Should a workout routine be any different for taller people?

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  1. blackrat

    blackrat Active Member

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    Long story short, been consistent since late october and pretty happy with my muscle gains. I'm at 6'4 220 and while I haven't really gained or lost weight since starting, I've lost fat and put on some bulk.

    I notice I have some weak areas though such as my bench (especially incline, decline is good) and any shoulder work. I'm sure my arm length has something to do with it. At the same time, legs and back are pretty far ahead of everything else. I've been told by some people that tall people should focus on their chest and shoulders and just forget out the back for the most part since they are already inherently strong there.

    What do you guys think, is it bs or should I focus on those now to "catch up"?
     
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    Just make sure to keep doing wingspan exercises and you should be good.
     
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    we need to measure your wingspan first
     
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    Depends on your goals, but I wouldn't forget back. Tall can still get a meaty back, but like any muscle on a tall person it takes a lot more mass to look meaty than say a 5' 6" person.

    I'm 6" 2" 210, so I know ya pain.

    But I've never had any issues with my incline, I think I'm actually stronger there than my flats at times.
     
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    Just think about it logically for 1 second. Why would tall people be 'inherently' strong in their back? Now you have your answer.
     
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    6'5 here.

    my incline is weird, it used to scare me because right before i actually hit my chest i feel a bunch of popping throughout my shoulders and stuff. i inclined 225 5 times today though and it popped every single time but didnt hurt.


    always wondered if its just me that pops on incline :wtc:
     
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    deuceforty between rupture and rapture

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    nissan s15 silvia :wtc:

    everyone thinks its a god damn grand prix or whtaever
     
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    Nope, I do too. :hs:
     
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    79", I'm fairly square.

    No clue, that's why I'm asking ;). I have noticed that taller people usually have an easier time doing lat pull downs or rows though. Maybe it's just how taller people use their body. :dunno:


    My old 13 used to get confused for a Probe :(

    Yeah, I get those same popping sounds too but no pain thankfully. The popping is pretty prevalent when I do shoulder presses too. I always atributted it to the fact with longer arms you are putting more strain on everything and are on the wrong side of leverage.
     
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    he measured his wingspan :rofl:


    taller people shouldn't need to workout any different. If you find an exercise isn't good for you, drop it - but thats what you should be doing regardless of if you are tall/short/fat/jacked/etc.
     
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    Alright, but tell me about those anti gravity curls at least. :mamoru:
     
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    6'1 205 right now, been training for years and yeah, filling out your back is hard as fuck, i also have 1,000" reach arms that are hard as a motherfucker to fill out, whatever id rather be tall.
     
  13. Sgt. Friday

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    you already lost 20lbs? :eek3: why?
     
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    3/4 benches for life bro.
     
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    leg span*
     
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    i'm 6'7 and 235

    when it comes to chest, try to really focus on NOT using your shoulders when pressing. i noticed the wider i grip the barbell and the wider my form is with dumbbells, the more i focus on my chest. you might have to lower the weight a bit though.
     
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    I go to the gym solo, so it's dumbbells only for me on the regular and incline, and the Hammer Throw equipment to supplement. Thanks for the advice, I'll check my motion next time I go, I'm pretty sure I stay wide as I rarely have soreness in the shoulders unless I focus on them.


    I've only been working out for 5 or 6 months, so I don't have much to show (although I'm better than when I started for sure) and my bf is still fairly high so I might not be the best example. How do you guys take shots, flexing or regular?
     
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    you can always get bigger, short people stay short no matter what:fawk:
     
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    pullups and bench are my weakest areas.

    deadlifts arent a problem.

    i'm 6'3"
     
  20. Sgt. Friday

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    whatcha pullin' stretch?
     
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    how tall are you? I can relate, I was doing full squats last night and I forgot how far down it really is when you are 6'3".
     
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    6'6" here

    I find it hard to gain mass :(
     
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    when im really pushing to PR on flat bench i will feel pretty sore on the front of my delts the next day.
     
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