed to be 7 feet tall. Thank god I’m not.

I think people just look for something to blame their shortness on.


daniel August 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

your a tool caffeine and coffee stunt your growth as a child and i doubt you were drinking 1-3 beers before starting and through 8th grade and if you only grew an inch from 8th to 12th grade thats either a coincidence with genetics or obviously stunted your growth a little bit<3


Tyciol January 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Daniel: evidence of caffeine stunting growth plz


Brandon November 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I am 15 93kg 6foot 2 I can caul 22.5kg I stated a week ago at gym


Turkey Türkiye November 4, 2009 at 8:11 am

Just look about my comment (the last one) and the other comments here:


amir January 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

you know lifting does stunt growth b/c if u r already tall -such as 5 10;to 6 2 by the time u r the ages of 13 to 16 then u can lift all u want but if u r those ages and r 5 feet and under then i advies u not to lift in tell the age of 16 b/c of perusure on the muscles and neck bone wich lots of persure means no growth or let growth i am 14 and 5 1 i dont lift cuz im sapost to be tall if your dad is tall then u will lickly to be tall


hurt August 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

That’s crap my dad is 5’2″ mom’s 5’1″ and of the three boys I’m the shortest at 5’9″ brothers are 5’11” and 6′ even. It’s called evolution. We get taller generation after generation. I’m the scrawny one never did much lifting, both older brothers pumped iron for years to get ready for military duty, older is a marine 22years and middle is air force 19 yr.


Thomas August 23, 2011 at 6:07 am

While I’m sure you’re a highly evolved individual, it’s likely your parents were malnourished or undernourished as children.

Ironically, many modern children in 1st world countries are malnourished thanks to the steady diet of junk food they consume.


daniel August 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm

lol evolution from a few years i wouldnt call that evolution you fool this is more likely a coincidence or you just had a longer or greater growth spurt


prosper December 19, 2013 at 6:09 am

am 21yrs old and am 6.0 ,,,,,am very strong,started lifting since 19,back then i was 5.8..lifting helped my muscles stretch,Now i model very well and am handsome,i can get almost any girl i want because am courageos…..lifting doesnt stunt growth.and being tall without courage is useless…


Raul January 5, 2012 at 2:22 am

This is not true, what you just wrote there, mate. If you ask your gym trainer or personal doctor they would explain you better. Infact if you do weight training your height increases as your body tends to produce a lot testerone and that stimulates growth. Only that you should lift weight under supervision. And you can do that inmate exercise that prisoners do. Like hanging on a pole and doing pull ups. I’ve been doing all this and i’m nearly six foot tall.


Nick March 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Did you not just read the article? It says it will NOT stunt your growth. the only way is to have an untreated growth plate fracture…


daniel August 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Did you read the article? because this is talking about full grown adults growth stunting the reason it was even brought up was for early teens and children so quit being a tool


Nick March 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Also, @amir. Why the hell would anyone with that bad of typing and grammar be a reliable source? I mean really, who is going to believe what you said? It took me long enough just to understand it…


Tim April 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I completely agree with much of what this article said. Especially about bodybuilding being a shorter persons activity… When I started weight training at 19, I’d been 5’6 since I was 16/17 so I’d obviously stopped growing… Now that people recognise me as a bodybuilder, it’s so irritating to know that many will be thinking I stunted my height by weightlifting! ——– Another thing, I’m fed up of being insulted when 5’10+ people come here complaining either that they’re not tall enough or that they’re going to stunt their growth… seriously!… so you’ll only be average height?! I feel so sorry for you!


zed February 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm

you dont have to be tall to be strong you have to have passion


Tyciol January 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

You don’t have to have passion to be strong =/


Jared August 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

thank you tim. When i read that post i was pissed off……I’m 15 and i’ve been lifting wieghts for baseball since i was 13…….when i was 13 i was just 5 feet and 105. the next year i was 5-3 and 130. now i am 5-5 and 145. shoot how are these people going to say wieght lifting stunts your growth? it DOESN”TTTTTTTTTT


Christian September 4, 2010 at 4:32 pm

people I need help!!!!! I lift Extremely heavy weights Over 110% of my bodyweight for 5 sets of 5 Am I going to stay 5’3″ forever???!!!


john August 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

no u will not stay at that height forever.but u shouldn’t be lifting as much as u r as it will put strain on your back and just drop the load and you’ll be fine


Smakwieler October 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I have been lifting all through high school and I’m 5’11 and still growing.


Javier October 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I dont know what to belive because i’m 5’1 and i wanted to start lifting dumbelles. I wasnt going like extremly heavy just doing five pounds. I’m 13 i have anyways always been the shortest of my class, but I heard on the radio that lifting will stop your growth. I’m as tall as my mom and I inherated most of her genes but i dont want stay that tall can someone help out ’cause i didnnt understand anything the article said.


Rashed Kamal October 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm

what if, i was 6’2”?
A very weak skinni guy.
But i am 5’6” and happy with my strength. Even i am stronger then the tallest bodybuilder in gym.

So i think,
”’height could be concidered with strength.”’


kotsie October 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

Hi, I’m 17 and 5’8”, frankly, I’m happy with my height. Like Tim, I don’t see WHY people who are 5’11” *cough* complain and worry. And let’s put it this way, it’s genetic – I haven’t lifted weights.


Bob January 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

plenty of reasons, my dad is 6 5 and im 16 and only 5 8 but im the best sophmore WR in the country. If i want to go to college and then the pros i have to be atlest 6 feet.


Thomas February 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

DeSean Jackson is only 5’10”. (Eagles fan here).


Smartgrader November 24, 2010 at 1:25 am

hi im currently 14 turning 15 and i am 5’5 and i weigh about 52kg am i normal… and can i continue lifting weights?


