Will lifting weights stunt my growth?


Q: Hi, I really need to gain muscle mass in my arms but I find bodyweight exercises too uncomfortable to do intensely. I was thinking of doing bicep curls around 20-30 pounds to gain muscle mass in my arms. The problem is I'm only turning 14 soon and I'm worried about my growth being stunted, I'm currently 6 feet tall. My height is very important to me since I play basketball and I take basketball very seriously. I currently weigh around 64 kg, my upper body strength is quite bad for my size as well as my arm muscle mass. So if I start weight lifting will it affect my growth negatively?


A:   There is no scientific research evidence that support the belief that Weight lifting stunt height growth or any other kind of body growth. On the contrary, it may stimulate growth. It is very important to keep in mind that all the exercises must be done with the proper technique; it is recommended to warm-up muscles before to avoid injuries. Weight lifting is a safe sport when done correctly, with the proper technique and appropriate warm-up.

Related Q&A

Q: Are taking steroids safe? I am currently 17 years old and want to play college football. I have received scholarships...

Q: I am looking to take steroids and am in need of a professional opinion. looking to take testosterone but not sure whi...

Q: In the recovery days after I lift weights, my face becomes inflamed, and I blush very easily in response to stressors...

Q: Hello, I am a 14 year old boy. And I am trying to gain muscle mass. I am very skinny, 5'5", 107lbs. And I had a ...

Q: Just returned t gym 3 weeks ago after 3 months off. bicep day I over did it nd couldn't straighten arms for 3 days ...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon