In high school, I followed an explosive weight training routine in track & field to increase my sprinting power.I TOO, thought my powerlifting background would give me an advantage in boxing.In middle school, I lifted weights to impress the girls (it didn’t work, by the way).They told me the back-in-the-days boxing champions never lifted weights. I couldn’t understand how a power exercise could ever be dentrimental to a power-sport!After track & field, I spent 5 years in powerlifting developing my strength and power through intense weight training.Please refer to the step-by-step guide on changing your Internet Settings. Every month I see endless emails, forums, and websites full of fighters trying to rationalize the benefits of weights for fighting.I heard about old school boxers staying away from weights but I refused to give up my self-proclaimed “advantage”.When comparing myself to other beginners, I could see that I was stronger than all of them.Not surprisingly, many are written by guys with limited fighting experience.They carried a slender build but hit so much harder than me!
Weight training CAN build powerful muscles but won’t guarantee you powerful punches. My experience with weights As a teenager, I lifted weights for all sorts of reasons — functional & aesthetic.They all challenged my theories stressing that weights would make me slow and stiff, and get tired faster.If you are using any of these browsers, click “OK” and you will be directed to the Feedback Form. You are required to change your Internet Settings before you can access the Feedback Form.If lifting weights made me a more powerful lifter, shouldn’t it make me a more powerful puncher as well?I kept thinking their technique was better or that maybe I hadn’t been boxing long enough.