Austin miller December 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I’m 14 years old and about 5′ tall, I haven’t really hit a major growth spurt yet, and my dad is 6′ 3″. I’ve read this article hoping it’s true. So should I lay off of weightlifting, or not?


thatoneguy December 20, 2010 at 8:15 pm

im 15 and i am 6.1 my dad is only 5.11, and my mom is 5.2, im pretty sure i will grow taller and i have weightlifted since i was 13 u have to start light then work your way up to the heavy weight dont just start at heavy weight, and coffeine strips the calcium from your bones, smoking will do the same but it is worst, and it is worst to be the one beside the person smoking it , instead of the one actually smoking it


Burnsy January 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Ryt people , i have bin lifting for almost 1 year , and have managed to get good abs and arms ect….I am 5 “7” and 14 years old , i dont feel it stunts your gorw atal , take my advice , keep lifting . You get more respect , girls ect.. 😛


carlos January 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Hi i Am 14 and 5’5 ish and i started lifting weights about two months ago i have noticed my arms increase but now i have joined a gym and i am doin full body training such as weights for your back , shoulders, biceps, triceps , forarm , abdominals , and chest , oh also feet i have a very good work out plan and i dont repeat the same muscle in one week unless i put it into the end of my week such as chest monday and then again on friday… i was very concerned about my growth … so thats when i reall decided to do some research well i hope all of this is true if you have any advice wrire back , i inherated most of my grandfathers genes he was 6 feet 1 inch and i look just like him when he was my age


Thomas January 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hi carlos.

At 14 yo, you still have lots of time ahead of you. No need to overdo things and lift too heavy.

You should have access to athletic training through your school. Ask a coach to help you. If they’re unwilling to give you the assistance you need to learn about proper physical education, get your folks to complain to the school board!

Make sure you eat enough good, healthy food, and learn bodyweight exercises too, because lots of kids your age use them to get stronger and more athletic without lifting weights. The weights won’t stunt your growth, but at your age it’s probably a good idea to stick to higher rep ranges like 10 to 12 reps. You have plenty of time to lift heavy when you’re a bit older.

I strongly urge you to get athletic training through your school either by demanding that the phys-ed department help you out, or by joining a sports team. Good luck!


andrew February 9, 2011 at 7:37 am

Hi, I’m 16, going to be 17 in about 5 months. Anyway, I’m 5″4, close to 5″5, and I’m wondering if weightlifting will stunt my growth. I’m relatively short for my age, and oh how id love to be taller, but I don’t want weight lifting to ruin any chance of that happening, if it ever will.


Roy February 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Any advice about leg lengthening exercises or other ways to make the legs longer?


Charlie February 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

@Christian what workouts are you lifting 110% of your bodyweight with because I guarantee your not doing that for every workout just maybe some like bench squat dead lift and how much do you weigh because if your like 150 or so then thats not very much as far as extremely heavy goes I’ve been weightlifting for 4 years so I know quite a bit about this and if you read the article, and the weight is noticeable very heavy for you, than you could have had a possibility of a plate fracture which it says that is the reason for STUNTED GROWTH but not just regular weightlifting itself so I’m not to sure if you would be permanently stunted unless I knew your stats


Craig March 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Really hope this is true. I’m 5’6/5’7 and nearly 17 and I’ve been powerlifting/ Bodybuilding for a year and a half now. I am not happy being 5’7 as most girls are 5’5 or 5’6 and they like guys at least a few inches taller. I want to get to 5’8 or 5’9 then I’d be happy but I’m not sure if this is possible even if Weight lifting does not stunt your growth.

If any experts are reading this here are some of my genetic facts:
Father : 5’7
Mother: 5’6
Aunts all are 5’5-5’6
Grandfather (Dads side) :5’6
Grandfather (Mums side) : 5’9-5’10
I only want like 2 inches ahaa lifes a bitch.


Jordan March 12, 2011 at 2:36 am

well, im 13 but i only do 30 pound dumbell curls about 240 times, of course not all in a row, but will that stunt my growth? i dont think so, another thing, every day ive been benching 100 pounds(i know not alot) about 50 times. And 160(i can do 180, but it kills me to do it more than 8 times) about 30 times on a vertical chest press! Though i have a question, why is a vertical chest pressing machine so much easier than normal bench pressing? and is 120lbs. 30 times on a lat pull good? Because there is an extremely strong guy at my school who benches 200, and can probably do 150 on a lat pull. :( Anyway, i KNOW it is complete bullshit that weightlifting stunts your growth, my father did it in 8th grade, like me, and he is about 6’4″, so ya know….. Plus my school does a whole weight lifting program in 8th grade and 9th grade, and you can continue into highschool if you so choose! Again, a kid named Evan Yount at my school is extremely muscular for his age, and is my heigh, he has about 16 inch arms, again i know, insanely large. I am 5’10 151lbs. He is about 5’11-6’2,maybe 180 lbs.


John March 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I’m 16 going on 17 and I’m nearly 5’7′ I’ve lifted in the past and people told me to stop. I didn’t stop and neither did my growth, some people are just naturally short.


jerry leyva March 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm

HI IM 14 YEARS OLD AND 5’11 OR 6’0 and weight 180lb i want to know does regular weight to heavy weight stunt your growth because i want to play d1 college football one day and i want to be 6’4 im a tight end for football so i have to weight


Ernesto April 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Hi I’m 16 yrs old and 5’5. I’m mexican and i’m wondering if race and genetics play a important part in my growth since im the 2nd tallest person in my family (Dad’side), with 5’7 being the tallest. also, i heard that if you grab and hold on to a pull up bar as long as you can, it decompresses your spinal vertebrate or somthing like that and you would grow at least 2 in. PLEASE respond, I need advice!!!
Family info.
Father – 5’5
Mother – 5’2
Aunts and Uncles – 5’1 to 6′
Grandpa (Dad’s side) – 5’7
Grandma (Dad’s side) – 5’2
Grandpa (Mom’s’s side) – 6′
Grandma (Mom’s side) 6’1


Thomas April 5, 2011 at 5:22 am

Hi Ernesto:

Race and genetics certainly do play a part in your potential height. But perhaps those factors don’t play quite as large a role as previously assumed. Since WWII, there have been many studies exploring the link between nutrition and height in developing countries like Japan and other parts of southeast Asia. While it was always assumed that the Japanese, Koreans, et al were naturally shorter than most Europeans, it’s now been shown that inadequate nutrition was mostly responsible for the height differences. So it’s true that genetics/race makes a difference (for instance, the Dutch are the tallest in the world, even when nutrition and other developmental issues are taken out of the equation), it’s probable that nutrition is the most important factor. After all, we can control our eating, not our genes.

Here’s a good intro to the subject if you want to read further: Human Height at Wikipedia

PS – don’t bother hanging around on a bar trying to get taller. Once you stop hanging, you’ll get shorter again thanks to the ever-present effects of gravity. Astronauts on the shuttle in Earth orbit get taller, but when they get back on the planet’s surface, they go right back to their normal height.


