Mike Tyson, George Foreman, David Tua, Rocky Marciano… love them or hate them, there’s one thing you have to admire about them, and that’s their punching power. Some boxing and fighting experts say punching power is determined by genetics and cannot be significantly increased. I disagree. Yes, as with any other skill and ability, genetics certainly do play a role in punching power but the notion that power can’t be increased is a myth and I will show you how to punch harder.
Punching power depends on the strength of the body and speed (the snap) with which to throw your punches. It’s not uncommon to see muscular and strong people with weak punching power. A clear example of this is Mariusz Pudzianowski, the polish strongman who competed in a few MMA matches. He’s a very strong man but if you watch his matches you will see that his punches weren’t that strong for his size and strength. Brock Lesnar wasn’t a strong puncher either, even though he’s a very strong man. Like I said you need that speed and not just strength to punch hard. Nonetheless a strong physique certainly does help and the stronger you are the more capable you will be of throwing hard punches. You’re probably asking right now, “which muscle do I need to train most to increase punching power?” which brings us to:
It’s not uncommon for men to train their upper body intensely without paying much attention to the lower body. This is a pity because the legs are the foundation of the human body, and a pair of strong legs will improve your balance as well as your overall strength and well-being. Let’s take a look at some of the best leg training methods:
The squat can be done normally by holding a weighted barbell on your shoulder like powerlifters do, by holding some weight in your hands, with a heavy backpack or even without weights. You can start by doing the latter but if you want to develop great leg strength then eventually you have to start doing it while holding some heavy weights.