One of the many struggles that male athletes that play youth/high school sports and their parents face is the lie that: they must “get big” to play at a high level. First of all, go look at your favorite athlete while they were in high school or college and compare them to how they look when they play now... they were much smaller than other people might have thought they should have been to be at their best. Shifting the focus of athletic development to “packing on muscle” is a sure fire way to ruin athletic promise. In fact, it is extremely important to long term athletic development that you do not force weight gain in a young athlete if you want to maximize their long term potential. The "get big" lie comes from a lot of places; magazines, movies, peers, lack of self confidence, etc. BUT, there is valid counter research to consider, even beside the obvious evidence of researching pro athletes weight in high school. No trainer is going to bring on puberty any faster and puberty is the all time performance enhancer. You will get bigger from taking out the trash if you are hitting the peak weight velocity part of puberty. In this blog, I will explain why you should focus on all elements of athletic development and never focus your athlete on "getting big".