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 [...]

CAN’T THROW MED BALLS IN YOUR GYM? TRY THIS SUSPENSION EXERCISE INSTEAD!2019-04-22T22:33:51+01:00

ANTHONY JOSHUA REACTION TRAINING

There's a lot of video clips out there showing snapshots of Anthony Joshua's strength and conditioning training. I thought I'd take a quick look specifically at reaction training, and chat through some thoughts. And if there's another video out there that you'd like me to discuss, please get in contact and let me know! ;) [...]

ANTHONY JOSHUA REACTION TRAINING2019-04-22T22:29:10+01:00

TRAINING & FIGHTING THE CURVE – MUAY THAI STRENGTH, POWER, SPEED

What do I mean, "Training and fighting the curve?" It's a fundamental principle of performance training that I'd like to breakdown for you, specifically for Muay Thai athletes. If you can grasp this, and structure your training to exploit it, I guarantee you'll unlock more of what you're truly capable of. There's two videos, offering [...]

TRAINING & FIGHTING THE CURVE – MUAY THAI STRENGTH, POWER, SPEED2019-04-22T22:23:25+01:00

Core Exercises For Fighters

MuayThai Strength and Conditioning Q&A Episode 1: Core Exercises For Fighters Featuring Manachai, Erhan and Yodchai, filmed at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Core Exercises For Fighters Video Transcript: I get asked [...]

Core Exercises For Fighters2019-09-15T21:45:36+01:00

Injured Thai Boxer Strength and Conditioning Tips

Let's face it, Thai boxing is a full contact discipline. The objective is to leave your opponent unable to continue, preferably unconscious! Damage is the name of the game. Contact injuries can certainly be reduced through improved Muay Thai skill, but they still happen, there's no avoiding it. So what happens when you get [...]

Injured Thai Boxer Strength and Conditioning Tips2019-07-30T19:52:15+01:00

Testing Muay Thai Anaerobic Power, Capacity and Fatigue Using VBT

Testing is motivating. It tells you if you’re good or bad, and if you’re training is making you better. But testing “better” only means you’re getting better at Muay Thai if the test has carry over, if it’s sport specific enough. I use a modified Wingate rowing test in my online strength and conditioning [...]

Testing Muay Thai Anaerobic Power, Capacity and Fatigue Using VBT2019-04-22T21:48:54+01:00

Are You Wasting Opportunities Your Opponent Isn’t?

Coach says, “Today is a low intensity day.” – The fighter’s body language slumps. But… by the end of the session, the fighter gets it. He’s come away with a list of things to work on, that’ll make him a better fighting athlete, and some cures for the reoccurring niggles that seem to [...]

Are You Wasting Opportunities Your Opponent Isn’t?2019-04-22T21:13:49+01:00

Hamstring Cramps – What To Do About It

Hamstring cramps at night, cramps while sitting, or during training can send you into a writhing, screaming heap on the floor. And if it keeps happening, there's something wrong. Here are some ideas that can save you some grief, and potentially a torn muscle. To be honest, the exact cause of muscle cramping is largely [...]

Hamstring Cramps – What To Do About It2019-08-31T09:09:57+01:00

A Sneaky Muscle Imbalance

My sports massage therapist Jacqui Sinclair pointed out I've a muscle imbalance in my back. Are you thinking this doesn't apply to you? Guess again — it's a sneaky muscle imbalance! Although I use a well balanced strength and conditioning training programme, I failed to account for some innocuous postural activities. In this video I explain why [...]

A Sneaky Muscle Imbalance2019-05-05T17:18:27+01:00

Frequent Fight Strength and Conditioning Tips

It’s not uncommon to have periods where you’re fighting very frequently, which can obviously throw your planned strength and conditioning training into a bit of a spin. Although the very best improvements in athletic performance are built using the periodised strength and conditioning program, there are times when the ideal program this isn’t practical. [...]

Frequent Fight Strength and Conditioning Tips2019-04-22T20:20:20+01:00

VALGUS KNEES: CORRECTIVE EXERCISES IF YOUR KNEES BUCKLE IN

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 [...]

VALGUS KNEES: CORRECTIVE EXERCISES IF YOUR KNEES BUCKLE IN2019-05-05T19:24:26+01:00

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 [...]

Programming Single Leg Exercises For Muay Thai2019-04-22T19:40:30+01:00

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 [...]

More Muay Thai Clinch Strength2019-04-22T19:10:21+01:00

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 [...]

Muay Thai Clinch Strength2019-04-22T19:09:06+01:00

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 [...]

Pakorn Muay Thai Strength & Conditioning2019-04-22T19:07:16+01:00

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 [...]

Power – Strength – Fat Loss Routine2019-04-22T18:58:39+01:00

Gym Mobility Exercises For Muay Thai

Following the Gym Session Density article, I've been asked what mobility exercises I'd  suggest to fit into the gym session template. In reality, the specific exercises I select depend on the movement limitations of the individual that I've programmed for. However, Thai boxers generally need to work on ankle, hip, thoracic spine and shoulder [...]

Gym Mobility Exercises For Muay Thai2019-05-05T17:08:19+01:00

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 [...]

GYM SESSION DENSITY2019-05-05T17:06:42+01:00