Short guys can't put on muscle?

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    Aug 27, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    So I find myself insecure sometimes, so I go to the web to burst myself esteem. And I was looking into body types, and Askmen.com. Yes I'm aware it's a straight site, however it said that short guys like myself at 5'4 shouldn't put on muscle at all, only be lean, have a swimmers body at best. Because any muscle will make us out of proportion.

    Is this like true? Come to think of it I don't know any guys my height who are body builders or muscly or such... Is their a height to putting on muscle?

    I know i was watching a video of Zyzz, the famous Australian bodybuilder. and he's 6'2 with an AMAZING BODY! And his short friend was was a bodybuilder, and his face was fine. But I didn't find him attractive. What's your thoughts?
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    Aug 27, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    It's all about proportions. For example, if you're 5'4", it would be kinda freakish to have 250 pounds of muscle.
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    Aug 27, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    I have a friend from my undergrad years who wasn't happy with his shortness, so he made the mistake of becoming overly built - to compensate. He ended up looking too freakish. He looked like he lived in the gym. It was too much. I tried to tell him, but he wasn't hearing me. He was a straight guy - and he hoped his muscle-bound body would get him some women. Guess what? It didn't work for him at all - even though he was a really good guy in other ways. Moral of the story - - if you're not happy with your height, go for a lean, swimmer's build - or wrestler's build. Don't go overboard with bulking up.
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    Aug 27, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    I hear its easier to pack on muscle when you are shorter. That could be a myth, who knows.

    I think its perfectly fine for you to gain muscle. Just don't go overboard. I know a guy that is about your height and very muscular and it looks fine. However, he is getting to that point where it is almost too much
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    Aug 27, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    Think male gymnast.
    Woof.
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    Aug 27, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    That male gymnast is hot! Short guys have some advantages typically like better butts. icon_wink.gif

    I've heard the myth that it's easier to put on mass if you're short but honestly if don't eat enough, or correctly, or work out hard enough, you won't get the results regardless of your height. I haven't found it so easy to pack on pounds but I probably need to eat a lot more and lift heavier.

    There's a famous professional bodybuilder at my gym who's humungous and only about 5'10" so height doesn't matter so much.
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    Aug 27, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    somebody get ariodante in here asap
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    Aug 27, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    that site is so wrong.

    its about proportion, there are plenty of taller guys that dont have proportion, to me I think it is easier for short guys to put on muscle because everything is so compact but its not like it just appears either.

    just saw a pro bodybuilder working out in my gym the other day, you would be surprised how many bodybuilders are short
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    Aug 27, 2011 8:46 PM GMT
    Don't listen to Askmen.com.

    Yes, of course, put on muscle.

    I know plenty of guys 5'4" who have great bodies, with muscles, and they don't look too muscley.

    If you need some examples of that, look no further than RJ. There are LOTS of shorter guys on here with muscles and they are perfectly proportioned. (And hotter than the really big guys, if you ask me.)

    Don't worry about getting "too big." That's a non-issue for you, and for nearly all of us.

    Stop reading the web articles and start working out: Lift weights, hit your abs, eat right, be consistent, be patient and don't overthink. You'll be way stronger, you'll have way more self-confidence and you'll look great.

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    Aug 27, 2011 8:52 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidSo I find myself insecure sometimes, so I go to the web to burst myself esteem. And I was looking into body types, and Askmen.com. Yes I'm aware it's a straight site, however it said that short guys like myself at 5'4 shouldn't put on muscle at all, only be lean, have a swimmers body at best. Because any muscle will make us out of proportion.

    Is this like true? Come to think of it I don't know any guys my height who are body builders or muscly or such... Is their a height to putting on muscle?

    I know i was watching a video of Zyzz, the famous Australian bodybuilder. and he's 6'2 with an AMAZING BODY! And his short friend was was a bodybuilder, and his face was fine. But I didn't find him attractive. What's your thoughts?


    When i see people saying shit like this on any thread (like you saw on askmen.com) I say "Go fuck yourself". And here's why...

    1) It's your body, you do whatever the hell you want to it and fuck what anyone thinks. If you're happy in your own skin nothing anyone else says matters, period.

    2) The ones that are saying things like that are the ones that can't put on the muscle because they're quitters. Do not get caught up in their mind set. If you're happy with how you look right now, that's great! Good for you! If you want to get bigger, do not listen to shit like that. You can do whatever the hell you set your mind to.

    So in short, it's not true. If you don't know anyone who's your height i suggest you look up Lee Priest pro body builder... He's 5'4 and 235 lbs of muscle (yeah, steroided.. so is his wife and mother.. but who cares.. He's got muscle).

    Infact, here:




    If anyone tells you, you can't do it.. Put both fists up and flip them the bird and say "go fuck yourself". Then prove them wrong.
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidShort guys can't put on muscle?
    Nope...totally impossible and never been done.
    Looks like you're shit outta luck.
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    Everyone has their own proportions and you need to do what makes you happy.

    IMHO Men's Health type guys - fit with muscle always turn me on more than Muscle and Fitness (bulking muscle guys). Basically it's all about balance.

