The amazing thing is that for most of them they displayed incredible cardio…and that was due to the countless pad sessions, long runs and sparring that goes on everyday.
The one missing link for many muay thai fighters and other strikers is explosive power development. That could be due to not making the time to step away from the ring, into the gym and training for power or the lack of knowledge in regards to what exercises and workout schemes to use.
Enter Coach Woody form Tiger Muay Thai, who has trained thousands of fighters from around the world, including multiple muay thai champions, UFC fighters and Pro MMA athletes.
Many of his muay thai fighters are known to have explosive power because he takes the time to get them into his paws and harness this physical attribute that will set you above your competition.
Check out this awesome Power Workout Coach Woody puts me through while I was at Tiger Muay Thai earlier this month.
Power Workout for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing and MMA
1a). Two-handed Shoulder to shoulder DB power cleans. 5×4 reps per side (heavy)
2a) Banded arm pulls (fight stance) 4 x 8 per arm (same arm then switch, try and stay in your normal fight stance)
2b) Med ball punch (fight stance) 4 x 8 per arm (same arm then switch, try and stay in your normal fight stance)
3a) Bulgarian split squat 4×8 per leg (again perform both exercises on the same leg then switch)
3b) power step ups – 4×8 per leg (again perform both exercises on the same leg then switch)
4a) Slam ball rotations 4×4 per side superset
4b) Standing plate rotations (focusing on speed so your core has to work to rotate back the other way) 4 x 20 reps