Anonymous August 2, 2011 at 3:40 am

I get that your grandparents are tall, but you should be HAPPY that you’ve grown that much, given your parents are oh so short. Quit Whining and BE HAPPY


Josh April 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Suppose I have nothing to worry about then. Here I am at 19, 6ft 2 and I’m actually worrying about stunting my growth doing weight training (I’ve grown 2 inches over last 2 years).
Shame I can’t squeeze an extra 1 or 2 inches but life’s a b***h ain’t it?


Timothy April 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Hey guys,

Im 17, and am jusssttt touching 5’10. I started lifting weiht at 16 and feel as though its stunting my growth D=. I exercise about 4x a week with the following work-out:

about 20 reps or 95 lb bench press
about 20 reps of bicep isolations @50 lbs
about 20 reps tricep curls @ 40 lbs
about 20 bicep curls @ 20 lbs

Can I still grow?? All of the males in my mom’s/dad’s families are 6 feet+…. help me! Should I get more sleep ( i sleep about 5 hrs a day)?? Eat more (175 lbs atm)?


Kurt96 April 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Hey everyone im 6, 3 and im 14 I want to be about 6’4 to 6’6 and i want to start working out but i dont want to stunt my growth. If I start weight training will i stop growing?


Ryan May 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm

loool are you stupid? Your 6’3 at 14 and your worried about stunting your growth?!!! You need to go sleep or summin


K.Yohan June 4, 2011 at 5:04 am

Warming up before and after weight lifting is already enough to avoid stunt growth, and most importantly should do stretching exercises to avoid our muscle from getting stiff which could stunt our growth. Thats it!


Tyciol January 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Why would training without warming up stunt growth? You mean if someone gets injured and tenses up?

I guess I could see how tight muscles might stunt growth, but I’m reserved and not sure I believe it either.


Sean July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I am 17 standing at 5’9. My dad was 6’4 and a half and my 19 year old brother is 5’10. My brother and I have both been lifting since we were about 15(I was barely 5’7 then) and we still continued to grow. Weight lifting itself will not stunt your growth with proper form. The reason you are not taller is because of genetics. My brother and I are both not 6’4 because my mom is 5’4. Genetics determines what height you will be end of story. If you are younger and short, get more sleep and eat well thats the best advice you’ll get from anyone except mine isn’t detailed.


Shae Love July 26, 2011 at 1:08 am

Im a girl and i just wanna know if weight lifting will rid of flabby arms… i hate that im so jiggilly, lolzz. What type of excercises can i do to tone my arms? Will weights help? Im 14 btw and 5’6… I wont stop growing will i? This article confused me… I hope to be atleast 5’8… ayuda mey por favor… 😛


Tyciol January 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Progressive weight lifting burns calories, which with a sensible diet can help in using fat stored all around your body (including the arms) as fuel.

Training your arms can build the muscles larger, which can fill in any space left over left by that fat, to help hold skin in place.


that13yearold August 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I am so confused i started weight lifting when i was 11 and i was about 5feet and 4inches and 130lbs. After a year when i turned 12 many people told me to stop lifting because it stunts growth. Even though this article says it does not stunt growth i wish to be sure. At the age of 12 i was 5feet 5inches. I am now 13 and want to know if I should start lifting again. By the way i am now 5feet and 5inches. Any info would be helpful.


Grylls September 6, 2011 at 4:10 am

Hi, I just turned 15 2 months ago, i am 5’6″1/2 and I started doing push ups, squats and other exercises that increases my vertical jump. I just want to know if these type of exercise may stunt my growth. Please reply I will be very thankful! Btw, Im a Filipino(I Dont eat rice)Boy and 130 LBS. I am also a fast sprinter. -Dad = 5’2 Mom = 5’1 Grandpa(mom’s side) = 5’11” ran out of room srry


Thom September 10, 2011 at 1:02 am

I started lifting when I was 16 and that’s pretty much when I stopped growing. I’m 5’6″ at age 31. In the back of my mind, I kept thinking that if I had not played sports or lifted at that age, would I have been 1 to 2 inches taller.

I’m Asian so it doesn’t bother me as much because I know Asians are mostly shorter. I only feel bad when I date girls that are the same height as I am or a little shorter. When they put on their heels they are like 3-4 inches taller than me. That sucks!

This blog post makes a lot of sense scientifically and from reading all the comments, I feel a little better knowing that some of you did continue to grow after lifting weights. All I can do is blame genetics for being short. Haha.


Tyciol January 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Solution: tell them to stop wearing heels. Not the best for their posture anyway.

Women should train their calves so they look good without heels.


Owais September 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

Hi. Im sixteen years old and I’m from Southern Asia. My Dad is 5’11 and my mum is 5’5. I’m around the same height as my dad if not a tiny bit taller. I used to be well built kind of muscular (but not ripped like people who weightlift) until acne came along. To stop breakouts i ate less fatty foods which then made me the skinny guy i am now,( even though i consider myself as a good sportsman). Sorry for the life story but can everyone recommend if i should start weightlifting now or not please?


Viswaraj September 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

hi guys..

i am viswaraj,

i am now having 6’3 feet at my age of 21.But still i do not need any height as further more.Because my ambition is to become a film actor.Since in our industry do not have any actor having the height as more than 6’3(It will also make the issue to get a heroine as match to me.)

Anyway , i need to stop my height form this,please… please..get me a solution to stop my height………………

My friends are also suggested me to take weight for shoulder to stunt my height.

please please advise me …………………..since i badly need some solution

mail id :
ph no :- 9790808783
place :- Kerala, India

it could be great helpful if u could help me out with your knowledge………

Thanks :-)


Brandon October 2, 2011 at 4:44 am

i am 13 years old.i am 5ft 6.As i am 13 years old,i dont really understand the article.Will body building stunt my growth?I will not be doing any weight,just pull up,pushup,crunches all these kind of stuff.basically,i will just use my body to train my muscle,not with weights.Anyone mind answering my question?
P.S I am asian
Please put a @Brandon if u want to help me so that i know it is to me


Zeke October 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

FIRST OF ALL, go to your personal doc. Ask them about weights & everything else you guys are debating about. And that’s IT.


Thomas October 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

OK, thanks for clearing that up! I knew this whole “internet” information superhighway thing was just a fad.


percy October 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

My daughter is 9 years old and one month before her birthday she started having menstruation. He suggested to do a shot every 2 months to stop the menstruation and if this is not to be done it will stop her growth and stay her size. Pls. advice` if there is any complication of the said shot which i forgot the name of it to stop her menstruation.


