Punch Power Test

The Punching Power Test has been used as is part of the SPARQ rating system for Boxers, and their protocol is listed here. This test was used in the 3rd season of the Contender TV series in the US to assess the fitness of the boxers. See also a description of how to measure punching speed. Note: we do not sell this equipment or provide testing of punching power.

purpose: to measure maximal punching power.

equipment required: instrumented 100-pound heavy punching bag (see comment below), boxing gloves.

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender and test conditions. Perform a standard warm-up. See more details of pre-test procedures.

Punching Powerprocedure: A specially instrumented punching bag that can record the force of a hit is used. The athlete is allowed six maximal punches against the bag, and the peak and average punching power is recorded.

scoring: The apparatus used by SPARQ measures peak and average punch power. Unit: Force/Surface Area -> psi (pounds per square inch)?

target population: boxing and other combat and hitting sports.

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