Q&A: Will doing weights effect my boxing training?

by David Jenyns

Question by : Will doing weights effect my boxing training?
Im training to hopefully get into serious amateur or semi pro Boxing, I still go to the gym about 5 times a week and do weights as I want to also gain strength and build muscle. I obviously concentrate a lot on cardio as well. I try to spa, run and do a lot of bag work but i’m not sure if weights will have a negative or positive effect on my boxing training? If so what exercises should I avoid or emphasize?

Would really appreciate some input
Cheers!

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Answer by Billboxing
It’s an old school belief that wieghts ARE taboo in boxing. You’re looking for flexibility and a snap in your punch, not too much bulk.Very light weights today may be accepted in certain instances, but only when a trained nutritionist or trainer is on the team.

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Arizoooand January 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Only if you gain lean muscle. Strength will help you, but you do NOT want big, bulky arms. The bigger you are, and the more muscle you carry around, the slower and more tired you will get in the ring. The smaller and more lean muscle you have, the quicker youll be. The ideal fighting body would be like Manny Pacquiao. One punch could knock you out, but at the same time he is very small and compact, not big and bulky like Mike tyson. One thing that will help you gain lean muscle is do twice as many reps as usual with smaller weights. When you use big weights, your muscles swell up, while lifting smaller weights for twice as long will make you just as strong, but with more definition. Which is just what you want for boxing. Also, try getting smaller weights and holding them so that the end weights are facing the ceiling and the ground, then, punch out. (back and forth doing jabs and right hands) This will give you muscle in the places you need it most to give you an extra hard punch.

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bundini January 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

No. Weight training is now being incorporated in most training programs in any sport, boxing included. Just make sure that you got the right weight lifting regimen suitable for boxing. That means, higher reps and light to medium weights. For good measure, consult with a fitness expert to make the right program for you.

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WWE, HBK, Taker Admirer (R.I.P) January 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

it’s possible

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