#1
my one friend told me that punching hard things, but not punching them too hard to hurt yourself, can strengthen/give endurance to your knuckles. is this true?
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Maybe, I don't see how though, I don't think you can build calluses on your knuckles or anything.
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Try knuckle push ups before you go punching walls...

But yes, resistance over a sustained period of time against your knuckles will make the bones/joints there stronger.
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#4
i have a friend who smashed his fist against a wall and broke it (his fist) and now he has these weird ass calcium deposits and almost no feeling in his knuckles. so he can punch things as hard as he feels like

but to answer your question i have no idea.
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Try knuckle push ups before you go punching walls...

But yes, resistance over a sustained period of time against your knuckles will make the bones/joints there stronger.



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my one friend told me that punching hard things, but not punching them too hard to hurt yourself, can strengthen/give endurance to your knuckles. is this true?


Honestly, I would be wary of tempering your knuckles on a hard surface. No matter what, your body/shoulder will produce more force than your knuckles can handle, which is why pro fighters wear tape and gloves.

I train my shins on heavy bags to make them stronger deaden the nerves. If I had been doing by the common way of hitting them with a bottle or using a rolling pin, my chances for stress fractures in the future would be WAYYYY up.

Honestly, I would just stick with a heavybag.
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Punch a punching bag for an hour or two, same effect without the broken hand, and you'll learn how to punch.

Keep in mind, you'll have to do this for years.
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I've heard that the bones in your knuckles get small fractures in the bones, and those get filled in, making the bone harder. That being said, punching things with your fist is a terrible idea. Ever wonder why martial artists use an open fist?
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You could just like drink more milk or something.
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I've heard that the bones in your knuckles get small fractures in the bones, and those get filled in, making the bone harder. That being said, punching things with your fist is a terrible idea. Ever wonder why martial artists use an open fist?


some martial arts teach some pretty rediculous ways of striking with an open hand.

in various professional bare knuckle fights, people will strike with their palms, as it can deliver knockout power with a much lower risk of breaking your hand.
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some martial arts teach some pretty rediculous ways of striking with an open hand.

in various professional bare knuckle fights, people will strike with their palms, as it can deliver knockout power with a much lower risk of breaking your hand.



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#12
I think "Iron Fist" Kung Fu does stuff like that. I also saw this old Taiwanese guy on TV once that had spent the last 20-30 years punching a block of steel. He had huge knobs of calcium on his knuckles.

Anyway, I think hitting things over and over compresses bone, with makes it harder. Plus putting little fractures (like someone else said) that grow back harder probably helps too
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Thats setting you up for injury later in life. Just do knuckle push ups.
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when you break bones blood brings nutrients back to heal your bones right? Often the healing is overcompensated and you'll actually haver thicker bone where a break occured.

But breaking bones is stupid, what people do (and they're probably stupid too) is bruise their knuckles, the same thing happens: the bones actually become thicker when they heal. I've heard that is why practicioners of some easter martial arts punch the sand repeatedly, so that they bruise their knuckles every so often thus making them grow thicker, harder, and heavier.

Of course the cartilage in your finger joints won't heal like the bone does, so enjoy the rapid deterioration of it as you punch the hell out of the ground or whatever...
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you do know that you only make contact with your first 2 knuckles
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Careful, you don't want to punch anything that will cause you to skin your knuckles, because the layer of skin grows back skinnier each time, thus making it easier to skin your knuckles again.
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there are these monks or somthing who just sit and punch dirt, over and over again and that supposedly makes their knuckles stronger
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Your friend must have been punched in the head with hard things.......
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plus it builds pain tolerance which is always a good thing
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plus it builds pain tolerance which is always a good thing

Agreed. But don't go punching walls like my mate did. He made a total ass of himself when he was sent to the infirmary by one of our teachers.
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#22
Your friend is an idiot. I suggest you don't listen to him and stop being such a dick.
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#23
last time I got in a fight my knuckles were swollen and flipping hurt like nobodies business the next day

So punching a wall probably wouldn't do you hands too much good, just practice with a boxing heavy bag like a normal person
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No, his friend is correct. Any repetitious activity on a certain part of the body will allow it to build up a tolerance - hence a lot of martial arts training. Start off with pushups on your knuckles, after this try doing clap pushups on your knuckles.
If you're feeling especially tough, hang a newspaper up on a brick wall. Tape your knuckles so the skin doesn't break. Keep hitting the same part of the newspaper for a couple of repetitions till your knuckles get sore, then stop. Next day, do the same thing. After a week or so you'll find that you've built up a pain tolerance and your hand will feel physically stronger. Don't do it until your knuckles bleed, else you'll do more damage than good.
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#25
Yup!!!

Of course its good for you, i mean why wouldn't it be? Oh and by the way if you wanna be bulletproof shoot yourself in the hand, it strengthens it..

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Careful, you don't want to punch anything that will cause you to skin your knuckles, because the layer of skin grows back skinnier each time, thus making it easier to skin your knuckles again.

False. The scar tissue is actually stronger, I used to skin my knuckles all the time on my punching bag, but it stopped after a few months because my knuckles were so scarred up.
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False. The scar tissue is actually stronger, I used to skin my knuckles all the time on my punching bag, but it stopped after a few months because my knuckles were so scarred up.


Ever heard of gloves and/or bandages?
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[quote="'Tommy[fin"]']Ever heard of gloves and/or bandages?
A little bit of stinging and stronger knuckles, I don't mind bare hands.
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#29
If you do the knuckle push-ups, be sure you're only on your index and middle finger knuckles (like if you would be to punch something) and start off on a thin carpet or something. If you want to punch something, start nice and easy (don't just slam your fists into it.)
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Why the hell do you need strong knuckles?
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#31
^ So you can punch things harder. Duh.
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After a lot of hitting solid objects repeatedly for years your bone tissue becomes denser, and thus harder.
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#33
It's not good for your knuckles but it's good for building up resistance to the shock.
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Try knuckle push ups before you go punching walls...

But yes, resistance over a sustained period of time against your knuckles will make the bones/joints there stronger.

he's right. i'd use a punching bag, though.
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my one friend told me that punching hard things, but not punching them too hard to hurt yourself, can strengthen/give endurance to your knuckles. is this true?


Was your friend high when he told you?
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yes it will make them harder over time, it will also make them stiffer, which isn't good for guitar playing.
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#37
All it does is kill the nerve endings.

Kick boxers do this by kicking poles with there shins...yes



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