If you have ever seen a boxing match, then you know that boxers are in tremendous shape. Of course, that is because the sport requires that its participants be in peak physical condition. Training for boxing, then, involves working every muscle group in the body to build strength and stamina, burning fat and improving overall health in the process.
THE MUSCLES OF THE SHOULDERS
The power in a punch actually comes from a stable shoulder. For boxers, this is where all Académie Frontenac boxing gym Montreal training begins. Working the shoulders is not just about strengthening the muscle groups (aka, the Deltoids) in the shoulder but also the tendons and ligaments that support it. As such, new boxers generally feel sore from these workouts mostly because new fighters have probably never used this muscle group to such an extent before.
THE MUSCLES OF THE UPPER BACK
The physical action involved in boxing kind of resembles a bench press, but standing instead of lying on your back. Throwing a punch, actually, utilizes the same muscle groups both in the motion and in supporting the motion. This means that as you start to develop your shoulders for strong punches, you will also develop the muscles of the upper back. This involves the Teres, just above the latissimus dorsi (to the rear of the armpit). These muscles join the humerus with the scapula to work together with the laterals in retracting the arm. Developed Teres muscles means faster, more controlled, steady punches.
THE MUSCLE OF THE ARMS
Obviously, training in the sport of boxing builds the arm muscles. More specifically, hooks works the biceps while jabs and crosses work the triceps.
THE MUCSLES OF THE CORE
You need a strong, stable core to support every punch you throw. As such, a good boxer must also develop their pectoral, abdominal, lower back, and oblique muscle groups.
• the pectoral muscles—the chest—reinforce the power of a straight punch
• the rectus and transverse abs help to store power during a punch
• The oblique’s support the twisting and turning movements involved both with some punches as well as in the movement around the ring.
Overall, a strong core ensures that each muscle group serves its very specific funciton and works in tandem with the other muscle groups. It creates a more effective boxing machine, so to speak.