So... I've been getting into this Thai boxing. My friend who has been teaching me to kick isn't all that experienced and, according to himself, isn't the best teacher. He got into this originally via his friend who has been competing in it for years. Very dedicated. He has enough "grades" to teach but doesn't, although he helps out at the club they train at. However, he's good and now struggles to get "matched" for a fight when the events come around. As a result, he wants to move up a weight class where there are more fighters and he's got more chance of more regular bouts.
Currently, he trains with an ex (competing) bodybuilder in a little gym about 10 miles from me. From what I know it's just all your usual higher rep body part split stuff. Not criticising, just saying. I don't know what progress if any he has made. I do know he's doing nothing for power, speed, and doesn't seem to take structural balance/injury prevention into account when training. For whatever reason, he wants me to train him. My friend (the "middle man" in this case) is largely the reason. I trained him before he was interested in Thai, to the tune of about 40lbs b/w increase in about 9 months, a 400lbs DL, 290lbs paused box squat (started with a knee injury, too), and a 220-ish bench. Can't remember his bench, it's his worse lift by a mile. At his heaviest (about 220) he got a weighted pull up with 45lbs added. Of course, then he started Thai, so he had to get ripped. He came right back down to his original weight, 40lbs lighter only, instead of the belly he previously had, he now had a full 6-pack. He's ripped even after a bloat. He lost more muscle than I think he needed to because he didn't lift as much as I think he should have but, whatever, it went well. His b/w is climbing again.
Regardless, he still has a 375lbs DL, 290 squat, don't ask about his bench, and has managed a pull up with 65lbs on the belt. In the gym - the "lifting" gym - He puts his friend to shame despite having much less experience in any form of training, even lifting. He's been complimented for his strength to the point where people at the club are asking him constantly what to do in the gym. When "clinching" apparently even seasoned fighers now need to rely on tiring him out because he's so strong in comparison (don't be fooled though there's A LOT of technique required to clinch, too).
So, it's a trade off. I train this guy, he trains me. I don't know whether i'm more excited about training him or him training me. I'm quite nervous, too. This is out of my comfort zone. I do remind myself that my training is aimed towards improving general performance anyway, even with 50 yearold female fatloss clients. This is probably all he needs at this point but I won't know 'till I see him. It's supposed to happen on Sat. I hope it doesn't phase out and be one of those great ideas that never actually happen.
Anyway, i'm excited. My colleagues don't get these things so I had to write about it somewhere.
That is all.