A recent post mentioned this subject, and I wanted to go a little deeper into it, if you guys don’t mind.
Obviously, when you hit your growth spurt, your muscles grow naturally, whether or not you lift. I’ve heard things about your leg muscles maturing first, and your chest maturing last… is there any truth in this? At one point in puberty do your muscles reach “adulthood”… the early or late stages?
I ask because of this. I’m 17, but have no pronounced facial or body hair (save underarms and my little buddy, not to be disgusting). I’m kind of hoping that a lot of my gains could even speed up as a get older. A lot of my friends are shaving their beards at this age, and these kids HAPPEN TO BE some of the strongest ones I work out with (the ones who are stronger than me, basically).
So, is there any truth to this upper-body-maturing-last theory? Can I still expect a lot of growth, or a speedup in strength/size gains, if I don’t have a beard? Or am I hoping a little too much?