muscular chest a detriment to boxers?

Discussion in 'Boxing Training' started by wordisbond, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. wordisbond

    wordisbond Active Member Full Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    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?
  2. brown bomber

    brown bomber 2010 Poster of the Year Full Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Why would it effect your speed?
  3. Boxmaster

    Boxmaster Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Aug 15, 2009
    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.
  4. Bodi

    Bodi Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 25, 2009
    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.
  5. lefty

    lefty Boxing Addict Full Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    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? :rofl:rofl
  6. EpsilonAxis

    EpsilonAxis HNIC Full Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    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.
  7. MrSmall

    MrSmall Member Full Member

    Jan 2, 2006
    No, this is all bollocks.
  8. scrap

    scrap Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 15, 2006
    It depends where the Big Toe is in relation to your arse and Ear
  9. scrap

    scrap Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 15, 2006
    Also the Chest has a very important job to do, in supporting the Back and Oral stability. Its a balancing act
  10. jimbo1993

    jimbo1993 New Member Full Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    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
  11. Pug1list

    Pug1list Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 5, 2008
    Hardly, unless you're Ronnie Coleman size.
  12. RDJ

    RDJ Boxing Junkie banned

    Sep 27, 2005
    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.
  13. Benladdie3000

    Benladdie3000 Member Full Member

    Aug 1, 2018