View Full Version : How do you measure your reach?


six85
04-19-2006, 07:02 PM
Hey guys,

I was wondering how are you suppose to measure a boxer's reach. I understand it's from the knuckle to the armpit, but what part of the armpit? I'm sort of confused..

Thanks

Southpaw Stinger
04-19-2006, 08:42 PM
Usually you spread your arms out straight side to side, and you measure fingertip to fingertip. Measuring from knuckle to armpit would produce some odd results. You don't think Ali had an 83" arm do you?

six85
04-20-2006, 01:21 AM
Usually you spread your arms out straight side to side, and you measure fingertip to fingertip. Measuring from knuckle to armpit would produce some odd results. You don't think Ali had an 83" arm do you?

Ha,ha no I never did. I always thought fingertip to fingertip would vary because people's reaches would be misconstrued depending on the size of their chest or back. Maybe I'll just ask the guys at my local gym how they do it. Thanks for answering.

hafool123
12-03-2008, 07:24 PM
Does anyone know if these used to be some kind of war posters or
something? http://www.liangdianup.com/subpages/lighters_c.htm
Were these sayings on these lighters actually used in war times?

JulioCesaChavez
12-03-2008, 08:06 PM
This kinda confused me too, because Jim Lampley use to say fist to armpit. I got a measuring tape out and got differences of up to 7 inches depending on what part of armpit I measured up to and it was way off what fighters of my height and weight would have! I still do not get what Lampley meant.

robjr
12-03-2008, 11:19 PM
armpit to end of the fist.

DA1CATAS
12-04-2008, 09:06 AM
armpit to end of the fist.

this is it.... exactly where your shoulder releases to the limb.

Mickey Gomez
12-04-2008, 09:19 AM
this is it.... exactly where your shoulder releases to the limb.

Pay your debt

http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=225431

Squabbles94806
12-04-2008, 10:39 AM
Ha,ha no I never did. I always thought fingertip to fingertip would vary because people's reaches would be misconstrued depending on the size of their chest or back. Maybe I'll just ask the guys at my local gym how they do it. Thanks for answering.

Yup. Wide span. Finger tip to finger tip; plus arm-pit to knuckle and arm-pit to finger tip...do the math and then there you have it. Plus, taking the gloves into consideration.

When people talk about reach, it's not precise or exact. Measuring and remeasuring gives a better gauge or reading.

Bendigo
12-04-2008, 11:00 AM
Some measure it from the top and some measure it from the bottom. I personally measure from the top, just make sure the ruler is pressed directly against your pubic bone.

ScottDBA
12-04-2008, 11:25 AM
There's two different measurments.

They used to use "reach" which was measured from finger tip to finger tip when your arms were spread out to the side.

Now they use "arm length" and that is from the armpit to the end of the fist.