Before working with Don, I didn’t really do any S&C apart from random fitness exercises and basic training with weights. I didn’t have any knowledge on what I needed to do to get the best out of my performance.
I wasn’t naturally the strongest or the quickest fighter out there, but I wanted to be more powerful with my techniques when I fight.
I had a few postural issues with my shoulders caused by the way you stand in Muay Thai.
And because I never strengthened the smaller “stabilizer” muscles around my joints, I was lacking in mobility – which led to a few minor injuries, and a lack of speed and power in my fights.
My goal has always been to become a world champion and fight in the 2 big stadiums in Bangkok – Rajadamnern and Lumpinee.
Most gyms in Thailand still don’t use proper S&C as part of training their fighters, so where I might lack in technique compared to the average Thai fighter, I knew S&C could help me beat them in other areas.
Since working with Don, my fight performance has improved massively and continues to do so today.
Doing S&C with Don has really helped to improve my performance in so many areas, like speed and power of my punches and kicks, strength in the clinch, and better muscular endurance.
Don has so much understanding on how to incorporate S&C in to Muay Thai along with recovery methods and nutrition as well.
He noticed small things that could help improve my performance in the ring, especially with my body posture – he identified issues that had to be sorted out soon, that would have otherwise caused problems in later life.
Training with Don for these years has enabled my mobility to increase massively as I’m given exercises to ‘undo’ the knots in the weak muscles, and then strengthen them.
I would 100% recommend Don to all fighters I know, whether they are novice level or professional.
Unlike some or most S&C trainers, Don has competed in the sport for years at a very high level, so he fully understands the fight game and knows how to use science to get the best out of a fighters performance
He doesn’t just give me a plan and leave me to it, he explains the reasons why I am doing certain exercises and why it will impact positively on my performance better than other exercises
And he is flexible and will give you a plan to work around your Muay Thai training, work/school or any other commitments you have.