Tyciol January 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Menarche which occurs at the start of female puberty does not stop growth, because girls continue to grow throughout puberty. I have no idea what ‘he’ (I assume this is your pediatrician?) is talking about.


Sam October 13, 2011 at 5:14 am

Hi I’m 15 and roughly 5″3
ive got a solid routine going where ive been doing push ups and sit ups for about 2 months now and ive got a six pack and my arm size has increased although im still the weakest in my grade and im growing like 1-2cm a month for about 2 years now
im scared to weightlift even a bit
im just wondering if its okay for me to bicep curl at least 4kg
ill go to gym once i stop growing
my dad is only like 5″7
my mum is 5″2
all my aunts are around 5ft
my sister is 5″4
my uncle is the tallest with 6ft
but i havent got any of my uncles genes that i know of
i have most of my mums genes and my foot size is 10US/9UK
i dont know what else to do cos ive got friends that go to the gym and ive got scrawny friends who still have a larger muscle mass than me anyway, the point is do i start doing bicep curls and work my way up or just stick to the push ups and sit ups :/


Thomas October 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Bicep curls won’t stunt your growth; they’re fine. But I’d rather see you do pullups or chin-ups. Also, it is a good idea to alternate your pushups with dips. Try doing dips one week and pushups the next. Also, remember to do squats and/or lunges! But most of all, make sure you eat good, nutritious food. The worst thing you can do as a growing boy/young man is to eat junk food that fills you up without providing the nutrients your still growing body needs. Good luck!!


Alexa October 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hi, I’m 15 and 5’0 feet. I have been this height since I was in 5th grade. My parents are 5’4 and 6’0. Is it normal that I’m not growing?


Kevin Gonzalez October 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I’m 6,2 and I just started weight lifting. I wonder could you feel if a growth plate fractures.


vishu November 3, 2011 at 12:49 am

i am 15 and 5`1 ft. i do not do any weight lifting or exercise.All classmates are taller than me. i am worried as i find that i am not growing as others do. pls suggest me something for my height and body growth.


Brandon November 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I turn 15 in 2 weeks, and i play football and basketball. My coaches want me to lift more but im nervous that if i do too much i might miss my growth sprout. Because my dad is 6’4 and im 5’8 and my mom 5’4. Do you think if i lift too much i wont grow as much as my dad


Dylan November 11, 2011 at 3:07 am

I’ve been lifting weights and I am 12 years old and my height haven’t
stop actually I am growing and I feel perfectly fine and I’ve been doing that for about 5 months.
lift weights bro


Ali November 21, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’m 12 turn 13 in 2 months, i am 120llbs, and i want to weight lift. My mom says no because she thinks it will affect my height as 1 person in our family did try weightlifting and is now shorter then his brother sisters. Please advise me on what i should do and i should weight lift.


Scott December 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

I’m a 16 year old male. I have lifted weights since I was 13 and a half or 14. I am a lot stronger than any other 16 year old and a lot more buff but I’m only 5’9″. I havnt noticeably grown since I was 13 or 14 and it bothers me like crazy. My dad was 6’2″ by the time he was my age. I’m worried about being 5’9″ the rest of my life


Peter December 10, 2011 at 6:15 am

I’m a 17 year old male and I height about 5ft 7 to 5ft 8 and weight about 143 pounds .
In january 2012 I will start on the gym.
What exercises should I do in the gym to help me grow just a little more , have a larger back and my body defined ? Please help me.


David December 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Hi, I’m David, 14 years old (turning 15 on January 30th next year) & I’m 5’8 & weigh 130lbs
I’m extremly skinny & the whole growth stunt thing is not a big worry for me , all I want to know is 15 a good age to start lifting weights, going to the gym, etc? & christmas is just around the corner & I’m looking to ask for some dumbells & a pullup bar for my room, are there any more suggestions on what I should get? Because my main goal is for bigger arms mainly. 😛



Michael December 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I know people have been going on about how weight lifting doesn’t stunt your growth but I’m still a bit hesitant to start lifting weights. My brother and all of my cousins are relatively tall for their age 5,6-5,9 I think (14-16 years old). I turned 13 in august and I’m only 5,1-5,2 and I weigh about 120lbs/55kg/8 stone. My parents are quite tall but I wouldn’t say over 6 feet, I would like to grow to 6,1 as an adult. What I really need to know is ‘Should I really start lifting weights at this height and age? and What amount should I be lifting in kg and how many reps and how many times a week’ as I have a exercise schedule. Also, I know I have to stretch before and after lifting but what type of nutrients would I need to grow further. I’m not really sure if I’ve hit my growth spurt yet. I need these answers very quickly and I would really appreciate it if you gave me some useful answers. This article was very useful.


George January 6, 2012 at 1:37 am

I’m 14 and I have been doing deadlifts,benchpress,and other arm excersizes for about a year and I keep growing all the time. So I would say go right ahead Michael.


George January 6, 2012 at 1:32 am

I’m 14 and I was wondering if a 20lbs weight vest would be a bad idea for walking,pushups,etc. I weigh 185 and I’m about 6′ tall. I’m just worried about spinal compression or growth stunts. I wouldn’t run in it but still.


Graham January 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

im 17 and about 6’4. being tall sucks lol all you guys bitching about being 5’5 should feel lucky, life will be a lot easier


Tyciol January 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I know rite? Less expense for food, better looking physique with lighter cheaper weights, lat pulldowns last until infinity, etc.


Axe January 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I am 15 years old and i am a good bodybuldir i started bodybulding before 2 years ,,and i am 5’8 ,,The Qu is i am gonna be 6’1 or What and i think bodybulding dont stunt growth !! and Good luck for you all 😀


Nick January 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Just a little advise for folks on here comparing their height to te web. People LIE sooo much on hear it’s not even
funny. I know when people lie because I can compare my own experiences from school. The average height for a 13 Year old is about 5’6″ I remember I was about 5’5 1/2″ and
I felt pretty average. For 14 it is about 5’7 1/2″ I was about 5’9″ when I was 15 and I was told I was pretty tall. For 15 it is pretty much 5’9″ I am 15 now and I am 5′ 11 3/4″ and I feel damn tall. I am probably in the top 20 at my school. So anyway there are some statistics from my school in British Columbia for you to work ofF of. It is important to remember people lie on on the web.


