Speed Training – Myth Busters Edition
Myth: Gaining muscle will make me slow.
Truth: That’s a load of crap. BUT there is some basis in truth….
I have heard this from 4-5 different parents. Someone is feeding them a LOT of misinformation, and I think I know who… that’s a post for a different day. Keep in mind most of the athletes in question are 5’6 – 6’3 and between 145-175 lbs…
Here’s WHY there is that misconception and the shred of truth in this argument. There is functional and non functional muscle size. Somehow, people think that benching, squatting, deadlifting, olympic lifting for a few months will make them look like this:
However, that doesn’t happen, especially with a properly designed program. (Heck, if it did happen like that, 3-4 months of training and then huge, a lot of people would be jumping on that program!)
Now let’s bring it back to proper perspective.
Here’s my simple response (a little over simplified, but again this is speaking to the general public and not other trainers.)
“Have you watched the Olympics?”
“Which runners are more muscular, the fast sprinters or the slower marathon runners?”
“Therefore, does muscle make you slow, or are the Olympians doing it wrong?”
That usually makes something click and they get it, feel free to use that line of questioning if you have to get into this debate!
I found this picture on projectswole and it paints the picture I’m trying to explain:
Another one from Oakland’s Crossfit site, same sprinter.
I’m certainly not anti-marathon, I have a few family members that are big into them. However, here’s the bottom line:
Muscle CAN make you faster.
- Joe Hashey, CSCS -
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