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Muay Thai vs MMA: The Differences

In our first article, Muay Thai for MMA: Introduction, we introduced our Muay Thai for MMA series by looking at some of the Muay Thai techniques used in MMA and examined WHY these techniques don’t look the same as found in pure Muay Thai. This is PART 2 of 6 of my new Muay Thai for MMA series. This series will consist of six articles: Muay Thai for MMA: Introduction (Part 1) Muay Thai vs MMA: The Differences (Part 2) Muay Thai For MMA: Effective Elbow Strikes for MMA (Part 3) Muay Thai For MMA: Landing the Low Kick...

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Will Strength Training Help Your Muay Thai?

This is a question that’s often asked and I think is worth a solid answer to. There is a LOT of debate out there with many people saying Strength Training is unnecessary while others swear by it. I feel that strength training can offer quite a few benefits — indirectly. Let’s look at why this is the case in detail. Rather than just TELL you that strength training is a positive thing, I’ve tried to give some solid scientific reasons behind the WHY of it. This is sort of a prequel article to my How to Strength Train for...

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The Caffeine Supplement Guide: Lose Weight and Lift More?

What is Caffeine A stimulant/drug that boosts metabolism. In moderate doses Caffeine can enhance mental focus, energy, and coordination by increasing CNS (central nervous system) activity. The Caffeine Claim: Caffeine boosts the metabolism and can help you burn more calories. Caffeine before a workout can increase strength and power levels, leading to more weight lifted over time. The Research Caffeine is a very well researched substance. The research suggests caffeine can, in people who are not yet tolerant to the effects of it, provide a powerful workout/training boost, both in physical performance, mental focus. It can also provide a...

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The Vitamin C Supplement Guide: Does Vitamin C Prevent Colds?

What is Vitamin C Also known as Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin C is one of the 24 essential vitamins required by the human body. Humans do NOT produce Vitamin C and therefore it must be acquired through food. Fruits often contain high concentrations of Vitamin C, with papaya, strawberries, and oranges containing about 50-60 mg per 100 grams. Vitamin C can also be obtained from animal sources, usually found in high concentrations in the liver (20-30 mg’s). The Vitamin C Claim: Supplementing with Vitamin C will prevent the common cold; taking mega doses of Vitamin C once you have a...

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The Glutamine Supplement Guide: Filtering the Facts from the Fiction

What is Glutamine A naturally occurring amino acid that’s found in dietary protein. It’s considered an essential amino acid and makes up 2/3’s of the amino acids found in our body.. Glutamine can be found in abundance in dairy; whey and casein protein also contain high amounts of glutamine as part of the protein powder composition. The Glutamine Claim: Glutamine helps build muscle and prevents DOMS/muscle soreness after training. The Key Research There is a wide body of research about Glutamine supplementation. The research uniformly refutes the general claims surrounding Glutamine as a muscle building enhancement Does not enhance...

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