Why Must Thai Boxers Train With Weights?

Thai boxers, like any sports person, are athletes. We are practising skilled movements requiring strength, agility and stamina (Merriam Webster's dictionary definition of an athlete). So it makes sense that despite MuayThai being over 2000 years old, the current understanding of sports science and physiology has advanced. Few boxers in Thailand are exploiting the [...]

By | 2017-04-28T17:42:06+00:00 September 30th, 2012|Coaching, Power, Research, Strength, Written Post|7 Comments

Resistance Bands or Weights to Build Strength and Power?

This question comes up relatively frequently, and I thought I'd share some ideas regarding the use of resistance bands for sports performance training and of course MuayThai specifically. In theory you could achieve the same levels of resistance from both bands and weights, however the nature of the load is very different. Bands produce [...]

What Special Tricks Did You Learn?

"What special tricks did you learn?" is a common question others ask when you return from training in Thailand. But, if you want to be the best you can be, it's the wrong question. An expert uses the basics – done exceptionally well. Advanced "tricks" are simply the icing on the cake, not the foundation [...]

Olympic Hamstring Strains – Shouldn’t Happen!

Another athlete pulls up, limping from running track at the London Olympic Stadium 2012. And the team's strength and conditioning coaches hold their heads in their hands – because they've failed to prepare the athlete. These strains shouldn't happen if training is conducted properly. The hamstring group are a secondary hip extensor, and should [...]

By | 2017-04-28T17:54:40+00:00 August 5th, 2012|Coaching, Injury Prevention|1 Comment

Sports Performance Training & Coaching Model

Successful performance enhancement training and coaching divides an athletes needs into technical, tactical, physical and psychological elements. These are all pieces of a puzzle that govern the success of an athlete in their chosen field, and areas that're immediately recognisable to a Thai boxer. To get the most out of training sessions — whether that's [...]