Anything I can do to get taller?
- 12-04-2008, 01:12 PM
Anything I can do to get taller?
I keep hearing about guys who lift and grow an inch or more even in their early 20s, I'm 19 right now and around 6'1, I started lifting earlier this year and guess I grew a few cm's or my posture just got better. Anyway the main heavy lifts I do every week are clean & jerk, squats, bench, and deadlifts.
Edit: I've heard that squats and heavylifts can compress your spine, but have heard from opposite arguments that it does nothing to affect your height growth after a certain age like 17 or 18?
I want to get taller so is there anything different exercises I should do or nutrition?
- 12-04-2008, 01:20 PM
I've head long distance running can stretch your body. One of my neighbors grew an inch during marathon training, or so he says.
- 12-04-2008, 01:57 PM
12-04-2008, 07:43 PM
well i'm not quite 6'1. More like 5'9 (yea kinda short). I stopped growing at 17. But for me i think it was genetics (with my folks being 5'3 in height) as well as improper lifestyle (late nights, lack of protein growing up, substances etc.)
But genetically, for most people once you're 19 you've reached your maximum point and the GH secreted by your body basically changes role. from 0 - 18, GH contributes for growth and expansion of bones.
Some lucky people grow til 21. It's common with lot of persons of Scandinavian descent and persons of African American descent. A very few more luckier people grow til 23. That's to say that their body doesn't reach peak til that age and then after that age, they stop growing and the GH function changes.
But if you're of the "lucky" category in genetics and you're 19, all I can really say is don't powerlift, rather do something like swimming or tri-athlon and medium intensity training. This develops capillaries, good respiratory system and overall foundation. And in terms of diet. More quality calories + more and better sleep (8 -9 hours a night) = more GH so yea, taller.
Guys who lift at an early age are more likely to stunt their growth. There's a theory that's semi-proven which says heavy lifting at an early teen age is detrimental to the expansion of bones.
12-04-2008, 08:45 PM
12-05-2008, 12:14 AM
The same holds true for basketball. If you play basketball, you're not going to get taller. But, tall people play basketball because they are better genetically suited for the sport.
12-05-2008, 01:51 AM
12-05-2008, 06:47 AM
Do you have any articles that talk about heavy lifting and the epiphyseal plates? I'd like to read them myself.
12-05-2008, 06:54 AM
12-05-2008, 08:06 AM
When i hurt my back i went to see a chiropracter. At the end of the session he showed me an exercise that would benefit me if i done it 10mins each night which involved standing up against a door. It was to do with breathing and stretching or something. Totally forgot how you do it.
But anyway he said if i done that for 12 weeks, the bones or ligaments or something in my lower back would start to stretch slightly and it would add 2/3 inches to my height. I never got round to doing those exercises.. He also said it had a lot to do with posture.
Now that i re-read what i just wrote, it just sounds like a load of crap lol. Might be something you want to look into though.
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12-05-2008, 01:29 PM
12-05-2008, 01:48 PM
12-05-2008, 02:01 PM
The hyaline cartilage cells in the epiphyseal plate can undergo mitosis, which in the event it did become damaged; the damaged cells would be replaced until hormones dictate that the cartilage become ossified.
Bones grow in length at the epiphyseal plate by a process that is similar to endochondral ossification. The cartilage in the region of the epiphyseal plate next to the epiphysis continues to grow by mitosis. The chondrocytes, in the region next to the diaphysis, age and degenerate. Osteoblasts move in and ossify the matrix to form bone. This process continues throughout childhood and the adolescent years until the cartilage growth slows and finally stops. When cartilage growth ceases, usually in the early twenties, the epiphyseal plate completely ossifies so that only a thin epiphyseal line remains and the bones can no longer grow in length. Bone growth is under the influence of growth hormone from the anterior pituitary gland and sex hormones from the ovaries and testes.
Even though bones stop growing in length in early adulthood, they can continue to increase in thickness or diameter throughout life in response to stress from increased muscle activity or to weight. The increase in diameter is called appositional growth. Osteoblasts in the periosteum form compact bone around the external bone surface. At the same time, osteoclasts in the endosteum break down bone on the internal bone surface, around the medullary cavity. These two processes together increase the diameter of the bone and, at the same time, keep the bone from becoming excessively heavy and bulky.
12-05-2008, 07:20 PM
12-05-2008, 11:58 PM
12-06-2008, 03:31 AM
The reason I'm asking is because Brock Lesnar in one of his videos said that he went from 6'0 to like 6'3 in his early 20's from just massive workouts and lifting and packed on considerable size so yeah.
12-06-2008, 11:40 AM
12-06-2008, 12:14 PM
12-06-2008, 05:22 PM
12-07-2008, 02:31 AM
12-07-2008, 11:51 AM
No, rubbish... Otherwise people like the Rock, or Brock Lesner or any other super fit person would be shorter.. I don't know many Body builders names, but on average they are around 5'9-6'0..
I once knew a guy in school who was 5'0" and could throw you through a wall practically. Think anyone made fun of his height? Nope..
The best thing you can do is learn to accept the things you can't change and strive for perfection in everything else. height is just one of those things that isn't up to us. unless you wear lifts of course
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12-07-2008, 04:07 PM
12-10-2008, 10:36 AM
12-10-2008, 07:05 PM
I've been researching this a little bit as well.
There's one site i found
It seems some people on there who're over 21 have grown a couple inches over 2 - 3 years. I think those exercises focus on spinal column stretching and slight limb lengthening (naturally, not thru operation).
I didn't think it was possible but apparently it is. I'm keen to start on lengthening exercises if they give such results.
12-10-2008, 07:17 PM
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