For those that don't know, I've left my crossfit gym to go back to Muay Thai. I've got nothing but love for all my peeps at Crossfit Paragon (www.crossfitparagon.com) but I felt I needed to take my training in a different direction. Also, I've got that itch to get punched in a face again...and yes I am a sick fuck.
To help me in this process I've started working with a personal trainer by the name of Scott Shetler. I've only had two sessions with him thus far, but I like what we're doing. We're doing a two day split, one day upper body, one day lower body as well as some conditioning work to suppliment my Muay Thai training.
Last Wednesday he had me do bench press with resistance bands to get me to focus on power and explosion. Then I did floor presses with Chains superset with pull-ups. For the circut he tossed a med ball at me which I caught and then sprawled before jumping up and throwing it back and then I got introduced to the almighty prowler for a couple of sprints. At the end of the session he had me do 3 x 3 minute rounds of kettlebell clean and press with 1 minute breaks. The focus on the kettlebells was to keep moving throughout the whole time rather than do a certain amount of reps. This simulates the end of a fight where you might be gassed but you still have to keep moving and pick your shots. It also served as a solid cooldown from everything else.
Yesterday was lower body and I did box squats with bands supersetted with tire jumps. Then I did Zercher squats with atlernating supersets of sit-ups and barbell throws where I rotate the bar from one side of my body to the other. After that my conditioning was 3 x 3 minute rounds of KB Snatch, KB Clean and KB C & J and then pulling a sled while pushing my arms forward and then pulling it back while pulling my arms back like a row. Before all this however Scott was able to call in a friend of his to help work mits with me and give me some pointers. He told me that my fundamentals were solid and that I just needed to fine tune some of my mechanics. He also gave me some pointers on my movement in general both in stance and moving in and out of strikes.
Today was my first Muay Thai session at Bangkok Fitness and it went well. It was mostly bag work and conditioning today and I definately had some rust to shake off. Marshall was the instructor and he gave me some great coaching on a few things. It was a pretty small class so he was able to give some really good one and one coaching to everyone there. I'll hopefully get to talk to Chike and Khunpon more about training for the fight in April and beyond.
Overall I feel good about this new path and the people I've brought in to help me out. I have to keep reminding myself that each day is a step in the right direction and not get too down on myself for feeling like crap. I just got to take it one day at a time and keep pushing forward.