Show Some Finesse, As Well As Blood And Guts

Training requires discipline, but not the kind that fighters usually think of… This discipline I speak of is “restraint”. Knowing when to show restraint is what takes an athletically gifted fighter, and turns them into a beast! It’s the same kind of restraint you’d show when sparring a novice (well I'd hope so anyway [...]

It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Get Results

Regardless if you're talking nutrition or Muay Thai strength and conditioning training, it doesn't have to be perfect to get results. In this super quick Vlog from the office, I explain what is important when it comes to getting results... and having the perfect training programme or nutrition plan isn't it! [...]

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 [...]

If You’re Not Growing You’re Dying – Don’t Be Afraid of Change

It's true in every field... Don't be afraid of change. "Just because it's the way it's always been done, it doesn't mean it's the best way." ~ Dr. Bryan Mann, assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Missouri Are you still doing everything you do the way you started out doing [...]

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 [...]

The Simple Way To Take The Muay Thai Visionary Advantage

It’s an arms race… And there’s a huge advantage in being the visionary, the early adopter. The benefits gained are not available to the majority… yet. While others have no clue, you already have it all figured out and are moving ahead. There’s a recognised curve as people jump on-board with a new idea. [...]

LACK OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING IN THAILAND?

Following my interviews with full time fighters Jordan Coe and Sophia Torkos at different gyms in Thailand, I've been asked, "Are you surprised by the lack of strength and conditioning in Thailand?" ... And I must say I'm not. Generally the understanding just isn't there yet, and there's along history of training using traditional methods which [...]

MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING VS THAILAND TRAINING METHOD

One of the guys on my programme asked me, "What are the benefits of your training (strength and conditioning) method versus the the Thailand method?" It's a good question, and one I thought I'd answer with a video rather than a few brief sentences. So on a windy, November, Sunday morning, I grabbed my [...]

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 2

Not all of your supplemental training will transfer as directly to Muay Thai performance as others, but it also doesn’t need to. In fact, you'll run into problems if all your training does. So what's the deal, should your training be Muay Thai specific or not? In part 1 I discussed energy systems conditioning, [...]

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 & Ballet Common Ground

No, I’m not joking! I’m influenced by excellence regardless of the discipline or activity. I see the common ground everywhere. Every experience of successful individuals teaches me something – opens my eyes to something new, or provides confirmation of a principle I’ve already recognised. Recently, through my 10-year old daughter’s successful pursuit of a [...]

Muay Thai Athletic Training Principles

Nothing happens by accident. If you want to be the best fighter you can be, you need to put some thought into it. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Or was it Winston Churchill? Anyway, whoever said it was bang on! And it’s true in every [...]

Muay Thai Tournament Conditioning

It’s hard enough preparing for a single fight, but what if you’re involved in a tournament and are expected to fight on consecutive days, or even multiple times in one day? Do you need to change your conditioning training to suit this? This article has been prompted by Sean, who asked this great question: “Hey [...]

Programming Single Leg Exercises For Muay Thai

I've had a lot of questions regarding how best to introduce single leg exercises into strength training sessions, so I thought I'd share with you an overview of my approach to incorporating single leg training for athletes in my Muay Thai strength programmes. Muay Thai Specificity In later, more Muay Thai specific training blocks, I [...]

Muay Thai Strength & Conditioning Periodisation (Planning)

Following the Muay Thai Guy Podcast, I've been getting lots of questions regarding my approach to periodisation for Muay Thai. So as I've just set up my new 'green screen', I thought I'd shed some more light on this subject via the medium of video. Yeh, I know, boys and their toys! "How can I [...]

Plyo’s Before Muay Thai Skill Training? — Activation vs Fatigue

Can I use Plyo's before Muay Thai skill training? This short video explains the relationship between activation and fatigue, and how it relates to strength/power movements preceding Muay Thai technical and tactical training. Triggered by a question on my Aerobic Plyometric Routine post, I felt the topic of post activation potentiation (PAP) needed to [...]

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 [...]

Short Term vs Long Term & Resisting the Marshmallow

Attitude is everything, it separates those that achieve from those that just don't. Everything is moving at an ever increasing rate and instant gratification is generally expected. But some things can't be rushed. Physiology is one of those things. It's nature, and you can't rush nature without some sort of trade-off, some sort of [...]