Carnage Striking: Coaching & Training Muay Thai

Carnage Diary

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.

Nathan Corbett
Nathan Corbett aka 'Carnage' is an 11-time world champion in Muay Thai from Gold Coast, Australia. During the fighting career he knocked 44 opponents out in 59 victorious bouts out of 65 fights in total, as well cemented his name in history as the 'elbow master'. Corbett is a regular contributor to FIGHTMAG, where he writes 'Carnage Diary'.


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