Sunday, September 24, 2006

How Size Affects the 40 Yard Dash

I often get athletes that come to me looking to get bigger, with no mention of maintaining or enhancing their speed in the 40 yard dash.

Recently I picked up a ten pound plate and asked an athlete how fast he could run with the plater strapped to his back? He laughed but in all honesty when athletes try to bulk up, their speed, more specifically their acceleration, usually suffers.

So what can be done?

Well gradual lean muscle weight gain is suggested as opposed to rapid weight gain. This allows the body to adjust to the weight gain and maintain their speed. Rapid weight gain slows the body down, decreases flexibility, and ultimately inhibits the fluid movement patterns of the athlete.

So next time you are addicted to gaining muscle, think to yourself that you are an athlete first, that you need to build your athleticism first as muscle is slowly added to the body. You need to stretch to make sure that the muslces can move through a full range of motion. A balanced body of speed and lean muscle is what we are after. Both size and speed can be achieved, it just takes time to do it right.

Remember building a solid foundation takes time, hard work and dedication. If you are looking how to develop speed, look no further than "Mastering the 40 Yard Dash" manual which has a knockout 30 day speed training program that will give you that drive and acceleration you have been longing for. Sprint on over to

Coach Mike Gough
NFL Combine Training Expert

P.S. As a bonus, anyone who takes me up on the Mastering the 40 Yard Dash offer will recieve my 10 Lesson 40 Yard Dash Course Free!!!! This is only available till Wednesday September 27!

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