The Science of Muay Thai — Lesson 1

Answering questions arising as a result of my last video, 'Strength & Power... What's the difference?', it became apparent the root of the answers all stemmed from a better understanding of fight physics! So at the risk of putting you off with explanations that include reference to stuff you probably didn't enjoy at school, [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:05:33+00:00 October 13th, 2013|Biomechanics, Power, Research, Strength, Written Post|4 Comments

Strength & Power… What’s the Difference?

In this video I explain the difference between strength and power, and what this means specifically to Thai boxers. Do you have any questions? If so please let me know in the comments below and I'll answer them in my next article. Missed the previous video? You can view it here.   [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:06:47+00:00 October 7th, 2013|Periodisation, Power, recommended, Specificity, Strength, Video Post|3 Comments

Strength & Conditioning Theory for Muay Thai

The video below introduces my strength and conditioning theory for Muay Thai seminar, and shares some info regarding strength and power training for athletic performance - not to be confused with bodybuilding! During the seminar, many myths will be busted — THIS WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU TRAIN. ...why do those video thumbnails always catch [...]

Exercise Selection — part 2

After explaining my reasons for selecting the exercises in session A of my 'Building Functional Muscle for Muay Thai' routine, here's the same for session B. To briefly re-set the scene, although weight training needn’t add unnecessary bulk (it depends on the intensity and the volume of lifts that you use), this routine does [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Training Thai Boxers for Strength, Power & Speed

Strength, power and speed are three different (although dependant) physical qualities that must be individually targeted to reach your full athletic potential as a fighter. Supplemental strength and conditioning training is the only way a Thai boxer can hope to exploit this potential. To explain, let me introduce you to the force-velocity curve. The heavier [...]

Fighter Weight Training Sessions In a Nutshell

Thai boxers, like most athletes,  don't have much time to dedicate to weight training sessions. It's therefore critical to train specifically in the gym — be the most productive and get out again. Fighters must focus on strength and power development in the weights room, as these adaptations aren't maximally stressed during Thai boxing training [...]

Muscle Soreness & Muay Thai Training

Pulling on my barefoot running shoes, I chose to run the 2 miles to the gym as part of my warm up. I'm not yet accustomed to the altered calf loading from barefoot running, and as I completed my gym session, my calves began to feel tight — but I still have the run home. [...]

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 [...]

Buakaw Strength & Conditioning Training

Here's an interesting video of former Omnoi Stadium champion and two-time K-1 World MAX champion, Buakaw using landmine or coreplate exercises in his strength and conditioning programme prescribed by the Faculty of Sports Science at Kasetsart University. The movements selected are very sport specific, indicating they are toward the end of a meso cycle or block [...]

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 [...]

Strength & Conditioning for Muay Thai

Anyone who's been out to Thailand to train in Muay Thai will have no doubt experienced some Spartan weight training equipment and limited resistance training use. The majority of time is spent running, skipping, hitting bags and pads or light sparring. Although this is common place throughout the majority of Thai boxing gyms in [...]

By | 2017-04-28T17:51:19+00:00 August 13th, 2012|Power, Strength, Written Post|4 Comments

Anaerobic Alactic Power Intervals

Today with the sun beating down, it was a great opportunity to score some training in preparation for my Thai boxing training trip in Thailand. So I left the house wearing just my barefoot running shoes, shorts and a heart rate strap (and some factor 50 sun-lotion - yes, I'm that pastey skinned). My [...]

By | 2017-04-28T17:58:34+00:00 July 24th, 2012|Energy Systems, Power, Written Post|2 Comments