    If you want to be lean and skinny - swim, run, do lots of cardio
    Lean and Muscle - mix 50 / 50 or 66 / 34 Muscle / Cardio routine
    Bulk Muscle - Research how they diet for that

    In the end, you need to determine your goal and adjust your workout and diet to help you move toward your goal.

    Good luck
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    Short guys can look great muscular.... but to a point.

    Like anything else, you have to know when to stop. Shorter guys run the risk of losing their waists faster and looking a bit boxy if they get too muscular.
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidShort guys can look great muscular.... but to a point.

    Like anything else, you have to know when to stop. Shorter guys run the risk of losing their waists faster and looking a bit boxy if they get too muscular.



    LOL really?
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    You just gotta give it your best man. I'm 5'7" and was the skinniest guy ever, my dad would joke about how he could play guitar with my rib cage when I was in my teens. I still find it incredibly hard to put weight on without it being a good chunk of fat but, you have your trade offs. Plus, it also depends on your schedule and how much stress, sleep you get. But keep at it. Don't pay attention to the nay-sayers and get your butt in that weightroom.

    -dave
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    Samm77 said
    ZbmwM5 saidShort guys can look great muscular.... but to a point.

    Like anything else, you have to know when to stop. Shorter guys run the risk of losing their waists faster and looking a bit boxy if they get too muscular.



    LOL really?


    Lol, not really at all.

    As said earlier, it's all about the proportions. A shorter guy can look just as good as a taller guy. I'd like to talk to whoever told you that shorter guys shouldn't put on muscle at all. I'm pretty sure they have absolutely no clue what they're talking about like most people on the internet.

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    Aug 27, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    adam228 saidsomebody get ariodante in here asap


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    Aug 27, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
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    Aug 27, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Are you freaking kidding? Search for Ronnie Coleman and see how tall he is and how sper incredibly built he is. There are plenty of pros and amateur bodybuilders who are not tall.
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    Aug 27, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    Gaydar said
    Samm77 said
    ZbmwM5 saidShort guys can look great muscular.... but to a point.

    Like anything else, you have to know when to stop. Shorter guys run the risk of losing their waists faster and looking a bit boxy if they get too muscular.



    LOL really?


    Lol, not really at all.

    As said earlier, it's all about the proportions. A shorter guy can look just as good as a taller guy. I'd like to talk to whoever told you that shorter guys shouldn't put on muscle at all. I'm pretty sure they have absolutely no clue what they're talking about like most people on the internet.




    Gaydar that response wasa for Zbmw.

    The waist comment was rather laughable hence the sarcastic "LOL really?" icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 27, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Samm77 said
    ZbmwM5 saidShort guys can look great muscular.... but to a point.

    Like anything else, you have to know when to stop. Shorter guys run the risk of losing their waists faster and looking a bit boxy if they get too muscular.



    LOL really?


    Absolutely. You aren't too big.... your proportions look great. Thus... you don't have a look that makes you appear heavy and boxy like many guys who are shorter and who overdo it in the gym do....

    It could happen with anyone...... I just think it probably happens more quickly in shorter guys. I'm just saying its a matter of moderation and knowing what proportions look best for you, jeez.
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    Aug 27, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    mmmship saidAre you freaking kidding? Search for Ronnie Coleman and see how tall he is and how sper incredibly built he is. There are plenty of pros and amateur bodybuilders who are not tall.



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    Sorry but this does not look good. And its exactly what i'm referring to when I say people lose their waists.... maybe its his freakisly large obliques.

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    Aug 27, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI think shorter guys have an easier time acquiring mass and a nice muscular body because their muscle bellies are shorter. Hence, the illusion that they are bigger and more muscular. A bicep measuring 17" in circumference on a guy who has a 31" waist with a 45" chest will look more muscular and fuller on a guy who's 5'6" versus a guy who is 6'3".


    Lol, no we have to assume that height makes no difference as to not offend ;-)

    Seriously though... what you're saying here makes perfect sense.
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    Aug 27, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI personally find the guys on this site that are around 5'8" and 150-165lb of lean muscle to have the nicest bodies.


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    Just kidding, I have very little lean muscle. Mostly just connective tissue and bone here icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 27, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    ZbmwM5 said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI think shorter guys have an easier time acquiring mass and a nice muscular body because their muscle bellies are shorter. Hence, the illusion that they are bigger and more muscular. A bicep measuring 17" in circumference on a guy who has a 31" waist with a 45" chest will look more muscular and fuller on a guy who's 5'6" versus a guy who is 6'3".


    Lol, no we have to assume that height makes no difference as to not offend ;-)

    Seriously though... what you're saying here makes perfect sense.

    pfft screw that!

    Short guys have it easier!!!

    When a shorter guy lifts a weight it doesn't have to move as far, who here is tall and squated next to a short arse squating?? yeah, see weight moves three inches and they've done there full range squat hahaha

    But anyway, it's more about level lengths then anything else, take two guys one short and one tall and imagine they both have the same muscle mass, the smaller guy will look more muscular then the taller guy because the original and insertion points are closer together so less distance which means that same amount of muscle goes into it.

    So for a tall guy the muscle is more stretched and a tall guy has to put on more to get the same size.

    So short guys have it made in the gym...

    Thankfully tall guys have it everywhere else icon_razz.gif