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

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

Two Fight Warm Up Exercises You’re Missing

When it comes to fight warm up exercises, back stage at shows, I often see fighters missing out on truly priming their bodies for explosiveness. Well, today I'll share a two exercise protocol that will amp you up, both physically and mentally in a total of just 8 to 15 reps! [...]

Two Fight Warm Up Exercises You’re Missing2023-08-06T09:17:16+01:00

ONE Championship Fighter Strength and Conditioning – Coach’s Reaction To Tawanchai’s Fight Prep

Tawanchai has been putting in the work for his first defence of the ONE Championship Featherweight Muay Thai World title. And he's shared a glimpse of his strength and conditioning prep on Instagram. In the clip, we see him working through a series of exercises... Battling Ropes Band Resisted High Knees Band Resisted Agility [...]

ONE Championship Fighter Strength and Conditioning – Coach’s Reaction To Tawanchai’s Fight Prep2023-08-06T09:17:17+01:00

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – Everything Fighters Need To Know

One thing’s for sure, delayed onset muscle soreness is part of a fighter’s training – especially when you head out to Thailand to train! But… Is delayed onset muscle soreness the sign of a good training session? How can you avoid being too sore? Should you train if you’re really sore? How can you [...]

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – Everything Fighters Need To Know2023-08-06T09:17:38+01:00

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)

For many fighters, bodyweight training only serves as muscular endurance training – multiple rounds of upward of 10 reps per exercise. This approach develops endurance, or “conditioning”. It doesn’t touch the neuromuscular system that’s developed in resistance training sessions targeting strength, power, and speed. And in missing this, fails to [...]

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)2023-08-06T14:59:21+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More

Another nice balance of questions between movement skill, resistance (strength, power, speed) training, and energy systems cardio (endurance) conditioning in this Q&A episode. In this second episode of the Q&A I'm asked... Hi, Don. What do u think of the Ido Portal method of [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More2023-08-06T14:59:22+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More

Some big questions this week! In this episode of the Q&A I'm asked... What is better for the longterm progression and why? MAS or Main Conditioning from Heavy Hitters? Warm-up protocols to stimulate greater neural drive? Training at home and having trouble with loading [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More2023-08-06T14:59:23+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 01 – Masturbation – Strength – Mobility – Aging – Theraband Punching

I said, "Ask me anything." Well I asked for it! While getting to grips with the Instagram Live format, in this first episode of the Q&A I'm asked... 1. Why don't you buy a toupee? 2. Does masturbation or sex before a fight negatively affect performance? 3. [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 01 – Masturbation – Strength – Mobility – Aging – Theraband Punching2023-08-06T14:59:25+01:00

Strength-Power-Speed (SPS) Routine – A S&C Routine for Training at Home

I’m often asked for a genuine training program for Thai boxers that don’t have access to any gym equipment – something to supplement the typical training regimen in Thailand... And in the current climate, something you can do at home when your gym has closed to help control the COVID-19 outbreak. So I set [...]

Strength-Power-Speed (SPS) Routine – A S&C Routine for Training at Home2023-08-06T14:59:31+01:00

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?

One Championship has been doing a great job of showcasing not only the fighters, but some of the behind the scenes training footage as well. And I'm often asked to comment on some of the exercises that have been shared on social media. And here’s one I was asked to comment on recently… [...]

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?2023-08-06T14:59:38+01:00

Heiden and Stick – Muay Thai Balance and Stability Exercise

The Heiden and Stick exercise is an important progression in a Thai boxers speed and plyometric training. It targets sideways, lateral movement, involving adductors and glute medius muscles at the hip to control the knee, and multiple muscle groups in the feet, ankle and calves. And it not only trains unilateral (single leg) [...]

Heiden and Stick – Muay Thai Balance and Stability Exercise2023-08-06T14:59:44+01:00

HOW TO MOVE LIKE SAENCHAI!

Saenchai is a Muay Thai living legend, and his trademark moves are based on a particular athletic foundation that he’s naturally exploited to awesome effect. Saenchai is an elastic animal! He’s super efficient at storing and returning elastic energy in his muscles and tendons, what sports scientists call stretch-shortening cycle – and not [...]

HOW TO MOVE LIKE SAENCHAI!2024-02-01T11:28:47+00:00

5 PERFORMANCE BOOSTING EXERCISE CATEGORIES FOR YOUR RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS

"Heavy Hitter", Bob Wansink audio messaged me some great questions regarding speed and power training via Anchor.fm, and this Heavy Hitters Podcast is a direct reply. In this episode, I share the 5 exercise categories I use in every resistance training session that I program. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT WITH FURTHER [...]

5 PERFORMANCE BOOSTING EXERCISE CATEGORIES FOR YOUR RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS2023-08-06T14:57:25+01:00

Suspension Explosive Push Up For Muay Thai

The Suspension Explosive Press Up is an example of an explosive upper body power exercise for Muay Thai using a TRX Suspension Trainer. This is great for all you fighters on the move and without access to a fully equipped gym. This exercise is part of the progressive Minimum Equipment Program. [...]

Suspension Explosive Push Up For Muay Thai2023-08-06T14:57:52+01:00

Exercise Sophistication – Suspension 180 Degree Jump

When it comes to exercise sophistication, there’s a time and a place for something more advanced, but if you use that prematurely you lose that opportunity for adaptation over the longer term. Please don't shortcut straight to this TRX exercise version, even if you can perform it straight off. There are simpler exercises you [...]

Exercise Sophistication – Suspension 180 Degree Jump2023-08-06T14:57:52+01:00

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION

This video clarifies some of my thoughts regarding the changing face of Muay Thai training in Thailand itself. It's going to be a long process, but it has begun. Things are slowly changing in Thailand. And with traditional Muay Thai training habits so strongly embedded and blindly defended, it's the foreigners that could be [...]

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION2023-08-06T14:57:53+01:00

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!2023-08-06T14:52:38+01:00
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