Hi I'm 16 years and 10months old. My height is 5'5'' and weight is only 47kg. I'm too much thin so that I haven't any girlfriend. I want to be healthy. I want to start weight gaining workout. But I'm worried about it. Because I want to be taller also. Everybody telling that this could stunt my growth...

Does weight gaining workout stunt growth????

And please also tell that which kinds of home workout I can do for weight gain. Now I'm eating too much and doing 10x3=30 push-ups daily. And doing pull-up also.

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    Does weight gaining workout stunt growth? Any reason why you think it would?
    – rrirower
    Jun 13, 2015 at 19:41
  • Because I'm not so tall, so I don't want to lost any chance...... I'm worried about heavy lifting.... Jun 13, 2015 at 19:46
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    Your genetics, rather than weight training, are going to determine your potential for growth. Lifting weights will not stop you from growing taller.
    – rrirower
    Jun 13, 2015 at 19:49

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Does weight gaining workout stunt growth?

No. Improper form causes stunt growth. You are only 16, you are still growing, so stop worrying about your height. I agree with rrirower statement, that is your height is determined by your genetics.

Now, as for a home workout, there are probably a lot of routines on the net. Here are a few to help.

Buff Dudes Home Workout Routine

Barstarzz Home Workout Routine

Nerd Fitness Home Workout Routine

With that said, I highly recommend doing some sort of strength training routine to build up your strength. Once you are satisfied with the weights you can lift, either continue doing the same strength training routine or your own split or doing a different strength / hypertrophy routine.


Height is largely determined by your genetics, though childhood nutrition, stress and health play a part in determining your maximum adult height. If you're after a rough idea of this figure there are a number of calculators that can approximate your potential height eg.

Anyway as your current BMI is below the minimum (18) recommended by the World Health Organization, and the ideal 22.5, proposed in a number of studies, gaining weight may help you reach your potential height.

As to exercise, as long as the exercise isn't combined with calorie restriction / malnutrition there isn't any evidence it restricts growth in fact the contrary has been found, with a correlation shown between moderate exercise and bone growth.



Lifting weights with proper form while maintaining a healthy diet will not stunt growth. In fact, weight lifting has many benefits for youths including increased strength for sports and higher self-esteem. (1) (2) (3)

1 Misconceptions About Training Youth, Knowledge To Share With Parents And Administrators, Lon Kilgore PhD

2 Strength training in children and adolescents, Center for Sports Medicine at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Webb DR.

3 Resistance training, skeletal muscle and growth. The Ribstein Center for Sport Medicine Sciences and Research, Falk B1, Eliakim A.

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