Heavy weight boxing: Is mass from body fat just as useful as sarcoplasmic hypertrophy?

Discussion in 'Boxing Training' started by Martini161, Aug 2, 2019.

  1. Martini161

    Martini161 New Member Full Member

    Jul 4, 2018
    Hey everyone, I hope you're having a good day : )

    I'd be so thankful if someone could give me a clue on this..

    I've read that high-volume hypertrophy training mainly increases glycogen stores ("sarcoplasm"), not muscle fiber mass. Does that mean that kind of hypertrophy is "non functional" and doesn't have much value to a boxer beyond the mass? And does that mean that fat would be just as good for mass as that kind of hypertrophy? I was also thinking of Andy Ruiz, Big Baby Miller, Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury who all have a high body fat percentage.

    Thank you
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2019
  2. The Undefeated Lachbuster

    The Undefeated Lachbuster Podcast EVERY SOMETIMES youtube.com/lordlegender Full Member

    Jul 18, 2018
    I'd say it's harmful since it takes more oxygen to use, which drains your stamina and speed whilst providing no benefit to your raw strength or force output

    Boxers today carry high bodyfat because we're in a weak era that lacks conditioning and dedication imo
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  3. CutThroatFade

    CutThroatFade Rangers FC Full Member

    May 25, 2015
    Muscle is going to sap oxygen as well, especially when overmuscled.

    The reason why heavyweight boxers today look softer than those in the 80s and 90s is because those eras were full of rampant juicing by the likes of Holyfield, Tyson, Morrison and Briggs.

    If you look at rugby players it is the reverse. A few decades ago the players were much much smaller but now they are superhuman, absolutely jacked and carrying ridiculous size because they are all on testosterone and growth hormone.

    Pretty ridiculous to dismiss today’s heavyweights as “lacking dedication”. There will be some seriously motivated contenders out there inspired by the mega paydays a fight with someone like Joshua can land them.
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  4. ShortNStocky

    ShortNStocky New Member Full Member

    Sep 5, 2019
    The answer to this is yes, fat still adds weight. BUT, I'd rather take the hypertrophy route, not only does it look better, but you also gain some strength advantage and support to your skeletal structure. The reality is THOUGH, weight is weight. Doesn't matter if the guy weighs 240lbs of hypertrophied muscle, or 240lbs of excessive fat, if he knows how to use his body weight behind clinching, leaning, and punching, it's going to feel the same regardless. In the end, it's a gloved hand that's smacking into the opponents face and that's where the impact is concentrated on and traveling towards the opponent, how and what causes the weight behind it is inconsequential, what matters is the weight. I would know, my fat ass has been competing at heavyweight against much taller and hypertrophied guys, and I've had great success, much more so than my looks would lead people on to believe at least.
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