After my Muay Thai fight career came to an end in 2014 I tried to stay in shape the best I could. I even tried, at times, to toy with the idea of coming back to the ring.
But each year I felt it got that little bit harder than the year before. To imagine being at the top condition again, both mentally and physically, and fight the world-class opponents.
My standards are very high, so I don’t believe I could do that. So I have mostly concentrated on being in the best shape I can with the amount of time I put into it.
For example holding pads for others or teaching others takes energy. So most times after that I don’t feel like training. If I’m on tour and in so many different time zones, countries, hotels… I normally find it hard to train, but mostly from exhaustion than time.
So what I like to do is train consistently through out the year, and mostly being focused on weight training. Cardio, I’m not much a fan of these days, other than my resent pad sessions, I have had time to time here in the US with my friend Bryce in Costa Mesa, California.
I feel the need still to be able to demonstrate the things I know while running Carnage Seminars. But I certainly don’t push my body as hard as I did while being world champion, due to injuries.
I live now in the middle ground with my diet, choosing better food options, but still enjoy the burgers and fries occasionally like most of us fighters always did. But now I train more to keep as strong as possible, and to still look presentable for myself and my students.
Basic week training would be 3 to 5 days weights, full body and different rep ranges. If I can get someone to hold pads for me, I do 1 or 2 sessions a week maximum.
I like to include Yoga in, if I can get to a class. Otherwise some light stretching at home or gym.
I would say it’s 30% of what I was doing while fighting, but that was a different time in my life. Muay Thai is very hard on your body, so probably best I gave it a rest.
Keep moving is the most important thing. No matter what it is, just move. Forward.