|"I train as often as I can,
3 times a week if possible. I mix my workout with weight training
and bag work. My first question is, whether or not this is a good
thing. On some sites I've visited I have read that cardio work
should be done separately from weight training, is this true?
My second question is about the weight
lifting part of my workout. Although I want to build muscle I don't
want to become slow through lifting weights. Can I lift weights and
still remain a fast puncher?"
It is an old myth that weight training slows you
down. Proper weight training can help put the power into your punch
and reduce the chance of joint injuries.
If your time is limited and you can only workout
three times per week, then weight training could be added into your
bag workouts. Lift two times per week along with the bag workout,
keeping one workout day just for bag work. Optimally you should be
working out 4 to 5 times per week, 3 bag workout days and two
weight-training days, alternating between the workout days.
To weight train for enhanced boxing results,
select a program that places a greater emphasis on muscle endurance
exercises and not muscle strength or bulking exercises. A suggestion
is to select a weight to lift for 3 sets that is challenging, for 10
to 14 repetitions. When training on the bag, continue to work on
your punch speed, executing each and every punch with proper
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