PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND

In part three answering Richi Alvarez' Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions, we turn our attention to energy systems (or cardio conditioning) training while in Thailand. To plug gaps in your cardio conditioning training in Thailand, you must first understand what you're already getting! You'll certainly get a large volume of "threshold training" and [...]

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters

Don Heatrick grabs the opportunity to speak to Richard Smith, Bad Company Muay Thai founder and senior instructor, about his philosophies and methods for preparing his team of Thai boxers, from undercard to World Title fight. These four episodes where filmed at the Supershowdown Presents Yokkao 23 & 24 event at the Bolton Macron Stadium [...]

Don’s Winning Fighter’s Principle

Don’s Winning Fighter's Principle Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 03 Featuring Manachai and Yodchai filmed at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Don's Winning Fighter's Principle Video Transcript: I'd like to share with [...]

When a Fighter Says They Do Strength and Conditioning

Coach's Quick Chat Episode 1: When a Fighter Says They Do Strength and Conditioning Featuring Singdam, filmed during performance testing at the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel - #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Video Transcript: When a lot of [...]

Videos – How To Plan Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning

I've put together a couple of videos that should answer a few questions for you. The first one considers what I believe is the biggest mistake in Muay Thai strength and conditioning. Rather than just waffling on, just watch this 2-minute video and all will become clear... The second video elaborates on how I [...]

Testing Muay Thai Anaerobic Power, Capacity and Fatigue Using VBT

Testing is motivating. It tells you if you’re good or bad, and if you’re training is making you better. But testing “better” only means you’re getting better at Muay Thai if the test has carry over, if it’s sport specific enough. I use a modified Wingate rowing test in my online strength and conditioning [...]

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 1

Not all types of supplemental training will transfer well to Muay Thai. The training adaptations that your body makes are highly specific. You instinctively know training as a long-distance runner won’t improve your sprint performance. But it goes so much further than this coarse example. The concept of transfer specificity is misunderstood by many [...]

Frequent Fight Strength and Conditioning Tips

It’s not uncommon to have periods where you’re fighting very frequently, which can obviously throw your planned strength and conditioning training into a bit of a spin. Although the very best improvements in athletic performance are built using the periodised strength and conditioning program, there are times when the ideal program this isn’t practical. [...]

Want To Avoid Gassing Out?

This article is in answer to an email I received… Hi Don I have started watching your Starting Strength & Conditioning for Muay Thai Video Course. I found it really informative. I have a couple of questions for you. Being a mature age Muay Thai practitioner (52-yrs-old) I have been involved in Martial Arts for [...]

MUAY THAI FITNESS — NOT GENERAL FITNESS

There’s nothing worse than standing in front of a relentless opponent having exerted all your energy – sitting dead in the water, unable to respond with the same work rate. If you understand how your body supplies energy in a Muay Thai fight, you can train it to not gas out when you need [...]

MUAY THAI POWER ENDURANCE FINISHER

This weeks post is in response to a request from one of the coaches I've done a seminar for. He's after a finisher to stick on the end of his Muay Thai training sessions. Ok, so here's the brief: 10 - 15 mins in duration to go on the end of 2 or 3 Thai [...]

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 [...]

Short Notice Weight Training Program PART 3

The fuse has been lit, it's the final week of fight preparation. Sessions are now short and intense  to peak for the fight at the end of the week and we shift our focus to power-endurance. During this final phase, your energy systems are going to go anaerobic-lactic. You will fatigue, slow down – [...]

Strength & Conditioning Programming for Muay Thai

Strength & conditioning programming for Muay Thai isn't simple. If we were marathon runners things would be a lot more straight forward, but our sport uses a complex mix of athletic qualities and energy systems. Strength, power, aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness and muscular endurance all contribute to your Thai boxing performance. Lacking in one [...]

Periodisation of Muay Thai Technique Training

I've come across an interesting periodisation model while reviewing a classic article from the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, "A Theoretical Model of Strength Training" by Stone, Bryant et al. And I thought I'd share it with you as it helps Thai boxers picture how their training should be structured approaching a fight. The [...]

Warning: Incompatible Training Methods

Your training must be specific to your sport. This is straight forward if you're either a sprinter (power) or a marathon runner (endurance), but we're Thai boxers and we need it all. Conflicting physical adaptations are part of our game, and managing this is crucial if you're to get the best out of yourself. [...]

Lessons from a Master

Following another workshop with renowned coach Will Chung, I thought I'd share some of the fascinating concepts that he weaves throughout his work, and also some of my own personal realisations as a result of being exposed to his teaching. I'm physical capable, but Will's simple warm up drills broke me and all the [...]

A Supplemental Workout Challenge

If you want either better muscular endurance, or a little extra lean muscle, I have a challenge for you courtesy of Chad Waterbury. It's called the 60-day PLP Challenge and it's really simple, requiring just your body weight and a chin up bar. Are you in? I must stress this daily challenge is a supplemental workout, done [...]

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Timing Training to Boost Recovery & Performance

It's not enough to just train hard, you need to train smart. Thai boxers must train many different qualities to be successful – highly skilled movements, tactical strategies, flexibility, strength, explosive power and relentless endurance. How can you develop all these without frying yourself in the process? In a previous post I discussed general [...]