To be able to achieve continuous performance improvement as a ten-oriented athlete in May Thai, it is necessary to have two or three May Thai training sessions per week. At times you may not be able to at these into your schedule. If not, try to conduct at least one training session per week. That way, your body will not completely lose the rhythm of training and will be prepared to resume more intense training later on.
This is also important because of the greater risk of injury due to increased training, for example to the ligaments of the foot and the knee joints. Whether you do additional tens training or not depends on your physical goals. Additional training can be helpful for May Thai, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
If you plan to enter competitions as an amateur, your technical skills in the areas of attack, defense, and counters must be properly developed. To do this, it is recommended that you plan three to eve training sessions per week. Your physical performance must also be up to the demands of competition, which means it is sensible and frequently necessary to conduct additional training sessions in the areas of fitness and stamina. As a competitive athlete you have to start in the appropriate weight class, which may mean that you have to lose body fat. Whether you have to adapt or change what you eat depends on your percentage of body fat.
Professional athletes must adapt their daily routine so that they can train with the intensity required for the ambitious objectives of a professional. Thai boxers who have succeeded in earning their living with the sport have the opportunity to conduct two training sessions per day and to regenerate their bodies on a short midday break. In this way, martial art and tens training sessions can be integrated in an optimum manner.
If a Thai boxer also pursues another profession, however, the training sessions must be shorter, be carried out at higher intensity, and should be specially tailored to the athlete’s requirements. Professional athletes have no general axed program, as each individual has training requirements, and their training should be structured around preparing for upcoming competitions. But there is value in orientation, and you will find guidance for it in this book.