Frank Dunlap: An interesting interview on boxing

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Frank Dunlap: An interesting interview on boxing

Postby Patrick on Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:45 am

I found this interview very interesting, maybe someone else here will enjoy it too:

I met Frank Dunlap 6 months ago when he first wrote to me after reading through my website, ExpertBoxing. He was a fan of the website and a former boxer himself, a multiple-time Golden Glove regional and state boxing champion in the welterweight division back in the 50’s.

He was also a very successful boxing coach, leading his amateur boxing team to winning every regional boxing tournament for 3 years during the 70’s, amassing an impressive win percentage of 70.6% in nearly 1,000 fights!

I figured this was a man with a wealth of information (in everything, not only boxing) and boy was I right. I spoke with him on the phone for several hours and learned all about his inspiring life. He had served in the military during the Korean War. He was a schoolteacher, a principal, a Frito-Lay delivery man, a business-owner and a school bus driver, and also a Golden Glove boxing coach. And at one time, became the local medicine man for a small village in Alaska.

He shared his boxing stories about competing in the Golden Gloves and also having trained great fighters. He once trained the Norris brothers when they were about 10 years old— (Terry Norris and Orlin Norris, boxing champions in the 90’s). He talked about meeting his childhood idol, the legendary Rocky Marciano. There were bits and pieces of practical old school boxing knowledge in every memory and of course…an amazing life story.

It is with great honor and admiration that I share Frank’s personal life story.

https://www.expertboxing.com/boxing-tra ... ank-dunlap
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Re: Frank Dunlap: An interesting interview on boxing

Postby Tom on Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:38 am

Cool story. Thanks for the link, Patrick.
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Re: Frank Dunlap: An interesting interview on boxing

Postby Patrick on Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:26 am

Glad you liked it. For me the most interesting part is how the old timers approached strength training. Did anyone by chance read the book "the arc of boxing. The rise and decline of the sweet science" by Mike Silver? It has a whole chapter on the downfall of unspecific weight training boxers nowadays often do. With opinions of famous boxing trainers like Teddy Atlas and Freddie Roach on this topic. It boils down to missing (increased mass with worse recruitment, i.e. explosive force/speed) or wrong neurological adaptions for boxing (adapting the muscle for anaerobic workload, while needing aerobic, ie. strength/hypertrophy for strength endurance).
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Re: Frank Dunlap: An interesting interview on boxing

Postby nicklinjm on Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:18 pm

This is great stuff Patrick, thank you for sharing! The boxing training nuggets are fascinating by themselves (importance of relaxation + wall training, elongated vs knotty muscles, how heavy weights slow you down), but also this guy Dunlap has lived an incredible life - grew up poor, served in the military, coached boxing, even acted as a doctor of a small town without any medical background!

Will definitely look into buying his book :)
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Re: Frank Dunlap: An interesting interview on boxing

Postby marvin8 on Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:36 am

nicklinjm wrote:This is great stuff Patrick, thank you for sharing! The boxing training nuggets are fascinating by themselves (importance of relaxation + wall training, elongated vs knotty muscles, how heavy weights slow you down), but also this guy Dunlap has lived an incredible life - grew up poor, served in the military, coached boxing, even acted as a doctor of a small town without any medical background!

Will definitely look into buying his book :)

Here are a couple videos that show wall isometric exercises.

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In this video I break down one method of training that will help increase punching power.
Check out the book Rapid Fitness written by Zen Martinoli here - http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Fitness-E...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWc8b3p6kHA

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In this video I work with Rob Edwards, a Sports Therapist from North 55 in Scotland - https://www.north-55.co.uk/

In this video we cover exercises to strengthen and stabilize the shoulder to prevent injury in boxing and increase punching power.

4 exercises to strengthen the shoulders for boxing:

1. Isometric Wall Punch
2. External Rotation Towel Pull
3. Block Stance
4. Isometric Press Wall Angel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOzAuysgNSc
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