It’s a quandary that’s plagued athletes for decades: how do I increase my size without sacrificing my speed? No matter what your sport, or your goal, may be, chances are that you’ve grappled with the question of wanting to become both stronger and faster. Contrary to what you may have heard, the two are not mutually exclusive. Though it requires concentrated training over time, it is possible to add muscle mass and not only retain, but also improve, speed.
Whether you are a boxer, a runner, or just reading fitness elliptical reviews in preparation for starting a home gym, you may feel that increasing your bulk will make you a more competitive athlete. However, you are reluctant to sacrifice other important physical abilities like quickness and agility that may help you perform at your best level. In the sports world it’s relatively well accepted that increased bulk can make you lose certain capacities for mobility. Just take a look at competitive bodybuilding, for instance. Bodybuilders increase their muscle mass to enormous proportions, but their training comes with a number of drawbacks. They lose a significant amount of flexibility and moving quickly or making rapid changes of direction are all but impossible.
Bodybuilding may be an extreme example, but even gaining 12-15 pounds of muscle mass may affect your ability to move quickly and with precision, unless you train to maintain your speed even as you increase your size.