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More About Specificity of Training

Last week I talked about “Specificity of Training.”  I wanted to clarify something in that article. I wasn’t putting together a boxing workout per se’, I was making the point that when you are training for a specific sport, you have to train the movements specific to that sport. In the last article I put together a brief boxing workout that was intended to be a sample workout to make my point. I just wanted to illustrate the point that you have to identify the nature of your sport. For example, powerlifting is one sport and boxing is another, but if you train bench press for example, then you will become better at bench pressing. Even though you are developing strength in your chest and triceps and are doing a similar movement to punching, you are not necessarily developing a better punch. Understand that bench pressing is bench pressing and can be nothing else. The purpose of benching is to develop size and strength in your chest, triceps and front deltoids. In order to develop skill in boxing you have to train with a boxing workout, not a powerlifting workout, although incorporating some powerlifting exercises can definitely enhance your punching power, making you a more effective boxer. The way to train effectively is to understand the nature and purpose of your sport and identify the exercises that will make you more effective and efficient in the movements of your sport.

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