Hindsight – My Young Fighter Training Mistake

Now in my fifties, the training mistakes I made as a young fighter are finally catching up with me... If some training is good, and more means quicker results, then even more training is even better, right? That's how it felt at the time. However, time and scientific evidence have proved me wrong! The [...]

Hindsight – My Young Fighter Training Mistake2024-05-20T13:35:28+01:00

Fighter Training Through Injury – Right or Wrong?

Are you a fighter training through an injury? Should you be resting up or smashing on regardless? I've pushed on when I shouldn't have, and needlessly backed off too. There are lessons to learn here. Injury is part of any athlete's journey. But for fighters, managing injury well can separate you from the competition... [...]

Fighter Training Through Injury – Right or Wrong?2024-05-05T18:14:34+01:00

Muay Thai Sport Specific Training Overkill? The Hidden Risks

Muay Thai sport specific training has it's place. But there are hidden risks. Many fighters don't realise there's a tipping point where more sport-specific training stops helping and starts increasing overuse injury risk instead. The more training hours you put in, and the more years you’ve been in the game, compounds this risk. And [...]

Muay Thai Sport Specific Training Overkill? The Hidden Risks2024-01-17T17:37:37+00:00

Essential Exercise Movement Patterns For Fighters

Skip the outdated bro-splits and use the essential exercise movement patterns to start training like combat sport athlete… It's not enough to just lift weights - we need to train our bodies in a way that transfers directly to better striking, clinching, and evasion. In this video I break down the 8 fundamental exercise [...]

Essential Exercise Movement Patterns For Fighters2024-01-11T21:26:21+00:00

Fight Training Without A Fight? Stealing Muay Thai Fight Camp Gains

Fight training without a fight? It may seem counterintuitive, but you CAN capture the performance benefits of a fight camp without ever stepping foot in the ring. The secret lies in periodisation - strategically planning your training into blocks that progressively build strength, power, speed, and Muay Thai specific skills. This optimised structure allows [...]

Fight Training Without A Fight? Stealing Muay Thai Fight Camp Gains2023-12-29T10:35:46+00:00

Best Shoulder Stretch For Fighters Guard And Dominant Defense!

Crack the code to an impenetrable guard! In this episode, we break down a powerful progression of standing shoulder stretch exercises designed to enhance your shoulder mobility and solidify your guard. If you've been struggling with mobility... Dive into dynamic warm-up stretches and end your sessions with static holds to ensure a rock-solid guard [...]

Best Shoulder Stretch For Fighters Guard And Dominant Defense!2023-12-01T14:33:44+00:00

From Imbalance to Powerhouse: The Truth About Muay Thai Strength Training

The untold truth about Muay Thai strength training. Learn more about incorporating resistance training seamlessly into your training routine. Discover why traditional Thai trainers have been skeptical, and how you can strike a balance between these two worlds. Resistance training isn't just about raw power; it's your body's insurance policy against wear and tear. [...]

From Imbalance to Powerhouse: The Truth About Muay Thai Strength Training2023-10-19T17:26:41+01:00

Fight Ready Pad Work – A New Take

Fight ready pad work isn't just about sweating out; it's about crafting a strategic approach that replicates the fight's intensity. Dive deep into the nuances of fight-specific training in this episode, as we uncover how to leverage pad work sessions for maximum psychological and physical benefit, ensuring you're sharp and agile for the big [...]

Fight Ready Pad Work – A New Take2023-09-21T10:33:06+01:00

Burnout Or Overtraining –The Truth And How To Recover Quicker

One thing’s for sure, at some stage, every fighter will push their training too far and burnout. Likely, getting sick or injured, along with feeling grumpy, depressed and lacking motivation to train at all. You can both catch this before it happens and recover from it quicker, IF you understand the three stages on [...]

Burnout Or Overtraining –The Truth And How To Recover Quicker2023-08-06T09:17:03+01:00

Squats vs Muay Thai Kicks – Integrating Strength Training with Muay Thai Techniques

Gear up for an eye-opening episode as we dive into the fascinating topic of "Squats vs Muay Thai Kicks." Join us as we tackle James' query on integrating strength training with Muay Thai techniques. Despite boasting impressive lifting numbers, James finds himself trailing behind professional fighters in terms of fighting ability and technique. Should [...]

