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    How do boxers train?

    Do they train low reps for strength, do they do olympic lifts? If anyone has some input on how boxers/professional athletes train please post.

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    Most videos I see of top boxers weight training is usually light-moderate weight for a good amount of reps. Depending on where they are in their training routine and what weight class and all, but most boxers are attempting to tone their bodies. I used to have a book on weight training specific to boxers but I don't know where the hell it is.

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    According to Tyson, he did tons of push-ups and dips to keep his hand speed fast.
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    I am thinking they train for power, exercise like bench throws, jump squats, etc.

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    Also for example, before Gatti fought last night they showed a mini clip of him in training. He was doing half squats on the smith with 1 plate on each side. And he was doing side-to-side pushups in squares that were taped off on the floor. I also recalle seeing Hopkins doing various exercises including rows with a resistance band. Try a search I'm sure there's routines and tips from good trainers.

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    since it was before a fight, he was probably warming up, Im sure he does not want to fatigue his muscles before a fight.
    DID I misunderstand your post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike456
    since it was before a fight, he was probably warming up, Im sure he does not want to fatigue his muscles before a fight.
    DID I misunderstand your post?
    No. It was a video of his training way prior to the fight. I didn't mean it was a tape of him the day of or day before the fight. It was one of those countdown specials.

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    If you're looking to really get your punching power and speed up, do full contact twists. After 6-10 reps ur punching power and speed will go through the roof, its really an unbelievable exercise. This is literally the best exercise for increasing punch power and speed since 60% of ur punch power comes from ur core while ofcourse the remaining 40% comes from your upperbody strength. I really dont know why boxers dont do these.

    This is it http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/clark1_4.jpg Dont underestimate this. Try 6-10 reps with some weight on the end of the barbell ur twisting and you'll want to put this in ur routine.

    I know ur all thinking that im only 15 and probably dont know shit but please trust me on this one.
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    How do they train or how should they train? Two different questions. Lots of coaches train their athletes differently. Many of them perform well in spite of a shitty training program beacuse of good genetics and a high level of sport specific skill.





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    Quote Originally Posted by CowPimp
    How do they train or how should they train? Two different questions. Lots of coaches train their athletes differently. Many of them perform well in spite of a shitty training program beacuse of good genetics and a high level of sport specific skill.
    Ok how should they train, Im am not looking for a routine, just curious:
    Do they train low reps for strength?
    Explosive movements?
    Main exercises?
    High reps for muscular endurance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike456
    Ok how should they train, Im am not looking for a routine, just curious:
    Do they train low reps for strength?
    Explosive movements?
    Main exercises?
    High reps for muscular endurance?
    I'm not sure about boxers, but several UFC Fighters train low reps for strength if they have several months between fights. 8-12 weeks out from a fight, they do speed reps with low weight for speed, power, and endurance. They also work on plyometrics for lower body explosiveness.
    Their main exercises are squats, deads, bench, and standing military press.

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    I would imagine fighters do little to zero resistance training during fight prep. Most resistiance training is probably done in their "off time". Maybe a few months out they incorporate some sort of weight training, but closer to the fight it's usually all fight prep and cardio.

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    The guy that is training me now does calisthenics, sprints, and fast 2 mile runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatCatMC
    I would imagine fighters do little to zero resistance training during fight prep. Most resistiance training is probably done in their "off time". Maybe a few months out they incorporate some sort of weight training, but closer to the fight it's usually all fight prep and cardio.
    They should still implement a maintenance program. Most sports call for resistance training 2 days a week during the season, and 3-4 days a week during the offseason to really take things up a notch.

    Are there seasons with boxing? That makes a big difference in terms of what needs to be done with training.





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    Quote Originally Posted by CowPimp
    They should still implement a maintenance program. Most sports call for resistance training 2 days a week during the season, and 3-4 days a week during the offseason to really take things up a notch.

    Are there seasons with boxing? That makes a big difference in terms of what needs to be done with training.
    Well "seasons" being time off from fight prep. I have a buddy that is a professional light-heavyweight that only does weight training while not preping for a fight. He has averaged 4-5 fights a year for the last 2 years and takes 4-6 weeks to prep for each fight. Of course he is on the cusp of being a cruiserweight so any "bulking" would not be good for him.

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