The Best Muay Thai Workout Routine

Intense, Hard, Traditional Muay Thai Workout Plan

Almost all muay thai gyms in Thailand run basically the same type of muay thai workout routines because it’s intense, hard and focuses on the all the important aspects of muay thai that you should be working on day in and day out!

This type of muay thai training program is used by some of the best muay thai fighters in Thailand and all around the world!

When I was in Thailand, it was pretty set in stone what my muay thai training routine would consist of:

  • Skipping Rope
  • Running
  • Shadowboxing
  • Thai pad work
  • Heavy bag training
  • Clinch work
  • Sparring
  • Ab Work
  • Stretching
  • Meditation

Scroll down for a breakdown and descriptions of the best traditional muay thai workout routine!

Traditional Muay Thai Workout Routine:

Everyday my muay thai training program would basically be this type of workout:

  • Group run – 2-4 miles
  • Skip Rope – 3 rounds
  • Shadow Box – 2 rounds
  • Pad Work or Sparring – 3-5 rounds
  • Heavy Bag Work – 3-5 rounds
  • Clinch 3-5 rounds
  • Stretch
  • Relax/Meditate during off time

All rounds run anywhere between 2-5 minutes. You should base your muay thai training program on for what you are training for;

  • If you are training for an amateur muay thai fight, chances are you are fighting 2 minute rounds.
  • If you are training for a professional muay thai fight, it will be 3 minute rounds.
  • If you feel like pushing yourself and your muay thai training partner, do 4-5 minute rounds!

This type of muay thai boxing workout routine usually runs anywhere
between 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on how many rounds you do and
how long the rounds are.

Why You Should Run In A Group

When you run or train in a group you will work harder.

In a traditional Thailand gym, the pace is usually set by the most experienced muay thai fighter and the least experienced fighters are in the back.

Chances are you will run harder, faster and longer if you have a group of muay thai fighters pushing each other to the next level!

Why Skipping Rope Is Important For Muay Thai Training

muay thai jumping rope skipping rope training

Jumping rope is a great way to add an extra bounce to your step, strengthen your calves and warm up for your upcoming intense muay thai boxing workout outine.

Concentrate on doing different types of techniques while skipping rope. For instance, instead of doing just a regular skip, try a crossover or jump side to side in orthodox or southpaw stance. Make sure to switch it up to work on your coordination and focus!

You should focus your mind for your upcoming hard muay thai workout routine. Ask yourself questions while skipping rope. These are the types of questions I ask myself;

  • What are my goals for this muay thai boxing workout routine?
  • What muay thai techniques do I want to focus on and improve?
  • What can I do to have the best muay thai training today?

Shadowboxing Before Your Muay Thai Workotus


Shadow boxing is where you begin your visualization process even further for what you want to accomplish today.

When you are shadowboxing you should;

  • Focus on perfecting your muay thai technique
  • Focus on your breathing
  • Visualize your opponent in front of you
  • Change angles
  • Diversify your strikes
  • Have quick, precise movements

Don’t just go through the motions and punch/kick the air without any purpose or plan. Visualize yourself stepping into the ring, touching gloves and fighting a real fight. You will have much more purpose in your shadowboxing sessions if you pretend you are sparring a real opponent!

How To Make The Best Of Your Muay Thai Pad Work

kicking thai padsPad work should be a good portion of your muay thai training regimen so you are able to push your cardio, focus on improving your muay thai technique and improve your mental strength by pushing yourself past your comfort zone.

If you have an instructor or experienced pad holder able to hold pads, you are in luck. All you have to do is follow the lead of your instructor and you are sure to get the best muay thai pad training session.

If you don’t have an experienced pad holder, chances are you won’t be able to get as much out of the muay thai pad sessions as you’d like. This is where having a muay thai training partner who is as dedicated as you comes into play! You both have to work together to improve your muay thai pad holding technique as well as your muay thai technique!

Muay Thai Sparring Tips

muay thai kick boxingsparring thailandEvery once in awhile (1-3 times a week) you should do some muay thai sparring in substitute of your muay thai pad sessions. Instead of doing 5 hard rounds of hitting thai pads, you can either do 5 hard rounds of hitting your muay thai training partner in the face or 3 easy rounds of light technique sparring!

Don’t neglect sparring because this is where you all your hard work, technique training and muay thai conditioning into play. This is where you learn the most about yourself and how you react when you have an actual opponent in front of you!

Check out these muay thai sparring tips to improve your sparring sessions next time your at the gym!

How To Do Muay Thai Heavy Bag Work

muay thai heavy bag traininYou are getting towards the end of your muay thai workout and you are getting tired, I know. This is where you begin to focus primarily on technique and certain combinations you either need to work on from your muay thai pad sessions or other combinations you want to try out on your own.

Again, try to push yourself and work hard! Nothing comes easy. Training can suck, but Muhammad Ali said it best;

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a CHAMPION.”

Why You Should Always Work On Your Muay Thai Clinch!

muay thai kick boxing clinchin drilling practiceDoing muay thai clinch work is tedious, hard and brutal… but it needs to be done.

Nearly every muay thai fight ends up in the clinch one way or another, and neglecting this part of your muay thai training routines can very well lose you fights (trust me, I’ve lost fights solely because of the muay thai clinch)

You are almost done with your muay thai workout so get every last bit you can! If you are a little beat up, work on mainly the technique aspect of clinching. If you are healthy and uninjured, make the muay thai clinch session almost as real and hard as your muay thai sparring session!

Why You Should Stretch After Your Muay Thai Workout Routine

muay thai stretching for high kicks

Relaxing your body is imperative if you want a full recovery after a good, hard muay thai workout program. Not to mention flexibility is important if you want to kick people in the head!

Stretching your muscles will help open them up so they have more room to grow and help flush lactic acid out of your body which will help your body heal up quicker.

You can stick with basic stretches like touching your toes, twisting your back and so on, but if you know more advanced stretches from yoga then definitely use those!

What Does Meditation Do?

Meditation is relatively new to my muay thai workout routines but I’ve found that they have been a great way to refocus, de-stress and get an idea of what thoughts are constantly on my mind.

Everyone should have the time for 5-15 minutes to relax, sit down, breathe and let their mind be calm. I guarantee if you learn how to meditate it will help with re-energizing your body and mind for your next muay thai training routine!

What do you think is the most important part of training? Why?


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