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I am a teenager. How should I approach weightlifting safely?

I do not want to stunt my growth or bring about any other issues.

I am a teenager. How should I approach weightlifting safely? Visit to find out!

Weightlifting is not only safe for teens but it is encouraged as it can ensure a healthy and proper body composition. A teen’s muscular strength, endurance, stability, and bone strength also increase as a result of weightlifting.

With that said, it is not recommended for young teens to jump right into lifting weights. This may result in a shock to the individual’s physiological system with over-training symptoms being common.

Teens should start out with body-weight exercises as this will allow the body to adjust and prepare to handle heavier loads. Many issues begin with improper form and poor posture. Teens who master classic body-weight exercises such as the push-up, pull-up, squat, and lunge can transition into weightlifting with a strong foundation to support dumbbell and barbell based exercises.

There are many resources that a teen can access in order to perfect the proper form of all exercises mentioned above. Workout Labs offers a step-by-step breakdown of every exercise, along with illustrations. It’s also recommended that teens reach out to a trained professional such as a coach, personal trainer, or upper-classman that has experience.

It’s important for teens to remember that if an exercise doesn't feel right or it hurts, they must stop immediately. This is a tell-tale sign that improper technique is being used and could result in injury.

DISCLAIMER: This site offers health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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