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Category: Strength and Conditioning

The Aerobic Energy System Explained (The Key to Unleashing Endless Endurance)

We’ve introduced the body’s energy systems, those complex mechanisms responsible for producing ATP energy, delivering it to the working muscles, and utilizing it to power activity. If you have NOT yet read the first article in this series that introduces the topic of conditioning and energy systems, I highly suggest you do — it’s an important part of understanding THIS article. The next article covers exactly HOW to Improve Aerobic Fitness for Muay Thai, covering exact training protocols you can follow. But, I suggest you READ this current article first so you know exactly what the Aerobic System is,...

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How Training Like a Traditional Thai Boxer Matches Modern Training Methods

We’ve looked specifically at HOW the body’s energy systems work at the cellular level and how to stimulate adaptions to improve oxygen supply and utilization which improves your overall aerobic conditioning. Quite a lot of this is fancy pancy sport science that breaks everything down exactly and comes up with fancy names for simple exercises athletes have been performing for thousands of years. But as we are talking about Traditional Muay Thai and how to improve your conditioning, we should look at how the Thai’s do conditioning work in their own traditional training regimen. After all, Thais are the...

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The Importance of Anaerobic Capacity (and how training aerobically dramatically improves it )

The past few years has seen the explosion in training for alactic conditioning — short duration explosive power. Ask most trainers who follow fad training trends and you’ll be told to do HIIT workouts or do get out there and bust your ass with sprints. And these DO increase your cardio, specifically your short duration explosive cardio — specifically your anaerobic pathways. There are three energy systems (metabolic pathways) your body uses to produce ATP (energy) that powers your body: Alactic Anaerobic system (short duration energy – 10 seconds) Lactic Anaerobic Systems (medium short duration energy – 60-90 seconds)...

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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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