Will Lifting Weights Increase My Punching Power?
Punching power is, of course, incredibly important in combat sports. If you’ve got more punching power than your opponent, it can be the difference maker in your fight.
The thing with punching power, however, is that it needs to be harnessed in the right way for it to be effective.
Which leads me to a question I get asked a lot: Will lifting weights increase my punching power?
Let’s find out …
One of the reasons we lift weights is to get stronger.
Sure enough, lifting weights will give you stronger muscles. It often doesn’t even matter whether you go for the lightest weights available or the heaviest ones, youwill get stronger if you lift weights consistently. This is a fact, although of course you will get even stronger if you lift heavier weights.
You’d be forgiven for assuming that, because lifting weights makes your muscles stronger, it will in turn increase your punching power.
But it’s not that simple.
When you lift weights, youpush.
When you punch, you need tosnap.
This is a key difference that a lot of new fighters don’t grasp at first. Instead of relaxing their muscles and punching in a snapping motion in the same way that a tennis player strikes a ball in a snapping motion, they push.
However, the key to increasing punching power is not to lift heavier and heavier weights. Yes, lifting heavier weights will give you stronger muscles. But this will not translate into increased punching power unless you’ve already nailed your technique.
Indeed, it’s totally possible to see a much smaller guy punching harder than a far bigger guy because he is punching with a snapping motion. Ergo, he is exerting as much force as he can in the shortest possible time.
Moreover, it’s not really your muscles that are behind the power of your punch. They can help todirect your punches, but the power comes from your technique and your body weight.
By all means, keep lifting weights to strengthen your muscles. But here are some better ways to increase your punching power:
Lifting weights alone won’t increase your punching power, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus on lifting heavier and heavier weights. However, if you want to improve your punching power, it’s more important that you get your technique right and work on other types of strength training, especially leg work.
Once you’ve nailed your technique, not only will your punching power increase, but you may also turn into a formidable fighter.