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💪 Does Lifting Weights Make You Short?
I got a question from one of my viewers asking if “lifting weights will make me short”?
This is an interesting question because growing up, I was told to not lift weights because it would make me short. In fact, I was told to “play basketball” if I want to grow up tall.
And, not to play soccer either, since that’ll also make me short.
Of course, this is just idiotic and stupid.
Playing basketball doesn’t make you tall - It just happens that TALL people play basketball.
And playing soccer doesn’t make you short either -- it just happens that “shorter” people tend to play soccer.
And similar to lifting weights, most “muscular” people are shorter simply because they don’t need to gain as much muscle to look big… Versus someone like me who is 6’3”, I need to gain a lot of muscle to fill out my large frame.
So it’s a lot more work for me.
However, certain exercises can cause damage to your spine, not allowing you to get as tall as you could. Additionally, some exercises CAN actually improve your height, make your shoulders and rib cage bigger, if you do them during puberty and up to the age of maybe 21-23 or so.
And I’ll get to the exercises in a minute.
However, genetics aside, the secret to getting taller is to lower your estrogen and increase your testosterone and GH/IGF levels at the same time.
You see, estrogen fuses the end of the bones and thus, prevents them from growing. This is why girls are actually taller than boys when everyone first starts puberty …
But after about a year or two of puberty, once estrogen shoots up, the ends of the bones “fuse” and growth and height slows down dramatically.
Yet, the boys keep getting taller and taller , slowly… because they don’t have as much estrogen and have higher testosterone.
And when you have a lot more growth hormone and IGF, your bones will keep growing because the ends haven’t “fused” yet because of the high estrogen.
And this is why women who typically have naturally big breasts, are shorter. While taller women generally have smaller breasts -- again, due to estrogen.
And you’ve probably heard the saying about guys who are “short, fat, bald and hairy”.
Well, the “short and fat” is due to higher estrogen and the “bald and hairy” is due to higher DHT levels.
And in both of these cases, these men also have LOWER testosterone levels.
However, all of this only matters if you’re under the age of 23 and are still going through puberty.
And yes, genetics does play the biggest role here - however, if done correctly, you can “naturally” grow an extra 2-4 inches or more.
And yes, I’ve seen this happen many times.
Now, regarding the exercises that can potentially keep you shorter -- don’t do anything that compresses the spine.
This means no squats, overhead presses, deadlifts, shrugs and similar exercises.
Instead, focus on doing pull ups and “chins”. Not machine pull-downs. You want to pull yourself up and at the bottom, hang for 2 seconds.
This makes your shoulders wider by stretching out your scapula and decompress your spine, which will help accelerate growth for your nerves, CNS and bone growth.
Of course there are diet factors as well, but that’s for another video.
Just do your best to eat as natural as possible and eliminate any foods that can increase your estrogen and decrease your testosterone.
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Okay, well… you have a decision to make. It’s up to you. You’re in control of your body. I’m just giving you the facts from someone who has 35+ years of experience (me!). Besides, most people I know who have been squatting and deadlifting almost all have hip and back issues later in life (including ME!).
That can work, just don’t go too heavy. You can do all sorts of leg exercises first, tire them out and maybe end with lighter weight squats which will “feel” heavy. You can also just hang for a min or so after each squat set.
That will help.That can work, just don’t go too heavy. You can do all sorts of leg exercises first, tire them out and maybe end with lighter weight squats which will “feel” heavy. You can also just hang for a min or so after each squat set.
Testosterone isn't going to make you taller, especially if it’s converting more to estrogen. Pull-ups is more powerful than pull-downs. Bench press is fine. Remember, you can’t grow if you’re compressed and most people do exercises incorrectly anyway. You have plenty of time to do squats later in life, IF you want.
Hey Doc, I was doing a middle heavy weight bench press a few months ago and I came home feeling sore all across my right shoulder/clavicle area. Ever since, I feel a jamming sensation in my clavicle area like from time to time as if something is locking and I move to unlock it. It only hurts when its jammed other than that all good. I'm 15, 6'4 if that has anything to do with it. Will I heal because I don't want to carry this issue into later life, Thanks.
Yes, you’ll heal. Bench presses cause most people shoulder problems, especially us call guys - I’m 6’3”. We have long arms, it’s not a good exercise. Better to start with isolation and finish with lighter compounds movements for us taller guys.
Does lifting weight one time can reduce my height. I actually have taken my friend in shoulder for one or two times he is heavy like 80 kilos does that make me short I will be waiting for the answer. Thank you sir!😊
Exercise activates GH, so let’s leave it at that. Leg Press has its own set of problems and many times, it can compress the spine more. For quads, I prefer high reps and lighter weights. Easier on your joints and back and will build more muscle too.
Well, you can of course work hamstrings with leg curls and thus, that will help legs grow. As far as the quads, an ideal workout would be to first start with leg extensions and pre-exhaust your quads. From there, you can do walking lungs. You don’t need much weight and if you did, you can hold some light dumbells in your hands, no need to put weight on your traps/upper back. At this point, your legs are going to be tired. Now you can do high rep leg presses or front squats. Because you’re quads are tired, less weight will be needed and thus, less pressure on your back, spin and hips. And if you do squat, don’t break parallel. The “ass to heels” method is murder on your lower back.
No. Use enough “weight” to do proper pullups, where you are squeezing and contracting the back muscles. If you’re light and very strong and can do your own body weight for 15+ reps, then it’s time to add weight. But if you hang weight and aren’t doing the pullup correctly, that’s not good, nor will it make you taller.
Don’t do them. They are one of the fastest growing muscles in the body and they make your hips and waist WIDE, you don’t want that. Lifting weight stimulates the obliques plenty. You want to focus more on the lower abs primarily and uppers abs secondary. Also the upper serratus
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