"Landing the body kick"
It's not always about speed and power (although these are essential). The key word, and emphasis, is at the start of the sentence, not at end.
In the "sport" of muay thai, when fighters are equally matched, experience and duration of training is normally similar. This brings in the performance aspects of Strength and conditioning (as mentioned a couple of posts ago).
The true emphasis is in the "art" of muay thai, which is an observational skill.
Can you recognise when your opponents balance is not equally set?
Is the weight on your partners feet 52/48%?
The skill is being able to time your kick when their weight is on the "heavy leg". As muay thai is a fluid/movement art you only get small windows of opportunity as your partner transfers weight from one leg to the other, so the skill is in the timing.
One of the ways I like to play with this is slow-motion sparring. If you can make your partner rush/adjust quickly in this style of sparring then you would've landed your kick. If the blocker starts to guess which leg you are kicking with (before you start your kick), can you observe that 52/48% balance shift? If they overcomit to the block, the other side is wide open.
If you do this as a drill, don't talk, observe. I want you to recognise your thinking. Are you "gambling" and spotting patterns, analysing details, even guessing? If so then you are activating the wrong part of your brain. The prefrontal cortex responsible for this analysis is too slow. Movements become stiff and robotic. This breeds frustration. If you stay in flow, then you shut down the prefrontal cortex and other parts of your brain light up. You live in the moment and programme instincts at an unconscious level. You move more fluidly and you are relaxed as you kick. This will make it appear effortless.
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For me relationships are all about #percentages ... how much of the time we are happy, how much of the time we are sad, how much of the time is good vs bad? I don’t want to jinx my percentages by calling them out I am just happy we are keeping them steady and I hope we can keep them like this for the rest of the time we have left together.
Growing up I never imagined I will have a partner like you, but I bet that little girls that do dare to dream about a real life #superman dream about someone like you. #superkind#superdad#superfunny#superhusband and #superfriend 💕
I admire your constant dedication to keep everything in balance, even if it means you have to travel for 2 hours to see your kid for 10 minutes off on his first day of school. I have never met anyone that works harder than you and probably I never will. I don’t have to look too far for great examples, I am married to the most awesome person that I know.
You are my lover, my best friend, my mirror and probably what they call a soul mate.
Thank God you are not perfect, because I am far from perfect myself.
And thank you for the best 10 years of my life so far.
Still love you more than my best kidney... #yourstruly#love#weddinganniversary
BODY FAT PERCENTAGES! 💪🏼
WHAT’S YOUR GOAL!?
Okay so when it comes to achieving a certain level of body fat, the further right you want to be on the scale, the more difficult the process is and you NEED to be extremely consistent and motivated! 💯 the lifestyle you need to carry out also becomes more and more unsustainable!
The further left you go, the easier it is to achieve. We are a nation that is becoming very lazy, particularly with how convenient and easy fast food and technology is becoming! 🤦🏻♂️
In my personal opinion, both ends of the spectrum can be unhealthy, and both come with great health risks. I believe that everyone should aim to achieve a moderately lean / lean physique (women’s percentages would be slightly more than shown in the infographic). These body fat percentages are the most achievable and are very sustainable. Not only will you look and feel great on the outside, but your health and well-being will be top notch too! 🙏🏼
Implement the basics, stay consistent, and you will achieve what you want to achieve in your fitness journey. But understand it is not a quick process! ❌
If you have any questions just hit me up! 📲
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DON’T BE GREEDY... TAKE YOUR MEDICINE 💊
Sometimes when faced with a chip shot, if the lie is poor or you don’t have much green to work with.... 8 feet is still a good chance of getting up and down.
If you try to be too clever (land it on the fringe or flop it) you don’t have to do a lot wrong to make double bogey.
Know your limitations, limit the damage and play within yourself.
Like I mentioned in the post about the RPE scale, one of the biggest mistakes I see people make in the gym (past the beginner stage) is not quantifying how much weight to use on a given exercise. In addition to the RPE scale, another way to do this is calculating weight based off from a one rep max. That is called percentage based training. This style of programming makes it easy to build in progression week to week. In my opinion, there is a benefit to using both percentages and RPEs in your training. If you have a solid idea what your maxes are, percentage work can be a good option.
The relative intensity chart provides a nice starting point when designing a percentage based program. It's more of reference than anything. Keep in mind, everyone responds a little different to load. 80% might not feel the same to everyone and 80% might not feel the same to you everyday. It's also important to note the accumulation of fatigue in a multiple set workout. For example, based off the chart one set of ten at 65% is only "moderately heavy", but if done for 5 or 6 sets it probably would be closer to "very heavy".