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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Olympic Lifting & Kettlebells For Muay Thai?

Quan A Nguyen recently asked on the Heatick S&C Facebook page: "What do you think about Olympic lifting, and kettlebell training? Is Olympic lifting appropriate for MT? If yes, how should I modify my weight training schedule to include them?" Both Olympic lifting (snatch, clean and jerk etc.) and kettlebell training (swings, snatches and [...]

It’s Not Your 8 Limbs Striking

The private Muay Thai sessions I've coached recently have handed me a common-thread that I thought I'd share with you. Muay Thai is often referred to as the science of 8 limbs, but being pre-occupied with the striking limbs themselves is a big mistake. This is something I've found to be true myself, and [...]

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 [...]

WEIGHT TRAINING MAKING YOU TOO SORE FOR MUAY THAI?

Regular weight training for strength and power should not make you sore, and shouldn't negatively impact subsequent Muay Thai training. If you're repeatedly getting sore following your weight training, you're doing something wrong. Athletic strength and conditioning training should complement your Muay Thai not contend with it. When trained correctly, strength and power training [...]

Muay Thai & The Law of Accommodation – Part 2

Avoiding training plateaus (accommodation) requires some forethought. As discussed in part 1 of this article, it's important to vary training load (intensity and/or volume) and the exercises or drills used. These modifications to training are essentially quantitative (changing the amount and intensity) or qualitative (replacing exercises and drills). Fighters/athletes with more advanced training ages [...]

Muay Thai Metabolic Workout Video

This video post details the Muay Thai metabolic workout example described in the Muay Thai Metabolic Training article.   If you missed it, make sure you also read this article so that you understand how to structure your own workouts.

Muay Thai Metabolic Training

Metabolic training, popularised by Crossfit, has become a buzz word these days — particularly with fighters. Such circuit training typically moves from one exercise to the next with minimal rest. It satisfies our need to push on hard (building work capacity) and loads with an intensity higher than body weight. All is good then, why [...]

Exercise Selection

I was recently asked a great series of questions regarding substituting alternative exercises for some of the ones I'd put together in my previously posted functional strength and hypertrophy routine. As a result I thought I'd run though my exercise choices and explain why I've selected them. Strength and conditioning maybe the practical application [...]

Mastery Begins With Your Intent

My early morning run was feeling easier today, my pace was quicker than previous outings and my mind was sparking - thoughts, ideas where hitting me without conscious effort as I sprung along. At last I was beginning to feel myself again after a training hiatus. As I neared the end of the run [...]

Training Age

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 of this particular seminar [...]

Movement Rhythm & Muay Thai Economy

Following last weeks post, this article shares more in-fight relaxation tips inspired by my private session with Yodsanklai Fairtex in Pattaya. Every move Yod makes comes from a relaxed, shuffling fighting stance – which is a focus in his coaching. Muay Thai is rhythmical movement, with an escalating tempo from the first to the [...]

Are You Fighting With The Brakes On?

Here in the UK we’ve recently had a heat wave (I’m definitely not complaining, I love it — it’s been more like Bangkok than Bury St Edmunds), and the Muay Thai classes I’ve taught in such conditions have shown that movement economy needed some work. It has been an opportunity to focus on efficiency [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:18:21+00:00 August 4th, 2013|Coaching, Motor Patterns, Movement Training, Written Post|3 Comments

Tag Team: Physical Therapy/Strength & Conditioning

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 team — Lev handling the physical [...]

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 [...]

Why Fighters Should Exercise on One-leg

In the last article I posted a video showing a progressive series of unilateral (single limb) leg exercises, and this week I'll explain why they feature in my Thai boxer's strength and conditioning programmes. Because We're Thai Boxers Thai boxers operate on one leg or in staggered stances, placing an unequal load on the [...]