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    Age for workouts

    I must say that while the workouts here are cool, I must ask if there is an age for which these type of workouts are not beneficial, or even harmful? For example, can a 13 year old do this and not get the short end of the stick in any particular department, like if a workout reduces height growth?

    #2
    The bodyweight workouts will not cause any harmful effects save injury that may be sustained in doing them improperly or from overtraining. For weight work, however, you may wish for further guidance.

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      #3
      The only way to damage growth is if you do weightlifting to an extremely excessive amount. An amount that uses up most of your free time and that other people would find unhealthy.

      With body weight training and normal weight training you needn't worry about being too young.
      Unless the workout is marked "not suitable for beginners" you can just jump in and do it.

      If you're really old however, above 70, you may want to be careful, because you could injure yourself.

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        #4
        If you do a normal amount of workout you won't harm yourself with body weight exercises. Working with weights is a different matter and doing an amount of high impact jumping like in gymnastics could also make you a bit shorter than usual, but you won't find that here either.
        In general Kids shouldn't train to onesided, so for example only for strength, but do a more rounded approach to up there base endurance. As there body grows and especially while puberty hits it's normal to become a bit weaker and more uncoordinated, this is only a phase while the brain has to relearn how to use the body, so don't become discouraged by this. Also the fun should always be top priority! More so then for adults, because if a child learns to hate or fear working out, it's all for naught anyway.

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          #5
          The whole "exercise affecting your height" thing isn't really a thing. Extreme heavy weight lifting or other super-intense training (like Olympic or other high-level gymnastics) may be too much if you haven't gone through puberty, but regular bodyweight exercise is perfectly safe.

          Height is almost entirely determined by genetics.

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            #6
            to sum it all up, don't excessively train, know your limits, eat healthy but enjoy food (food isn't just numbers), and rest and recovery is key

            or to sum it up in a different way, don't go nuts

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              #7
              I'm 14 and originally had the same questions, but to be honest just go right ahead. being young you are less likely to injure yourself so if you can do harder workouts marked as "not suitable for beginners" then that is perfectly fine however remember to stretch before (something I often get lazy about). as for over training, if you don't already know, you will soon understand the difference between when your body tells you it WANTS to stop and when it NEEDS to stop. An example of this is, when I had just started, while doing Mil Fit, I ended up puking because of pushups till failure. Instead I recommend finding a number you are comfortable doing without killing yourself (at least util you get more used to it).

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                #8
                There is one thing that does stunt bone growth: not working out.
                Adults who did not work out or play outside during their youth have smaller hipbones (there was a study measuring this) and probably thinner bones all over their bodies.
                There is also a study that found youths who do not chew enough (like on carrots, workouts for your jaw muscles) had smaller jaws leading to them needing braces much more often because the teeth didn't fit in the jaw anymore.

                Be confident that with working out reasonably you are doing the best thing for your body.

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