When it comes to training Muay Thai there are good days and there are bad days. There are some days where you wake up feeling ready to go and give it everything in training, while there are other days you feel tired and worn out before you even get to the gym. Days like this are often a waste of time because if your mind is not in the right state of mind to learn, you won’t learn anything when you go through the motions.
So the question we have to ask ourselves is how can we change our state of mind to become more engaged and motivated before training?
Before I answer this question, let’s think of another situation where we might not feel motivated. Imagine you are about to go out partying with your friends and everyone is feeling tired an lethargic right before the night out. What is the best way to help change the mood?
The answer is simple: change the music. By changing the music to your favorite party songs, you are going to start stimulating your mind to help put you in the mood to go out.
Muay Thai is no different. There are days when you will feel like training (most of the time) and there will be other days where training is the last thing on your mind. Even when you go to train you will find yourself going through the motions without actually working on improving yourself.
We all have those days when we just aren’t feeling it. How can we push past this mental barrier and get the most out of our training session?
The answer is to this question is to find a way to stimulate your mind right before training. How can why do that? It’s simple. Watch a video of something that motivates YOU (whatever that is) to train. Watching elite fighters push themselves to their limits can put you in the right state of mind to train.
What if I don’t need motivation because I am always motivated to train? If this statement comes to mind, then you aren’t training enough. Train more often and harder and you will start to sing a different tune in a few months.
If you don’t have the luxury of being at a hardcore Thai gym in Thailand, watching motivational videos before training can make a huge difference in your intensity and motivation for training.
Whether you are hitting the bag at home or training in top level gym, you should always be focused on trying to bring 100% focus to every session.
Here are 5 training videos of top level Champions that will make you push harder in training:
Watching these videos before a training session will put you in a better state of mind to grow and improve. Getting yourself pumped up to train, will make training less tedious and help push you past what you thought was possible.
Watching these videos will not only get you motivated before training, they will also help you get better during training. After continuously watching these PROS demonstrate perfect pad rounds you will start to internalize exactly what it looks like to be hitting the pads with technique, power and skill. By constantly looking at the best guys in the world in training, you will start to internalize exactly what you should be doing when you are in training.
Training Motivation #1
This is some old school training footage of Pinsiam Saengmorakot. He was a Lumpinee champion between 2004-2007 and is known for his intensity during his fights. Watching him on pads, you can tell right away that he was the best in Thailand at one point. That level of intensity and focus is what everyone should strive to achieve during their pad rounds at the gym. Those knees are just………..perfection.
Training Motivation #2
This is a small highlight reel of Saiyok at training and in a fight. I think you could make an argument that Saiyok is one of the most explosive fighters currently fighting in the sport. When he fights, every punch and kick has bad intentions written all over it. Saiyok doesn’t look to win by points, he is constantly trying to go for the knockout throughout the fight. Notice in the video the angles and constant movement Saiyok uses when he hits the bag. A great example of power mixed in with good foot movement.
Training Motivation #3
Here is a clip of one of my favorite fighters, Jomthong Chuwattana on pads. Jomthong’s Muay Thai is beautiful to watch and he has also had a lot of professional boxing fights. Jomthong has a fighting style that translates very well into kickboxing because he is very good with his hands. Jomthong is a fighter you should study for his punching abilities in the Muay Thai ring. His left kick is a thing of perfection.
Training Motivation #4
Saenchai is technically the best fighter in the world and is one of the greatest fighters of all time. Watching him on pads showcases the importance of footwork, timing and movement in pad round. Saenchai is a fighter that never stands still, he is constantly moving making it very difficult to hit him. While he might not be known for his clinching, Saenchai is certainly the best when it comes to technique and skills in the ring.
Training Motivation #5
Buakaw doesn’t need any introduction. Buakaw seems to be a polarizing figure in the world of Muay Thai. Some idolize him because of what he has accomplished in the past with K-1, while others criticize him for not fighting the best. Whatever your views of Buakaw are, you can always appreciate watching him on pads. He always gives it 100% and fights with an aggressive style that utilizes all the weapons in Muay Thai.
Save This List and Watch It Before Training!
Watching a good 5-10 minutes of hardcore training right before you are about to train is a great way to get your mind in the mood for Muay Thai. Trust me, after watching Pinsiam on pads, you will want to try and replicate that intensity in your own training. Watching these videos daily will help you stay motivated and take your game to the next level.
Good luck and train hard.