In the world of sports there are many myths and misconceptions. One such myth is that weight training will make you short. Another one is that bodybuilding makes you short. Both of these claims have been made before, but never with any scientific evidence or statistics backing them up. So let’s take a look at some facts and figures to see if it really does work!
What Is Height?
Height is defined as the distance from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. It is measured in centimeters, which means inches would be a better measurement since they’re easier to convert into centimeters. If you were measuring someone else’s height, then you’d measure their feet and compare them to yours. For example, if you were measuring someone else’s height, you’d measure their feet and compare them to yours.
How Tall Are You?
If you want to get technical about it, height is not just determined by your head to toe measurements; it’s also determined by your chest width and hips. If those two measurements are all within a certain range of each other, then that person is considered tall. If that person’s head to toe measurements are really far apart compared to their chest width and hips, then they’re considered tall. If those three measurements are within a certain range of each other, then that person is considered short.
So now that we’ve established what height is, let’s get on with the article!
Does Bodybuilding Make You Shorter?
So let’s get started. The first myth we’ll be addressing is the myth that bodybuilding makes you short.
Is this true?
Well, not entirely. The term short is a bit of a broad term here because there are many factors that make up what we’d consider short. For our purposes, let’s just say it makes you shorter than average, which is true for most people who engage in bodybuilding or powerlifting.
How much shorter are we talking about here?
It’s tough to say for certain, but it really just comes down to your bone structure. If your bone structure is naturally short, then you’ll stay the same height or even get shorter with bodybuilding. If your bone structure is naturally tall, then you’ll stay the same height or even get taller with bodybuilding. Let’s move on to the next myth.
Does Lifting Weights Stop Height Growth?
So does weight lifting stunt growth?
Well, no. If anything, it promotes growth.
So why do so many people think that it does?
The answer is simple: teenagers. Most people who begin engaging in weight training are teenagers. They tend to start hitting the gym in middle school or high school because they want to start getting bigger and stronger.
Sounds about right, doesn’t it?
This does not mean that if you start weight training at a later age that you’ll continue growing. If you start hitting the weights when you’re in your twenties or thirties, then yes, you will continue growing because your body is still maturing. This process just takes a little longer, which means that your muscles will take longer to develop and grow stronger.
So Does Weightlifting Actually Promote Height Growth?
Now here’s where things get a little complicated. If you start engaging in weight training before your body is done growing, then yes, you will stop growing early.
Well, it’s actually due to your brain. When you start engaging in weight lifting, your brain sends out a false message that your body has reached its physical peak and that it doesn’t need to grow any more. When this happens, your body stops sending out hormones that promote growth.
So How Does One Overcome This Hormonal Imbalance?
If you started engaging in weight training before your bones, muscles, and skin had finished growing, then you should finish your growth before you start weight training. This means that if you’re a teenager and you want to get into bodybuilding or powerlifting without stunting any of your growth, then you have to wait until your early twenties before you begin. This is because most people are done growing by the time they hit their early twenties.
Now, what if you’re done growing already? What should you do?
The answer is simple: just wait it out. If you’re already done growing, then starting weight training at any age won’t stop your body from growing any further. It’ll just start strengthening your muscles and putting calcium in your bones. So if you’re worried about stunting growth, then don’t be. It takes more than just weight training to do that. In fact, if you’re already done growing, then you have nothing to worry about at all.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about some of the other benefits of starting to engage in weight training later in life. The main one is that your joints and muscles will get stronger without growing. As you know, there are many weight lifters who have developed incredible strength in their muscles without growing an inch. If you’re not done growing, then this will also help you get a head start on growing stronger before you finish your growth spurt.
So don’t worry about your height. If you engage in weight training, then it won’t stunt your growth at all as long as you start when you’re done growing or later. Just remember to be patient and work hard. You’ll get big and strong in no time.
Thanks for reading and good luck.
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