“Hit me” isn’t just something you say in a card game. We’ve all encountered someone wanting to show off their abs, who then braces their stomach for impact while you wallop them. In boxing, a solid core isn’t just about taking a hit, though. It’s also about having the power to throw a punch, which, incidentally, also comes from your core. That’s why you can count on a boxer’s abs workout to deliver a core routine that’s both challenging and functional.
“One of the first things you realize when you learn how to throw a punch is that the strength of your arms doesn’t matter nearly as much as the strength of your legs, core, and posterior chain,” says former professional boxer Ed Latimore. “The stronger your core, the more effectively you’re able to transmit the force generated by your legs.”
Your abs simply existing doesn’t do the job, though. The proper movement of your core is what translates the power from your legs into your punch.
“The path of transmission is the core, but the method of transmission is the twist