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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Testing Fighter’s Anaerobic Fatigue & Power

Here's a simple but highly effective test you can conduct on a rowing machine to determine your maximum average power, anaerobic fatigue and anaerobic capacity – a very useful gauge for Thai boxers. The result of this modified Wingate rowing test can not only be used to track your personal fitness progress and the effectiveness [...]

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 [...]

The Importance of Individualisation

We're all different. You can't expect everyone to respond to training in same way. In truth, everything is probability, an outcome is either more or less likely depending on many different factors. Structuring training to achieve a desired result is relatively easy for the majority, but there are always outliers, those high-responders and non-responders that [...]

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 [...]

EVERYONE HAS A PLAN UNTIL…

"Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." ~ Mike Tyson This is not only true in the ring, the proverbial punch in the mouth can happen at any time to scupper your plans. Among other things injury, illness and work/family commitments can all interrupt your intended plan. Let's face it, [...]

By | 2017-08-14T19:54:47+00:00 March 2nd, 2014|Periodisation, Programme Design, Recovery, Written Post|1 Comment

Is There Ever Enough Fitness?

Sam posted this fantastic question on the forum: “Is there a point where your fitness level is 'enough', at which point you could spend all your time working on technique, sparring, and other such sport-specific things?“ In answering this question, I've taken the opportunity to link-in more detail on some of the topics discussed. [...]

‘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

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 & The Law of Accommodation – Part 1

When it comes to physical training, most haven't heard of the law of accommodation, even fewer have considered it's application to Muay Thai. But this great question came up on the Questions & Answers Forum. Although I've briefly touched on it before, it's a subject that's of particular relevance to Muay Thai and warrants [...]

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 [...]