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titus_teen 02-02-2012 11:07 AM

I saw an article once that body building for teens was dangerous. They say strength training is fine, but if you body build you put stress on the tendons, as well as straining young muscles and growth plates. I am 16 years old and want to lift. Is there anything wrong with this?

Rich Knapp 02-02-2012 01:19 PM


As long as you work into it and keep good form, NOTHING WRONG. Don't fall for all the media hype.

Why do you think the US has more obese kids compared to other countries. They don't work anymore like in the old days.

big_swede 02-02-2012 03:17 PM

No, the opposite! The earlier you start, the better base you get! I wish I started when I was your age!

Off Road 02-02-2012 03:17 PM

16 is plenty old enough to start working out. Good luck.

Mr.Silverback 02-02-2012 03:25 PM

NO is a bit of advice I wish i would have know when I was younger...most magazines are CRAP...find a group that trains hard and SMART, talk with them and soak up as much knowledge as possible!

Disciple X 02-02-2012 04:53 PM

I started when i was 13... have at it!

miked96 02-02-2012 06:25 PM

Did my first bench meet when I was twelve and it didnt hurt me. Hit the basics hard,eat, and drink plenty of milk!

Aurik 02-02-2012 07:12 PM

There are more dangerous things than lifting weights for teens. Much more dangerous things. Being fat and weak is one BIG issue.

The important thing is start light, increase weights slowly but steadily, and learn correct technique. Having a knowledgeable mentor certainly helps too.

Ironmeat 02-04-2012 10:30 AM

It can be dangerous but only if you are not paying attention to what you are doing. Have great form and do not be jerking around and you will be sure to succeed.

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