Re: On A Scale Of One To Ten, How Important Is Lifting Weights?
I love my weightlifting but all the chumps in the weightlifting gym are for the most part worthless in a fight, unless they are super big and strong and grab you. I believe in the sports specific training: you get better at boxing by boxing, better at wrestling by wrestling.
Pros of weight lifting: improved tendon and muscle strength, holistic increase in pushing type strengths and ring "presence", good for clinches, aesthetic (a little muscle looks better than being Erik Morales)
cons: possible weight gain making you short for the weight (not so bad for low center of gravity in wrestling, bad for range of attack if you are used to being a distance attacker in boxing), increased oxygen requirements, "gassing" a very real possibility if overmuscled, tightness and pulls common if flexibility is not assiduously trained
I honestly believe if you look at guys who fought before real weight lifting permeated the sport (leonard, camacho, whitaker,pryor) you will find they were much quicker of hand than guys their size nowadays and tired a bit less even late. Their opponents looked quicker, too. When I had a travelling job and didn't really lift for three years the things I noticed where that my range of motion was excellent when I sparred and that my hand speed was way way way better than I remembered. Then I started lifting again seriously and I think its back to the same somewhat limited range of motion, heavy thudding blows, slightly less fluidity, but still quick, just relatively slower and a need to conserve my punches IMO.