Rick January 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I’m 14 and i will be 15 in 3 months my height is 5’6 (167cm) with no shows and at the afternoon and I weight 178 pounds (81kilos) and I’m pretty strong .. I can run a miles without stop and and I can dead lift 210 pounds .. I do soccer at the fall and wrestling at the winter and tenis at the spring at high school I also play basketball at lunch for 30 minutes.. And I yes started weight lifting a month ago.. But not so much like 20 minutes 3 days a week.. And I feel that I only grow inch last year.. My mom is like 5’3 and my dad is like 5’7 and my grandfather is like 6’3


ahsan January 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

hi guys ..! i am 15 year old nd my height is 5’3 and ive join gym nd i started doing the exercises of biceps ,triceps, chest,wings..! but em afraid abut it.. that it will stunt my height..! some people a says that not to go gym it will make me shorter..! some people said that wight lifting will not make me shorter plzz help we what is the exact truth is..! plxx help by cmmenting guyxx..!


trevor January 22, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Hey guys im 16 going on 17 and almost 5’6 my dad is 5’8 and my mom is 4’11 am i fucked or what? >.>


Brandon January 24, 2012 at 5:17 am

Hey guys I’m 15 (Boy) and within 6 months I grew 0.4cm… but my diabetic specialist (Ph.D) said he would be very surprised if I don’t grow 173cm.. Help?!? :O

I’m also a diabetic type 1 for the last 11 years and I’m Asian… Just a little detail about me 😛


chris January 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

im doing a project on how weight lifting stunts your growth and i need some info if you could give some info to me that would help thank you


Jay February 11, 2012 at 5:24 am

Hey guys
I’m am only 5’7 and i wonder pretty much why. My dad is 5’11 and my mom is 5’5. Shouldn’t i be a bit taller than that? I did do some weightlifting but not very often. I didn’t eat so well either and stayed for from school. I am not worried I have stunted my growth somehow? I just turned 16.
By the way, my half-bigbro (from my dads side) is 6’2 and my grandpa (my mother’s dad) is 6’4.
So i thought i should have pretty good chances of at least reaching my dad’s height? Do you think?


Hayden February 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I am a football player and i am currently 5’11 190 lbs. I lift 3 times a week and i am currently sixteen. And i also play safety for football which the average height of a safety is 6’2, average weight is 200. Do you think i still have enough time to reach over 6 feet tall, after all my dad is 6’2.


Gursimran February 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I definitely think you have time to grow before one final large growth spurt because you are still only sixteen… I think you should grow at least 1/2 inch and at most 1 & 1/2 inches… Just maintain a healthy food balance and take in a lot of nutrients and get a good dose of calcium.


Ron February 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Okay.. so I just turned 15, and I’m almost 5’8. I’m planning on starting weightlifting this week (twice a week, one hour sessions, mainly focusing on arms and upper body). My dad is 5’6, my brother (who started lifting on and off when he was 12) is 5’6 (he’s finished growing now). My mum is 5’1. My grandparents are around 5’6. Is there any chance of me growing any more (maybe an inch or two), and is it a good idea for me to start lifting (I haven’t really had a massive growth spurt yet)??

And also, I play plenty of sport, about 2 hours every school day, and more on Saturday. I play basketball and soccer. My brother doesn’t play much sport at all.

Sorry for the massive message, but PLS PLS PLS REPLY!!!


Harry February 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Its a great idea to start, growth mainly depends on genetics and of course your nourishment, little on the environment, but lift safely with good form, make sure you build strong joints before lifting heavy.


Milton February 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I am 14 lifting for 2 years.I am 5ft 8in and I have the biggest feet in fam history my dad is 6ft and tallest in fam i am only 14 and im 155lb and lifting dosent effect height


Harry February 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Weightlifting doesn’t stunt your growth, overloading and fracturing you growth plates, most possibly may reduce your growth, however lifting safely with good form will avoid this, there, problem solved. I am 16, 6 ft and lifting since age 13, my advice is to start high reps 10-12 medium weight, once you reach 16 consider lifting heavy 3-4 reps, heavy but just gradually change your training depending on your goal and be patience and eat of good food.
– Its just advice, research how you want to be and how to get there.


Gursimran February 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I’m 15 and 6 feet and when I was younger I used to lift wieghts at the gym and my friends started to tell me to stop otherwise my growth would stop. Since I am in high-school now the weight room is a necessity for gym and I know how to do a lot of excersizes, but my teacher would rather have us lifting wieghts and it worries me to think that I will stop growing… Is there anyone that can help me fulfil the wishes of my gym teacher while I can maintain my growth… Please and thank-you


George February 25, 2012 at 12:29 am

Dude, 6ft is like the optimum height. Even if you do stunt your growth (very unlikely unless you’re struggling to do 1 rep), you will still be taller than most.


Raymond February 24, 2012 at 12:32 am

Hi I’m 12 4’7 I started lifting weights about 5 months ago is that making me not grow


Phil May 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I’m 12 .5 , I started lifting weights 4 months ago , I grew 1 centimeter in 4 months ! And I’m fat . My classmate does push-ups everyday and hasn’t grown in a while , will that happen to me ?


ShakBlud February 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Yeah i dont think you will stunt your growth unless you start off really, really heavy weight that you cant handle easily but on the whole you can do weightlifting without stunting your growth. im 14 and im about 5ft 9 13 stones and im still growing but i dont do weightlifting myself i just do free weights, cardio and such so dont worry so much about it


Hugo February 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Hey, I’m 16 5’11 170lbs, I started working out last year along with varsity wrestling cross country and track, is 15 a good age to start working out? Is there a chance that overtraining or reduced body fat could stunt my growth?


Ramonn March 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I’m 17 years old I pla sports for my high school football,and baseball and I’m very strong for my size I can bench 200 pounds and I’m only 5’3 but I worried about my height I want to be at least 5’6/5’7 my mom is 5’1 and my dad is 5’7 I went to the doctor to see if my growth plates has close but they haven’t and he says that I will still grow but I still haven’t grown I’m worried will I still grow ?


arjun March 7, 2012 at 12:32 am

i m 20 years and i m doing body building can i increase my height should i use growth harmone


leo March 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

i am 15 years old and i am 5’3 or 5’4. i dont do all this weight lifting but sometime i do push ups and all . i want to increase my height. any idea??


Erick March 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

hey guys im 16 and im about 5’6 or 5’7, im not sure. i haven’t really engaged in weightlifting because of the whole “stunts your growth” thing, but after reading this article, im more reassured than i was before, but i still wont do anything serious, so i started out with a dumbell of 10 lbs, and a resistance band. im also skinny, so im still gonna take it slow, step by step, so i dont mess up anything. my question is if dumbells stunt your growth?


