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Powerlifting Should Have Height Classes?
Submitted by admin on May 7, 2007 - 7:45am.
Powerlifting has age classes and weight classes, even classes for certain occupations. Is it time to add height classes? Posters at Monster Muscle discuss that possibility.
Height does not matter. Same bodyweight under same rules equals level playing field. I have been tall for my division (220) but I don't say it is more impressive for me because I am taller or my experience in equipment was not vast. It does not matter.
No offense intended...just think no one in any way should try to take away from someones feat if done under same rules.
Why does height not matter, can you not pack more muscle on if you are shorter and weigh the same?
Who has more muscle: 6'2" 242 10% bf or 5'8" 242 at 10% bf
It doesn't mattter if your in the same division. If you want to carry more muscle than you can at a higher bodyweight. If I am 5 inches taller than someone in the same division it doesn't make me more impressive if he edges me out in total. I will say it again....same rules equals level playing field.
My point was shorter people can carry more muscle at the same weight. So its not equal unless hight is factored in right?
You are talking about someone being more impressive muscle wise. Certainly, someone will be more jacked at the same weight, bodyfat if they are shorter. However, for powerlifting it does not matter. If you competing in the same division under the same rules it does not matter. I tell you what, let's start holding records in each weight class by height as well. Or if you beat someone in your division but are shorter then give your trophy to them. Or maybe we keep it the same...the lifter with the biggest lift in the division wins.
They have formulas to compare benches of a 242 to a 308 or a 220. According to your argument why do they even seperate weight classes, why does it matter how much a lifter weighs. Does his weight help him lift additional weight? or is it the increase in muscle mass. Why are the records for 220 lower than 308 ? why height be factored in to the formula also? It would be intresting to see if height does effect the lift. The taller lifter might not have as much static strength. however the length of his limbs could give him more torque.
Wow!!!! Do you even read the post. I said same weight division so under same rules. I said it does not matter what your height is if you are both lifting in the same weight division. Some that is taller can carry more mass and of course more mass helps you lift more weight. You are making obvious points that I am not even arguing. My point is, it does not matter if someone is taller if you are in the dame weight division. All that boils down to if you saying that guy is shorter therefore it is easier is an excuse. Plain and simple. If I get beat by a shorter man in my division there is no excuses made for height.
to be honest i dont think heighth classes would be a bad idea... i mean hell my cousin is 6'4 181's....he's a strong 17 year old for his size... 385 squat in a belt and wraps, 260 raw bench, and a 500 raw dead but put him up against a guy 181 who is 5'4... looks like a mass monster against the skinniest man in the world.... kinda unfair ... and by no means is that a level playing field... but then again in all honesty i dont care if some one is 5'6 and beats my record more power to em!
Height divisions are a bad idea. You cousin has a cahnce to fill out and be a lot bigger than that 5' 4 guy. That is why there are weight divisions. It is fair.
yeah but a guy that tall might as well give up if he wants to be a world class powerlifter at that weight... if ur tall u gotta go to the heavier classes to be competitive against the best
You always have to fill out to the proper weight. I myself have figured out that I lift a lot better in the 240's and 250's and will probably be at my best around 275. You will probably be best eventually at 308.
Height matters, size matters I am not saying that. It just doesn't matter within a weight divison.
I'm not sure how a shorter person can carry more muscle then a taller person. Shorter people usually have shorter limbs so there joints are closer together so how the muscle inserts gives it a larger and fuller look. A taller person with long limbs has more acreage to work with so over the long haul they have the upper hand.
they cant carry more muscle but say if a guy who is 6 foot 10 percent body fat 200 pounds and a guy is 5 foot 10 percent body fat 200 pounds.... the shorter guy has way more muscle mass.... here's an example the 5 foot guys say has 125 pounds in muscle weight and 75 pounds in other body weight like bone fat and what not... the 6 foot guy might have 100 pounds of muscle and alot more bone weight and stuff....he's tall so his bones and insides most likely weight alot more since he's longer? if you can put 2 and 2 together you can figure what im saying if not ill explain in further detail!
They appear to have more muscle. It's all about distance between joints, why do you think most successful bb pros are short. I've taken an ish load of bio, anatomy & physiology. I don't no what mags you guys are reading but that makes no sense.