Those who are passionate about bodybuilding consider bodybuilding as a form of art. In fact, it is truly amazing to see how people can build up their bodies so beautifully and symmetrically. If you are interested in bodybuilding, your first concern might be your height. So, you may want to know about the best height for bodybuilding.
According to many experts, the ideal height for bodybuilding is 5’8” to 5’11”. Because at that height you are more likely to have uniformity throughout your body when you bulk up.
In this article, I will delve deeper into the perfect height for bodybuilding and why it is considered as such. I will also talk about the heights of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.
Regarding the ideal height of bodybuilding, many professional bodybuilders agree that height between 5’8″ to 5’11” is perfect for bodybuilding because it is neither too short nor too tall.
If you look back and see the height of past bodybuilders of the last 10 to 12 years, you will see that the average height of bodybuilders is between 5’8” to 5’11”.
However, all hope is not lost if you do not fit between this height range. As I have said, the previous history of bodybuilders can tell us a lot of things about the height required for bodybuilding. Yes, it is true that in many bodybuilding competitions, people within the ideal height range get the advantages. But, you can bodybuild no matter what your height is.
People who are above 6 feet face more difficulties gaining muscle compared to people who are less than 6 feet. So, more height is not always an advantage for bodybuilders. Again, it is not an impossible task for tall people to become bodybuilders. But they have to work hard and smart to compete with people who have the ideal height.
Height affects body building in multiple ways and different heights provide different advantages and disadvantages. Shorter people can build muscles easily while taller people can ensure better symmetry after bulking up. 5’8” to 5’11” is considered optimal for bodybuilding as it strikes a balance between difficulty and symmetry when bodybuilding.
It is seen that short people can build muscle mass easily compared to tall people because their frame needs less muscles to feel it up. On the other hand, people who are taller than 5’10″ need to build up more muscles to fill up their large body frame.
For example, a bodybuilder of 5’8” with 235 lbs will look more muscular than a bodybuilder of 6’3” with 235lbs. So, a tall bodybuilder has to work harder than a short bodybuilder to gain more muscle and get the ideal proportion. So, if you are more than 6 feet tall, you have to be 300lbs to compete with a 5’8” to 5’10” bodybuilder who is 265 to 275lbs.
However, it is not impossible for a taller bodybuilder to build a well-proportioned muscled body. Many tall bodybuilders are succeeding with extreme weight lifting exercises. There are many mass monsters who are over 6 feet tall and weigh 270 to 300lbs.
These mass monsters can overshadow a short bodybuilder of 5’5’” to 5’9” with their height and muscle mass. So, nothing is impossible if you do the appropriate exercise according to your body.
Also as mentioned before, tall people generally look better while putting on more muscle as their tall stature allows them to bulk up without looking chunky and ill-proportioned.
Thus, your body height should not be the main factor for starting bodybuilding. But the ideal range between 5’8” to 5’11” is perfect because it will help you look more proportioned in height and weight while being reasonably easier to put on muscle mass. You will look neither too stocky nor too lanky within this range, which can increase the chance of winning competitions.
No, you will not stop growing by bodybuilding. Instead, you might actually grow more as regular exercises can increase the release of growth hormones and correct posture which can help you actually gain height. Average height people often look shorter due to bulking up too much for their height which probably gave rise to this misconception.
There is a popular misconception that bodybuilding can affect your height. A lot of people think they will stop growing if they start bodybuilding. Even worse, some believe bodybuilding reduces your height!
People are actually concerned about the weight lifting exercises of young people. They think that weight lifting exercises can affect their growth. But that is completely false. Growth mostly depends on genetics and nutrition. So, it is in no way connected to bodybuilding.
Fortunately, bodybuilding does not cause any damage to your growth. In reality, any type of exercise is good for our health. Weight lifting can help you to increase your body strength and bone index.
Also, it helps to correct bad body posture. Many people slump when they sit down or walk. As a result, they do not look very confident. Weight lifting can correct your body posture, and you will start sitting or standing straight. And that can help you appear taller.
Yes, it is true that you can get seriously injured if you are careless while weight lifting. The injury can affect your growth factors, but it has no relation to weight lifting and gaining muscles.
Therefore, if you want to start weight lifting or bodybuilding, you should take things slow. Remember, building a symmetrically muscled body is not possible in just a few days. It requires time and patience. Talk with a professional trainer and start with light weights.
First-time weight lifting exercises should not start to exercise without proper guidance as it can lead to injury.
Let us consider the height of some world-famous bodybuilders of all time to understand the relationship between height and bodybuilding better. You will be surprised to see that both short and tall bodybuilders won various bodybuilding competitions, including Mr. Olympia.
Franco Columbu won the title of Mr Olympia in 1976 and 1981. He was the first bodybuilder to win both under 200Ibs and open overall bodybuilding competition at the Olympics. He was 5’5” tall, which is considerably shorter than what we consider the minimal perfect height for bodybuilding. But it is worth noting that the average height was far less than what it is today.
Six-time winner James Flex Lewis was also only 5’5.5”. He took bodybuilding seriously from the age of 15! Another noteworthy short bodybuilder is Shawn Ray. He participated in bodybuilding for three different decades! And he amazingly secured a place in the top 5 contestants in all the Mr. Olympia competitions from 1990 to 2001.
Now, if we consider the height of the most Mr. Olympia title winners of all time, we can see that they have the height fitting between the average heights of bodybuilders. Lee Haney and Ronnie Coleman both are 5’11” and both won the title of Mr. Olympia 8 times. The winner of 1965 and 1966, Larry Scott, was 5’10” and weighed 240lbs.
As you can see, many short and medium-height bodybuilders became successful in professional bodybuilding competitions. But there are bodybuilders over 6 feet who also shined in bodybuilding. One of these tall guys is the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is 6’2”. He is the tallest man to win seven times in Mr. Olympia!
So, even though there is a widely accepted ideal height, it is not the main feature for bodybuilders. The important matter is building the ideal amount of muscle mass and definition according to your body and proportions.
Hopefully, you have learned a lot about the best height for bodybuilding from this reading. The truth is there is no optimum height for bodybuilding. No matter what your height is, you can always start bodybuilding. And you can always take inspiration from the lives of professional bodybuilders.
But there are certain advantages and disadvantages to certain heights. The question is, are you strong-willed enough to overcome them? I’ll leave that for you to decide. Thanks for reading and best of luck on building your dream body.