Sam March 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Im 15 and 6’5″. I’ve been lifting a lot lately and have been told by many that I may be “stunting my growth”. I’m supposed to end up being 6’8″. These people are kinda freaking me out…


Luis Angel March 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi, I have a question id like to ask and if possible answered… I’m currently 16 years old , I weight like 108 pounds and I’m like 5’4 , I think for my age I’m really skinny and short I tried eating a lot and taking lots of protein shakes and lift weights but doesn’t work I’m still the same weight and height ,btw my dad and my mom are short too my dad is like 5’5 and my mom 5’1.. how can I add weight and at the same time grow a little more , other kids my age that weight more look taller than me I look like a miniature although were almost the same height …Thanks


Danny May 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Hi, I’m 15 years old and I’m 5’4-5’5, I’ve been weight lifting for 3 months and I haven’t grown at all. I went to my doctor and all my bones have fused. Is there any chance I can get taller, even if it’s 1-2 inches or am I like this forever. If there is anything I can do (like exercises or protein drinks) can you tell me


Jack May 27, 2012 at 5:12 am

Guys, I need some help here, please answer.

I’m 13 in a few weeks. Haven’t hit puberty yet, and I’m 150cm (5ft”). I alternate in between weeks.

1 week I do 5 x 20 pushups (pressups) every night, and the next week, every second day I use 4kg dunbells to do a whole range of different exercises, usually x 6 of 20 rep thingies.

I’m just wondering wether this is bad, I also run tredmill 2 days w
a week (not that it’ll stunt my growth), but.. am I doing too
much? I also do U14 for both Basketball and AFL, so I do a lot of excercise, I want to make sure, am I doing TOO much?



Chris June 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I am 16 years old 6 foot tall with a size 15 shoe and I’ve been hitting the weights hard for the past 2 years. Is there any chance I will get taller in my last 2 years of high school?


shubrat June 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

a person’s height does depend an his genes but it majorly depends on his friend’s dad is about 6 feet 2 inches and he’s 15 and he about 5 feet 5 inches and he is quite thin. i’m 15 and my dad is 5 feet 7 inches and i am quite muscular and im 5 feet 9 inches. if someone really wants grow then they should have a lot of proteins. if someone wants to tone their biceps then they should lift lighter weights ,around 4-5 kgs . but if someone is quite satisfied with their height and really want to build muscles, then they should wait till they’re 16 and start lifting heavier weights


Joe August 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

That article is in the context of gymnastics, which is arguably worse than weightlifting for it’s “growth stunting” power.

Basically, according to that article, much of the growth stunting problems are actually from low bodyfat, and the low levels of leptin that come with it, thus not signalling enough IGF and GH, as with the low bodyfat, the body can’t take from fat to grow.

Weightlifting itself will trigger height gain, I gained about an inch at 21 years old after weightlifting, but my bodyfat is also 20% and I eat like….everything. The reason lifting will trigger it is because your body is releasing GH and insulin to grow, and in most cases it hits your muscles, but if the bones aren’t grown yet, it’ll hit the bones, too. So assuming you don’t break any bones, and use proper technique, you’d not lose any height at all, and there’s a high possibly lifting while younger could make you taller than if you had not. Going with swimmers, that’s partially the reason why they manage to get tall, is because in swimming, you’re encouraged to have fairly normal levels of bodyfat (unlike gymnastics, per that article) and eat like a horse, and you’re doing exercise which releases growth hormone (most exercise does,) and tada.

Vasily Alexeev, the famous Russian superheavyweight Olympic lifter said this:
Young athletes should not inhibit the growth of their bodyweight. They should be more courageous about entering their proper weight class …

And he’s looking completely right, as if you inhibit the growth of weight obsessively (getting down to single digit bodyfat for long periods of time/etc) you’ll not grow taller either. Bodybuilding when you’re younger could be bad for this reason, if you keep in a very low bodyfat level for a long time, but the weightlifting itself cannot do anything negative regarding height.


Alex August 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’m 14, 5’7 and 165 pounds I’m lifting 230 and I currently have a concussion do you think I should continue lifting or rest and do u think I will get any taller (my grandpa is 6’4 and my great grandpa is 6’5) I’m not fully growing but my gf is 5’8 and I feel weird being shorter than her


Jenith September 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm

at early age i started working with dumbels but now am woring about my height my height is some thing 5’1 so please help me the most my age is 16 so please help me fr the same


Saffat October 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I’m 16 and i’m about 5’7 or 5’8 and 115 pounds. The men on my moms side of the family are pretty tall and skinny. the shortest one i believe is 5’11, but my dads side are relatively short to average. Could anybody tell if I should continue doing weight training or should I stop? I Have been doing it for about 3 weeks now. Also it would be helpful if somebody knew how often I should do weight training.


No name November 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Hey I’m 13 and I’ve being doing small weights 1-10 for past month and a lot of muscle exercise eg.push ups, sit ups and chin ups.
My hight is about 5,6 . Should I stop doing this ?


No name November 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I meant to say 1-10 kilograms


Matthew Howard December 22, 2012 at 11:47 am

I just turned 13 and i am 6″2, i dont want do go any shorter because i want to be a basketballer, but i need more muscle…. Do i start weights?


Clifford Morgan December 31, 2012 at 12:07 am

Im 15.5 and 6’1/2. My mom is 5’1 and dad was 6’2. Im a sophmore starting linebacker and lift heavy all year long. I really want to be 6’2 to 6’4. All of my cousins are 6’5 +. Including a 7’0 D1 basketball player. My question is, will I become taller? I have great nutrition and rest but Do I still have time left to grow?


Alan January 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I’m 16 and 6 ft to 6’1 and I hurt my lower back while lifting weights, is there a way to tell if you have a growth plate fracture? I’m supposed to be 6’3 and I don’t wanna stop growing yet


Thomas January 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

You don’t have a fracture. Just devote as much time to mobility/flexibility training as you do to lifting, and you’ll be OK. If you can’t put your palms flat on the floor with knees locked, you’re not flexible enough and you’ll hurt your lower back. Good luck.


Sam April 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I’m not against it I just don’t see the point.
I do the basic press ups sit ups pull ups running, but lifting weights?
I will start when I’m older but I don’t wanna risk bot being tall
I find girls ain’t really interested in muscle, but whatever…
Really you should just get a good haircut and a good education.
Enough said.


