Does anyone know if doing heavy squats make you shorter? by all the pressure on the legs over years of doing squats.
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05-26-2005, 01:50 AM #1
Squats make you shorter
05-26-2005, 02:04 AM #2
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I dont think they make you shorter.
05-26-2005, 02:14 AM #3
yes. i know a guy who has been squatting for 19 years. he used to be 6'5'' now he's 4'3'' but he is a TANK so it was worth it.hail murder. **** you.
05-26-2005, 03:09 AM #4
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05-26-2005, 03:32 AM #5Originally Posted by Fetus Soccer
05-26-2005, 03:55 AM #6
yup, every rep makes you 0.0000236mm shorter, do the mathSelf improvement is masturbation.
05-26-2005, 04:19 AM #7
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no it doesnt make you shorter, i've been squatting for years. here's a pic of me reading
05-26-2005, 05:37 AM #8Originally Posted by tetsuo
05-26-2005, 05:53 AM #9
while over time it wont make you shorter, you are likely to be shorter right after you do squat than you were when you first woke up.
This would be due to the compression of the spine. But this also happens everyday. You are slightly (maybe not statistically significantly) shorter when you go to bed, then when you wake up.
05-26-2005, 05:55 AM #10
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I've experienced this too, however once I straightened my legs I re-acquired the height that I had before I started.
05-26-2005, 09:23 AM #11
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the poor guy asks a simple question...
ok, so as was mentioned having a heavy bar/weight on your upper back can compress the spaces between the vertebrae (temporarily). however- the muscles of the back and spine must be properly stretched after each and every gym session because left to gradually shorten through lack of suppleness the muscles around the spinal column can pull on the spine and make it shorter gradually over the years.
stretch properly after training (properly- not like most lazy people-such as myself lol)
and after squats you can hang from a chinning bar for like 10 seconds or whatever.
but overall squats shouldnt technically make you shorter no, though if not finished with stretches the muscles can tighten and stiffen your spine therefor leading to maybe 1/2-1" height loss.
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05-26-2005, 02:15 PM #12
Squats won't make you noticiably shorter, but it is true that your spine compresses and decompresses daily. Some non active elderly people do lose some height due to compression of the back bone (and calcium being leached from the bones- but that's a different topic). Recently I've been doing squats and weighted dips, chins and pullups in the same workout to get that back stretch. Works well for me.
On the same note, could one get taller by hanging 90+ lbs on a dip belt and hang on a pullup bar for several seconds a day??? Most likely not in the short term. But if you look at contortionists, they actually to get an inch or two taller because they've achived so much flexibility in their backbone- stretching the vertebrae to unnatural lengths. But they do lose the height if they stop practicing their trade. So yeah, streching the back is definitely a good thing if you do heavy squats.
05-26-2005, 02:40 PM #13
A funny thing that's somewhat related is that fighter pilots who eject out of their aircraft (a process that puts you under about 13 g's for a very short time) all swear that they lose a little bit of height from it.
05-26-2005, 05:10 PM #14Originally Posted by mighty_mike
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05-27-2005, 12:57 AM #15Originally Posted by maxiw
05-27-2005, 03:44 AM #16
yes correct posture and a large ribcage will make you 1-2 inch taller, that's why everyone thinks Arnie is 6'2, when in fact he's 5'11 top.Self improvement is masturbation.
05-27-2005, 09:03 AM #17
arnold was 6'2, not 5'11 lol.
05-27-2005, 09:47 AM #18Originally Posted by G_TrainJan 2005
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What if you do squats with dumbbells instead of barbells? Isn't that better since theres nothing on your neck putting pressure on your body?
12-27-2008, 11:52 PM #20