Canelo Álvarez Shares the Workout He Uses to Build Knockout Power

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While boxing matches are bigger than ever, drawing record pay-per-view numbers for stunt bouts between YouTubers and washed-up pro athletes, there are precious few bonafide fighters who are stars in their own right. One of the most obvious exceptions is Mexican fighter Saul 'Canelo' Álvarez, one of the most exciting pugilists of the 21st century. He's won championships across four weight classes, sports a 56-1-2 record, and is currently ranked the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world by multiple outlets. Álvarez ranks himself highly, too – his Instagram page asserts that he's also "THE FACE OF BOXING," in all caps.

Álvarez will look to further cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time with his upcoming middleweight matchup against Caleb Plant on November 6 – but before the clash, he opened up his training camp to the MH crew to give an insight into the types of exercises he uses to prepare for the rough and tumble nature of his sport. He and his strength and conditioning coach Munir Somoya demonstrated the drills in a hard-hitting, circuit-style routine.

"I need to be ready for each one of my fights," Álvarez said via a translator. "That's why I need maintain myself always in the gym."

If you want to give this routine a try yourself, make sure that you remember that Álvarez isn't training to build muscle. He's focused on his in-the-ring performance – and every drill he does is focused on the goal of making him a better boxer. When you hit the gym and give this circuit a go, keep that in mind.

Canelo Álvarez's Ring-Ready Workout

  • Band-Resisted Step-Ups

1 minute

  • Single-Leg Bench Step-Over

30 seconds per leg

  • 3A. Band-Resisted High-Knees

2 sets across

  • 3B. Band-Resisted Sprint

2 sets across the gym

  • 4A. Elevated Cross-Body Climbers

30 seconds

  • 4B. Elevated Spiderman Climbers

30 seconds

  • 5A. Cable-Resisted Crunch

12 reps

  • 5B. Cable-Resisted Hollow Body

12 reps

  • 5C. Cable-Resisted V-Up

12 reps

  • Rotational Punch Press

2 sets of 6 to 8 reps

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