A Recent New York Times Article Claims that More Teenage Boys are Working Out to Gain Muscle Mass; Results are Potentially Dangerous

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Fitness expert Lorna Kleidman reacts to a recent article about the dangers of obsessive weight lifting for teenagers.

On November 28, Lorna Kleidman responds to an article in the New York Times about the increasing workout trend among teenage boys.

Everyone knows that lifting weights is a great way to stay in shape. But according to a recent New York Times article, teenage boys are starting to become obsessive over gaining muscle mass, and doctors are starting to worry about the potential health problems that this trend can have. The article stated that “in a study to be published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, more than 40 percent of boys in middle school and high school said they regularly exercised with the goal of increasing muscle mass. Thirty-eight percent said they used protein supplements, and nearly 6 percent said they had experimented with steroids.”

The article went on to say that the worst of the dangers are in the supplements – including illegal steroids - which many teenagers are using. “The problem with supplements is they’re not regulated like drugs, so it’s very hard to know what’s in them,” commented Dr. Shalender Bhasin, a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, to The New York Times. Bhasin added that anabolic steroids pose a greater threat to developing bodies than to adults.

Lorna Kleidman, a fitness expert and kettlebells trainer, said that there are many safe weight lifting options for teenagers. “Kettlebell exercises are a great way for teenagers to work out and build lean muscle mass,” Kleidman said in a recent statement. “The simplicity of these exercises makes them especially safe and effective for young, developing bodies and people who have limited experience lifting weights. Hopefully effective workout routines will encourage youths to stay away from harmful supplements and get fit the safe way.”

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy to use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.

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