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Are You Training, Practicing, or Spoiling?

Today, are you heading out predominantly for a Training session, a Practice session, or a Spoiling session? Let me explain what I mean by these... Training - moves you forward, it’s progressive, uses developmental loads and drills Practicing - reinforces existing skill, creates good habits, maintains athletic qualities Spoiling - [...]

Are You Training, Practicing, or Spoiling?2020-04-06T17:54:30+01:00

Will My Training Weaken My Immune System?

Like many others, I used to believe that hard training left your immune system temporarily at a deficit, leaving an “open window” where you're more likely to pick up an infection. Lots of previous research assumed this, and that’s where I’d got it from.... But it’s a myth. This video explains why this myth [...]

Will My Training Weaken My Immune System?2020-04-01T12:06:49+01:00

Shuttle Run Technique for Optimal Cardio – MAS Training

While on lockdown, your cardio conditioning can either maintain fitness, or develop fitness... It can encourage poor movement mechanics, or promote sound movement and stability. Done well, progressive shuttle run training does both. I encourage you to improve how you move when you’re training at home. With some thought, cardio training can [...]

Shuttle Run Technique for Optimal Cardio – MAS Training2020-03-28T17:43:09+00:00

Nothing To Pull From? Body Weight Exercise – Floor Wiper Press

When you’re stuck at home without something to hang and pull from, you need a way to train that musculature on the upper back to retain strength and stability… Too much pushing will mess up your posture and increase your risk of injury. So I’ve put on my “thinking cap” [...]

Nothing To Pull From? Body Weight Exercise – Floor Wiper Press2020-03-27T20:46:14+00:00

DO BETTER – Working Out is NOT Training

Once you are tired of just “working out” (spinning your wheels), start TRAINING instead. When you’re training, you’re progressively working toward a specific purpose... And that purpose is far more targeted than “stay in shape” or keeping busy. A woolly objective like that may burn calories and prevent you putting [...]

DO BETTER – Working Out is NOT Training2020-03-26T13:38:06+00:00

How To Train After You’ve Recovered From Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

The world-wide impact of the COVID-19 virus is now being truly realised… Events are cancelled and fighters are now feeling a little aimless, not knowing how long restrictions are going to be in place. During this time of inevitable social lock-down – depending on where you are in [...]

How To Train After You’ve Recovered From Novel Coronavirus COVID-192020-03-19T23:01:06+00:00

Strength-Power-Speed (SPS) Routine – A S&C Routine for Training at Home

I’m often asked for a genuine training program for Thai boxers that don’t have access to any gym equipment – something to supplement the typical training regimen in Thailand... And in the current climate, something you can do at home when your gym has closed to help control the COVID-19 outbreak. So I set [...]

Strength-Power-Speed (SPS) Routine – A S&C Routine for Training at Home2020-03-27T21:11:43+00:00

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Plan Your HOME TRAINING Options Now

Following discussions with my face to face clients this last week, and now the Coronavirus has been confirmed as pandemic by World Health Organization, I’ve been considering my personal obligation to those I train. Although many of us are young enough and fit enough to personally not be severely affected even [...]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Plan Your HOME TRAINING Options Now2020-03-13T19:51:22+00:00

How To Instantly Improve Your Running Technique

Despite what you may think, there’s a lot of technique involved in running economically. Just because you can run, doesn’t mean that you’re running efficiently… I know for a fact that a lot of you guys are making this same mistake I have… because your running cadence, or steps per minute [...]

How To Instantly Improve Your Running Technique2020-03-02T13:54:59+00:00

Fat Loss For Fighters

Fat loss is a huge issue for Muay Thai enthusiasts of all levels. Not just cutting weight temporarily for one fight, but a long-term change in body composition – losing all unnecessary fat, so the body has only what’s useful for the highest performance. And of course, looking great is [...]

Fat Loss For Fighters2020-02-23T04:33:03+00:00

TJ The Thinking Man and Daisy Mrs The Thinking Man – The Science Of Building Champions Podcast

In this, the very first episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast, I’m joined by both TJ "The Thinking Man", AND "Mrs The Thinking Man", TJ’s wife Daisy, from Phuket – just a week out from both of their next fights on the same weekend… Originally from Houston, Texas [...]

TJ The Thinking Man and Daisy Mrs The Thinking Man – The Science Of Building Champions Podcast2020-01-03T17:44:29+00:00

How A Novice Can Become An Expert – And Why Some Never Will

Phase 1: Newbie Gains When you first start Muay Thai training, you’re swimming in a sea of technical corrections! As time goes on, with consistent practice of the core (game-changing) movements and techniques, fewer corrections are needed to achieve reliable performance. You’re moving along the continuum from novice to expert. [...]

How A Novice Can Become An Expert – And Why Some Never Will2019-11-13T23:06:03+00:00

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?

One Championship has been doing a great job of showcasing not only the fighters, but some of the behind the scenes training footage as well. And I'm often asked to comment on some of the exercises that have been shared on social media. And here’s one I was asked to comment on recently… [...]

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?2019-10-17T22:17:36+01:00