Table tennis players come in all shapes and sizes. Table tennis is not a sport that relies on players possessing certain physiological traits such as height in basketball or weight in sumo wrestling.
However, from looking at top table tennis players’ it is clear they many have a very similar build. Elite table tennis players are generally of athletic build. They don’t look like power lifters but at the same time most of them aren’t that skinny either.
I have found height and weight information on the top 50 table tennis players in the world (as of 4th September 2012) and I have created body mass indexes (BMI’s) for them too. In this article I will be highlighting the players at the extreme ends of the scale and providing some recommendations for table tennis players based on the averages from these top players.