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01-25-2013, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Yammer View Post
Right, that's what I meant.

Although there's certainly nothing wrong with getting fitter, more athletic, if it doesn't throw off the rest of your game.

In Vancouver, there's quite an emphasis on fitness to the extent that the team will, like your overprotective mom, make you a boxed lunch that you can take home from practice. They got Steve Bernier and Shane O'Brien to lose weight that way, but it didn't help them a lot on the ice.
Putting on a lot of muscle quickly can really screw with you. There were reports Bryz added a good amount of bulk in the offseason. It takes time to adjust your form and get used to the mass.

Some other examples: Tiger Woods put on a lot of muscle and hasn't been the same since. In NCAAF, Logan Thomas of VT put on muscle in the offseason and it killed his throwing, because he apparently didn't have enough time to "re-learn" how his arm worked. Once you quickly add or subtract bulk you have to adjust your form and that can take time. In the meantime, your performance won't be the same.

Edit: Or back to goalies, if you bulk up and put muscle on your shoulders and arms, that's extra weight for your legs to push around. It will affect your speed and movement.

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