First in David Gentle’s Q & A series. David is an internationally acclaimed Physical Culture historian and author and has contributed to over 25 top Muscle magazines . Acknowledgement to Dianne Bennett, former editor of Body Power magazine (ceased publication) where David’s series first appeared.
I am 25 years old and 5’6″. If I take up bodybuilding, will it help me to grow taller?
TO be blunt, NO! Height is determined mainly by hereditary factors, plus the results of exercise and diet in your formative years. All you can do now is to ensure good posture, sit and stand ‘tall’ at all times.
Many, many bodybuilders today belong to the short classes and have excellent physiques. Make the most of what you are and indeed take up bodybuilding.