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chilinfosho
Sep 25, 2010, 01:27 PM
So I'm wondering if anyone can help add to my routine with some exercises that help punching faster/harder and overall better knowledge of how to use the body?

phrak
Sep 25, 2010, 09:24 PM
The best way to get better at punching is to punch. Buy a heavy bag and/or a speed bag. Punch

Derek30
Oct 01, 2010, 08:00 AM
Phrak is absolutely right.

But if you're looking for something like MMA specific S&C you should pick up "Strength and Conditioning for the Modern Gladiator" by J.C. Santana. I learned a lot from it.

RollingFiend
Oct 23, 2010, 11:47 AM
Even if you don't have a punching bag, throwing light combinations in the air (aka shadow boxing) will leave you breathless in a minute if you go at high intensity. Also, adding a full body exercise like a burpee will condition you for the unpredictable nature of combat.

Example circuit:

20s shadowboxing
burpee
30s shadowboxing
burpee
20s shadowboxing (high intensity)
5 burpees

Discovering how quickly this will exhaust you can be humbling, but you will improve rapidly with practice. This same exercise will also work with a punching bag

EDIT: Really you could just add punching exercises to any endurance/cardio circuit you already do.