Weightlifting & Exercise/power training


Hi Jerry,

I'm 17 year old and I play soccer I'm in off season now and I am training for power and strength trying to maximize my body power output, but someone told me that I should work all body parts except chest that I should avoid training chest with the pretext that it could significantly reduce my mobility and speed if the chest grows bigger!!! I would like to know if this fact stands true of it's just a nonsense??

Hi Korab,

As far as I know and as far as others I have asked the part about having a larger chest causing loss of mobility or speed is a complete myth. I wonder sometimes how or why people come up with this sort of thing. Next time someone tells you something like this, ask them to site studies that prove it as true.

It was once believed that people that exercised and power lift would become muscle bound and not be able to run or do anything that took coordination. Cycling was one place where it was challenged and proven to be a total myth. Now virtually every professional athlete in just about every sport workout with weights as part of their training.

I could not find any professional or amateur athlete or trainer among my contacts that did anything other than laugh when I ask them the question.

Hope this helps. Now if the people can show you actual studies showing their opinion is correct and the studies are double blind scientific studies with a reasonable sampling of participants. then I would really appreciate you sending them to me. I am not prefect but at this point have to believe your friends are incorrect.

Have a great day


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Jerry Goodwin


I can answer questions related to any of the following areas alternative medicine, fitness, physical education, weight training, senior health, bicycling, personal trainers, personal training, medical technology, health and wellness, eating disorders, weight loss, Naturopathy, first aid, and bodybuilding. In fact I was listed as an expert in each of these categories at askme.com until they closed down


I have worked in health and or fitness related capacities for over 30 years. My main profession is that of a Medical Technologist, but I also have training as a Corpsman with the US Navy, a Field Medic with the Army National Guard,and am certified as A Personal Trainer, Medical Exer-therapist and Aerobics Instructor through the National Academy for Health and Fitness. My wife and I have operated BMG Services Fitness and Nutrition in Moultrie Georgia since 1995. I also have an Associates Degree in Computer Robotics. I am an avid bicycle rider, mostly road riding with the occasional mountain trail or off road "experience". My wife and I usually do a charity ride at least once per year to help those less fortunate. Degrees & Certifications: Certifications include Clinical Laboratory Scientist CLS/NCA. Clinical Laboratory Technologist CLT/HHS Personal Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, and Medical Exer-therapist NAHF. Advance Weight Training through NAHF. Accepted as AFTA Associate Awards include the Ohio State Award of Merit and Ohio Special Services Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal and 2 Army Achievement Medals CPR re-Certifcation 2007 Web page: http://www.bmgfitness.com http;//www.healthandfitnessebookclub.com

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