How do boxers build hand speed?

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  1. Thatrogueassdiaz

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    I've always wondered how some boxers are faster than others. Do certain boxers naturally develop hand speed as they grow, or is it something they work on (or work out) through strength and conditioning?
     
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    You can work on it but hand speed is usually a natural ability, you can polish what you have but most of it is genetics.
     
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    Outside of being born with it, repetition! You need to throw 10s of thousands of punches
     
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    Yup, it's pretty much your born with it. BUT, you could do what I would do and use lets say 5-10 lb dumbbell weights in each hand and shadow box. Not even shadow box really, just pick a punch you want to work on and do it over and over with the weight in your hand. That helps some.
     
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    You can only work on what you naturally have, practice alone won't give you Ali speed
     
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    My dad had me use 5lbs wrist weights when he was training me.

    Edit: he say it made a world of a difference but I could never tell.
     
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    5lbs is overdoing it and personally i feel u create bad habits when using that much weight. i wouldn't go over 3lbs, but i use 2lbs dumbells on the regular thats good for strength and speed.
     
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    the speed bag helps.also shadowboxing with heavy gloves or weights.theres also this elastic rope that goes around your back connecting to each hand.you basically throw a punch to stretch it out .gary russell jr uses it and he has the fastest hands in boxing

    also doing speed pad work like roger mayweather does with lil floyd
     
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    i alternate between 5 and 8 lb weights when i shadowbox...but then fast hands is an actual gift i possess
     
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    I would use 3 lb. wrist weights while punching the double end bag and speed bag. Heavy bag burnouts helped me out a whole lot too.
     
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    You can be born with handspeed...if not you need to use atleast 2lb wrist weights (while wearing 12-16oz gloves) and be working the heavy bag at a very high rate and you will get faster hands.However, it all starts from your feet.
     
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    This has helped me a ton, especially after I gained muscle mass I felt I was a tad bit slower, I feel just as fast as I was in hs imo.
     
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    Just a resistance band? What exercise do you do with it?
     
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    You use them to shadowbox, back at the old gym I used to go to everyone was split about using them. Some would either complain about the bands making dudes develop bad habits and others would praise the increase in hand speed. Honestly I think it might do a little of both but unless anyone in here plans on being an amateur or pro fighter I wouldn't worry about it. :yeshrug:

    There are fighters and trainers that swear by them though, Marquez always uses them and Ariza involves it in his S&C.
     
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