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Old 07-11-2011, 06:05 PM #17
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Originally Posted by Cuauhtémoc1502 View Post
Yes but you are missing one MAJOR factor here. In boxing, you need to be at the minimum weight you can without losing strength and endurance. In other words, still be strong and at a healthy weight.

It's like when people see a pic of a fighter during his "off" time they immediately call him fat..lol. What they don't realize is they are so used to seeing him drained that they think that's the way he always looks.

Boxing is almost like body building in that regard, you need to be as lean as possible during competition time.

If you look at boxers bodies, there are very few that have that very muscular look. If they are muscular like Klitchko or Tyson for example, they have that build genetically and carry the weight much better because there is no limit in the HW class.

Where as a fighter than needs to make weight in lower classes, can't and shouldn't come in "jacked" because he will lose power believe it or not because he will be in there with guys who walk around 20 lbs heavier than their fight weight.

Too much bulk is not good for a boxer anyway you look at it. That's why most trainers still don't like too much weight training at all and the one's who do use it, use it sparingly like you said to build core strength and make sure not to "bulk" their fighter up.
Oh no, I'm not missing that fact at all, because as I've said it depends on a routine that's made specially for boxers. What I'm saying is that weight lifting can be used to increase strength and speed without the need to create too much muscle mass, in fact by only gaining a really small amount of muscle mass you can gain a lot of power.

Weight training for boxers should be kept to about 2 or at most 3 times per week (and 3 times is a little bit too much IMO) ... but as I've said the main point of those sessions is to gains strength and speed, not endurance. Now, gaining strength for example doesn't means gaining mass, at least not enough so you can call it "bulking up".

Gaining mass is mainly because of an hypertrophy training, a range of 8 to 12 repetitions, but a boxer should do weight lifting with a range of 2 to 5 repetitions, which generates a lot less mass than an hypertrophy training but helps a lot to gain absolute strength with functional muscle mass, not bulking up at all. Also, as a boxer needs to be explosive, the lifting should be done in an explosive way, not slowly as most weight lifters do.

So you could still gain strength and power without really bulking up, and also without sacrificing flexibility. It's really about creating a good workout specifically designed for a boxer to get great results without the disadvantages of gaining mass or losing flexibility.
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