Q: I’M OVER 6 FEET TALL. DOES MY HEIGHT MEAN I CAN’T GET SUPERSTRONG?
-KEITH W., HANOVER, MA
No, but it will be more difficult for you than for your shorter buddies. At 6’4″, I’m in the same boat. Our problem is limb length: The same long legs and arms that make it easier for us to reach the top of the cereal aisle also make it harder for us to hoist big weights. We have long levers and, therefore, a mechanical disadvantage on most exercises.
There’s one exercise, however, on which you’ll find that your proportions help: the deadlift. Because you have long arms, you don’t need to bend as far to reach the bar; nor do you need to raise it as high to lock out a rep. Lucky for us, the deadlift is widely considered the best measure of strength because it tests every muscle.