Planning Strength and Conditioning Around Frequent Fights


Whiteboard Coaching Sessions Episode 3: Planning Strength and Conditioning for Frequent Fights. Ok, it's not on a whiteboard this time, but I needed a more dynamic presentation! ;) Head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Friday. ...How to plan Muay Thai strength and [...]

Planning Strength and Conditioning Around Frequent Fights2023-08-06T14:52:48+01:00

Videos – How To Plan Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning


I've put together a few videos that should answer a some planning training questions for you. The first one considers what I believe is the biggest mistake in Muay Thai strength and conditioning. Rather than just waffling on, just watch this 2-minute video and all will become clear... The second video elaborates [...]

Videos – How To Plan Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning2023-08-06T14:52:50+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 VBT2023-08-06T14:52:52+01:00

Muay Thai Weight Class Mismatch?


I recently watched footage of my nephew, Matthew Butcher fighting at Bangla Boxing Stadium in Phuket… …it again seems the promoters abandoned the weighing scales in favour of  “eyeing up”, and memory. Obviously not the most reliable method of matching fighters! It’s frustrating for fighters and coaches alike. And Sumalee Boxing Gym now refuse to [...]

Muay Thai Weight Class Mismatch?2023-08-06T14:52:53+01:00

Lack of Strength and Conditioning in Thailand?


Following my interviews with Jordan Coe and Sophia Torkos, both full time fighters at different gyms in Thailand, I've been asked, "Are you surprised by the lack of strength and conditioning in Thailand?" ... And I must say I'm not. Generally the understanding just isn't there yet, and there's along history of training using [...]

Lack of Strength and Conditioning in Thailand?2023-08-06T14:53:02+01:00



One of the guys on my programme asked me, "What are the benefits of your training (strength and conditioning) method versus the the Thailand method?" It's a good question, and one I thought I'd answer with a video rather than a few brief sentences. So on a windy, November, Sunday morning, I grabbed my [...]


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 Tips2023-08-06T14:53:06+01:00

Muay Thai Athletic Training Principles


Nothing happens by accident. If you want to be the best fighter you can be, you need to put some thought into it. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Or was it Winston Churchill? Anyway, whoever said it was bang on! And it’s true in every [...]

Muay Thai Athletic Training Principles2023-08-06T14:53:09+01:00

Muay Thai Strength & Conditioning Periodisation (Planning)


Following the Muay Thai Guy Podcast, I've been getting lots of questions regarding my approach to periodisation for Muay Thai. So as I've just set up my new 'green screen', I thought I'd shed some more light on this subject via the medium of video. Yeh, I know, boys and their toys! "How can I [...]

Muay Thai Strength & Conditioning Periodisation (Planning)2023-08-06T14:53:14+01:00

Plyo’s Before Muay Thai Skill Training? — Activation vs Fatigue


Can I use Plyo's before Muay Thai skill training? This short video explains the relationship between activation and fatigue, and how it relates to strength/power movements preceding Muay Thai technical and tactical training. Triggered by a question on my Aerobic Plyometric Routine post, I felt the topic of post activation potentiation (PAP) needed to [...]

Plyo’s Before Muay Thai Skill Training? — Activation vs Fatigue2023-08-06T14:53:14+01:00

What Order Should My Exercises Be In?


I received a great question following my last post on the Serape Effect, it went like this... “Howdy Don, Great article! Totally interested in this type of training, I had a look at your Speed, Power and Strength routine and I was really excited to try this. However, I was a little unsure about [...]

What Order Should My Exercises Be In?2023-08-06T14:53:15+01:00



As a Thai boxer, you have many different opportunities to train, some with groups and training-partners, and others by yourself. It's great working with others, and there's plenty of benefits to doing so, but grasping your solo sessions and making them count will take you to another level. Get Personal I see far too [...]


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 & Conditioning2023-08-06T14:53:20+01:00

Muay Thai, Muscle Growth and Reps


There's certainly a lot of opinion when it comes to muscle mass and Muay Thai. In this brief post I hope to clear up some of the confusion and help you steer your training in the direction you want, whether that's putting on muscle or keeping it off! Even using identical exercises, resistance training [...]

Muay Thai, Muscle Growth and Reps2023-08-06T14:53:21+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 metabolic [...]

Power – Strength – Fat Loss Routine2023-08-06T14:53:22+01:00

Muay Thai: Balancing the Extremes


Every element within your being constantly swings between two opposite extreme states like a pendulum. This fluctuation is normal as your body strives to maintain balance. But, if the pendulum swings too far, balance is lost, problems arise and breakdown is inevitable. This principle is true at every level of existence, from the solar [...]

Muay Thai: Balancing the Extremes2023-08-06T14:53:23+01:00

Gym Session Density – How To Fit It All In!


How can a fighter best structure weight training sessions to be the most productive in the shortest space of time? As fighters, 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 [...]

Gym Session Density – How To Fit It All In!2023-08-06T14:53:25+01:00

Olympic Lifting & Kettlebells For Muay Thai?


Quan A Nguyen recently asked on the Heatick S&C Facebook page: "What do you think about Olympic lifting, and kettlebell training? Is Olympic lifting appropriate for MT? If yes, how should I modify my weight training schedule to include them?" Both Olympic lifting (snatch, clean and jerk etc.) and kettlebell training (swings, snatches and [...]

Olympic Lifting & Kettlebells For Muay Thai?2023-08-06T12:27:36+01:00
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