I was hoping to ask CT about this, since the last time I read an article by him he talked about having good leverages for squatting and bad leverages for deadlifting, but since he is not in the locker room right now, I’ll put it out on here first in case anyone has any relevant information, or maybe to stir up interest.
How do limb lengths and other anatomical features lend themselves to a body’s training preference? I have always been much better at Deadlifts and olympic lifts than squats. I am starting to realize that this has to do with the length of my upper legs compared to the length of my torso and lower legs, and probably also the width of my hips, the length of my arms and possibly the width of my shoulders.
Are there any other dimensional relationships that dictate leverage advantages? By this I mean, what sets a person up for being better at rows than pulldowns, or flared-elbow lat work versus elbows-in lat work, or a bench press versus an overhead press, grip variations within exercises like these, etc. This probably also has to do with predicting what body type performs well in which sports: compact gymnasts, tall basketball players, etc. -But I do not really know much about these things.
If there is a resource that references what has been observed in limb length effects on training preferences and dominant movements, I would like to know what the guidelines are. Some of it is probably common sense for someone who has a good understanding of functional anatomy, so anyone who has that, I would also love to hear from you and what you have found.