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Vinny Shoreman – The Science of Building Champions Podcast

In this episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast... Vinny Shoreman, a former Muay Thai coach, a fight commentator, and mind coach who’s in demand around the world from professional fighters, TV stars, to everyday folks struggling with doubt. With a wealth of knowledge about life struggle (both from [...]

Vinny Shoreman – The Science of Building Champions Podcast2020-10-30T18:05:51+00:00

Struggling With Motivation? UNSTOPPABLE Muay Thai Mojo

In this episode, the Secret To Unstoppable Muay Thai Mojo! And I’ll start with a very short story… As the sun began to rise this morning, it was chilly but bright as I set off for my Sunday run with my dog, Logan. My running app [...]

Struggling With Motivation? UNSTOPPABLE Muay Thai Mojo2020-10-13T15:20:23+01:00

Ognjen Topic – The Science of Building Champions Podcast

In this episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast I chat with Ognjen Topic, European born three-times world champion, WKA International Champion, and ranked number 1 in the United States, who’s also trained and fought extensively in Thailand too. Ognjen’s introduction to Muay Thai wasn’t the easiest (on so many [...]

Ognjen Topic – The Science of Building Champions Podcast2020-09-19T16:18:33+01:00

Damien Trainor – The Science Of Building Champions Podcast

In the long overdue 2nd episode of the podcast…. Former two-times World champion and owner of K-Star Legacy Gym UK, Damien Trainor generously shares his hard-earned Muay Thai knowledge – from both competing at the highest level in the early 90’s and onwards, and as a world renowned coach in [...]

Damien Trainor – The Science Of Building Champions Podcast2020-08-15T16:55:17+01:00

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)

For many fighters, bodyweight training only serves as muscular endurance training – multiple rounds of upward of 10 reps per exercise. This approach develops endurance, or “conditioning”. It doesn’t touch the neuromuscular system that’s developed in resistance training sessions targeting strength, power, and speed. And in missing this, fails to [...]

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)2020-08-04T19:44:07+01:00

Corona Efficiency – Tips for Returning to the Gym in 2020

Gyms around the world are either reopening or preparing to reopen very soon. It’s great news, but the reality of just what we’re going back to bears some thought. In order to reopen safely, gyms must abide by new operating restrictions and safe practice. The number of people allowed in [...]

Corona Efficiency – Tips for Returning to the Gym in 20202020-07-17T17:01:23+01:00

Are Muay Thai Students Getting Ahead of Their Trainers?

I’m hearing more often from fighters that are doing their best to systematically improve their athletic ability... But are finding that well-meaning trainers are sabotaging them with regular “beastings” that set them back. A knowledge gap is beginning to grow between the students and trainers/coaches. [...]

Are Muay Thai Students Getting Ahead of Their Trainers?2020-06-24T17:36:19+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More

Another nice balance of questions between movement skill, resistance (strength, power, speed) training, and energy systems cardio (endurance) conditioning in this Q&A episode. In this second episode of the Q&A I'm asked... Hi, Don. What do u think of the Ido Portal method of [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More2020-05-30T12:57:49+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More

Some big questions this week! In this episode of the Q&A I'm asked... What is better for the longterm progression and why? MAS or Main Conditioning from Heavy Hitters? Warm-up protocols to stimulate greater neural drive? Training at home and having trouble with loading [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More2020-05-24T11:46:46+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 03 – How Often to Push Hard in Training – Placing MT Skill & Fitness in a Fight Camp – Non-impact Cardio – Tournament Prep & More

With the increasing volume of questions to fit into the 30 minute segment, apologies if I didn't manage to squeeze in your question in this episode! In this episode of the Q&A I'm asked... How often should you schedule training sessions that really push [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 03 – How Often to Push Hard in Training – Placing MT Skill & Fitness in a Fight Camp – Non-impact Cardio – Tournament Prep & More2020-05-19T12:00:51+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 02 – Namman Muay – Shoulder Pain – Strength Block Conditioning – Bodyweight Strength – Top Principles & More

More solid questions coming in this week, and covering a good spectrum too. I'm also getting the hang of things on Instagram Live, and the supporting images work better this week – my head doesn't get in the way for a start! In this [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 02 – Namman Muay – Shoulder Pain – Strength Block Conditioning – Bodyweight Strength – Top Principles & More2020-09-30T18:06:17+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 01 – Masturbation – Strength – Mobility – Aging – Theraband Punching

I said, "Ask me anything." Well I asked for it! While getting to grips with the Instagram Live format, in this first episode of the Q&A I'm asked... 1. Why don't you buy a toupee? 2. Does masturbation or sex before a fight negatively affect performance? 3. [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 01 – Masturbation – Strength – Mobility – Aging – Theraband Punching2020-05-16T09:16:50+01:00

Muay Thai Soft Tissue Work – Foot Release & Short Foot Exercise

As promised, here’s the first area of soft tissue work that you can do at home using a tennis ball, or similar. I’ve started at the ground, with the foot, because not only is a tennis ball the perfect implement for this part of the body… But also the foot is [...]

Muay Thai Soft Tissue Work – Foot Release & Short Foot Exercise2020-04-23T10:12:08+01:00

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
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