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Balance Isn’t Just About Coordination (Part Two)

Blog-main-092313There is always something to be learned, or at least considered, when looking at other sports and particularly successful athletes who have excelled in their field.  Various techniques and training approaches sometimes have some cross-over benefits and, even if you’re not looking to sprint like Usain Bolt or rock a pair of huge pythons like Arnold Schwartzenegger, what makes a certain athlete successful sometimes translates across competitive platforms.

Throwing Your Weight Around

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Even though some of the old-school ideals about boxers lifting weights have dissipated, there are still many modern day fighters and coaches who hold onto the belief that lifting weights slows a fighter down.  They believe that the extra size, bulk or muscle mass that can come for routinely lifting weights is unnecessary for boxing and that there are no real benefits in the type of power and strength you get from pumping iron.  The fact is, they’re right, in some cases, but it its totally dependent on how you lift weights not whether you do it or not.  When performed correctly, lifting weights doesn’t add unwanted bulk, muscle mass or size, but can actually increase punching power, speed and explosiveness.