Muay Thai Monday: From Bodybuilding To Muay Thai?

Tips And Drills For Teaching Someone With Tight Shoulders How To Punch

If you’re like me, when you first started training Muay Thai chances are you punched with your arms and tightened up every muscle in your body when you threw a punch. This is a common obstacle many people come across, but this challenge is highlighted by those who have a weight lifting or body building background.

In this weeks Muay Thai Monday, my former boss and coach at Westchester MMA, Chad, asks for tips and drills for helping have his bodybuilding student relax her shoulders when throwing punches. This is what I had to say:

Be sure to also check out these resources:

Shoulder endurance workout by DJ Miller – This is a great way to build not only shoulder endruance, but fluidity in your students strikes. Try mixing in this type of pad work in with your training sessions!

Tight Shoulders? Read This Article – Strength and conditioning expert Eric Wong breaks down 3 reasons why the common advice for improving the mobility in your shoulders won’t work.

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