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    Muay Thai Training...when/should I lift?


    I recently joined a muay thai gym, and I have been training 3-4 days a week, a very intense program. We do not lift weights, lots of bodyweight exercises, plyometrics, calisthenics, etc. as well as thai pad and bag work. Needless to say, I am sore as a mofo and have cut back on my weight training to 2x per week, but i feel that it might not even be necessary since I do not think I will be making any real gains and the fact that I am really focusing on conditioning for fighting. Any suggestions?

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    When I do my MMA training ( I can only fight on the amateur circuit during the summer due to other obligations) I actually don't lift at all. We do alot of PT aimed towards conditioning the body and getting you stronger but thats all I do. If your going to fight you have to worry about weight classes and I don't know alot about pure Muay Thai fighting but you don't want to bulk up into another weight class and end up getting killed. If your fine with were you are the training should keep you in shape, but I know the pros lift but it seems like they do alot of it to condition and build strength not bulk so if you do need to lift try to stick to that.

    Well thats my .02 hope it helped, I know there is at least one pro fighter on here so he would know alot more then I do about training.
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    I don't suggest a complete cessation from lifting, but reducing volume is a wise idea. I went from 5x/wk to 3x/wk and focused on strength, power, and core.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I don't suggest a complete cessation from lifting, but reducing volume is a wise idea. I went from 5x/wk to 3x/wk and focused on strength, power, and core.
    Yeah i was thinking about 3x per week, with my job i really dont have the time to be in the gym 6x a week so i was thinking something like this:

    Monday- Chest/Arms
    Tuesday AM- 1.5hr muay thai
    wed- am 1.5hr muay thai, pm shoulders/legs
    thurs- am 1.5hr muay thai
    Fri- upper and lower body plyos, pm muay thai
    sat and sun off. Does this look like a doable split?
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    Your main focus should be chest, back, and hip strength. Arms/delts can be reduced to 3-6 sets each, but make sure that your core and hip flexors are not only strong, but explosive.
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    I'd focus more on power movements, they don't make you hypertrophy like normal weight lifting, the bulk of your adaption(s) will be neural, so you won't have to worry about putting on excess weight. Power movements also have a greater correlation to performance then traditional bodybuilding. Explosiveness is it's primary adaption and explosiveness is key.
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    all you really need to do for weights is: squats, clean and press, AND deadlift. as well as weighted abdominal work. And then your normal bodyweight exercises pushups, pullups, dips, sprints etc! You will get ripped and strong! It just takes time to build your body and get it conditioned to be able to lift weights and train. But if you stick with it you can get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHWSSJ View Post
    all you really need to do for weights is: squats, clean and press, AND deadlift. as well as weighted abdominal work. And then your normal bodyweight exercises pushups, pullups, dips, sprints etc! You will get ripped and strong! It just takes time to build your body and get it conditioned to be able to lift weights and train. But if you stick with it you can get there.
    I will contend that deads can more detrimental that beneficial. They are very taxing to the lower and can lead to really nasty strains. I only do deads during periods when I am not training MMA.
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    I would also suggest making your body as hard as possible, getting everything nice and tone. I trained with a few guys that had tanks for bodies and it really helped turn me on to the idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I will contend that deads can more detrimental that beneficial. They are very taxing to the lower and can lead to really nasty strains. I only do deads during periods when I am not training MMA.
    you don't have to go very heavy.. until you get better conditioned.
    they are still an awesome exercise
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHWSSJ View Post
    you don't have to go very heavy.. until you get better conditioned.
    they are still an awesome exercise
    I am not denouncing their efficacy, but they are very taxing to the CNS and Muay Thai schools put your through enough hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I am not denouncing their efficacy, but they are very taxing to the CNS and Muay Thai schools put your through enough hell.
    agreed on the body through hell part, i have never ever in my life been this sore, sweaty, and achy and in no way am i training full time (just 3-4 times per week.) I definitely get enough of the pushup-situp regiment while training, along with enough work for delts and bis with all the punching and weighted jump roping. How does this 2 day split look as far as weights go:

    Mon- Chest- Incline Dumbbell presses, smith machine throws 3-6 sets.
    smith shoulder press 2 sets,
    light deadlifts with higher repetitions, say 10-15, hammer strength rows

    Friday- Squats and Plyos

    muay thai is tues-thurs in the morning, friday one session in the afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I am not denouncing their efficacy, but they are very taxing to the CNS and Muay Thai schools put your through enough hell.
    most of the time I agree with you buddy.

    All i am saying is that you can get to a level of fitness where you can do all that stuff in one day. I actually just did deadlifts and powercleans today after muay thai in the morning then jiu jitsu at night.
    ...And im not taking any steroids.
  

  
 

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