Are You REALLY Training With Purpose?

Are You Really Training With Purpose? Coach's Quick Chat EP. 02 Featuring Erhan and Manachai, filmed during performance testing at the Yokkao Training Centre 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. Are You Really [...]

Injured Thai Boxer Strength and Conditioning Tips

Let's face it, Thai boxing is a full contact discipline. The objective is to leave your opponent unable to continue, preferably unconscious! Damage is the name of the game. Contact injuries can certainly be reduced through improved Muay Thai skill, but they still happen, there's no avoiding it. So what happens when you get [...]

We’ve ALL Got Issues! Avoidance Is NOT The Answer

Stop kidding yourself, you’ve got stuff you don’t do well… If you don’t agree, you just haven’t looked closely enough. The physical stuff you don’t do well will eventually bite you. But, if you’re honest and make the effort, you can head things off at the pass before your body breaks down. I’ve done [...]

Are You Wasting Opportunities Your Opponent Isn’t?

Coach says, “Today is a low intensity day.” – The fighter’s body language slumps. But… by the end of the session, the fighter gets it. He’s come away with a list of things to work on, that’ll make him a better fighting athlete, and some cures for the reoccurring niggles that seem to plague [...]

Muay Thai Q&A – Injuries, Muscle Building, Food Intolerances

Mariusz posed a few questions, wanting to know about common injuries in Muay Thai training (not fighting) and what to do to check and correct the causes; muscle building (hypertrophy) training for Muay Thai fighters; and eating allergies/intolerances. So here's another dog-walk talk, where I take the opportunity to chat through some ideas while out [...]

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Valgus Knees: Corrective Strength and Conditioning Exercises

In a previous article for Muay Thai Scholar, I discussed using strength and conditioning training to discover how your body fails, and working on these weak links – we’ve all got them! I illustrated with the example of valgus collapse of the knee, where the knee buckles inward under load — and this is pretty common [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Gym Session Density

How can a fighter best structure weight training sessions to be the most productive in the shortest space of time? We're a twitchy bunch with a strong work ethic and rest periods are generally not respected. However, it takes a relatively long time for the neuromuscular system to recover between strength and power exercise [...]

Weight Training Is Skill Training

During our Interclub event this weekend at Unit 1 Gym, I had a chat with KO fighter Greg 'The Prodigy' Wootton about strength and conditioning for Thai boxers. The topic of resistance training came up, and the opportunities this presents for fighters to further develop skilled movement. I thought I'd expand on our brief [...]

Muay Thai Skill vs Strength & Conditioning

How Muay Thai fighters should best spend their training time is a common debate, and one often biased by opinion based on limited experience of either Muay Thai or strength and conditioning (S&C) training. I hope as both a strength & conditioning coach and Muay Thai coach/fighter, I'm able to offer a balanced view [...]

Training Age

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick At a seminar I delivered to Thai boxers in Cork, Ireland, there were some very experienced fighters — having invested many years of training both domestically and in Thailand, and amassing a large number of fights internationally. You wouldn't describe these guys as 'beginners'... or would you? A small part [...]

Tag Team: Physical Therapy/Strength & Conditioning

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick This is a joint article with Lev Borukhov, a physical therapist from the U.S. with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York Institute of Technology who specialises in working with fighters. He's passionate about Muay Thai and has an informative blog at www.fightpt.com. We'll be acting as a tag [...]

Lessons from a Master

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick 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 [...]

Should You Rest on Rest Days?

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick It's important to schedule enough rest and recovery in your training programme to avoid injury, illness and overtraining. Most competing fighters train for 6-days a week, resting for one day of the week. But is a rest day best spent doing absolutely nothing at all? Are there low intensity activities [...]

Single Leg Exercise Progressions

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick The emphasis on unilateral or single leg exercise is beginning to take hold in strength and conditioning circles. In reality most sports depend on producing strength, power and stability on one leg — with the exception of rowers, power lifters and Olympic lifters who compete bilaterally using both legs. Thai boxers [...]

Thai Boxer Down — Injuries

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick It's easy to get carried away when preparing for a fight. I've seen many fighters 'self destruct' at this time and get injured – myself included. Injuries such as these either fall into the traumatic (sudden accidental) category, or chronic over use. Traumatic injuries are always possible, and can spontaneously [...]

Outuflow Muay Thai Activation Exercises

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick This weekend I was privileged to meet Will Chung when attending his Tacfit MMA workshop. To say he's had a profound effect on me would be an understatement. Will is not only an renowned martial artist and coach, but really knows movement. His approach is one of a universal practicality [...]

What is Strength & Conditioning Exactly???

  This post was prompted by a recent Facebook status, which asked, “As strength and conditioning is becoming a big part of fighters training, what do coaches and fighters think it is? Weight training? Cardio? Padwork? Bag work? Core exercises? Body impact conditioning?” It's a great question, and one that certainly attracted a lot [...]