Does a lot of muscle on a shorter guy makes him look even shorter?
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Poll Duration: 01-Jan-2027
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Big chest and shoulders make us look shorter?

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Big chest and shoulders make us look shorter?
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Anyone else feel this way? I have a naturally wide chest and shoulders and large calves. I workout regularly to maintain definition, but am blessed in the sense that I have naturally what I hear a lot of my guy friends spend hours trying to achieve in the gym. 

I've been told by others (women, taller men) that working out to gain a bigger chest makes short guys look even shorter. While I like the way that I look and am overall confident, I'm wondering what everyone's take on this is. Do any of you avoid gaining mass because of that point of view? 

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Re: Big chest and shoulders make us look shorter?
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I don't know that it would make anyone look "shorter". Being a smaller guy just means that subtle changes are more noticeable. Since we're short to begin with, it just makes us stand out a bit more.

That can be a good thing too. I've had to work to bulk up, but women that didn't notice me would when summertime hit and I'd wear a short sleeve shirt or go shirtless to the beach. 

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Re: Big chest and shoulders make us look shorter?
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Look shorter? No. You are whatever height you are. You will look more defined and masculine. In the gym, shorter guys who lift and look it tend to get a bit more respect. I suspect it's because men generally respect other men who put in work.

For dating though, the one thing I noticed is that on the occasion where I see taller woman-shorter guy couple, the shorter man almost always has some muscle on him. 

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