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29 Apr 2003

Does weight-training stunt growth?
I am 14 yrs old & still growing. For the past year I had been weight-training heavily 5 days a week until 1 of my friends told me it stunts your growth. I play rugby so I need the strength from weight-training. Do you have any aerobic excercises that build upper-body strength well?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi there

You are definitely doing weight-training too often, three times a week, with a day's recovery is essential. You muscle takes 48hrs to recover after a weight-training bout, therefore more than 3 sessions a week of weight-training is excessive.

An excellent aerobic exercise that will build endurance and strength is rowing - an excellent form of exercise!

I suggest you go to the fitnewss page of this website and check out their resistance training exercises.

Good luck - I hope this helps!
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