Friday progress pics! I finally bit the bullet and got myself one of the Muay Thai shorts.
Friday progress pics! I finally bit the bullet and got myself one of the Muay Thai shorts.
Wednesday already, time is flying by! I cannot believe that I have been training for ten days. It really feels like I arrived yesterday but I guess when you are training for +- 6 hours a day, time escapes you.
The training has seemed to take a routine, usually I was paired with different coaches, did different exercises and generally mixed things up a lot but now it seems that one coach has made it his mission to train me and a guy called Marcelle from the Netherlands. It is the coach from this post that likes his hammock naps 😉
Both sessions today were pretty much identical, I started off with some skipping, then stretching followed by some free time in which I did some bodyweight fitness and some punching bag work, then the coach called me over to practice some technics, then some fitness with the coach and then I finish up my bodyweight fitness routine.
But in session two I did something different… Let me rewind, earlier the day I showed one of my fellow trainees the protein supplement that I am using. He remarked, “Oh it has creatine in too”, I was surprised, “Not that I know off.”, “Yes, right here on the label, 3g creatine.”, “Oh”, I said…
I had absolutely no idea that I was using creatine, I have nothing against it and I have used it before but it was just a huge surprise. I actually considered buying some the other day but decided against it.
So in the afternoon session, I was exhausted from the get go, everything felt a little lackluster, then just before the session with my coach, I ran to my room and had a quick protein/creatine shake.
The effect was immediate.
I had a sudden jolt of energy, I had more power and I suddenly had stamina, which a few minutes ago I could only have wished for. Seeing that I thought that it is only a protein shake, I would normally have only taken it after training.
From now on, I will definitely take this right before training. The exact contents of the supplement are as follows:
The only reason I bought this specific brand of protein powder was because I knew I had to take some form of protein supplement, as the Thai diet is very light in protein, so when I went to the nutrition store, I overheard an elderly Japanese lady saying to her daughter, “This one is number one”, so I thought, sure why not, it was a little more expensive than the rest but I mean, the Japanese lady did say it is the best.
I think taking this before exercise will greatly boost my performance, I am really excited to test this theory because it might just all be in my head.
I also noticed for the first time, the label says to drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day whilst using the protein supplement, I am currently averaging 4.5 litres a day minimum, so I guess I am good.
My injuries are starting to interfere, not just with my training but my daily life, I am limping around like someone who just had a car accident. I am not going to post photos of the injuries/wounds as they are a little graphic.
But the full list of my injuries are blisters on my hands from pull ups, wounds on my knuckles from punches, blisters on both knees from kneeing the punching bag, my shins are blue from kicks and blocking kicks, my feet have wounds on them from the sandals and lastly my head has a few bumps from taking some punches.
It is like Nic, my fellow trainee says “There is always something.” So the only option is to push through and keep going.
The day was also filled with delicious food. I found this little local spot and had some delicious noodles.
For dinner, we went to a little night market and had an assortment of foods.
Last night was horrible, I could not close an eye. I was kept up by pain, noise and then some more pain.
Friday I bought some new sandals, they were a little small but the lady assured me that it is leather and it will stretch. Which I am sure it will but not before it takes my feet with it.
I did not realise as I wore the sandals on Friday night, they tore into my feet, making rather large gashes above my feet and also below my feet. So yesterdays run, aggravated the wounds and by the time I went to bed my feet were swollen like watermelons and it they were on fire.
I treated it with some Betadine which may have contributed to the burning but that will at least that will stop any infection. The last time I rolled around, last night to check the time it was 4:30 AM, so when my alarm went off for the morning training at 6:00 AM, I did not even hit the snooze button, I just turned it off.
I woke up at about 10:00Am, feeling very irritated and groggy due to the lack of sleep but at least my feet were not hurting anymore. So for now, I will refrain from any running until my feet are completely healed, luckily I can still skip to my hearts content.
Currently my workload is very intense so after training I dived right in and got really productive. At around 13:00 is slipped out for lunch and had some amazing noodles.
I saw the above BBQ, when I went for the noodles this afternoon, so I went back for it this evening. BBQ chicken and spicy papaya salad.
Training tonight was one of the hardest training sessions yet. We were once again surprised by a few new faces who had joined the club and I saw that my trainer was busy helping someone else, which meant that I had to train myself.
Seeing that I missed the morning session , I went extra hard and kicked off the training with some skipping and then 5 minutes of punching and 50 sit ups, I repeated the punching and sit ups two more times.
I followed this up with kneeing the punching bag and then another 50 sit ups, which I also repeated twice. So basically three sets of each, then as soon as I finished the third set my trainer spotted me and called me over for some actual Muay Thai training.
We did the usual routine of kicks, punches, elbows and knees but by this time, I was exhausted. Just when I thought that we were finished, he called one of the new guys to spar with me, it went really well, we went about three rounds before both of us were exhausted.
“Finally, we are done.”, I thought… Then for the first time ever, after the training the coach called us for some more fitness, he normally just lets us go but today we followed up the sparring with some sit ups, knees and kicks to the punching bag, pretty much a repeat of how I started.
At this stage I was finished. I attempted some more core exercises just to finish everything up but my body literally could not hold itself. Oh I later found out that the coach also missed the morning training so he probably tried to make up for it!
Today’s training was insane, I was paired up with my original coach, who abandoned me after one day, last week, but today he taught me with a new vigor!
He helped me strap up my hands before both sessions and then led me to the ring. Last time he trained me, it was very technical, he focussed on the smaller details and on the technicalities of the moves, whereas this time we focused on doing the moves.
We danced up and down the ring, with me throwing punch after punch and kick after kick. We also worked in some knees and elbows but they are not yet my strong point.
He also put me in the ring to spar with the Argentinian guy who basically used my head as a punching bag, I blocked most of the punches but it still feels like being knocked on the side of the head with a soccer ball.
This is an important part of the training, as this works on the dreaded flinch reflex, which again today reared its ugly head but after realising that the punches are not going to be fatal, and if I block them it will be ok, the flinch reflex receded somewhat. There is still a lot to be done about it but no one said it was going to be easy.
I did not make the morning run session, actually I do not think anybody except for Nic made it but I tried to compensate by skipping my ass off. I almost made it to 1000 skips today before I was called by my coach for some additional punishment.
Just some shots of todays lunch!
I did go for a run before the afternoon session. Not many people went but as always Nic was there and we had a nice chat whilst we were running. It made the run go by quick and the pace was perfect, not too fast and not too slow.
I also worked in my bodyweight training into the session, handstands and all, and I can honestly say that this is where I have seen the most improvement over the last week. My pull ups are energetic, I can do 50 push ups with ease, reverse pull ups are also a breeze… I have no idea why as I have been doing this routine for a few months now and in one week I can feel more improvement than what I have in a month of doing the routine.
I felt like I had lost some steam at the end of last week, but after todays session, I feel 100% back on track and ready for action. I took some more gym pictures as this weekend I saw some other gyms, some really fancy gyms, where you can order a massage to your room and choose which type of yoga class you want to attend, well my gym is not one of those gyms and that is why I love it.
It is 100% pure Mauy Thai training, you have what you need and nothing more.
Feeling amped to train again after the weekend, it could also just be my imagination but I am sure that I can see some progress!