Is strength training unhealthy?

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September 9, 2019

I went to a physician today for my well-man's checkup and he said that lifting weights is unhealthy and that a lot of weight lifters and football players die at 50 and 60. He said that if I wanted to get bigger that I would need steroids and whatnot. He used Barry bonds as an example. He also said that I would have heart problems in the future. Thoughts on this?

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Title Is strength training unhealthy?
Author htownbounce
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Comments 12
Date 09 September 2019 07:40 PM UTC (1 year ago)
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[–]SkimTheDross4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Find another doctor.

My family doctor is very supportive and encouraging of the lifting and nutrition that I follow.

[–]CarelessBowler53 points4 points  (3 children) | Copy

Arnold Schwarzenegger is 72 years old. You'll be fine.

[–]htownbounce[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

Lol he said I would never be like him unless I use steroids. I never said I wanted to be like that, I just want to get stronger and a bit bigger.

[–]CarelessBowler53 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

I think it's time for a second opinion.

[–]htownbounce[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah, I'm going to a different physician from now on.

[–]Deep_Strength2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I went to a physician today for my well-man's checkup and he said that lifting weights is unhealthy and that a lot of weight lifters and football players die at 50 and 60.

Unless he's a sports doctor, he's talking out of his field of expertise. I can't imagine a sports doc who works with athletes saying anything like this.

Most people know that football players and weightlifters who abuse steroids can have heart issues and die sooner. Why would that apply to lifting weights?

There are a bunch of bodybuilding competitions where people don't use steroids. They're still huge compared to the average man. It's just smart training and smart nutrition

[–]redwall921 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Do you want to play football? Do you want to be Barry Bonds?

[–]htownbounce[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

No, not at all. I'm just wanting to get stronger to be stronger. I already decided that I'm not going back to him because he was just wanting to talk and not listen. But again, no. I'm just trying to get stronger and be the best man I can be. I have a slim frame and I did mention bulking up, and even emphasized that it'll be a gradual process, but he didn't seem to care.

[–]LatePillSwallower1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

A lot of professional weightlifters/powerlifters/strongmen die at 50 or 60 as well as professional football players as well as members in the general public —- it has nothing to do with lifting weights though.

Maybe they have unhealthy habits, maybe it is genetics, maybe it’s improper steroid usage, etc.

It sounds like he is assuming lifting weights = PED usage; which is not the case.

Eat enough calories and you will get bigger... lots of 300+ pound people walking around Walmart and they are completely natty.

Eat protein and lift — if you get some extra fat cut calories from carbs/fat — if you gain muscle; you might want to increase protein/calories to facilitate further muscle growth.

And yes you will hit a point where food and training is not enough to keep gaining muscle... at that point your working to maintain or make small gains and as you get older working to slow atrophy. You could at this point decide on using some PEDs; that’s up to you.

[–]nattybbthrowawy1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Strength training is not unhealthy. Taking loads of steroids and getting hit in the head for 20 years is. A lot of professional athletes are most likely on some form of steroids so do not compare yourself to them. What you can achieve naturally should be good enough to look good and feel good. You'll only have heart problems if you do steroids or take crazy pre workouts all the time.

[–]Rifleshoot1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

A lot of football players die young because of traumatic brain injuries over a career of playing. Bodybuilders can die young because of overuse of steroids and simply tinkering with their bodies too much. Strength training is fine.

[–]OsmiumZulu1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

The physician you went to is an idiot.

Strength training done correctly (proper form, good diet, ample rest and recovery) is one of the best predictors of both increased length and quality of life as we age.

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