I am writing an action scene and trying to stress that a character is winding up a punch. For clarity this means frames 1-3 in the image below.
At the moment the sentence is : She winded the first punch.
But this doesn't look grammatically correct to me, and winded also means to be winded from a hit which makes this confusing to read. Two alternatives I'm considering:
(1) She wound the first punch, (2) She loaded the first punch.
With (1) since "wound" also refers to the injury I think it can be a bit confusing to read correctly. What would be a grammatically correct way to say the above?