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 [...]

Muay Thai Game-changers: The 80–20 Rule

All training has one overall objective — improvement. Every single training session, exercise, drill or warm up routine should make you better. If you're spending time not improving, you're wasting time. The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80–20 rule, states that for many events, about 80% of the effects come from just 20% [...]

Strength & Power… What’s the Difference?

In this video I explain the difference between strength and power, and what this means specifically to Thai boxers. Do you have any questions? If so please let me know in the comments below and I'll answer them in my next article. Missed the previous video? You can view it here.   [...]

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Strength & Conditioning Theory for Muay Thai

The video below introduces my strength and conditioning theory for Muay Thai seminar, and shares some info regarding strength and power training for athletic performance - not to be confused with bodybuilding! During the seminar, many myths will be busted — THIS WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU TRAIN. ...why do those video thumbnails always catch [...]

Mastery Begins With Your Intent

My early morning run was feeling easier today, my pace was quicker than previous outings and my mind was sparking - thoughts, ideas where hitting me without conscious effort as I sprung along. At last I was beginning to feel myself again after a training hiatus. As I neared the end of the run [...]

Strength & Conditioning Programming for Muay Thai

Strength & conditioning programming for Muay Thai isn't simple. If we were marathon runners things would be a lot more straight forward, but our sport uses a complex mix of athletic qualities and energy systems. Strength, power, aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness and muscular endurance all contribute to your Thai boxing performance. Lacking in one [...]

Periodisation of Muay Thai Technique Training

I've come across an interesting periodisation model while reviewing a classic article from the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal, "A Theoretical Model of Strength Training" by Stone, Bryant et al. And I thought I'd share it with you as it helps Thai boxers picture how their training should be structured approaching a fight. The [...]

WARNING! INCOMPATIBLE TRAINING METHODS

Your training must be specific to your sport. This is straight forward if you're either a sprinter (power) or a marathon runner (endurance), but we're Thai boxers and we need it all! Conflicting physical adaptations are part of our game, and managing this is crucial if you're to get the best out of yourself. [...]

Should You Rest on Rest Days?

It's important to schedule enough rest and recovery in your training programme to avoid injury, illness and overtraining. Most competing fighters train for 6-days a week, resting for one day of the week. But is a rest day best spent doing absolutely nothing at all? Are there low intensity activities that would better aid [...]

Building Clinch Strength Using Alternate-side Pull-ups

When selecting exercises for your programme you should build from more general movements to more sport specific exercises. Alternate-side pull-ups are an example of a more Muay Thai clinch specific version of the general pull-up exercise. Performance points: Hang with your arms at full extension Draw your elbow into the side of the body [...]

Training Thai Boxers for Strength, Power & Speed

Strength, power and speed are three different (although dependant) physical qualities that must be individually targeted to reach your full athletic potential as a fighter. Supplemental strength and conditioning training is the only way a Thai boxer can hope to exploit this potential. To explain, let me introduce you to the force-velocity curve. The heavier [...]

What is Strength & Conditioning Exactly???

  This post was prompted by a recent Facebook status, which asked, “As strength and conditioning is becoming a big part of fighters training, what do coaches and fighters think it is? Weight training? Cardio? Padwork? Bag work? Core exercises? Body impact conditioning?” It's a great question, and one that certainly attracted a lot [...]

Muay Thai and Carbs — important? Part 3

This third and final part of my series looking at the importance of carbohydrates to Thai boxers, explains how carbs affect your final weight cut the week before a fight. Your body composition should already be on point (less than 10% body fat) by managing your calorie intake (especially carbs) for the previous 4-weeks or [...]

Don’t Workout

Ok, I'm deliberately picking on semantics here. What I'm really asking, is you consider your approach to training for the next year. There are good and bad gym sessions, and I'm not referring to details like exercise selection and order, or sets and reps etc. (although they are important), I'm talking about your general approach. Good training [...]

Time Saving Multi-purpose Exercise

As fighters our exercising training time is very limited. We should spend as much time as possible practising technical and tactical Muay Thai. Time spent exercising must provide a benefit that can't be obtained during Muay Thai training or it's wasting time. Each exercise in your strength and conditioning programme must provide the biggest [...]

Timing Training to Boost Recovery & Performance

It's not enough to just train hard, you need to train smart. Thai boxers must train many different qualities to be successful – highly skilled movements, tactical strategies, flexibility, strength, explosive power and relentless endurance. How can you develop all these without frying yourself in the process? In a previous post I discussed general [...]

TECHNIQUE TRAINING WHEN TIRED?

Should you train technique when physically fatigued? It's a great question, and to grasp the answer it's crucial you understand how your body learns skilled movement of any kind – get it wrong and doom yourself to hours of corrective practise, get it right and short-cut to reliable skill in adverse conditions. Before I [...]

Recovery – The Secret to Rapid Performance Improvement

Fighters pride themselves on being hardy. But there's a difference between hardy and fool hardy! There's times to push through it, and there's times to back off. The trick is knowing which situation your currently in, and it's not as difficult to read as you might think. I'm sure you've either been training in [...]

Buakaw Strength & Conditioning Training

Here's an interesting video of former Omnoi Stadium champion and two-time K-1 World MAX champion, Buakaw using landmine or coreplate exercises in his strength and conditioning programme prescribed by the Faculty of Sports Science at Kasetsart University. The movements selected are very sport specific, indicating they are toward the end of a meso cycle or block [...]

Quality Before Intensity

Weight training sessions are far more than than merely pumping iron. They're an opportunity to learn and practice movement patterns that when performed correctly will transform your athletic ability and protect against injury. Sadly, without a coach overseeing the training session, all too often ego takes hold and too much load is manhandled with [...]