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Hello, I am a 18 year old boy, 6'3" 198lbs, very muscular physique
I have increased my squat strength by 150lbs from the previous year and at the same time dropped 10lbs of my body weight and have increased my flexibility yet I am still running the same times. Is it possible that it is just a issue in running form or could there be something that is preventing me from making gains.

The answer with the information that we have Paul is that everything affects your times. What you do in the gym, your body weight and your technique are all factors. Without seeing your entire routine, it's really tough to make a judgement call for you. I would certainly discuss it with your coach and estimate whether you're carrying too much muscle for the given event that you're competing in.(I'm guessing it's a sprint). One thing that may help you to know is that more muscle will only equal more speed to a point before it becomes to cumbersome to carry down the track. Best to assess things with your coach and see if you're at a good size because it will have a large impact on your running motion and overall speed.

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Byron Collyer


I can help athletes and or coaches with javelin training and technique, core training, shot put training, functional fitness, explosiveness and injury prevention.


I'm an X-National Level Javelin Thrower and provicial level decathlete and am employed as a Private Sector Certified Personal Trainer with a degree in Human Kinetics and I'm a Certified High Performance Core Specialist. I've trained numerous clients and athletes regarding sports conditioning and have trained many track and field athletes especially javelin throwers with great success over the past 10 years.

Bachelor of Science Human Kinetics (UBC). National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT). C.H.E.K. Certified High Performance Core Specialist. Extensive Biomechanics & Movement Analysis knowledge. Past Experience as a Certified Sports Aider.

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