Valgus Knees: Corrective Strength and Conditioning Exercises

In a previous article for Muay Thai Scholar, I discussed using strength and conditioning training to discover how your body fails, and working on these weak links – we’ve all got them! I illustrated with the example of valgus collapse of the knee, where the knee buckles inward under load — and this is pretty common [...]

How To Increase Punching Speed Using The Right Weight Gloves

Training in heavier gloves has long been thought to improve strength and therefore punching speed – once you return to regular weight gloves. Others swear by shadow boxing with dumbbells and resistance bands also feature highly in the list of exercises used to increase punch speed. Having been asked about adding resistance to punching [...]

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 & 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Make Muay Thai Your Own

A big mistake coaches can make is to produce clones of their own style rather than developing fighters as individuals. As I discussed in my last post, the importance of individualisation, no-one has the same biological or psychological traits. You're can't duplicate the exact performance of someone with different stature, limb lengths, body proportions [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]