You can't really help your height...

but you can help your weight.

Many of us seek to get bigger.

 

I know I did.

As a teen, I threw myself into a bodybuilding style weights routine.

I got stronger in the gym.

I also got bigger.

Bigger is better, right?

 

It also slowed me down in my sport and gave me the footballing endurance of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

We justify our gym time by saying it makes us stronger for our sport.

In practise, it seldom does.

And when it does, how much does it do for us in relation to how much time we have spent doing it in relation to the rest of our training?

 

Also, in case you didn't know, size and strength don't necessarily go hand in hand.

Look at the lightweight competitors in sports like weightlifting or powerlifting and you will see lean, muscular physiques that don't hold any excessive size.

Size and strength can be separate creatures.

 

And size for most sports is nothing but extra baggage to carry around.

As I know from personal experience, it will slow you down and rob you of endurance.

 

Unless you're a bodybuilder whose job it is to be as muscularly large as possible 

or a rugby/American football player who is playing a heavy contact sport amongst other mammoths that will crush you if you're small and bony,

it may be worth questioning if size has any beneficial role in your sport.

 

Or your life.

 

I know many of us lift for vanity.

Some of us don't like to admit that we're vane but to deny that looks matter in our society is a tad naive.

Caring how you look is fine to the extent you can do it without feeling extreme pressure to do it.

 

I read a post by a personal trainer yesterday about how he felt better, more confident and more masculine now he was bigger than when he was a skinny youngster.

I used to feel this way too...maybe there's still some of it there actually.

This is a fragile type of false confidence.

People displaying real confidence seem to do so from a place of not caring how they look rather than having worked under their own pressure and insecurity to look the way they want.

 

The link between size and confidence is even weaker than the one between size and strength.

 

Is being bigger better?

Unless being big is truly a part of your business -

stronger is better,

more confident is better,

but bigger...?

 

Arton "Put the 'Mass Builder' down" Baleci

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