Is it safe for a 15-year-old guy to lift weights?
With the proper precautions, it's generally safe for teens
to strength train. Start out slowly to give your body time to get
used to lifting, and make sure there's someone there to
supervise when you're working out.
It's recommended that before beginning a new sport or
activity you get checked out by your doctor. Some medical
conditions require special precautions before a person begins
exercising regularly. Before strength training, you also should ask
a physical education instructor, coach, or fitness trainer for
advice on how often and how much to lift.
Because you're still growing, it's easy to overdo it and
strain or damage your bones, joints, and tendons. If you're
working out and something doesn't feel right or you hear or
feel a "pop," stop what you're doing and have it
checked out immediately.
For more information, check out these articles:
Why Exercise Is Wise
Sports and Exercise Safety
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: September 2006
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