Relationship between Height and Body Build

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    Nov 30, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    Would you say it is "easier" for a "shorter" person to be fit than one who is taller? Is there a relationship, if so why do you think, or why not? Or no relevance at all? It just seems to me that those who are shorter (than me) tend to have really tighter, ripped bodies.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Nov 30, 2011 2:47 PM GMT
    I doubt there is any correlation. Physiologically speaking why would there be? Being "ripped" is down to metabolism, genetics...diet, training etc. So many other factors.
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    Nov 30, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    I agree with you TerraFirma. No science behind it that I'm aware of. Just an observation.
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    Nov 30, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Definitely a correlation. For a shorter guy it is easier to reach a well proportionate body. Also is easier to overdo it. Can't explain exactly why, but I have seen it a lot of times.
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    Nov 30, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    There might be something to this. I was tall all my life and it wasn't until my son was growing up that I figured out why tall kids struggle so with running. You know, legs all over and running like a rag doll. He (now 6'4") was like me and when he would be playing soccer and towering over other 6 or 7 yr olds I noticed the fastest kids were the little guys who could run like Sonic. Then I figured it was because they weren't growing so fast so always had time to find the pivotal balance spot of their body. Tall kids figure out how to balance themselves and then they grow some more and it's all messed up.

    Perhaps being 'fit' in general has more to do with figuring out your abilities while the body is changing rather than just ones height and maybe a slower growing body (shorter) helps find those key balances therefore concentrating on ability because the body balance not always changing.
  • Pepsic0la

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    Nov 30, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    I totally agree. I'm 6'4 192 and at my height I still look slender because my muscles are stretched out more. Now put me in a 5'10 body, as much as I work out, I'd probably be ripped, and happy. Woe is me icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 30, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    Rowing_Ant saidI doubt there is any correlation. Physiologically speaking why would there be? Being "ripped" is down to metabolism, genetics...diet, training etc. So many other factors.
    This is the best answer on here. Most of it boils down to genetic, and training. However, it is usually easier for a taller person to stay leaner mostly because of the length of muscle. But again, it usually all boils down to genetics.
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    Nov 30, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    Pepsic0la saidI totally agree. I'm 6'4 192 and at my height I still look slender because my muscles are stretched out more. Now put me in a 5'10 body, as much as I work out, I'd probably be ripped, and happy. Woe is me icon_sad.gif
    pepsica, i think it may not be genetically possible for you to put on more mass. however, I have plenty of friends your height and they are all very muscular so its not necessarily true about height being a major factor.
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    Nov 30, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc said
    Pepsic0la saidI totally agree. I'm 6'4 192 and at my height I still look slender because my muscles are stretched out more. Now put me in a 5'10 body, as much as I work out, I'd probably be ripped, and happy. Woe is me icon_sad.gif
    pepsica, i think it may not be genetically possible for you to put on more mass. however, I have plenty of friends your height and they are all very muscular so its not necessarily true about height being a major factor.


    "Genetically possible". icon_sad.gif I refuse to believe that! lol My dad was skinny and tall till about 18 just like me, then decided one day he was tired of it. 6 years later he had become a pro bodybuilder (though this was the 80's and I'm sure steroids played a part) My body can't just tell me when its done growing if i keep feeding it and demanding more, right?
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    Nov 30, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    Given two guys with the same amount of muscle, the shorter guy will look more built, wouldn't he? That is, his body mass more dense and less stretched compared to a guy with longer bones and thus longer muscle.

    I wouldn't say it is "easier" for a "shorter" person to look more ripped, just that a taller person would have to pack on more muscle than a shorter guy to achieve the same level of relative muscle density.
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    Dec 03, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    TerraFirma saidWould you say it is "easier" for a "shorter" person to be fit than one who is taller? Is there a relationship, if so why do you think, or why not? Or no relevance at all? It just seems to me that those who are shorter (than me) tend to have really tighter, ripped bodies.


    Generally taller people need to eat more calories to maintain their body weights than shorter people, so I'd imagine it being a little harder for them to eat even more calories to gain muscle (unless they have a slow metabolism). Just a theory, though.
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    Dec 03, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    Pepsic0la said
    tuffguyndc said
    Pepsic0la saidI totally agree. I'm 6'4 192 and at my height I still look slender because my muscles are stretched out more. Now put me in a 5'10 body, as much as I work out, I'd probably be ripped, and happy. Woe is me icon_sad.gif
    pepsica, i think it may not be genetically possible for you to put on more mass. however, I have plenty of friends your height and they are all very muscular so its not necessarily true about height being a major factor.