Thomas April 20, 2013 at 6:54 am

The point is: every one of us needs to engage in resistance-training at least 2 times per week (Physical Activity Guidelines at Health.Gov). And many others have very good reasons for progressing past that bare minimum. Though you claim that you can’t see the point, others can. And they come to the ‘net hoping to find basic information about all aspects of building strength, which I hope to provide.


Ali Hashim Zubair June 16, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Hi. I’m 15.5 years old and my height is 5’7. I joined a gym few days ago. I also do bench press there (not with heavy weights currently). I’m very worried about my height…plz tell me that will my height’s growth stop???


Ranveer July 14, 2013 at 9:46 pm

dear friends, a very sincere thanks to all those jargon busters about growth and strength being inversely related, i’ ve even informed all my friends of such a myth, but still i need your HELP, i am 21 and i am only 5′ 4.5”,so will the weight lifting help me with boosting my height at this age? i m not even very healthy, i.e my weight’s just 55-60 kgs or so?

please help!

heatiest thanks!


Enrique July 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Im 13 only 5 foot 7 I started lifting weights n I’m worried that I won’t continue growing


Midwest side July 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I’m 22 and I knew a person that went to school and he said every male has the potential to grow at least 1 inch before the ending of being the age of 23.and I just wanted to know if any body could verify that or seen or experienced that. I’m 6.3 1/2 with shoes and sox off I want to to be 6’6 but sprouting 2.5 inches at my age might be pushing it. I just want at least 1.5 inches more and ill be content. If anybody can help me out with this question let me know.


Matthew T July 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

My parents are 5ft and 5ft 3-4. I’m turned 15 4 months a go, and I’m only 5ft 4 to 5ft 5. I don’t do much exercise. Wen I was in year 6, I was quite shorter compared to everyone else. I did football and tennis up to 3 times a week. So basically I feel that I can’t be bothered to do exercise any more, because it didn’t seem to help me wen I did sports wen I was younger. Current I still do 1 hour a week of sports with my school. does any1 have any advice for me? Anything will really help.

BTW , I have a small back ache, but I had a x-ray scan and they said there is nothing wrong with my lower spine. But I’m not sure if that may be a reason why I am quite short for my age.


Isolation July 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

I am 19 yrs old and I am an Asian. I am 5’6 and I feel so down because of my height. 5’6 is the average height of a Filipino but i am still taking supplements to gain height. I already gained 2 inches. I worried also if lifting weights will stunt my growth thats why I often lift weights. I realized I lack in zinc, so i will be eating nutrient foods and stretch too.


Richard August 10, 2013 at 1:12 am

I am a Filipino too and I know what you feel, and I don’t really recommend taking supplements for those won’t really help you grow taller because before it enters your bloodstream it’ll be broken down by the stomach before it enters the bloodstream. The ones that really work are the ones injected to your bloodstream but it costs thousands of pesos.


Richard August 10, 2013 at 12:56 am

I am 13 and 5’6(168cm). I started strength training last year at about July when I was still about 5’5(165cm). I mainly did bodyweight exercises such as push ups with different variations and some plyometric exercises. I don’t really feel like I stunted my growth, though I’m really wondering why my growth is slower compared to that my classmates.


Nitin August 24, 2013 at 4:48 am

I dont know, but I think 5’8 and above is better than average.


Vojdan Radeski August 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Hi i’m Vojdan from Macedonia and in my country average fully grown adult men are low only 1.70 cm or 5’6″.I am only 14 and i’m 1.83 cm or 6’0″ and i’m the tallest in my school,last year in 2012 at the end of my 6th grade i was 1.75 cm or 5’9″ and 70 kilos or around 177 LBS.Now it is August 2013 and i’m 1.83 or 6’0″ and 203 LBS or 92 kilograms.In June 2013 i was 1.82 or 5’11.6″ and 98 kilograms or 217 LBS.Then in June 2013 i started working out my whole body with exercises and lifting a heavy 4-meter long club.Since then i burned 14 pounds,and leveled off from 217 to 203 lbs,and since then i grew 1 cm which compared to the previous summer of 0.2 cm is 5 times faster.Does this mean weightlifitng increase growth?


ptabhu October 6, 2013 at 9:53 am

Hi friends hip me growth my age 21 5.5 Inc I want 5.7


Luke October 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Hey, my name’s Luke and I literally just turned 16, and I am like 5’11 3/4″ if not 6′ but I want to grow to around 6’6″. So I was wondering how can I avoid accruing one or two of these fractured growth plates? I do a 3 mile bike ride 6 mornings a week, I play basketball and volleyball, and soon I’ll be training leg day 3 days/week for 10 weeks so that I can increase my vertical when my volleyball season starts up. I’ll be taking Whey Protein Isolate and Micronised Creatine, so while I was reading this article, I got a little concerned, and was wondering if all this could overwhelm me? Also are there any symptoms to look out for to see if we may suffer from fractured growth plates?


MANZ November 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I am 14 and i don’t think that i will be short I’m about 5 foot 3 and i stated. Like for 3 moths now and i don’t wana bee short. This people that say you gona be short they are lying. I’m telling you


Luis December 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

Lol im 14 but i’m 6’1


Jack November 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I’m a 14 year old and was massively tall for my age when I was younger, I’m 5’10” (179cm) now but I haven’t grown in well over a year now, closer to a year and 6 months. I’m concerned that I might have stopped growing or that any growth I have now will be insignificant. My paternal family are tall, several relatives around 6’4″, my dad’s 6’0 and his brother’s 6’2″, but my mother’s family are all rather short, even the men are around the 5’6″ mark (Italians!). Because of this short streak, I don’t know if anyone had any advice for me on how to recommence my growth, beside the usual sleep, exercise, stretches and diet lark, I do all of that. I’ve been lifting weights every night for a couple of years now, so it’s not completely in sync with when my growth began to whither, but I’m glad to hear it doesn’t affect it – I’m mostly just muscle and the strongest in my year so it would be disheartening if I had to give up strength exercises. I stopped doing weights a couple of months ago and replaced the with bodyweight exercises like pull-ups and push-ups to try and give my ligaments a reprieve. So, any advice would be well met!


