Monday, March 5, 2012

Are you born with Athletic Explosivness?

Bukus high hurdle 1969
Yes, you are born with an ability to activate muscles explosively.  This cannot be changed by any "speed training" or "explosive" exercise program. There aren't any exercises that increase your explosive power.  This is dictated by what your were born with (genetics) and can't be changed.  If you weight train by moving the weights as fast as possible, this does not increase explosiveness just a greater chance of a severe injury.

Some people have very fast reaction times, some people can activate are large percentage of their muscles, and some people can have very fast reaction times AND activate a large percentage of their muscles. Combine that with great body proportions for your sport and you have a beast like Dick Butkus.

You might be asking then "Why are athletes today so much more athletic and explosive?"  It's because they have a lot more muscle mass than athletes of the past.  Adding muscle to your natural ability will just increase that explosive potential that you were born with. If you took any athlete from the past and packed on 20 or 30lbs of muscle on them, they will just as explosive of any athlete of today.

What's this all mean?  It means don't waste your time with silly exercise programs that claim to increase your explosiveness.  It's gonna do much more harm than good because of the wear and tear on your muscles and joints.  Your time is better spent working out properly to get stronger muscles and then working on your skill level of the sport you play.


  1. sounds ignorant to me...than why work out in the first place. Proof you should not believe evertyhing you read. Guess everyone studying to be a sports trainer and or strength explosion coach should pack it up and start running taco bells.

    1. You are absolutely right, you should not believe everything you read especially in the field of exercise! The reason to workout in the first place is that of you train properly, you'll make the best out of what you were born with. Athletic explosiveness has very much to do with physics, e.g. length of bones, muscles, connective tissue, ability to react fast while activating a large percentage of muscles and sequencing down to the ones that are needed to do the activity etc.

      As far as Taco Bell goes, haven't been to one in years but I did love the Taco Bell Grandes...that dates me because I think they got rid of those about 20 years ago!

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