Do you feel like you’re not seeing the progress you want in your Muay Thai training? It might be time to take a closer look at your training habits. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of training and forget about the little things that can make a big difference in your performance.
Looking Back and Forth
One of the most common mistakes in Muay Thai is looking back and forth between the pads. In sparring, you may be looking back and forth at your partner’s hands or focusing on what they are currently doing.
This can be distracting and make it difficult to time your offense and defense correctly. Instead, focus on keeping your eyes on one area at all times – people usually pick the chin or chest. This will help you stay focused and have “total vision” to what’s happening instead of being distracted.
Extra and Unnecessary Movements
Are you stepping back just to step forward again before you kick? Are you dropping your hands just to bring them back up again?
Unnecessary movements can waste energy and make it difficult to maintain proper form. Focus on using only the movements that are necessary for each technique. Practice your techniques slowly and deliberately, and gradually increase your speed as your form improves.
Not Training with Intention
Training with intention means having a clear goal in mind for each training session. You may be physically present, but where is your mind?
Don’t wander off and think about other things. FOCUS! Set specific goals and work towards them. This can help you stay motivated and make progress towards your goals. Without intention, you may find yourself just going through the motions and not making any real progress.
Skipping Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs
You probably already know why not to skip a warm-up – it prepares your muscles and recruits the fibers so they’re ready for training. Your muscles become less stiff as blood flows through them.
Skipping cool-downs, though? After training, you’re probably so tired that you just want to leave, go home, shower, and eat. But skipping either can lead to injury and decrease your performance. Cool-downs help your body recover and reduce soreness after training. Make sure to include both in your training routine.
Neglecting Technique & Basics in Favor of Just Hitting Things
The basics are your foundation for everything. Attempting that cool combination you saw on YouTube may be good for social media and give you a false sense of confidence, but if you forget your basics, you’ll never be able to pull it off in a fight.
Don’t make the mistake of putting too much on hitting pads and bags that you end up neglecting the basics and fundamentals of Muay Thai. It’s important to focus on proper technique and form in all aspects of training. Without a strong foundation, your performance will suffer. Make sure to incorporate drills that focus on the basics, such as footwork and balance, into your training routine.
Not Incorporating Enough Strength and Conditioning
Strength and conditioning are essential for any athlete, including Muay Thai fighters. A proper S&C program increases performance while decreasing risk of injury. Incorporate strength and conditioning exercises into your training routine, such as weight lifting, plyometrics, and bodyweight exercises.
Focusing Only on One Aspect of Training and Neglecting Others
A common mistake people make is that they zero in on one thing and ignore everything else. For example, if you only focus on hitting pads but neglect clinching and defense, you’ll be lack being well-rounded and walk into fights unprepared. Incorporate all aspects of Muay Thai training into your routine – striking, clinching, defense, and conditioning.
Ignoring Rest and Recovery
Showing up everyday will earn you a lot of praise. But if you’re showing up at the expensive of going into overtraining territory, you will hinder your progress.
Rest and recovery are essential for any athlete to perform at their best. In a way, rest is part of training! Ignoring this can lead to decreased performance, injuries , and burnout. Overtraining is not just a thing in your head! Make sure to include rest days in your training routine and prioritize recovery, such as stretching, foam rolling, and massage.
Focusing on the 20 instead of the 80
You can take the newest supplement backed by research, buy the newest self-massage tool, or hire the most famous S&C coach there is – but if you don’t sleep enough/properly, don’t eat well, and don’t manage stress and mental health, you won’t see the results you want. Focus on the pillars of well-being, and the most of the remaining issues will sort themselves out.
Avoiding these common yet overlooked mistakes can help you improve your performance in Muay Thai. Don’t make the same mistakes! Train with intention and a well-rounded approach to reach your full potential.
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