Ivan January 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Hello I just turned 18, 5’3 and 130 Lb and lift weights a lot. Do I still have a chance to grow?


adersh January 15, 2014 at 10:17 am

Iam adersh about having a height about 171 cm height
In the age of 15 and now I am 18 and still havent grown


Alyssa January 24, 2014 at 2:52 am

Hey, so I just turned 13 January 21 and Im 5’11 and I weigh 168 ibs and I’m already self cautious. my self esteem is at an all Time low. will I thin out as I grow my doctor said last year I had a 7 inch bone gap. I’ve grown about 2-3 this year. I’ve thinned a little but barley and summer is on its way. I want to feel comfortable in a bikini. if I don’t is there any exercises I can do to help? This would mean a lot if you helped me thanks for reading.


Ian xD January 26, 2014 at 5:19 am

I’m 14 and turning 15 in a month , I’m 5’6.5 and been weightlifting for around a year and a half . Hope I grow to be at least 5’10 to 6 feet tall .At age 12 I was 5’1 and at 13 I was 5’3 . Hope I grow taller 😛


Troy h January 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm

im 17 and ive been lifting since ive been in 8th grade which makes that 4 years i was 5,9 160 and chubby as shit and now im 6,0 and pushing 205. dont be a pussy if you dont grow you weren’t meant to grow and if you dont lift and you dont grow you just wasted hella time being a pussy


Troy h January 26, 2014 at 11:21 pm

PS ive never taken any protein or supplements and my body fat is below 10


sean ebres March 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

im 16 im 5 foot 4 my mom is five foot 4 and my dad is 6 foot 2 im the shortest in my family. my youngest brother is 11 years old and he is 5 foot 1. I started lifting when i was 14 years old would like to be 5 foot 9 or 5 10 anything but 5 foot 4


Adam March 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm

HI, I’m 13, 132 ibs and 5.1 ft and yes i realize Im rlly short havent hit my growth spurt yet :( cant wait. I want to start lifting and i need suggestions on weights. I was thinking of doing 45 then testing if i can do more find my max. then i would pick something like 5-10 ibs off my max and lift till i became stronger.


Im act rlly weak and any tips help i gotta become stronger i can lift like 12.5 with 1 hand bicep curls.


EICE April 17, 2014 at 6:39 am

I am 16 years old I am 5’8″ and have started going to gym. Will it stop my height from growing?


johnny August 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

hi, I’m 13 years old and 100 lbs. I lift weights and do strength training daily. All kinds of exercises. My dad is approx 6’3 and my mom is 5’2, i have learned from this website and other ones that since i have not been lifting too heavy weights that i will still grow normally, is it true that lifting weights can help you grow? Another question is do protein shakes help you grow faster/ healthier?


johnny August 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm

btw my brother is 6’1 1/2


Isaac August 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

hey I’m 18 year’s old and I’m 1.66cm I started weight lifting since I was 15 I didn’t see any change in my height that means I can’t grow?


Kwabena September 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

I started lifting Decmber of 2013 and I grew while I was lifting by about an inch and a half. I am now 15 and 5″11.5.


Kwabena September 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

my dad is 5″2 btw and my mom is 5″6.5


Ty December 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I’m 14 and 5’11 I’m suspected to be 6’8 when I hit my growth spurt, but can weight lifting too much stop it?


John December 30, 2014 at 1:25 am

I’m 12 and I’m 5’10. I started lifting too. I would just tell u not to lift to heavy. That’s what my doctor said.


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ernie January 13, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Im 14 and 5,8 and started to weight now , i was pretty worried if i was going to stunt my growth


anonymous January 30, 2015 at 12:07 am

I am a 16 year old 6 ft 200 lb sophomore in high
school, and I play football, basketball, track, and wrestling. I weightlift with my schools program everyday. I was 5’11 in 8th grade and have been 6 ft since 9th. My dad is 6 ft too, so is there anything I can do to grow taller? I don’t car what it takes, as I have scholarships to many schools already, including division 1, for football and wrestling. My IDEAL height for me would be 6’4 or 6’5, but I’m not going to get any taller from my genes. I’ve been debating on taking HGH injections to grow before my growth plates close, please help


Ehit April 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

I am 5’10 and sixteen, and I been lifting for the last 2 months 2.5hrs a day. My dad is like 5’6 nd mom 5’3. Is there any chance I can grow with continuing with lifting


Andy Ruiz June 29, 2015 at 8:55 am

Hi im 16 and my height is 5’10 and i want to start weightlifting for my back but i dont know if that will affect my growth !! I will usually weightlift with dumbells by sitting down for my arms but i want back muscle now but im super scared because i play football and basketball and being 6 feet sounds pretty legit so i want to weight lift now and still grow so i can be a really good football player but if i dont weightlift then i wont be able to play varsity football !!! So would it stunt my growth if i start lifting for back and shoulder muscle ???


Brandon June 29, 2015 at 11:23 am

I’m 15 and I’m just under 6’6 and I want to grow to my max potential which is around 6’8 -6’10 is weight lifting gonna stop my growth if I do heavy lifts like deadlift and back squats ??


Manjit July 15, 2015 at 8:39 am

Hi, i m 34 and my height is 6’2.6″ I have heard that in the late 40s height begin to shrink. But i don’t wait till then, i m too tall as per indian standards, i want to look like 6’2″. Weightlifting shrinks height temporarily. I want to ask is it safe for me to lift heavy weights on my upper back daily and stand straight for 2 minutes per set and perform 3-4 sets daily in the morning


Bob July 26, 2015 at 8:14 am

Lol you’re all lucky here im 15 and 5’2 -_-
my expected height is only gonna be 5’6 or 5’7…


gregg October 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm

im 15 years old and 6,0 i left weights and go to the gym but the muscle i put on doesnt show, it only shows when i tense and its a big small ball of muscle, i want to carry on and push myself more and work on legs, chest, back and arms but im scared of stunting growth because i want to be 6,3 at max and is it pointless when it doesnt show and everyone think im lanky and weak when honestly i quite strong for my age and im 9 in a half stone


Marquese January 30, 2016 at 8:35 pm

I’m 16 I’m 5ft & I weight 160.
I always workout everyday after school & go to the gym with my RB coach. Everytime I squat my max my knees pop every time I come up. I went to the doctor the doctor said nothing was wrong. Every time I walk it hurts bad.


Junior January 31, 2016 at 9:32 pm

I am 5 to all you guys who think 5, 10 is short no iam short and doing weights and i haven’t grown in like a long time and this worring me {that sounded gay but o well}


Junior January 31, 2016 at 9:33 pm

I am also 13


Cody February 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

Im 5’6 Im also 14 I lift weights for football and I believe i’ve stunted my growth.I want to be 5’11 but my Dad is 5’9 so I probably want make it.


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