Boxing Performance

by Lenny Parracino |   Date Released : 27 Jun 2001
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Lenny Parracino

About the author: Lenny Parracino

Lenny Parracino is a former author, hands on instructor and clinician for The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Currently, he serves as a faculty member of the Gray Institute of Applied Functional Science. He has spent over 20 years serving the health industry as an international lecturer, soft tissue therapist and movement therapist. Lenny has performed over 300 lectures/workshops, has written educational materials and consulted/lectured in the fitness, manual therapy and educational industry and for various medical organizations around the world. Lenny has earned his degree in Health Science, is a Fellow of Applied Functional Science, holds a California certification/license to practice soft tissue therapy. As a full time clinician, he integrates an eclectic approach of movement conditioning with Dr. Vince Guagliano and Dr. Carina Escudero at AIM Sports Medicine in Hermosa Beach, California.

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Barry, Carrie | 22 Jun 2009, 12:37 PM

Boxing is a weight class sport and this needs to be considered when scripting workouts for weight dependent (relative strength) sports.

Boxing is anaerobic and my training strategy is to keep your training session specific to your goals. Strength training is for gaining strength, Cardio training sessions specific to sport characteristic needs and goals.

With boxing the style or "strength" of a fighter needs to be assessed when designing a program. Some boxers have amazing speed and reaction- muscular strength endurance may be an added component that could improve their performance in the ring. On the other side of the coin some fighters are relentless in the ring but are heavy handed and lack "snap" to their punches. These athletes would benefit from speed, explosive and/ or plyometric training (pending their training ability).

I was a captain of the US boxing team for over 5 years and in my experience no one body type prevails in the sport. This is dissimilar to other sports which tend to have stereotypical athletes for sport or position.
Carrie Barry

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