Squats vs Muay Thai Kicks – Integrating Strength Training with Muay Thai Techniques2023-08-06T09:17:05+01:00

New Era Of Muay Thai: Unlocking Athletic Performance

The world of Muay Thai is changing. And athletic performance matters more than ever. Gone are the days when Thai fighters had a monopoly on the sport. Today, Western fighters are using sports science and professional training methods to close the gap on their Thai counterparts. If you're a Muay Thai fighter or a [...]

New Era Of Muay Thai: Unlocking Athletic Performance2023-08-06T09:17:09+01:00

The Importance Of Discipline in Strength And Conditioning For Fighters

Don't underestimate the importance of discipline in strength and conditioning. It's all too easy to become distracted by what's shiny and new, only to shortcut progress by playing your ace too early... Or, to charge headlong into overuse injury and the frustration of time out of training. You can look at that next block [...]

The Importance Of Discipline in Strength And Conditioning For Fighters2023-08-06T09:17:09+01:00

Technical Tips To Prevent Low Kick Foot Injury

Technical tips to prevent injuring your foot throwing your low kick! The Muay Thai round kick is one most powerful kicks in martial arts. To avoid smashing your foot to smithereens when throwing your low kick, you must master range, kicking foot position, and tactical set up. Check out the full video for in-depth [...]

Technical Tips To Prevent Low Kick Foot Injury2023-08-06T09:17:10+01:00

Dynamic Hip Mobility Exercises – Shin Box Switch With Hip Extension

For snappy punches and kicks, Shin Box Switch hip mobility exercises both warm up and challenge hip internal and external range of motion – they're harder than they look! And adding a hip extension movement turns these hip mobility exercises into combined hip strengthening exercises too... Not to mention increasing your ability to use your [...]

Dynamic Hip Mobility Exercises – Shin Box Switch With Hip Extension2023-08-06T09:17:19+01:00

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 2

When putting together a training plan... Although many fighters and coaches are doing the right things, they organise their training weeks haphazardly and squander the full training effect, or inadvertently cancel out performance gains entirely. At best, this wastes effort. At worst, it burns out fighters and injures them. But, you can apply simple steps [...]

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 22024-03-19T07:31:10+00:00

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 1

These days, fighter training has become more sophisticated. Coaches, fighters, and hobbyists alike all realise that to remain healthy, injury free and perform their best it takes more than steady runs, bag work, pad work, and sparring. But, what types of sessions are needed? How often should you train? What order should sessions go? [...]

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 12024-03-19T07:31:20+00:00

Mid Back Rotation Mobility For Fighters | Thoracic Spine

Thoracic spine, or mid back rotation mobility is lacking in 90% of the fighters I’ve tested, from novices to world class pros. In the last episode, I demonstrated how I test and score this. If you scored between 1 to 3, you’re limiting your striking power and have an increased risk of lower back [...]

Mid Back Rotation Mobility For Fighters | Thoracic Spine2023-08-06T09:17:22+01:00

Thoracic Spine Rotation Test For Fighters

How do you score on this thoracic spine rotation test? 9 out of 10 fighters can’t adequately twist their torso! They don’t have enough t-spine rotation, especially on the dominant side of their body. This means they’re limiting the amount of power they can produce in strikes (especially the close-range weapons like elbows and knees), and have an [...]

Thoracic Spine Rotation Test For Fighters2023-08-06T09:17:22+01:00

The Splits Stretching Routine For Fighters Kicks

Regularly practicing this splits, passive, relaxed stretching routine for fighters will rapidly enhance your kicking flexibility. Splits stretching as shown for just 7 mins, at least 3 times per week, will make a huge difference to your kicking ability at all target heights. Not only will you reach higher targets, like the head, that [...]

The Splits Stretching Routine For Fighters Kicks2023-08-06T09:17:28+01:00

Barbell vs Dumbbell Shoulder Press For Fighters

Both barbells and dumbbells have their place in a fighters program for exercises like the shoulder press... Either to target specific qualities in different blocks of training, to accommodate shoulder mobility or injury, or simply because of the limited availability of one or the other in your gym! In this video all is explained, while [...]

Barbell vs Dumbbell Shoulder Press For Fighters2023-08-06T09:17:29+01:00
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