    "Genetically possible". icon_sad.gif I refuse to believe that! lol My dad was skinny and tall till about 18 just like me, then decided one day he was tired of it. 6 years later he had become a pro bodybuilder (though this was the 80's and I'm sure steroids played a part) My body can't just tell me when its done growing if i keep feeding it and demanding more, right?

    I think you are both right. Depending on where you are, you should be able to put on some additional mass, but ultimately there are limits that are determined by your genetics. To the thread topic, I don't think height is a significant factor as I have seen many body types of all different heights.
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    Dec 03, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    a shorter guy may find it easier to acheive a more proportionate body than a taller guy but I also think that there is a fine line. A shorter guy also may be more prone to adding excess pounds that may effect the body whereas a taller guy may be able to get away with it. If this makes sense at all.

    I also thinks shorter guys have an easier time doing legs.
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    Dec 03, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    I'm absolutely sure that height does play a factor into muscle building (or looking ripped), despite what some of the people have said on here. I'm not a physiological professional, so I can't articulate the details, but I do know that all of those things, to include genetics, metabolism, diet, and supplements do play a factor in the overall picture.
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    Dec 03, 2011 7:07 PM GMT
    Here's an interesting blog post on the subject...

    http://www.stayfitbug.com/the-fitness-bug/building-muscles-for-tall-men-vs-building-muscles-for-short-men/
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    Dec 03, 2011 7:09 PM GMT
    I'm 6 foot 5 and I find it all hard... it's impossible for me to put on my mass (unless I eat like a horse), I have to watch every single thing I eat, my metabolism sucks! I'm in the minority as I'm a large build for a tall guy... my cousin is the same height as me and he only weighs 170!
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    Dec 03, 2011 7:29 PM GMT
    Fitness is such an umbrella term, that it's hard to give a definitive answer. Are you talking about being able to run? Build muscle? Able to reproduce? What is it?
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    Dec 03, 2011 8:17 PM GMT
    mightymanlet saidHere's an interesting blog post on the subject...


    Good article!

    I suck at bench press, but pull ups aren't as hard. By suck, there are shorter guys at the gym who I see lifting more than me...but the weight I'm pushing makes me sore fuck the next day (like today icon_mad.gif

    Bench Press

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    article:This is another short man exercise. For years I’ve met many people that were able to lift a lot more weight than I could on the bench press exercise and I just couldn’t figure out how that was so. I mean… I was and still am a pretty strong guy (In my view) and can lift some pretty serious weights. But every time it comes to bench press, it just takes more work.
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    Dec 03, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    The shorter you are, the denser/thicker your muscles look. So I don't think this is a question of who is more fit. It's really an visual effect. Hmm.. maybe that's not the right phrase. But I think you know what I mean.
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    Dec 04, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    It's not necessarily easier.
    You would notice when a short guy puts on some muscle mass before the tall guy.

    Or are you talking about the whole Napoleon thing? Short guys are psychologically more determined to put on muscle mass to compensate?
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    Dec 04, 2011 2:59 AM GMT
    Bigger (or taller) dudes have to spend more money on food and supplements icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 04, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    As a shorter person, I would have said the opposite of what a lot of you are saying. My experience is that taller people seem to look more fit. They usually seem to have less body fat, and any muscles they have tend to be more visible. I have seen very few people around my height who look ripped.
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    Dec 04, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    r3dsn0w said
    TerraFirma saidWould you say it is "easier" for a "shorter" person to be fit than one who is taller? Is there a relationship, if so why do you think, or why not? Or no relevance at all? It just seems to me that those who are shorter (than me) tend to have really tighter, ripped bodies.


    Generally taller people need to eat more calories to maintain their body weights than shorter people, so I'd imagine it being a little harder for them to eat even more calories to gain muscle (unless they have a slow metabolism). Just a theory, though.


    The taller you are, the more calories you need to maintain body mass. So if you want to add body mass, you need to add more calories.
    The shorter you are, the less calories you need to maintain body mass, "" "".

    So for a taller person to look proportionately the same as a shorter person, he basically needs to eat more the get the same results as a shorter person who eats less.
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    Dec 04, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier saidBigger (or taller) dudes have to spend more money on food and supplements icon_biggrin.gif


    Truth. My wallet's like "no bueno". icon_sad.gif