HARDER THAN IT LOOKS – ATHLETIC CORE STRENGTH EXERCISE YOU CAN DO ANYWHERE

Last time I showed you an exercise for core rotational speed and power, this time I serve you the foundation... anti-rotational strength! And this is a true strength exercise, one designed to create enough overload on your neuromuscular system to really increase the amount of force your core can produce and withstand. Combine this [...]

CAN’T THROW MED BALLS IN YOUR GYM? TRY THIS SUSPENSION EXERCISE INSTEAD!

I'm on a mission... to bring real strength and conditioning training to all fighters, even if they haven't got all the kit! ;) And this is especially true for fighters trying to keep on top of their training while away on holiday, or... even when out training in Thailand. We all know that resistance [...]

By | 2017-05-26T22:55:44+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Core Training, Power, Training routine, Video Post, Videos|1 Comment

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, [...]

MUAY THAI POWER ENDURANCE FINISHER

This weeks post is in response to a request from one of the coaches I've done a seminar for. He's after a finisher to stick on the end of his Muay Thai training sessions. Ok, so here's the brief: 10 - 15 mins in duration to go on the end of 2 or 3 Thai [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The 12-days of Christmas Progressive Workout

[Singing] "On the first day of Christmas, Don Heatrick gave to me..." Here's a daily progressive workout for you to try for the next twelve days. Each day I'll be adding another bodyweight exercise, with one more rep. On day 1, Christmas day, you perform one pistol squat (per leg). On day 2, Boxing [...]

By | 2017-04-28T09:47:31+00:00 December 25th, 2013|Training routine|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

Intermittent Sprints for Muay Thai

It's been a hectic week — my full-time gym is in the midst of a major refurb, installing a new mezzanine floor and literally doubling the gym capacity. Exciting times! Anyway, as the gym is effectively a construction site, it's not been possible to run the regular Muay Thai classes, so to keep the [...]

By | 2017-04-28T10:11:45+00:00 September 9th, 2013|Energy Systems, Recovery, Training routine, Written Post|1 Comment

Single Leg Exercise Progressions

The emphasis on unilateral or single leg exercise is beginning to take hold in strength and conditioning circles. In reality most sports depend on producing strength, power and stability on one leg — with the exception of rowers, power lifters and Olympic lifters who compete bilaterally using both legs. Thai boxers of course spend a [...]

Building Functional Muscle for Muay Thai – part 2

Last week's post outlining my hypertrophy (muscle building) phase of training for MuayThai generated a lot of interest, and warranted a follow-up providing extra detail. I'll begin by clarifying the exercises in the programme. Session A Exercises Superset 1 a) Front squat — knee dominant lower body b) Rear foot elevated split squats (Bulgarian split squats) — [...]