Curious to know your Ape Index? Or what it even is?
Your Ape Index is your reach (fingertip-fingertip) minus your height in inches.
If your reach is greater than your height, you have a positive Ape Index, if your height is greater than your reach, it’s negative. Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” showed that a 1:1 ratio is the ideal human, but there can be a few benefits to a positive or negative index.
My Ape Index: 5.25”
I don’t necessarily have the most flexibility, but due to my positive ape index touching my toes isn’t a problem. This goes to show that comparison won’t do you any justice, we’re all slightly different.
•Ideal for Conventional Deadlifts-
Longer arms will result in more leverage from the floor position, meaning you’re starting from a higher position or a greater angle at the hips, so you’re closer to the lockout point already. •Advantages in Boxing, Swimming, Climbing, & Throwing-
Longer reach means your opponent can be in “range” of you, while you remain out of their striking range due to your reach advantage. Arms are levers, long levers generate more force. Think of a hammer, or a baseball bat. Where do you hold them? The base (or near), which is where you generate the power from. Long arms mean greater range for climbing, and should mean your reach to weight ratio is better for climbing. You use your legs to do the hard work in climbing, your arms keep you up, and get you from grip to grip; longer the arms, larger the range.
If you have short arms, just bench press a lot and you’ll be idolized by the long-armed presser wannabes. Short arms in the bench press is an incredible mechanical advantage, your range of motion is decreased! Chest to arm extension isn’t so daunting when you have a negative Ape Index!
•Powerful looping punches-
Long reach may have you on straight punches and distance, but your hooks and uppercuts will tend to feel more natural, and be your go-to. These punches are not focused on the extension, but rather hips and rotation. - 7 minutes ago