Basic Strength Training for Boxing

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Strength training for boxing centers on lean muscle to keep agility and speed. Create a boxing-oriented strength-training workout with a certified trainer in this free video.

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My name is Marshall Kauffman, owner and trainer of King's Gym, and we will briefly talk about some basic strength training for boxers. Strength training is very important in boxing as it is in any sport. As the bodies take a lot of wear and tear they need stronger muscle to be able to deal with that and so strength training is something that has been added into boxing over the last I'd say 15 to 20 years. One of the things that boxers want to do is boxers don't want to lift weights to bulk up. When you have a boxer who is fighting at 147 pounds, they don't want to lift weights that's going to put them up to 165 pounds because then it puts them totally out of their weight class and then they're at a disadvantage instead of at an advantage. So in doing proper strength training for a fighter, you have to make sure that the strength training is geared around just making them stronger, more powerful, more explosive, without building too much muscle, too much bulk and which also in the long run slows them down as well. The bigger their arms are the slower their arms are going to be. Now with the heavyweights it's a little different. With heavyweights where you don't have a weight limit per say, a heavyweight, some heavyweights can afford to put on ten pounds of muscle and not have to worry about that. Some of those training methods that take place for strength training are also plyometrics. Plyometrics are used very heavily because plyometrics is something for explosiveness. There's a number of different activities that can take place. There are squats where you do a squat and then explode with that. My name is Marshall Kauffman, owner and training of King's Gym, and we just talked about strength training for boxers.


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