ARTICLES 2017-04-29T15:47:41+00:00

More Muay Thai Clinch Strength

To add further to Sean Fagan's recent release of his  Clinch King training video series, here are some more complimentary exercises to boost your clinch strength. If you missed my first few exercises, and my explanation of what clinch strength is and isn't, check out part 1 here. In the last post I said: "... clinch strength doesn't come from your arms and shoulders. If this is where you focus [...]

Muay Thai Clinch Strength

Of all the Muay Thai tactics, the clinch demands the most raw strength. If you layout all Thai boxing techniques on the force-velocity curve, you'll have clinchwork at one end (strength) and punches at the other (speed). To coincide with Sean Fagan's recent release of his  Clinch King training video series (which is well worth a serious look), I thought I'd quickly put together a few complimentary exercises to boost [...]

Pakorn Muay Thai Strength & Conditioning

Having just watched current Lumpinee Champion, Pakorn, win the Yokkao -63.5kg World Title at the Yokkao 11 event in Bolton, England, I thought I'd share a closer look at one of the pre-event promotional videos released by Yokkao. The video shows Pakorn undertaking strength and conditioning training at CrossFit BK in Bangkok, in preparation for his Yokkao World Title fight against Greg Wootton. Pakorn was candidly sceptical, [...]

Muay Thai, Muscle Growth & Reps

There's certainly a lot of opinion when it comes to muscle mass and Muay Thai. In this brief post I hope to clear up some of the confusion and help you steer your training in the direction you want, whether that's putting on muscle or keeping it off! Even using identical exercises, resistance training produces drastically different results depending on the weight used, the number of sets [...]

The Bigger Picture – Can You See What I See?

I use a lot of analogies when I'm coaching. I try to pick a common reference that the client or athlete has experience of, and lever this to help them quickly grasp whatever I'm trying to get across. I'm going to attempt the same in this post. My analogies only work if you have a frame of reference for them. They're not intended to be taken literally, but should [...]

A Few Good Words…

Sitting watching the Commonwealth Games, I'm struck by the coaches activity — grabbing fleeting moments to refocus their athletes. None is more apparent than the boxing corner-men. What's imparted during these brief exchanges? What's useful, and (more importantly) what's not useful? Although understanding how to coach effectively during competition is crucial, it's also important throughout training too. Coach Nick Grantham uses a great analogy that I'd like to share with [...]

Power – Strength – Fat Loss Routine

Do you want to increase strength and power, while torching body fat too? Here's a two-sessions per week programme (used on non-consecutive days) that not only improves body composition, but also builds athletic ability. Each session consists of two circuits; firstly a short plyometric power circuit (speed), and secondly a power (speed-strength) and strength-endurance metabolic circuit. The plyometric circuit volume remains  consistent for the programme, whereas the [...]

Muay Thai: Balancing the Extremes

Every element within your being constantly swings between two opposite extreme states like a pendulum. This fluctuation is normal as your body strives to maintain balance. But, if the pendulum swings too far, balance is lost, problems arise and breakdown is inevitable. This principle is true at every level of existence, from the solar systems to the cells in your body. This 'synchronisity' has been beating me [...]

Testing Fighter’s Anaerobic Fatigue & Power

Here's a simple but highly effective test you can conduct on a rowing machine to determine your maximum average power, anaerobic fatigue and anaerobic capacity – a very useful gauge for Thai boxers. The result of this modified Wingate rowing test can not only be used to track your personal fitness progress and the effectiveness of your training programme, but also provides feedback as to how you compare [...]

Gym Mobility Exercises For Muay Thai

Following the Gym Session Density article, I've been asked what mobility exercises I'd  suggest to fit into the gym session template. In reality, the specific exercises I select depend on the movement limitations of the individual that I've programmed for. However, Thai boxers generally need to work on ankle, hip, thoracic spine and shoulder mobility, and I've collected together some examples of exercises I use below (typically [...]