Boxing Power Training Q/A: Anti Olympic Lifts?

Why don’t you use many Olympic lifts? I’m not being a critic, I’m trying to learn how to strength train for boxing, and I just transferred over from competitive Olympic Lifting. I don’t want to include Snatches or Clean and Jerks´╗┐ if this going to hurt me. Thanks, Mark

I don’t use Olympic lifts because in boxing the power comes from the legs, lats, and a lot from core and hip rotation. I feel medicine balls throws, jumps, jumps squats, lunge jumps etc are better tools and exercises to develop explosive power in boxers.

Look at the bio mechanics of a punch. I would much rather use medicine balls as a far more versatile tool in developing power in the different primal patterns of boxing than Olympic lifts. Olympic lifts are harder to teach, take time to be proficient in and chances are injury are higher.

Time is precious for a boxer to train for strength/power. Medicine balls and other plyometric exercises like depth jump push ups, lunge jumps, rotational medicine ball throws are easier to teach and I feel they transfer better and faster to a boxer.

I’m not anti Olympic lifts. I just want to use the most practical and efficient tools and training means possible. I don’t feel Olympic lifts offer that for my fighters. Fighter’s shoulders and elbows get beat up in the gym and sparring. I don’t want to add to it by them catching power cleans or performing high pulls.

After watching a spectacular KO punch and seeing the leg drive ( lunge pattern, hip and trunk rotation, with a bit of a push/pull pattern thinking of using a snatch or power clean just makes you think why?

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2 Responses to “Boxing Power Training Q/A: Anti Olympic Lifts?”

  • Some guy Says:

    Olympic Lifts are mostly about legs and posterior chain power. I don’t see how it wouldn’t help any kind of fighter.

  • admin Says:

    I’m saying that because they have to be done right, there are safer options that generate sufficient power, that is my point.

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