Oct 302012
 
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Being only around 175 cm in height, I’m relatively shorter than most people living across the world, but am fairly within the average of most Asian countries. With that being the case, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding whether the methods and tips here apply to people taller than me.

The answer is simple. It’s relatively harder for taller guys to get buff and add muscle than shorter guys, but the difference in difficulty is so small it’s barely noticeable since transforming yourself from skinny to buff is already a difficult process as it is.

The reason being from four reasons, these being:

Taller Guys Have to Eat More and Require More Nutrition

Being a taller guy, you will need to eat more. There is no getting over this fact. You can have a look at my guide to nutrition and calculate your caloric requirement, it’s most likely higher than you’d have if you were any shorter.

And not only due to the fact that their frame is more massive that they need to eat more. They also burn more energy when they exercise due to the length of their bones. It’s simple physics.

Since taller guy’s bones are longer than short guys’, the range of motion (circumference of the full motion) is much longer as well. Example, for a full bicep curl, it’s almost semi-circle, if the radius (length of the forearm) is longer, then naturally the semi-circle would be longer.

The dumbbell would need to travel a greater distance to do each rep of this exercise. Work, in physics, is force times distance. The work needed to do this is much greater as well for tall guys with long limbs.

Work done consumes energy. And where does energy come from? From what you eat of course.
And the amount you eat or how you nourish yourself is all up to you.

If you have the means and the wealth to nourish yourself well, then this will not be a reason for you not to have a harder time than people shorter than you.

Taller Guys Have Longer Bones and Will Need More Muscle to Look Buff

This is pretty self-explanatory. Longer legs mean it would look less stubby and more slender. Same would be true with forearms, biceps, triceps, and other muscles.

However, don’t sweat it. Being buff looks much better on taller guys, and the price of making yourself look better is all the more sweeter even though it takes all the while longer.

Taller Guys Will Have More Difficulty Performing Some Workouts

Workouts such as deadlifts, good mornings, bent-over rows, and such require you to have a strong back. And since, again, due to physics, taller people will need to strengthen themselves more to do some of the more relatively tricky exercises to avoid injury.

This means, taller guys will most likely need to do more basic exercises first than shorter guys.

Conclusion

Unless you’re exceedingly tall and no exercise machine can accommodate your size, for skinny tall guys it’s not going to be a lot more difficult to get buff or ripped. And nonetheless, a broader ripped frame still would look better on a taller guy.

You shouldn’t have much of a hard time if you’re a tall guy, and even if it’s just a bit harder, the methods and tips listed here are for all, and tall guys are no exception. Our methods will work for you.

 

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