Thailand Muay Thai training Day 3

Day 3 Log

Dehydration and acclimatization are the enemies of good training for the first week in Thailand. Hugh has been here for a few weeks and his body has adapted; mine has not. Despite drinking over 8 liters of water per day my muscles are cramping and my weight is still too low. I know that I need to train hard then rest so that I can acclimate.

We start with a 3 KM run. What should be a very easy run is exceptionally hard since my body is so tired. Once back at Emerald we do three rounds of shadow boxing and then three rounds on the heavy bags. So far things are normal.

Coach Pakda decides to go to 5 minute rounds for pad work.

Hugh and I get through the grueling pad work and it begins to show signs of a storm. We took a bike to get to the gym so we do our theeps and knees on the heavy bags and leave a bit early.

Day three training 0800

5 KM jog

Shadow boxing

  • 3 – minute free
  • 1 – minute knees
  • 10 push ups
  • 1 min break
  • (repeat 3 times)

Heavy Bag (3x 3 min rounds)

  • R1 – fast punches
  • R2 – L Body hook, L face hook, right body upper but, left elbow, right elbow
  • R3 – full Muay Thai

Pads (3x 5 min rounds)

  • Lots of doubles.

Heavy Bag

  • 100 theeps (alternating)
  • 100 kness

After training Hugh leaves to meet his girl friend. He tells me I should not train in the evening and take Friday off. Once back in my non-air conditioned room I pass out. I sleep for about an hour and feel somewhat better. Against Hugh and my better judgment I make the ride back to Emerald.

Day three training 1600

10 min jump rope

Shadow boxing

  • 3 – minute free
  • 1 – minute knees
  • 10 push ups
  • 1 min break
  • (repeat 3 times)

Heavy Bag (3x 3 min rounds)

  • Full speed and power Muay Thai

Pads (3x 3 min rounds)

  • Worked knees, kicks, elbows, and theeps.
  • Theeps when opponent attempts kick
  • Round kick to theep with out putting foot down

Clinch (5 minutes)

  • Worked full clinch with light knees

 

Hugh was right and I should have taken the evening off. Hugh tells me I have dark rings under my eyes from over training and dehydration. I drink another 3 liters of water and 4 electrolyte drinks.

I take Friday to recover. I tell people that recovery is just as important as training in my classes. I take my own advice and rest and recover all day.

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