Boxers can overlook weight training, as it is associated with gaining muscle, which can increase body weight and reduce flexibility. However, this isn’t really the case, as proven by Olympic lifters. It’s more that too much muscle or not enough flexibility training could cause an issue. It is also a fantastic way to improve speed, power and strength as part of your overall boxing training and fitness; as long as you do it in the right way. Boxers should focus on increasing functional strength, rather than muscle mass.
Why you should weight train
Here’s a rundown of the benefits you could expect from a tailored weight training program:
1. Improved speed-strength
One of the best benefits of weight training in boxing is improving speed-strength.