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

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

The Science of Muay Thai — Lesson 1


Answering questions arising as a result of my last video, 'Strength & Power... What's the difference?', it became apparent the root of the answers all stemmed from a better understanding of fight physics! So at the risk of putting you off with explanations that include reference to stuff you probably didn't enjoy at school, [...]

The Science of Muay Thai — Lesson 12023-08-06T12:27:47+01:00

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. Further Resources Strength [...]

Strength & Power… What’s the Difference?2023-08-06T12:27:47+01:00

Movement Rhythm & Muay Thai Economy


Following last weeks post, this article shares more in-fight relaxation tips inspired by my private session with Yodsanklai Fairtex in Pattaya. Every move Yod makes comes from a relaxed, shuffling fighting stance – which is a focus in his coaching. Muay Thai is rhythmical movement, with an escalating tempo from the first to the [...]

Movement Rhythm & Muay Thai Economy2023-08-06T12:27:52+01:00

Training Fighters for Strength, Power & Speed


Fighters must train to be explosive... And a little knowledge is needed to train in a way that taps into your true explosive potential. Strength, power and speed are three different (although dependent) physical qualities. And each must be targeted individually in your training in order to reach your full athletic [...]

Training Fighters for Strength, Power & Speed2023-08-06T12:28:00+01:00

What is Strength & Conditioning Exactly???


Strength and conditioning isn't just the exercises, the tools. It's the process, the method behind how these tools are used and why. This post was prompted by a Facebook status, which asked, “As strength and conditioning is becoming a big part of fighters training, what do coaches and fighters think it is? [...]

What is Strength & Conditioning Exactly???2023-08-06T12:28:02+01:00

Performance Preparation: Optimised Warm-up


Forget your old perception of a warm-up and now consider a new model for optimising performance preparation for both fights and training sessions. Time is wasted and physical potential goes untapped following typical ill-conceived warm-up routines. I know it's been done to death – a warm up will promote faster muscle contraction; relax agonist [...]

Performance Preparation: Optimised Warm-up2023-08-06T12:28:05+01:00



In this post I'm not comparing the modern-day MuayThai ringsport with it's origins in the battlefields of ancient Siam. I'm going to explain my thoughts on how any sports person can transcend beyond a biomechanical system of levers and physiological power plant. When does physical action become an art? What are the benefits and [...]

MUAY THAI — SPORT OR ART?2023-08-06T12:28:08+01:00

Fighter Weight Training Sessions In a Nutshell


Thai boxers, like most athletes,  don't have much time to dedicate to weight training sessions. It's therefore critical to train specifically in the gym — be the most productive and get out again. Fighters must focus on strength and power development in the weights room, as these adaptations aren't maximally stressed during Thai boxing training [...]

Fighter Weight Training Sessions In a Nutshell2023-08-06T12:28:09+01:00

Why Must Thai Boxers Train With Weights?


Thai boxers, like any sports person, are athletes. We are practising skilled movements requiring strength, agility and stamina (Merriam Webster's dictionary definition of an athlete). So it makes sense that despite MuayThai being over 2000 years old, the current understanding of sports science and physiology has advanced. Few boxers in Thailand are exploiting the [...]

Why Must Thai Boxers Train With Weights?2023-08-06T12:17:39+01:00

Resistance Bands or Weights to Build Strength and Power?


This question comes up relatively frequently, and I thought I'd share some ideas regarding the use of resistance bands for sports performance training and of course MuayThai specifically. In theory you could achieve the same levels of resistance from both bands and weights, however the nature of the load is very different. Bands produce [...]

Resistance Bands or Weights to Build Strength and Power?2023-08-06T12:17:40+01:00

Strengthen antagonist muscles to get faster?


Today at the gym we had a rowing athlete training Olympic lifting. In the rest intervals I took the opportunity to discuss with her the programme prescribed to her by her rowing club. As we chatted, the topic of exercise selection arose. Although rowing is predominantly a lower body movement, the upper-body contribution is [...]

Strengthen antagonist muscles to get faster?2023-08-06T12:17:41+01:00
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