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    I'm 15, girl, should I do body weight exercises?

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    Hey guys, I'm 15, a girl, 4ft9 (sadly, but I guess I'm still growing up). I've just known MDA not too long ago and I'm trying to put things in order. But I heard from somewhere that doing body weight exercises will stunt the growing taller process for kids. Is that true? Should I do body weight exercises?

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    nah, you do bodyweight exercises just getting up off a chair

    all it'll do is make you stronger, not shorter
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodorchid View Post
    nah, you do bodyweight exercises just getting up off a chair

    all it'll do is make you stronger, not shorter
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    Bodyweight exercises will not stunt your growth.
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    They will help you grow stronger and healthier. I used to train with a lot of teens at my TKD dojang, and the teen girls there did loads of bodyweight exercises. No stunted growth at all, and they were fit, strong, and happy young women because of their training (and many of them are now beautiful and healthy adult women thanks to developing positive fitness habits in their teens). Definitely go for it!
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    I'm a newb here and I need to clarify. Body weight exercises are those that use just your own body weight. Not the same as lifting weights. Is that correct?

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    Correct - there are lots of good programs from Primal Blueprint Fitness, You are your own gym and Convict Conditioning etc....PBF is free from here but the others can probably be checked out of your library or go and check Al's site.
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    Not to mention that working out causes increases in growth hormone and weight bearing exercise (body weight included) causes the bones to become stronger!

    You absolutely can/should be doing body weight exercises! Being able to move your own body around is a fabulous thing. ANd make sure you do stuff that keeps you flexible too.

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    I started weight training at age 14 -- with weights, not just body weight. I'm nice and tall (for my family, etc). It's great.

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    For the record: I don't think there's any convincing evidence that lifting weights will cause any stunting or other damage for teens.

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    And what is wrong with being short, huh?
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