Exercise (Weight Lifting) among teenagersI know exercising is very important in maintaining a healthy body. What are some differences between older males and females and teenager males and females...

Exercise (Weight Lifting) among teenagers

I know exercising is very important in maintaining a healthy body. What are some differences between older males and females and teenager males and females in lifting? Should girls lift as much as guys? And can you be overly fit?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

According to an expert in weightlifting, because teens are not yet fully grown, they should be careful to not put strain upon their skeletal structures which are yet developing.  Older males, of course, have a fully developed skeletal structure and have a higher testerone level; therefore, they can lift more than their teen-age counterparts.  So, teens, do need to be careful as mentioned above.

Likewise, for girls the same holds true regarding the developing skeletal structure. Of course, women do not in general have the strength of men, so caution is advised in their attempts.  Working gradually and with trainers are the best method of weightlifting.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It's not being overly fit that's a problem but how you become/stay fit.  As was already suggested, steroids and other enhancers are particularly troublesome for young, growing bodies.  It is certainly possible to over do it and cause damage too.  Lifting everyday or lifting too much can cause problems, especially in a growing body.  While I don't think there is anything wrong with weightlifting as a teenager, be sure that you are careful and have a trainer to help coach you along.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a former weightlifting coach, I was taught that lifters should not pump iron every single day, allowing at least two days off per week for the body to recover. But my most successful lifters (including two state champions and a runner-up) lifted every single day, and often more than once daily. It is not necessary to max out regularly, since high number repetitions of lower weights are much better for building muscle and eventually leading to higher weight totals.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I was in high school I knew a number of people who worked out to a near-extreme. A few years later the routines they followed mellowed out and they went back to looking and acting normal with no apparent after-effects from the work-out period. 

The body will level itself out after the mind comes back to earth. That's my experience.

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Being "too fit" is not a problem, and neither is weightlifting. If you're serious about fitness, however, you shouldn't allow weightlifting to dominate your regimen at the expense of cardiovascular exercise. But many of the myths about weightlifting for teens have been dispelled, and there is nothing wrong with people from either sex doing it.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have always been told to watch the amount of weightlifting during the pre-pubescent years. I don't know why, but simply remember hearing that. On the other side, I have to agree that being too fit does not seem like a problem. Lifting weights would actually help a person become a better athlete (given strength ability).

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I can't imagine any such thing as "overly fit."  Sure, you could take steroids and get too big, but I'm not sure that's the same thing as too fit.  So no, I don't think that there is any such thing as "too fit" unless you think that someone might not look as good if they have 4% body fat or something like that.

megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe that, as with any exercise program, teens should be very cautious and knowledgeable about how much they are lifting, the proper techniques to use, or any health conditions they may have.

discipleofchrist | Student

overly fit? nosuch thing!...overdoing it. yes. you should let your body atleast have one rest day. but never take more than two days unless you havent had a rest week in that year of lifting wieghts. after a year you need to give your muscles atleast a week off, and its not only for the health, but also because your results in  definition and strength will increase.