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When do we stop growing?


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I was wondering, I am 18 5'7 at 140lbs and I am a twin. I was wondering what time do we generally stop growing? I have been told that I may have potentionaly<sorry for the spelling> stunted my growth because of doing powerlifting. Is it possible to be stunted because of lifting? Just to put this in perspective, I was lifting a 250lbs in bench, 465 lbs in squat, and just shy of 500lbs in deadlift. I am nowhere near those numbers anymore, because I dropped my weight from 175 to 140.

 

Thanks in advance

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Men don't reach full stature until their early twenties. I joined the Air Force at 21, and was measured, and my height was entered as 5' 6". When I was promoted to Sergeant at 23, I was measured again for a NEW ID card, and I was 5' 8". I'm 5'7" now, because age has caused my spine to compress the cartilage discs inbetween the vertebrae, and that's made the difference. You will probably experience some gain in stature for the same reason. You've dropped some weight there, and the discs are likely to expand somewhat because they are not having to hold up so much.

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Also, your "only" 18. Men can often develop more growing hormones at the end of the teens/beginning of the twenties, to kind of "finish off" the psycical youth period. This is also more common to happend at age 17-22 with boys than girls, so just take it easy!

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I'm 5'7" now, because age has caused my spine to compress the cartilage discs inbetween the vertebrae, and that's made the difference.

 

Mel, did you ever eject from a plane? that causes massive disk compression.

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I went through ejection training as an Airman First Class, which involved being jolted up a track by a simple ejection mechanism. However, that was before I was a Sergeant. Fortunately, I never had to bail out of a perfectly good airplane. :grinning:

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My 16 year old male student is about 5' 11" now and I am so afraid that he is going to be too tall for ballet. He looks beautiful with his long sleek legs, but if as you say there is another growth spurt in late teens and in early twenties, his height may become a problem. Is it possible that some guys might reach their height earlier and then stop growing?

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Sure. When it comes to stature, EVERYTHING happens someplace, sometime to somebody.

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My 16 year old male student is about 5' 11" now and I am so afraid that he is going to be too tall for ballet.  He looks beautiful with his long sleek legs, but if as you say there is another growth spurt in late teens and in early twenties, his height may become a problem.  Is it possible that some guys might reach their height earlier and then stop growing?

 

I am 6'4...I think height is a double edged sword. My experience is that once you hit 6’1 or 6’2 you lose favor with the “shorter” companies, if only for the logistics of costuming. It also opens the door to the larger companies and I think makes you more favorable with the mid-sized companies. In general I have always felt that being tall is a great advantage. Conversely, I have struggled with coordination and bringing all the aspects of my body together. I love the facility I have been given but also understand there are many “tricks” I will never be able to do.

 

In regards to growth, I have been told that once boys or men need to shave daily it is safe to say they are done with major growth.

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Oh dear - he's hardly got any fuzz yet, let alone shaving! Still it's comforting to hear that it's possible to succeed with the height - thanks for your replies. I suppose I'll just have to wait and see what nature decides for him!

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Oh dear - he's hardly got any fuzz yet, let alone shaving!  Still it's comforting to hear that it's possible to succeed with the height - thanks for your replies.  I suppose I'll just have to wait and see what nature decides for him!

 

Knock knock not a Man here. You can ask his doctor to take an xray of his wrist. They can tell from the growth plates how far along he is and if he has alot more growing to do. I have been told that they can calculate from the xray exactly how tall said person will be.

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