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Are there different types of muscle for boxing and bodybuilding?

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    Someone told me that boxers have a greater muscle size to power/strength ration than bodybuilders. Apparently, bodybuilders have muscle to show in competition rather than it actually doing much. Whereas boxers utilize muscle for punching power and speed! If this is true which exercises should you do, if you want a boxers type muscle, I'm guessing no bicep curls and similar exercises?
    Sorry for my naivety, I'm a total fitness noob
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    Broadly speaking yes, boxing requires explosive training, while bodybuilding doesnt. Also bodybuilding tends to emphasise non-functional training aimed at building muscle size (lots of isolation work, and high rep movements) whereas with boxing you dont want to be carrying non-functional muscle since it becomes harder to make your weight class. If you were doing weight training as a boxer then you'd generally be better off with olympic lifting type work (maybe with a bit of powerlifting) than bodybuilding. Or perhaps something like Westside for athletes. You should get advice from your boxing coach on what to emphasise though, or a dedicated boxing forum if you dont have a coach.

    Bodybuilding is one specific type of weight training, there are others.
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    (Original post by poohat)
    Broadly speaking yes, boxing requires explosive training, while bodybuilding doesnt. Also bodybuilding tends to emphasise non-functional training aimed at building muscle size (lots of isolation work, and high rep movements) whereas with boxing you dont want to be carrying non-functional muscle since it becomes harder to make your weight class. If you were doing weight training as a boxer then you'd generally be better off with olympic lifting type work (maybe with a bit of powerlifting) than bodybuilding. Or perhaps something like Westside for athletes. You should get advice from your boxing coach on what to emphasise though, or a dedicated boxing forum if you dont have a coach.

    Bodybuilding is one specific type of weight training, there are others.
    Thanks for the advice!
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    (Original post by SubAtomic)
    Weigh yourself, compare yourself to a boxer, google their name, then you will know where to start.

    Here is something on Joe Kalzaghe who is around 89Kg

    Here is something on Amir Khan who fights at around 63Kg.

    Google is your friend. Professional boxers are at the upper echelons of fitness so fraid if you want to be that good/fit it's a case of "Go hard or go home".
    I just wanted to know basically if there are different types of weight training depending on if you want to be a boxer/bodybuilder. Thanks for the advice though
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    (Original post by SubAtomic)
    Yeah boxing is more functional, bodybuilding is hypertrophy. Google it. What do you want? To be a bodybuilding boxer or one or the other?
    A boxer just googled it-so bodybuilding increases muscle cell size! So how would you advise to utilise weights for a boxer rather than a bodybuilder? Is it just what the member above suggested?
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    clean, jerk, repeat.

    At amateur level it's more about plyos and conditioning tbh
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    (Original post by poohat)
    Broadly speaking yes, boxing requires explosive training, while bodybuilding doesnt. Also bodybuilding tends to emphasise non-functional training aimed at building muscle size (lots of isolation work, and high rep movements) whereas with boxing you dont want to be carrying non-functional muscle since it becomes harder to make your weight class. If you were doing weight training as a boxer then you'd generally be better off with olympic lifting type work (maybe with a bit of powerlifting) than bodybuilding. Or perhaps something like Westside for athletes. You should get advice from your boxing coach on what to emphasise though, or a dedicated boxing forum if you dont have a coach.

    Bodybuilding is one specific type of weight training, there are others.
    damn, a great, informed and informative post... am I really on TSR?!
    reps on recharge
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    Bare in mind a lot of bodybuilders are very strong and a lot compete in powerlifting in the off season. Their primary goal is not strength though
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    If you want to train for boxing, Ross Enamait is your man.

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