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    Dan_UK is offline Warming Up
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    Shadow boxing with weights

    I'm currently cutting, and I understand that 'shadow boxing' whilst holding a light dumbell in each hand can be great for toning and for improving your punching power.

    However I've also heard that over time, this practise can lead to tendon damage.

    Can anyone outline the benefits of shadow boxing with light weights, or confirm that it is bad for you?

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    Karky is offline Former member of VulgarityGang
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    I wouldn't do it. It probably depends how heavy the DBs are. But it's got "injury" written all over it.

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    Dan_UK is offline Warming Up
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    Well, I did it a couple of days ago for the first time. Tricep very sore today

    What about shadow boxing by itself, or with a punchbag?

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    Karky is offline Former member of VulgarityGang
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    shadowboxing is good. If you punch a punchbag it's not shadow boxing anymore, but it's still a good workout.

    Make sure you know how to hit, specially how to align your wrist so you don't hurt yourself! Punching (specially heavy bags) means quite an impact when you hit, and it's important to know how to punch right to minimize wear and tear.

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    jeremy1130 is offline Joe Blow
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    shadow bixin with weights

    shadow boxing with weights is very good for speed in punches, and nuscle indurance, but don't over do it.

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    Karky is offline Former member of VulgarityGang
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    How will it help? Power and speed in punches comes mostly from rotating the entire body, doing things like full contact twists (which you do explosively) will help speed and power in a punch. Shadow boxing with weights will not. And don't forget that gravity only pulls the weight down, and you would want the resistance to be in another line of you wanted to train the punching movement (unless you're only doing uppercuts).

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    jeremy1130 is offline Joe Blow
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    it helps with speed trust me, coz ur body gets used to the extra weight and becomes stronger

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    jeremy1130 is offline Joe Blow
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    but yes the real power and speed is from the hips i agree with that

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    LeiYunFat is offline We are all one
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    If you're a fighter and your joints are healthy, I don't see why not. I did em before and they seemed to make my punches harder and faster. Plus it was pretty fun. But it's not a substitute for real fight training or real weight training. If you do them smart with good control it should minimize injury.

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    Big_Idiot is offline 45h45h5hfghfghnsnfg
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    Mayweather uses punching weights, they are designed specially tho and appear to be a a very light weight. I can predict that using too heavy a weight could increase injury risk.

    I used to tape a 0.5kg weight to my punchbag gloves and shadow box, hard work!

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    Karky is offline Former member of VulgarityGang
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    using very light weight can work, but still, what's the point? Just do bag training with gloves, and do some rotation work at the gym.

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    buzz is offline Verge of Overtraining
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    the reason boxers use weights is not to improve punching power,it helps them to keep there hands up for 12 or whatever rounds.

    you are not punching against ressistance holding a weight,now if you use a wall cable then you are,but holding weights the ressistance is downward not forward.

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    I'm not just posting to post... I'm actually speaking from experience here, I used to shadowbox with dumbells 3 times a week!!! It is incredible how much stronger your punches will become! I was known for having "heavy hands".... I weighed about 185 lb at the time and i got up to 25 lb. dumbells! I would recommend a couple things if you are going to start! #1: Don't start off your boxing workouts with it! You need to STRETCH and Warm-up your back first!!! It definitely Can mess up your back! #2: Don't go any higher than 30's!!! I would probably stay at 25's to be safe! I did 3 sets of 50 reps each! The higher weight you go, the more you'll use your back...and thats not what you want! Stretching is the key tho!!!! Hope it helps!

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    joshuawilson is offline In Orientation
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    I would like to learn more about the shadow boxing.. can you show me any video which will give me a tutorial idea about how to do it..

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