Does height have an impact on muscle gain?

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    Feb 09, 2008 6:21 AM GMT
    Hello guys *waves*

    I was wondering if one's height affects one's muscle development.

    I ask because I seem to have trouble building muscle. I've been exercising steadily, and seriously, over the past three years. I'm happy with my progress, but I'm just wondering why it is so difficult for me to build more muscle?

    I am well aware of the Plateau phenomenon; however, I'm ignoring that for the purpose of this discussion icon_smile.gif

    I'm 6'4" and kinda "lanky." I've noticed, particularly at the gym, that the shorter guys tend to have an easier time building muscle more so than the taller guys.

    Is this indeed a factor of height/body type or am I just trippin....

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    Feb 09, 2008 6:36 AM GMT
    Hey,

    I'm 6'4 too, and I've wondered the same thing. It seems like the muscular short guys are bulkier and the more muscular tall guys are more lean muscular. Granted I'm a runner and I'm not interested in bulking up I do have a hard time gaining my vanity definition.

    I think the taller you are the more spare space you have to put stuff...that goes with extra fat as well. Tall people continue to carry extra weight better than shorter people. Genetics and diet play a big part as well...moreso than height I'd think.
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    Feb 09, 2008 6:45 AM GMT
    i dont know the exact explanation but i do believe shorter guys put on muscle a lot faster. im 5'6'' and if i stay with it ill bulk up extremely fast, its nice icon_smile.gif but think about it, muscle is made up of the same thing, no matter what your genetics are. muscle is muscle. if youre tall youre going to have more area to cover with that same amount of muscle development, so it takes longer to get proportionally the same size.

    can anyone confirm this?
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    Feb 09, 2008 9:51 AM GMT
    Has more to do with "Body Type" and genetics than height really

    Some guys are just hard gainers
    and some guys add muscle by walking up the stairs
    Take a look at some of the Workouts specifically for Ectomorphs and/ Hardgainers
    I think this will help you out
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    Feb 09, 2008 1:51 PM GMT
    Thanks guys!!
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    Feb 09, 2008 1:57 PM GMT
    Its less to do with body type and more to do with perception and ratio. You have a bigger frame to disperse muscle over. Smaller guys if anything look bigger as they tend to have a faster metabolism and are more defined rather than bulky they tend to be able to eat more of what they like rather than be prescriptive because of this.

    If you havent made any gains it means you are not eating enough calories nothing more nothing less, as long as the muscle is increasingly stimulated and the food supply is there then they will grow
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    Feb 09, 2008 2:02 PM GMT
    Hi

    I'm 6'5 and I've been training for 5 years now and it's kinda hard to gain a lot muscle because I'm tall. But I love the fact that I have to train hard to get where I want to be. It takes a lot of discipline and endurance to gain more muscle.

    saludos,

    Mike85icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 10, 2008 1:49 AM GMT
    I believe there are two forms of muscle. Fast twitch and Slow twitch. One is used for extreme power the kind you want for lifting and bulking up. The other is used for stamina I believe....could be wrong. Your muscles have both of them, it all depends on the ratio on how well you build muscle mass and how well you can run distance wise. I could be completely wrong though icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 10, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    Actually I think it does make an obvious difference because of natural reasons though, not because your doing something wrong. OK say your working out beside me, I'm just 5'7" I always did have a tendency to be easily muscular. But back to us working out next to each other doing the same workouts. Your arms are 6 inches longer than mine, about 3" between wrist and elbo, and 3" between elbo and shoulder. you and I can have the same mass gain, but yours has to stretch out over 3 more inches than mine does, so mine will naturally show up faster than yours, because yours is lengthened out more, and won't show up nearly as fast. Not a thing your doing wrong. But on the other hand, say you work out more and with more weight to gain the same look of mass as mine, then if we were matched for overal strength you would have more. Once you lanky guys bulk up your a powerhouse !!!!