Kira asked a question…well actually asked the same question a few times…I just didn’t get around to answering it.
Juat reposting a question. . .
I just got back from training Muay Thai in Thailand. If you don’t know, muay thai is like kickboxing, but you can grapple standing up and also use knees and elbows to strike.
A fight is 3min x 5 rounds with 2min rest in between each rounds.
The average fighter in Thailand would fight once or twice a month.
Okay, so my question concerns training (particularly frequency & duration).
A standard training routine for a thai fighter is . . .
two 3-4 hour sessions a day (morning/late afternoon), 6 days a week.
a typical session would be . . .
skipping (1/2 hour)
warm up dynamic/passive stretching (1/2 hour)
bag work (1/2 hour)
pad work (1/2 hour)
sparring or grappling (1/2 hour)
bodywight exercises (1/2 hour)
cooldown (1/2 hour)
Whilst I had a good time over there, I thought their training wasn’t really ideal for the event they’re training for. That being said, ALL the champion fighters have and do train this way.
What are your thoughts on how they do things? Are they training right? Are they succeeding in their sport IN SPITE of their training?
If you were coaching a thai fighter, what would be the basic strategies you would use?
I just realized I’ve asked a shit-tonne of questions. Sorry about that . . . any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
I get this question asked of me a lot…not this exact question but a variation of this theme…that is…why do boxers still do miles and miles of road work? Or about successful rugby teams doing 150’s back to back or 400’s etc. Take any sport and you’ll find successful teams and athletes doing stuff that seems counter intuitive based on what we ‘know’ now.
Firstly I’m going to make some generalisations in no particular order just to kick things off before I come back to this later on today.
1. Be careful of research…researchers start off with a premise and it isn’t any surprise when they often come back with results that support their hypothesis. You need to be able to interpret and get from research the ‘take home points’…as a coach don’t get bogged down in the details. I was discussing this with an athlete yesterday…take the post workout window…is it good to get some carbs and protein after training? Yes. Will your muscles explode and atrophy if you don’t get some carbs and protein within 30 minutes of training? No.
2. When looking at research or training programs or advice…you always have to filter it through your field of reference. Once again…I was discussing this with an athlete yesterday…he was quoting a paper he read stating that static stretching reduces maximum power by 30%…is doing static stretching alone the best way to prepare for max effort exercises? No. If I stretch static stretch my pec and tricep prior to my 1RM bench will I lose 30% of my best total? No.
3. Lots of athletes succeed in spite of some of their training methods not because of them. Another athlete was mentioning the fact that some NFL team was doing their entire pre season weight training with kettlebells. Is this the perfect way to prepare for the season? No. Is it the worst? No. Will anyone be able to tell the difference? I doubt it.
4. A lot of training methodologies help psychologically as much as physiologically. Is a boxer running 5 miles in the morning going to be better conditioned for fighting? Perhaps a bit. Will it hurt? Not much. Is it the best way to condition an athlete to fight? I doubt it. If they believe they are better prepared because of it will it help. You bet your arse it will.
I could go on and on…and you guys know I will but I actually have to go to work…more later.