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How To Get Taller?
I'm a fan. I'm 15 years old, fully 15 today now. I started bodybuilding two weeks ago. My height is 5'5" and my weight is 47 kilos. Just tell me, will bodybuilding stop my height? Will I continue growing? What exercise will be good for increasing my height? Any medicine I can take? Help me please. My friends are taller than me. Can I become a pro bodybuilder with this height?
I have stumbled on a couple of similar type questions concerning height and bodybuilding. I have chosen this one as I feel that it will help many others as well as this guy.
I do not think that bodybuilding will stop anyone's height. Improper weight training can stunt your growth if you prematurely impose enough stress on the growth plates to cause them to close up early. The human male can grow in height till he is about 22 years old. So, you have about 6-7 years of growing left to do. Just target the muscles and do not go too heavy on squats and big compound multi-joint requiring exercises and you should be fine. Your height seems fine for your age. You may come from a genetically challenged family and that is the growth issue more than bodybuilding. I take it that this is the issue because you have been lifting for only two weeks now.
Your friends are taller than you? Well join the club pal. My friends are taller than me also. This is called being short. It is more common than you think. I am only 5'1" you are 4" taller than me, you should be happy. I come from a French decent and I am considered to be short for a male, but if you met my family you would see that I fit right in. As far as exercises for growing, well I hear that you can do some posture exercises and stretching, but it is pretty much written in your genetic fate. Growth hormone therapy is given to dwarfed children, but you do not fall into this category at 5'5". If it bothers you that much visit your family physician and see what he can do about getting you some growth hormone therapy. I can tell you now though that at 15 years of age he will encourage you to try to finish growing naturally before pumping this stuff into your body. Give it chance kid you may shoot up to 6" tall. You never know!
Yes, you can become a pro bodybuilder at that height! Lee Priest is a great IFBB Professional and he stands at 5'4". Many shorter bodybuilders turn pro as either lightweights or bantamweights under the IFBB's sanction. They may never do really well once they have earned their pro card, but they are IFBB pros. I plan on turning professional within the next three to four years and I am only 5'1" as I stated earlier. So, sure you can become a pro, but you may never be crowned Mr. Olympia, but then again you never know. Just keep training hard and remember you "Gotta be a Tank"!