In afternoon training I’m dripping wet from both sweating and repeatedly rinsing myself off under the hose at the corner of the gym – it’s what I call a “courtesy rinse,” where Thais will rinse their bodies before clinching for hygienic purposes. Unlike the boys, I wear a shirt, so I have to go wring it out and remain sopping and dripping for the duration of training. On this day it was raining, so I was very cold. Yeah – cold in Thailand. A guy who I met last year when he came through the gym slumped down into one
CategoryMuay Thai Overtraining
I’ve written a lot about the idea of Overtraining as it pertains to Muay Thai, especially the often grueling Muay Thai training of Thailand. This has been a little controversial at times, and my position has evolved over the years, but by and large I don’t believe in “Overtraining” as it has been used in common training advice parlance. This does not mean that I think the usual symptoms associated with Overtraining are not real, but rather that they are probably usually better explained in other ways, both in terms of diagnoses, but also in terms of your own limit-breaking possibilities as a fighter. Below are all the articles I’ve written on the phenomena, and on mental toughness as well. Ultimately, my biggest advice is: don’t let anyone, including me, tell you what your limit is. This is for you to discover for yourself.
I’ve always had an internal objection to this phrase, “train smarter, not harder.” On the front of it, I think people should train however makes them feel the best and that can be from minimal to excessive; whatever moves you toward your target. Behind it, however, I think I take issue with the phrase because it implies that there’s something “stupid” about training hard, as well as something shortcut-y about training “smart.” I don’t like either of those things. My husband wrote something along these lines a bit ago in the Slow Cook vs the Hack, but these are today’s
This photo definitely was not from today. Some days you don’t feel like training. Like, even just getting out of bed is so exhausting and emotionally difficult that you’re on the verge of tears just getting ready to go. Then, when you get there you end up having an awesome training session, where you feel great or really just blast it out and surprise yourself at your own awesomeness. Today was not one of those days. The first part was all true and even changing position in bed is an old-man chore of delicate rolling and groaning about soreness and
Today’s vlog after morning training at Petchrungruang. I talk about my struggles with fatigue, which in part may come from real sources like being out of training for a stretch, monthly cycle, recovering from an illness, but what I’m really concerned with is the mental side, the way in which I may be wearing the experience of my last fight still, something I can take on in these last days of training before my fight on Saturday. I’m adding this to my articles on Overtraining which you can see here. Here you can see a Playlist of all my Vlogs.
above – our short film on a typical day of my training here in Pattaya (25 min) – วิดีโอซ้อมมวยกิจวัตรประจำวันค่ะ อยู่ที่พัทยาค่ะ We’ve been wanting to do this for a while, making a full day of training in video format. But things get pretty busy and shooting it all and editing just always got pushed back. At first we wanted to shoot it because I was training in an unusual way, back in February of this year, training both at Petchrungruang (2x) and once at WKO with Sakmongkol – training at two gyms in Thailand is rare and socially complicated, something I
This post is a continuation of thinking presented in The Myth of Overtraining: Endurance Physical and Mental for Muay Thai and also The Fragility of Western Masculinity before it. For those that have a significant belief in Overtraining as a diagnosis for things you have experienced I do not mean to demean either your experiences or the meaningfulness of the term for you. These are only alternate thoughts on how one might look at the Overtraining concept, and it’s role in framing our limitations. This is how I’ve come to see it in my 2 and a half years of
This piece flowed out of my experiences that led to writing The Fragility of Western Masculinity, and responses to this post lead to me writing Endurance is a Skill. Read All My Articles on Overtraining Preface – I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long while and two things happened recently that have allowed me to finally pull it together. The first thing was writing to Lewis Pugh, who is an incredible athlete and ocean advocate who swims in extreme conditions in order to draw attention to the effects of climate change on the earth’s oceans. (Picture swimming
Afternoon training at Petchrungruang yesterday was a pendulum swinging between, “hey, that’s not so bad,” to “holy hell, I’m never going to make it through this.” I didn’t feel well, mostly fatigued and feeling a little bit flu-ish in the sore muscle and fever department. So of course, of course, as I’m pushing my way through bagwork I get called in to the ring to do sparring with this kid who has been kicking my ass in clinch the last couple days. So I sucked it up and got in the ring, focusing on just having the right kind of