Mike (15) Asks…
I am a 5’9″ 176 pound bodybuilder. I am 15 years old and can bench 130-160 pounds. My relatives are all of about average height. My question is: How much taller should I get?

Answer: First, let me say that your height is the exact “average” height for 15-18 year olds. The “average” weight for someone 5’9″ is about 145 lbs, but your extra muscle mass probably keeps you in the normal range. Concerning your question, heredity plays an important part in height. You will most likely (but not definitely) be close to your parents’ heights. Most boys will be nearly their full adult height between their 14th and 18th birthdays. As you know, puberty is the stage when you’ll grow the most and the fastest. If you’re well developed in other areas, then you probably will not grow too much more. If, however, you’ve just recently started puberty, then you can expect your height to increase a few more inches. But I wouldn’t worry about it — if you can bench almost your own weight, no one will pick on you!

Credit: J. Geoff Malta, MA, EdM, NCC Adolescent Therapist