I'm Sure This Topic Has Been Done To Death But..importance Of Distance Training.....
...In regards to combat sports such as boxing and muay thai. I know it seems like its an everyday part of the sports/culture of the fight game but is that because its always has been or is it because there's really a value in distance training? I went to my first amateur muay thai event this weekend and it seemed to me like some of the fighters gassed after the first major flurry of strikes. I'm sure they did a ton of conditioning/road work as part of their training but at the surface it seems to me that distance running doesn't have much application when its only three, two minute rounds going on.
Do you guys feel like more explosive, higher intensity interval training is a better supplement to actual fight training than the typical "road work" type distance training. It would seem things like sprints, kettle bell swings, burpees, running hills would have more carry over into fighting than straight distance running. I'm also willing to bet that there is some value to taxing the aerobic system via distance running but is too much emphasis placed on such? I mean just training muay thai/boxing in and of itself is aerobically challenging enough.
What do you guys think? I know if you want to get better at any sport, you do that sport. But what do you guys feel is the best way to supplement actual practicing of the sport with?