Boxing training and building muscle mass?

by David Jenyns

Question by asher j: Boxing training and building muscle mass?
I am very serious about making boxing training a part of my life now, but at the same time i desperately need to gain some muscle mass. I know that boxing requires a large quantity of cardiovascular conditioning. Are there ways I can overcome this issue? I’m an ectomorph, so building muscle is hard enough already. But adding cardio will make it even harder. What should I do?

Also, I’m 18, is it too late for me to think about getting into boxing professionally?

Best answer:

Answer by Sam L
I am not an expert, but the big names start when they’re younger. You would be at a severe disadvantage getting started. Unless you are an unbelievable natural at the sport, your prospects as a pro aren’t good.

That being said, if you really want to box, go box. I just wouldn’t count on making a career out of it.

Alternatively, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu relies much less on pure strength.

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nperrando February 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

its definitly not to late. i know alot of fighters personally who went pro and started in there mid 20’s. im not sure what an ectomorph is but since you said its hard for you to do both muscle building and cardio i would suggest do cardio. run a few miles a day. start off with a mile and then slowly build up to about 3 – 4 miles a day. use the bikes at the gym and stairmaster but running for sure. also skipping rope is critical to your footwork. if you can work out your core to with some crunches cause bruce lee once said “your core is the most important part of your body while fighting” maybe a few pull ups and pushups. you dont have to be some big muscle bound dude to fight. cardio is more important because if your huge and cant fight past the first round what good are you?


Reaper February 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Just take up a Boxing class and you should be able to get cardio and muscles. You actually don’t need to worry about muscle mass meaning look buff. Boxers are still skinny but they can punch real hard.


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