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What do you think is the best age for boys to start doing intensive weightlifting?
Posted: Posted May 20th
Edited May 20th by Carl Thompson

What do you think is the best age for boys to start doing intensive weightlifting? And why?

We all know that 9 year old boys can do the basic lightweight weightlifting like working out with 5kg dumbbells. But what is the best age to start doing intensive weightlifting with the more serious weights like the 26kg dumbbells and the other very heavy weight equipment to build proper adult muscle?

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Posted May 20th by I killed Mufasa
I killed Mufasa
long live the king

Depends on what kind of routine they're doing. If it's a routine with much safer exercises (per pound) like deadlifts and squats, then 14 is fine (provided that they can lift the things to begin with).

Posted May 20th by Cruinn-Annuin

19.5

Posted May 20th by Fox Forever

Doesn't weightlifting stunt your growth? Or is that a myth like the coffee thing?

Posted May 20th by Xhin
Xhin
Nature is beautiful

Weightlifting helps release testosterone and growth hormone, so no, and it promotes growth if anything

Posted May 20th by Cruinn-Annuin

The only things that can stunt a child's growth (someone under 19) are an extremely bad illness/disease, an extremely bad injury/accident, starvation for weeks/months, drugs like steroids and other dodgy drugs. Also if a mother smokes, drinks, or takes drugs during pregnancy it will reduce their child's adult height potential. And death too.

Weightlifting does not stunt growth unless it involved extremely heavy weights causing an extremely bad injury/accident or if a kid was influenced to take steroids at the gym.

However most boys usually reach their physical peak around 17 to 19 depending on their physical development. So depending on the person, some time around those ages is the best time to start doing intensive Weightlifting because once a boy becomes a physical adult man who reaches his physical peak then his testosterone levels are higher and the body is capable of building more muscle easier.

It would be very rare for 14 to 16 year old boys to become very strong from intensive weightlifting. Maybe there are a few out there if they are early developers.

Edited May 20th by Strong Man

when ever puberty starts

Posted May 20th by S.O.H.
S.O.H.
 

S.O.H boys get more naturally stronger around the end of puberty though, not the beginning.

Posted May 20th by Strong Man

S.O.H boys get more naturally stronger around the end of puberty though, not the beginning.

That's not the question, though.

Posted May 20th by Fox Forever

I don’t even exercise and I barely weigh 100 pounds and I’m almost 30 years old. I want to be thin.

Posted May 20th by Weid muscle

I don’t even exercise and I barely weigh 100 pounds and I’m almost 30 years old. I want to be thin.


Since about 2004 (about age 52) one of my fitness goals has been to fail the flexibility test.
Right now I’m too inflexible to even take the flexibility test.
So failing it would be a marked improvement in my flexibility.


Posted May 20th by chiarizio

I'm 25 and have always been rail-thin and have made a few attempts in my life to put on muscle, but at 25 I feel like I'm too old now. My problem has always been not eating enough and I'm a tall guy so I would have to eat massive amounts of food to see results.

Posted May 21st by MarvaIo
MarvaIo
 

How tall are you MarvaIo?

Posted May 21st by Carl Thompson

I don’t even exercise and I barely weigh 100 pounds and I’m almost 30 years old. I want to be thin.

You are thin!
100# is petite for a woman. You’re not a woman.
Are you shorter than 5 ft tall?
If not, you’re thin!
Even if you are shorter than 5 ft, if you’re taller than 4 ft you’re not overweight at 100#, at least not by much.




Posted May 22nd by chiarizio

I wish weigh 100 ponds

Edited May 22nd by Brandy

but at 25 I feel like I'm too old now.

Trust me, you’re not.

Your physiological mid-life “crisis” will come in your forties.

After that you might be too old.

But your middle twenties is still just a kid for some purposes.




Posted May 22nd by chiarizio

S.O.H boys get more naturally stronger around the end of puberty though, not the beginning.


@Strong Man: Boys generally develop an interest in building their bodies around age 13 plus or minus a year or two. In other words, about when puberty has well-begun. Maybe they don’t have the natural steroids to make that exercise super-effective at building and keeping that muscle mass until puberty is much more advanced; but they usually start wanting to lift at the beginning or soon after.


Posted May 22nd by chiarizio

Weightlifting helps release testosterone and growth hormone, so no, and it promotes growth if anything

Insulin is a growth hormone. Eating carbs is an effective way to gain weight.
Maybe not the kind of weight you want, though!

———

Actually, moving to a more massive celestial body, such as Uranus or Neptune, could also help you gain weight.
Why has no-one mentioned that yet?


Posted May 22nd by chiarizio

I wish weigh 100 ponds


How much does the average pond weigh?

Approximation: How many pints of water are in the pond?
A pint of water weighs a pound, and a pound of water fills up a pint.

See https://www.pondvolumecalculator.com/
And https://ralandscaping.com/what-is-the-average-size-pond/

A 15 ft by 10 ft pond with a maximum depth of 2 ft probably would contain 1125 gallons if it were rectangular. It would be 10% to 20% less voluminous if it were oval.

A 1000-gallon pond weighs about 8000 pounds.

Why do you want to weigh 800,000 pounds?
That’s more than 362,811.791 kilograms.





Edited June 9th by chiarizio

So I can be the fattest of them all.

Posted May 31st by Brandy



Posted June 1st by chiarizio

My problem has always been not eating enough and I'm a tall guy so I would have to eat massive amounts of food to see results.


Focus on training to fatigue and getting enough protein (0.7g/lb of LBM or more, not the weak "50g for men" thing that's recommended. I eat 0.7g/lb and I'm not even training atm). Your hunger will take care of itself.

How much does the average pond weigh?




You're a nerd assassin, man


Edited June 1st by Xhin
Xhin
Nature is beautiful

Oh you already did the calculations for it, dammit.

Posted June 1st by Xhin
Xhin
Nature is beautiful

@Xhin:

Oh you already did the calculations for it, dammit.


Doesn’t mean I did the right calculations!

Question my assumptions; or, just vary my assumptions’ parameters.

Plus remember that I earlier introduced the possibility of doing the weighing on some other celestial body than the Earth.

And the pond might be filled with some other liquid than water.

For instance; how much would a mercury-filled pond weigh on the Bright-Side of Mercury?

Posted June 9th by chiarizio
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