There is a common misconception that lifting heavy weights results in increased punching power. Weight training can help you build strong muscles, but it doesn’t necessarily equate to powerful punches.

Why Lifting Heavy Weights Won’t Increase Your Punching Power

Reason #1: Punching is a snapping motion

When you lift weights, you have to exert as much force as you can in order to lift heavyweights. During this pushing motion, the weight is moved by first establishing contact and then exerting force. When it comes to lifting weights, the natural progression is to lift heavier. As soon as you are able to lift a certain weight safely, you can move on to heavier weights.

With boxing, some people think that when they punch, the goal is to go in with as much force as possible, when this is not the case. Punching is a snapping motion, which means that you are trying to exert as much force as you can in the shortest amount of time.

Examples of Other Sports with Snapping Motions: 

  • Tennis 
  • Golf 
  • Volleyball 

Reason #2: You have to have relaxed muscles, not strong muscles, to have a powerful punch

The truth of the matter is, most new fighters don’t know how to punch. You can tell someone is an amateur because their punches are more like pushes. When you don’t know the proper technique, you resort to using your strength and power.

What is the proper way to punch?

You can punch harder by using more speed and more force.

Reason 3: Punching power doesn’t necessarily guarantee damage delivered

The amount of damage delivered is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • Muscle power
  • Technique
  • Angle

It is important to remember that boxing is about punching, not how much power you have. While beginners may have to rely on raw power, experienced fighters will have more power by utilizing their skills.

Reason #4: The weight behind your punches is not from your muscles

When you lift weights, you’re doing so primarily to build muscles. With boxing, the weight behind your punch lies in your body weight. Your muscles only help you to direct the punch.

Should You Avoid Weights All Together?

You don’t have to avoid lifting weights altogether. There are a lot of great uses for weights when it comes to boxing. You can use them during exercise in order to target specific muscle groups. They are also great for those who want to build their support muscles.

Whether you’d just like to try out boxing or are an experienced boxer, we have something for you at Beyond Boxing. We don’t only want to help you get in the best shape of your life, but we want to help you build your confidence. Contact us today to get started.