Working out when you're very tall

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    Aug 16, 2009 11:44 PM GMT
    Does anyone else find certain exercises can be a bit of a challenge when you're tall? I'm 6'6", and it seems like a number of the machines at Gold's aren't designed for taller guys. Even the cable machines can be tricky sometimes, for certain execises like downward chops for serratus anterior exercises, etc.

    I've tried modifications by spreading my legs wider, or even sitting on exercise balls, but it feels like it becomes even more difficult to do the exercise properly. I know the clear answer is to get off the machines and go with free weights, but are there any other alternatives?

    What do other tall guys think? Any similar experiences or frustrations, and if so, how did you resolve them?
  • Sparkycat

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    Aug 17, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
    I'm 6'2" and I don't use machines except for legs. The machines seem to small, and any machine for upper body gives me serious shoulder pain. I think anything you can do on a machine you can do better with free weights.
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    Aug 17, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    I think it depends on the machines, and the quality of the machines. My gym recently renovated and got machines that are only about 2 yrs old. All of them are much more height-friendly, and rarely do I run into something where I don't fit. But, before the renovation, on machines that were like 15 yrs old, I was always hitting the range-limiters, seated too low, having to duck, etc.

    But, as Sparky said, there are tons of basic functional exercises that don't require machines, that will do as good, if not better, than a machine.

    Maybe you can hire a trainer for a one-off session and get him to help you find the machines/exercises that aren't restricted?
  • coolarmydude

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    Aug 17, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    Ummm.....cut off a portion of your legs? icon_idea.gif
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    I'm 6'3", and I have similar problems with machines. Try the same movement, but with dumbbells or another kind of free weight.
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    Aug 17, 2009 4:12 AM GMT
    Oh quit whining. I have to raise the seat all the way and sit on two phone books just to reach the handles on any machine I use.
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    Aug 17, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidAnd when I invite Guerrilla over to my house for dinner he has to use one of these in order to reach the table:

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    And a phone book and three old International Male catalogs if I remember correctly.
  • SirEllingtonB...

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    Aug 17, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    Mmm, tall guys... icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 19, 2009 4:05 AM GMT
    use an exercise ball, the exercise will be harder but that's a good thing, use less weight or less reps

    and get off the machines.
  • TallSporty

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    Aug 19, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    I am 6-5 with a 38 sleeve length and 38 inseam, so most machines don't work for me. I use a lot of free weights and weight-bearing exercises like pullups and pushups. But I can look out the high windows anytime and see what the weather is like. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 19, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    I'm 6 8 and most exercises don't really get to me. Anything that involves bending my back will tire me quick at times though. It's all in the training. The more training you do, the more resistant and strong you body becomes. Whether your short, average height, or tall, working out and exercise is always a test for the body.
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    Aug 29, 2009 7:43 AM GMT
    GuerillaOh quit whining. I have to raise the seat all the way and sit on two phone books just to reach the handles on any machine I use.



    YOU quit whining.. you're a whole 7 inches taller than I am.. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 05, 2016 2:37 AM GMT
    I'm 6'3 does anyone have a workout routine for us tall guys?
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    Apr 05, 2016 5:36 AM GMT
    Even at 6'1, I find most machines too short. When I'm doing any type of cable work, I usually take the handle off completely and grab onto the rubber ball at the end. It's a bit unsafe but that's the only way I can get a decent stretch. And if I use the rope, I have to grab it at the very top of the rope. Sometimes I get a mat and kneel down on my knees.