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I am looking to increase my punching power. What muscles would you say are primarly involved in punching power? I box and I know to turn at the hips to generate more torque. Pavel T. has some exercises in his ab book where you take a barbell and wedge it in the corner and lift it about chin level. (you are holding one end while the other end is in the corner. The weight is at the top by your chin.) From there you rotate your body from the hips side to side. I’m assuming that it’s strenghtening your lats. For punching power I know a strong back is important. I also hear biceps are important as well. Therefore I try and really work on these body parts in the gym. Now I read something that is having me question my in gym efforts. Please read the following.
"Attempting to duplicate a sports skill with a weight or weighted implement is a gigantic step in the wrong direction. Each time an athlete performs a given sports skill, there is a specific neuromuscular pattern involved that is unique to that movement alone. Introducing anything foreign to the 'pattern' -- such as weighted footballs, weighted vests, ankle weights, barbells or medicine balls -- will only serve to confuse the original neuromuscular pathways, actually creating a negative transfer and a resultant decrease in performance." -Matt Brzycki Coordinator of Health Fitness, Strength & Conditioning - Princeton University From the Book: "A Practical Approach to Strength Training"
So who's right?