Last week I posted an exercise to help you kick higher, so this week, I thought I’d throw in another article that I know is going to be popular on how to punch harder.
Punch is one of those funny words if you say it enough times, it starts to sound comical.
Don’t agree? OK maybe I’m just a weirdo or I’ve spent too much time with this article rolling around in my head then. 🙂
Before continuing – take this poll/quiz, I’m just curious to see where you’re at:
There are a lot of myths out and about talking about how to punch harder.
Let’s bust those then get on with how you can actually go about increasing your punching power properly.
How to Punch Harder MYTH #1 – Increase Tricep Strength
I remember watching a video put out by one of those fitness magazines that shows a trainer ‘teaching’ the magazine interviewer guy how to punch harder.
One of the exercises he shows is the standing tricep cable extension, saying that it’s a good exercise because you need tricep strength to punch harder.
He then goes to punch this geek in the gut when he’s not expecting it, crumpling him, “proving” his theory right.
Tricep strength contributes very little to punching power, which comes more from the hips and core.
How to Punch Harder MYTH #2 – Punchers Are Born, Not Made
Your genetics and build play a role in your punching power through their effects on muscle fiber type, neuromuscular activation speed and tendon length, to name a few. [For those with more background about the human body, even tendon insertion points that increase moment arm size to increase force production at that joint]
However, you can take the most genetically gifted freak in the world and if he’s never taught proper technique, he’s probably not going to have ridiculous KO power.
Anybody can wind up and throw everything they’ve got at a bag, but this is useless since something like this will never work in a fight (maybe in the street, but not against a trained opponent).
So we’ve got to talk about punches that have a chance of landing, and with this, technique is first and foremost.
Teaching technique is one way to “make” punching power.
After that, we can train the body strategically to improve two of the genetic components (in italics) mentioned above.
OK I’m done with myth-busting. Let’s move on to what to actually do to punch harder instead…
1) We know that before punching power can be developed, you’ve got to master technique.
2) We also know that much of your punching power comes from your hips and core, not just your arms.
Because I’m the S&C guy, I’m going to leave #1 to your striking coach. [f you don’t have one or you’re not confident in what he’s teaching you, talk to Jeff Joslin]
What I am going to do is address #2.
And I’m going to do it in a 2-step process, because I want you to think about this and understand it.
Once you understand it properly, you’ll start to practice the concept in all of your training and you’ll punch a hell of a lot harder than ever before.
Step #1 is for you to watch the video on this page and identify the key concept that I’m cueing my athlete to focus on.
Step #2 is for you to leave your answer as to what you think the key concept is in the Comments section below.
When you leave your comment, scroll right to the bottom of this page so you don’t see anybody else’s answer and it doesn’t influence yours.
Remember – you’re not doing this to prove how smart you are, you’re doing it to deepen your understanding.
There are 2 exercises shown in this video, both of which are in my Ultimate MMA S&C program.
I want you to focus on the exercise that more closely resembles throwing a punch and listen closely to my coaching cues.
Identify the “Cue” to Punch Harder:
I also want to encourage participation – so let’s get at least 50 answers here and in addition to revealing the magic cue to punch harder, I’ll also outline why we’re doing what we’re doing in this short clip, so let’s hear your answers!