Bigger Really Is Better

Bigger Really Is Better Muscle mass has obvious advantages in bodybuilding, but there's a perception that being muscular might hold back your performance in certain team sports. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research takes a scientific look at the evolution of major league baseball players from 1950 to 2010.

Analyzing the body mass index and offensive statistics of 4,360 top performers over this 60-year period, researchers found that physical size has a direct correlation to offensive production after 1980. There was a slight dip during the 1960s when batting average and slugging percentage statistically decreased compared to BMI, but for the most part, bigger size had a positive influence on putting up big numbers.

True Strength Moment: Although a bigger muscle isn't necessarily a stronger muscle, making an effort in the weight room is going to produce results more times than not. That's true for bodybuilding and many other sports, including endurance competition as reported in this study.
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