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1/25/2015 5:49:09 PM - Jason

my question is: how come that lower bodyweight athletes can "easier" achieve high relative totals?

There are several guys for example deadlifting 4x bodyweight, but you don't see many heavyweights or 225/242lbs lifters do that.

But why is that? I understand that the taller and bigger you are, the more muscle you carry and thus can lift more weight. Absolute, not relative!

Thanks for answering,



Thanks for the interesting question. As a "little" guy, I can certainly see your view point on this.

I will say that this is harder to achieve mainly due to the biomechanics of the body. If we look at much smaller lifters (like myself) and compare them to larger lifters (let's use Casey Williams for example) you will notice that the biomechanics are different. When it comes to long bone lengths, like the humerus and femur, a smaller lifter can pack more muscle mass from joint to joint (the shoulder to elbow, and hip to knee respectively) without adding as much weight to their frame.

Also, when the joints are further away, there needs to be more pull from the muscles to move it through a greater range of motion. That added muscle is going to weigh more, thus meaning a heavier lifter.

Even if muscle mass is given to be the exact same between me and Casey, my shorter levers give me and advantage in amounts of weight being able to moved.

While muscle and weight does matter, biomechanics and physics of how the weight is being moved is also a huge factor. It's why some people are built to pull, others squat, and others to bench press.

Hopefully that cleared up some of that, and if not let me know and I'll try to clear it up.

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