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Old 11-07-2009, 02:53 PM   #1
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I just wanted to know if having a muscular chest negatively impacts a boxers ability to punch? I know most boxers don't do heavy bench presses instead doing push ups to develop their chest. How would it affect your speed, flexibility, etc) What are your thoughts?
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:35 PM   #2
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Why would it effect your speed?
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:57 PM   #3
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I just wanted to know if having a muscular chest negatively impacts a boxers ability to punch? I know most boxers don't do heavy bench presses instead doing push ups to develop their chest. How would it affect your speed, flexibility, etc) What are your thoughts?
Muscular arms are definitely bad because the smaller your arms the faster your punches. The speed punches are thrown using the stomach muscles, not the chest or the arms. The power punches come from torque and from the leg muscles. You can generate more power by keeping your legs spread more widely apart and twisting your hips with your punches.

So the muscles you'd want to train are abs and legs. Abs are for speed and legs for power.
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:04 PM   #4
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I just wanted to know if having a muscular chest negatively impacts a boxers ability to punch? I know most boxers don't do heavy bench presses instead doing push ups to develop their chest. How would it affect your speed, flexibility, etc) What are your thoughts?
There is an awful lot more to it than that - you can't afford to think in terms of individual muscle groups. Boxing is about using all of your muscles in harmony (intermuscular coordination). Yes, you could say that excessive sarcoplasmic hypertrophy will limit your athletic abilities, but this doesn't mean you don't train certain body parts - you need to focus on what 'type' of training you are doing rather than what body part that you are training.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:00 PM   #5
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Muscular arms are definitely bad because the smaller your arms the faster your punches. The speed punches are thrown using the stomach muscles, not the chest or the arms. The power punches come from torque and from the leg muscles. You can generate more power by keeping your legs spread more widely apart and twisting your hips with your punches.

So the muscles you'd want to train are abs and legs. Abs are for speed and legs for power.
yeah because Roy Jones, Mike Tyson, Manny Pac and Floyd Mayweather are fast and we know how little muscle they have on their arms. Boxmaster?
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:30 AM   #6
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Muscular arms are definitely bad because the smaller your arms the faster your punches. The speed punches are thrown using the stomach muscles, not the chest or the arms. The power punches come from torque and from the leg muscles. You can generate more power by keeping your legs spread more widely apart and twisting your hips with your punches.

So the muscles you'd want to train are abs and legs. Abs are for speed and legs for power.
This is good, for the most part. A proper punch usually develops power from the abs and legs. However, you may find in practice that you need arm muscles (particularly a good grip) for stability of the entire fist/arm connection.

Overall, it's pretty important to be strong throughout your body.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:46 AM   #7
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No, this is all bollocks.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:55 AM   #8
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It depends where the Big Toe is in relation to your arse and Ear
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:38 AM   #9
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Also the Chest has a very important job to do, in supporting the Back and Oral stability. Its a balancing act
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:26 AM   #10
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no it hasn't effected me doing heavy chest exercises you should develop an all round build and strength in my opinion because you use many muscles in the movements of boxing - quads, calves, back, abs, chest, arms and so on
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:32 AM   #11
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Hardly, unless you're Ronnie Coleman size.
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:18 PM   #12
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There comes a point where more hypertrophy means you have to trade in something. Where that is depends on your build, your style, how much you pace yourself, how relaxed you are, etc.
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