I didn’t really know where to put this but…
I don’t like to fight, but occasionally a situation calls for someone getting hit. If possible I like to finish a fight in one or two hits…I don’t really know what the most important muscles are in throwing a strong punch, or how to train them. Any boxers or others out there have some advice?
I feel like this post is going to get no attention or a lot of sarcastic comments, but hey I’m bored. Throw me some help. Thanks.[/quote]
Hi Big Dude,
Honestly, the most important muscles for throwing hard punches are those of the legs. Seriously. What you are doing when you throw a punch (at least a technically correct punch) is you are transferring force from the ground, up through the legs, through the hips, up through the back, down the arm into the fist, and lastly into the target.
The power of a punch comes primarily from the bodyweight shifting into the attack.
Sure, you can throw a punch with the arm, or the arm and chest. But it won’t have anywhere near the amount of power as if you do it the way I mentioned before.
Really, the muscles of the arms, chest, and shoulders are only used to move your fist into the target and then to support your structure so you can transfer the kinetic energy you’ve just created into the attacker.
A word of caution. Be advised that if you develop your punching abilities and you do end up hitting someone with a hard technical punch, you could face much more serious consequences than if you just threw a big sloppy haymaker, got lucky and connected just right. Knowledge is power, but with power comes responsibility.