Muay Thai Training...when/should I lift?
- 01-17-2008, 05:42 PM
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?
- 01-18-2008, 10:12 PM
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.
- 01-18-2008, 10:23 PM
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.M.Ed. Ex Phys
01-21-2008, 03:15 PM
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?
01-21-2008, 04:05 PM
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.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
01-21-2008, 05:21 PM
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.
NSCA - CSCS
01-21-2008, 08:48 PM
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.
01-21-2008, 08:53 PM
01-21-2008, 09:09 PM
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.
01-21-2008, 09:40 PM
01-21-2008, 09:43 PM
01-22-2008, 08:50 AM
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.
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Rodja again.
01-23-2008, 12:23 AM
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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