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My height is short...

Written by Moez Aryan

“My height is short. I’m only 5 feet 2 inches. I’m 20 years old now so no hope for any height increase naturally. But are there any exercises that I can do to add some inches to my height? Some very effective exercises?”

There is not any exercise that I can suggest you for increasing height. Your growth plates close after the age of 16 to 20 and so there won't be any vertical increase in bone size. But I can assure you that weight training does not have to do anything with reducing height. It’s the steroid drugs used at an early age that stop vertical growth and cause growth plate maturations of the bones, not weights and that’s where the misconception is arising from. But if you play overhead sports like Basketball or Volleyball for very long you might see a slight increase in height given you are still in the growth phase. This is almost negligible and might not be worth the effort and the injuries if not under proper supervision.

It’s both ways. Kids start playing Basketball or Volleyball and grow tall and also people who are tall normally tend to excel in these sports. That’s why we see them on TV more. On the other hand, Olympic weightlifters who are shorter make it to the Olympics since if you are tall it would be very hard to Snatch or Clean & Jerk 400 pounds over your head. The shorter your limbs the more edge you have in weight lifting.

Moez Aryan
Physique Coach & Nutritionist


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