Show up at the gym consistently
If you want to improve at your martial art and become a better fighter then it is necessary to practice. This means showing up at the gym consistently, even if you do not feel like it. Muay Thai fighters train up to a grueling 6 hours a day, so in comparison, it shouldn’t be difficult to show up for at least 1 hour at your gym. You are commented on your goals and showing up every day is critical in order to make them successful.
Train hard but smart
Every fighter wants to train as hard as they can. Just make sure that your training is not counterproductive by doing too much and overtraining. Overtraining has detrimental effects and can cause fatigue. It is important to find a balance between your training schedule and training intensity. The use of a heart rate monitor to check your resting heart rate is effective to see if you are overtraining.
Eat proper nutrition in order to perform and recovery correctly
You are not going to stay in shape or make fight weight by having poor eating habits. Training puts stress on your body, therefore, you should fuel your body with the correct nutrition in order to perform and recover. Lack of the proper nutrition can have adverse effects on your body such as fatigue. You can seek professional advice from a qualified Nutritionist.
Recovery is crucial
Fighters understand the importance of training and nutrition for proper performance but often fail to understand the importance of recovery. Resting and sleep are critical in order to recover between training sessions because it allows the body to recover and repair itself.
Do your homework outside of the gym
Outside of the gym learning can continue by watching fights and training videos. Pick a technique or a fighter that you like and watch how he trains and transfers his training techniques to his fights. This can be very beneficial for visual learning.
Surround yourself with like-minded people
It is important to have people around you that have similar goals or support your goals. This will enable you to stay motivated and grow as a fighter. There are lots of ups and downs as a fighter, being supported by these people will help you to make positive decisions and share experiences.
Stay ready so you do not have to get ready
Fighting is a tough sport to make it in as fighters only have a few chances per year to make an impact on their career. Therefore, it is important to stay ready all the time in case an opportunity arises. This is because a lot of times a promoter will call out of the blue due to someone pulling out or getting injured and ask you to be a replacement. This could be the opportunity of a lifetime. However, if you are out of shape or over the fight weight category you will have to decline this opportunity and let someone else take advantage of it.