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Why are bodybuilders so short?

Posted by: PFB

Q: Why are so many bodybuilders short? I almost never see a good bodybuilder that is over six feet tall. Why?

A: The average height for a man is 5'8". And the average height for all the top professional bodybuilders seems to be about the same 5'8".

Past Mr. Olympias such as Franco Columbu, Chris Dickerson and Dexter Jackson were all in the 5'5" to 5'6" range, but other past winners such as Sergio Oliva, Lee Haney, Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler were all in the 5'10" to 5'11" range.

While Arnold Schwarzenegger was the only Mr. Olympia over 6 feet tall, there have been many other great tall bodybuilders such as Steeve Reeves, Reg Park, Dave Draper, Dennis Tinerino, Lou Ferrigno, Paul Dillett, etc.

One reason it may be seen that most bodybuilders short is that in most other sports height in an advantage, such as reach, leverage and power generation. These are not necessary in bodybuilding.

In bodybuilding a shorter man with a great structure can appear bigger because of his shorter limbs and muscle bellies. While, a tall man may need more to time to build enough muscle to fill out his frame.

One thing you can be sure of it's not because bodybuilding stunts your growth, that is an old myth that has been proven to be untrue.

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