Let's face it people, leverage is what makes a discus fly. Unfortunately not all throwers come into this world with the best levers. We are tall, short, slow, fast, coordinated, uncoordinated, the list goes on. Therefore in essence we all falter in one aspect of physical ability as far as being the optimal discus thrower. So what do we do? We work with what we have and try to improve what we lack.
If we look back in history at the best discus throwers of all time, what about them physically helped them achieve greatness? Lets watch this video:
As you can see, a majority of these individuals are Goliaths and only a few are David. Take a look at some of these statistics. Alekna is 6'6" 280lbs, Art Burns was 6'2" 297lbs, Kanter is 6'4" 270lbs, Delis was 6'1" 230lbs and Jurgen was 6'3" 260lbs. For a complete list of the dimensions of the 70 meter club members take a look at what my friends put together at team 75 plus.
With these numbers I can be assured that there is still a slight possibility of me hitting 70 meters in the future due to the dimensions of Louis Delis whose measurements are closest to mine.
Now that all theses numbers are out in the open, what can we learn from them? In my opinion this is what we should note:
- The best discus throwers in the world are at least 6 foot tall but not over 6'6"
- They weigh at least over 230lbs but not over 320lbs
Am I saying that you can't be a great discus thrower if you don't fit into this category? No, all I am saying is that the numbers are on your side if you fit in this category, which most of us do!
Don't loose hope if you are a five foot thrower or if you are a 6'9" giant. The numbers aren't on your size to throw over 70 meters but the high 60's are still well within your grasp. Thats it for it today. "Throw far and Prosper"