Monday, May 13, 2013

A Quickie On Our Anaerobic Energy System.

As a combat athlete you should be aware of the role our anaerobic energy system plays in our sport. There are 2 types of anaerobic energy systems that we use. I‘m not going to bore you with a biology lecture detailing each pathways. Instead I will highlight a few key notes every fighter should be aware of so that you know what's going on in your body during training.
Phosphocreatine System
The most explosive and sadly the shortest of our energy system. Think of a quick jab or flying knee KO. Creatine is the chief substrate of energy for this system. Depending on the athlete, this system can only last for 5-10 seconds. It can also regenerate during competition/training, depending on how well conditioned you are. Hence why some fighters are still explosive in rounds 2 and 3.

Glycolytic System 
Also known as the lactic energy system, which breaks down glucose and glycogen (the storage form of glucose). This is the main energy source that we fighters run on. It kicks in after 5-10 seconds, when phosphocreatine is exhausted, and can last about 2 minutes. One of the chief sources of energy for this system is glucose. Think 5 rounds of continuous heavy bag work.

Wrap Up
It's important to take into account how our energy systems work. This will benefit you when constructing a strength & conditioning(S&C) program. You will be able to fine tune certain aspects of your training depending on your goals. This will allow you to customize to your needs instead of doing general S&C circuits. Catering your S&C to your energy system will significantly carry over to your fight.

About the author
Danny Millet, is a pro fighter, muay Thai kickboxing trainer at 5 Points Academy (NYC) and when fueled by copious amounts of coffee, a blogger who breaks down and analyses fights. 

Danny decided to aim his life in a different direction and took the plunge by quitting his job of 11 years and donating his belongings. He moved to Thailand where he lived in a Thai boxing gym for 2 years, training full time along side high level fighters like Pornsanae SitMonchai, KongFah Aood DonMuang, Kanongsuk ChuWatthana, JomThong ChuWatthana and fighting in prestigious shows such as Rajadamnern, Lumphini, Petch Buncha, M150, and MBK.

After getting sliced open from elbows in his 1st and 2nd pro fight, Danny took the healing time to do his homework of studying and analyzing the training, tactics & techniques of high profile fighters.  If you're looking to improve your fight game contact Danny Millet to schedule a training session or check out his free training & fighting information on Youtube, and  Facebook.

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