I've been focusing on cardio conditioning in my MT training so far, but I am wondering if the members of the group who are more experienced have any advice re: conditioning the hands feet and shins to be tougher and less pain sensitive. Other than getting hit in class of course. I'm hoping to do some home practice to help me to keep improving at a steady rate. Thanks for the help!
One of the easiest, and I pressume most common, ways to condition your hands, feet and shins is to use the heavy/hard bags. I have built myself up over the last few months as the bags we have go up in density in our gym so I started out on the pillow bag (really, it is so soft you could sleep on it) and am now working our hardest bag.
My main problem seems to be not properly stretching out my ankles and then having them strained towards the end of bag work or sparring. I have taken the time to stretch them out properly now though and don't seem to suffer so much with it.
I also try to do a bit of VERY light sparing with no shin pads and thin/light gloves to get used to the pain a bit more.
Hope that helps
I think I'm going to take that ankle advice. When I do my kicks on the heavy bag and don't quite hit the right range sometimes my achilles tendon gets pretty sore. I've recently started doing an iron palm routine to help build up my hands. I started a group to track my progress so I'll let you know if it helps at all.
Yeah, I'd definitely be interested in hearing how it goes. Anything to improve conditioning is always welcome!
The ankle situation is the worst in my opinion (in Muay thai at least) as it is usually the back foot that people tend to injure, which then forces you to put the weight on your leading foot which is crap in MT.
Well I don't think I'll be complaining about my sore ankle after the beating my calf/knee took on Friday! The guy was clever enough to realize my check was poor and worked my lead leg for the three rounds. This obviously left me slightly disadvantaged as I was then unable to attack properly with one damaged leg.
More work on my check and evasive moves. Otherwise my technique was fine, just need to throw more combos and use more blocks!
I've had a hell of a time getting used to leg kicks in general. Some days I feel like I should just go into boxing (until I get punched in the face).
Kicking and punching drill on the bag for a while helps, but I use to take a rolling pin and roll it up and down my shin about 100 times each. Then id run them under warm water and then cold. After a month of that 6 days a week I connected shins with someone and they felt it... Good luck trying to find a rolling pin, I had to "borrow" one from my parents house.
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