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07-24-2012, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by MagicSlap View Post
Also, to whoever said you can maintain agility, you CAN, but it is quite difficult to, especially adding 12 pounds. It's just extremely difficult to do. He'd likely have stop trying to add weight in a month or so and then focus slowly on explosiveness until the season starts and spend a lot of time on the ice.
It can be done, especially if you're a professional athlete working with the best trainers in the world or on their program, at the very least. There's a "catch up" period, kind of like what you spoke of, but generally speaking, people have this notion that if you put on bulk you automatically become less athletic and it couldn't be more wrong. Take a look at some NBA players (let's just say Lebron James for a visual) and even more so NFL guys. Think, Adrian Peterson. They are more muscular and more bulky than basically any player in the NHL and they are still phenomenal athletes and as agile and quick as anyone. That's more to what I was speaking of; the general myth that bulk = lack of athleticism. In a case like Shaw, where you're putting on that much weight in a short amount of time, there's a balance there and maybe a bit of a "catch up" phase for his body but I don't anticipate him being any less quick or agile. Not like he's the first young athlete to put weight on in an off-season early in their career. Not sure why this is even such a story.

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