The other day I was having a chat about Muay Thai with one of the lads in the gym and he asked my advice on training. He was very keen on improving certain aspects of his game and wasn’t sure on how to go about it.
I really don’t mind having my brains picked as I am quite passionate about the sport and enjoy talking about it.
One of the things we discussed is that when he comes training he goes at it 110mph all of the time, which is a trait that I have seen with many people over the years.
There are a couple of reasons as to why this isn’t the best method of training for any physical sport.
The first one is your recovery which is just as important as your actual training. If you constantly go hard all the time without giving your body adequate time to recover you will just end up burning yourself out and risk causing injury.
It is better to try and break your training up. An easy method to go by is to simply have a hard days training session followed by an easier one. This system will change if you have a fight coming up but I’ll save that discussion for another blog.
The second reason is if you are constantly trying to go flat out all the time you are not taking the time and effort to improve your skill work. You don’t have to be breathing out of your rear end to know you’ve had a worth while session.
Sometimes your pad or bag work can be done at a leisurely pace practicing important techniques which will, after a while, become second nature.
Things like timing, defence and improving your balance can not be attained if you are constantly on a mission to blow a gasket during training.
We often read about how hard the Thais train, which they do don’t get me wrong, but not every session is like one of the crazy Buakaw style routines you often read about.
If they are not fighting they barely do anything. They may run and possibly clinch to help the boxers that are fighting but if they go on the pads it’s probably only three rounds of technique work as opposed to the beastings that the rest of the camp will be getting.
The fact that they are in the gym maintaining a steady level of fitness and consistently working on their skills means that when a fight does arise they only need a two to three week blast to get them to peak condition.
I am not saying that you shouldn’t train hard and training at a lesser pace is better for you, I just don’t think that it is very clever to train hard all of the time.
It is important to make sure you set aside some training time in order to focus on the techniques that you or your trainer feel you need to improve on.
I do agree that the will to win must be greater than the skill to win, however, if you have both you will be a force to be reckoned with and you can become the athlete you dream to be.