What Order Should My Exercises Be In?

I received a great question following my last post on the Serape Effect, it went like this... “Howdy Don, Great article! Totally interested in this type of training, I had a look at your Speed, Power and Strength routine and I was really excited to try this. However, I was a little unsure about [...]

Muay Thai & The Serape Effect

 It's not the strength of the arm that throws a punch, it's the amount of power that a fighter can wind out from the trunk and hips – unleashing power via the rotary action of the hip via the trunk and the arm. And the same is true of kicks, and this is all due [...]

Your Training Is Your Responsibility

As a Thai boxer, you have many different opportunities to train, some with groups and training-partners, and others by yourself. It's great working with others, and there's plenty of benefits to doing so, but grasping your solo sessions and making them count will take you to another level. Get Personal I see far too [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hill Sprints For Muay Thai

Having wound the clocks forward for the start of the spring season the UK, it's time to seriously consider getting some outdoor training in. My first port of call is always a steep grassy slope less than a minutes jog from my home. The gradient stretches roughly 30-metres from a children's play area up [...]

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 [...]

‘Stiff-ankling’ Plyometric Video for Muay Thai Power

Following the Aerobic Plyometric Routine post, I've been asked to elaborate on just what 'stiff-ankling' is. So I've taken the opportunity to put together a short demonstration video and explained below just how this makes you explosive. Stiff-ankling is a plyometric drill to develop reactive power primarily in the calves and achilles tendon (the [...]

By | 2017-04-13T20:10:33+00:00 January 26th, 2014|Potentiation, Power, Programme Design, Video Post, Written Post|0 Comments

Aerobic Plyometric Routine – Muay Thai Conditioning

This may sound like a contradiction. The aerobic system supplies energy at a slow, steady rate, while plyometric exercise develops the stretch short cycle (the elastic qualities of muscles and tendons), explosively applying force rapidly. So how can both of these qualities be trained in the same session? Aerobic - plyometric training employs repeated [...]

By | 2017-04-28T09:44:09+00:00 January 20th, 2014|Energy Systems, Power, Written Post|6 Comments

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 [...]

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 – [...]

Short Notice Weight Training Program PART 2

Now for week two of the accelerated 3-week weight training program to peak for a short notice Muay Thai fight. In week 1, we introduced power movements both at the speed end of the scale with plyometric box jumps and lighter medicine ball work, and the heavier, slower end of the force-velocity curve with [...]

Weight Training Programming & Fighting at Short Notice

You know the drill, you're between fights and focusing your weight training and Muay Thai training to be better than ever for your next outing. You've put together a solid block of strength training and have seen real results from this directed, periodised approach. But now a fight has come up in just three-weeks [...]

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 [...]