Your Key To Success: Workout

Most of the time, being tall, it pays. On a basketball court or tennis court, you are almost sure to have a basic advantage over everyone. But, in a gym? Sorry but no. When it comes to lifting weights and upper body exercises, smaller guys often have an advantage over their larger classmates, simply because some exercises promote their biomechanics.

Because of their longer limbs, larger people need to support loads over a greater range of motion, making them more likely to hurt than their smaller counterparts.

We can note some common denominators to the big ones:

Big guys usually have more trouble gaining muscle.

The older ones have more difficulty performing classic force movements at full amplitudes.

Older people are more susceptible to joint discomfort if they are treated like other practitioners.

But, size alone does not dictate your ability to excel at weight training. You can always be really tall and have exceptional biomechanics, giving you an edge over smaller practitioners. For example, Brian Shaw was named the strongest man in the world 4 times and managed to lift more than 500 kilos to the deadlift.

Developed declined

Brian is incredibly tall compared to other players in the same sport, but he has modified and mastered exercises based on his proportions and biomechanics.

Olivier Richters

With the disadvantages presented above, here are the 6 most common exercises with which the “big” usually have difficulties. And, for each movement, a more favorable alternative or modifications is proposed.

1 – Developed lying at the bar

Why is it difficult for adults:

The bench press and ab exercises is indisputably a great exercise to build mass and strength in the bust, but it also requires serious control of the shoulder blades, thoracic spine and shoulder joints. If people insist that everyone brings the bar up to the chest, the development becomes not only humiliating but also potentially dangerous when you add long arms in the equation.