Some of the questions raised by this article were followed up here: Do Women have a Commitment Advantage in Muay Thai This post also lead to me writing about the Myth of Overtraining and how Endurance is a Skill. There’s a type of dude who frequently appears in the gym in Thailand, looking to fight in Muay Thai. Usually these guys already have a few fights under their belts and are in close-to-fighting-shape. I specify that they’re “close to” fighting shape because these guys rarely identify themselves as being already in shape, or where they would want to be to
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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’m about to have my third fight in 10 days on Sunday. I had a quick turn-around scheduled between two fights and then the promoter wanted me back right away, so that turned into three. It’s actually been a joy, although unusual, to have fights this close together. I generally try to fight every other week, leaving 10 days between for training, but with the fights three and five days apart there’s not much time to train because of resting and recovering from expected things like dinged shins and sore muscles. It’s a little strange because it falls somewhere between
This is a follow up to a post I wrote about a week ago called Keep Moving – The Importance of Training With Injury, on the topic of what one can learn from the experience of training while injured that one would otherwise miss by simply “laying off”. Today I experienced exactly this in training and wanted to pass on the example as one I value. It’s Thursday afternoon and my first attempt at kicking on my tender shin since Monday, my first day back to training after my fight last Saturday. So it’s five days since the fight and
The Injury I’ve written before on my attitude regarding injuries, mainly that you’re either hurt and you can keep training/fighting or you’re injured and you have to suck it up and sit out. But even if you’re injured, you can train around it in something like Muay Thai, which was literally designed to replace broken or lost weapons on the battlefield. So, if you’re right leg is out, use everything else and you’re still probably able to defend and attack. So the other day when I hurt myself through some kind of mysterious means, which later resulted in a hip
Ever since Den hit my nose in padwork and it started spurting blood like a B-movie, he’s been asking me before every training session whether I think I can fight on the 17th. “If not,” he says, “we wait.” I always say, “I think the 17th is fine,” and when he stares at me flatly I offer, “but we can confirm on Friday.” Den explained to me that the promoter wants to make a poster for the 17th and so Den doesn’t want to offer him my name unless we’re sure that my nose is better. Thing is, I