How to Generate More Punching Power (Strength Perspective)

February 14, 2017 by VAHVA Fitness

How to develop more punching power from the perspective of strength. These tips apply for martial artists, boxers and mixed martial artists.

When it comes to delivering a powerful punch, learning the right technique is the most important thing because it will allow you to utilize the muscles of your body in the most effective and safe way possible.

Anyone can improve their striking ability by improving the strength and mobility of their body. The stronger your body is, the more power you will be able to generate. The best technique is about the optimal usage of your muscles. 

By strengthening these 3 areas you will have a stronger foundation to generate more power with your punching technique. Focusing on these areas will also make your kicks more powerful.

To learn the correct technique to throw an actual punch, you should learn it in person with your local boxing coach or martial arts instructor.

1. Legs & Hips

split squat exercise

Legs and hips create lots of rotational force which is used to deliver a punch. Your legs and hips also allow you to move forward and create forward momentum, which can be used to deliver a more powerful strike.

In Movement 20XX online course the leg training is very versatile and will help a lot with generating power. Movement training in general is a great way to strengthen the whole body for martial arts and other striking arts.

Great drills to develop leg strength and rotational hip mobility:

2. Core

russian twist abs obliques

Lots of force comes from the rotation of your core alone. Many techniques like the overhand right also utilize the side bend of the body to generate power.

To develop rotational power in the core, spinal mobility will help to increase your range of motion and thus increase the amount of force the core can generate.

If you are looking to really develop complete core strength, Abs 20XX is a very thorough guide to develop all parts and all functions of the abs and obliques (3 functions). 

Also check out:

3. Scapula

hanging bar shrugs scapula circles

After your hips and core, lots of power comes from the movement of your shoulders (scapulae). Relatively small amount comes from the actual movements of the arms, but more so from the movements of the shoulder girdle (protraction, elevation etc.).

Movement training and gymnastic rings training are also very effective methods to develop scapula strength and scapula mobility because your shoulder girdle needs to stabilize and move harder than ever before.

Train hard, stay safe.

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About the author 

Samuli Jyrkinen

Samuli is the ninja behind the scenes (photography, videography, websites, program platforms and more). He has been training religiously for over a decade and has a firm grasp of physical and mental fitness. You will find our story here.

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