How to Make My Knuckles Harder

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Developing harder knuckles won't improve the strength of your punches. Conditioning knuckles "may keep you from getting a scratch on your knuckles during a fight, but that's all," writes Tom Mizula. The power behind a punch derives from a person's body alignment, hip movement, mental state and other factors. The safest exercise for developing protective callouses on your knuckles are knuckle push-ups, which also tone and strengthen muscles that contribute to punching strength.

  • Assume a traditional push-up position, with your body at roughly a 45-degree angle in relation to the floor. Curl your hands into fists and rest your body weight on the larger knuckles of your index and middle fingers.

  • Lower your body until your chest is parallel to the ground.

  • Push down on your knuckles until your body returns to its original position.

  • Perform as many knuckle push-ups as your strength allows.

  • Striking a punching bag also develops callouses on the knuckles. When punching a bag, wear gloves made specifically for this activity to protect bones in the hand.

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