…relatively, that is.
What I am actually going to discuss is muscle force exertion in relationship to cross-sectional area and volume. Stick with me I’ll attempt to keep this simple. Muscle cross-sectional area is the circumference of a muscle. All you guys out there have measured your bicep with a tape measure. Strip away fat and skin and you’d have the cross-sectional area of your upper arm. That measurement along with the total length of the upper arm is your volume.
SO, if two people had the same cross-sectional area the taller person would likely have more volume (longer arm). The kicker is that when it comes to strength volume doesn’t matter. If they both have the same cross-sectional area they should both have about the same “strength”.
So why are shorter people stronger? If the two people have the same amount of body fat the taller person would still weigh more (more volume). This lessens he or she’s ability to lift or accelerate their own body, especially when performing calisthenics or body weight exercises.
When it comes to pound-for-pound strength it’s all about muscle cross-sectional area. You win this time shorties! Unless you are the Incredible Hulk…….He always wins.