Bodybuilding Muscle: Is Your Frame Small or Big? Being tall does not always equal a large frame

When it comes to bodybuilding, being tall does not mean that you have a large frame by default. It just means that you have long bones. There are many people who are quite tall, but have thin bones small in diameter. As far as muscle size in concerned that is a fragile frame with little potential for growth.

image via: www.strengthfighter.com;

image via: www.strengthfighter.com;

People with small frames are usually described as ectomorphs and are naturally slim dudes, although many are technically skinny fat (not much muscle but high body fat levels).

Why does bones size affect muscle size?


Bigger bones require bigger muscles to operate properly. Thus, individuals with larger bone structure get bigger muscles than the fragile dudes. That’s a fact and anybody telling you otherwise is a liar.

I can give you an example with myself. I am about as tall as my father. When he was younger he used to be 1-2 cm taller than me, but as he got older his height went down.

I may be as tall as him, but I can’t wear any of his shoes at all. I wear 1-2 sizes smaller shoes. Why? He has naturally thicker and wider bones. His wrist is 1/3 larger than mine, and while he has never done any bodybuilding or sports for extensive period of time he carries a lot more lean body mass. His calves are two or three times bigger than my sticks, and that will never change even if I was to do all the calf raises in the entire world and then repeat. Why? All because of bone structure.

That’s why some of the biggest natural bodybuilders also have large bones.

Remember: Thicker bones equal naturally bigger muscles by default.

Interestingly enough the idea of bone structure is also observed in boxing and weight class sports in general. There are many people who were taller than Mike Tyson and yet competed in much lower weight classes. Tyson had the skeleton to box in the heavyweight division and could take a ton of punches from very big guys.

A popular example of a tall guy with thiner bone structure would be Antonio Margarito. At 5’11” he competed in the 150 lbs class while Tyson was a heavyweight at 5’10”.

Bone structure also plays a role in powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. The popular powerlifter Ed Coan has a super thick bone structure, but is also quite short. This gives him enormous advantage over people who are tall and have thin bones. Coan is a perfect representative of good genetics which found the right place to shine.

Of course, there are also many tall people with thick bones and those guys usually represent the real freaks when it comes to being naturally huge. Those are the guys that can reach massive stats without steroids. If you are 6’4″ and you have 8.5 inch wrists, you will hold a ton of muscle mass naturally compared to somebody who is 6’4″and has 6 inch wrists. Just your skeleton alone will make your appear larger than life.

As far as aesthetics are concerned thicker bones do not always win. It depends on the many other factors such as body fat, muscle bellies, proportions…etc. However, the fact that you have thin bones does not mean that you are aesthetic either. Usually ectomorphs are aesthetic, but it depends mainly on the individual. You can be thick and aesthetic too.

In the end of the day all of this does not matter one bit. Why? Because there is nothing we can do to change it, and quite honestly I think it should be kept that way. We were all born for different things.

So, what? Somebody is naturally bigger and stronger than you. Who cares? I really mean it – who cares? Only someone trying to fill an emotional void with muscles.

It would be very naive to say that genetics don’t matter. Sure, hard work may beat genetics when genetics don’t work, but guess what? Genetics + little work destroy hard work + poor genetics. That’s a fact and anybody telling you otherwise is a moron. However, we can all improve and that’s what matters the most. There is no need to blame yourself for things you cannot change. It’s better to be grateful for the opportunity in the first place, because things can always be much worse. As they say: you can know the true value of something only when it’s gone.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *