Training by myself has always been a critical part of my conditioning, sharpening my technical skill and tactical approach to my fights, however, motivation would become an obstacle, not having a format to the training being the main issue at hand. Putting in the rounds on the bag was beneficial regardless, but just as in a proper strength and conditioning program, focus and planning brings results – NOT just pushing ourselves to the point of getting tired, simply for the sake of being tired.
I recently came across the Heavy Bag Blue Print 2.0 from the Muay Thai Guy, Sean Fagan. He sent the program over to me to give an honest look and to provide him with some constructive criticism.
Sean always provides an overwhelming amount of content [10 Hours Worth in this course], but what stood out to me the most was the programming and structure. In the original version, there was a system, but it was done in a pick & choose kind of way. The focus was from technique to technique which leaves you with a number of different tools, but no system on how to use these tools to eventually build your creation.
*Version 2.0 – Each Workout now has a focus and system in place to work on defense, long weapons, the clinch, conditioning, footwork, transitions and anything that I can personally think of.
I am used to seeing a workout video, drill, or technique tutorial and doing it a few times before I get back to my routine. This made me think twice about the way that I program my training. There are 100+ combinations in the Heavy Bag Blueprint. The variety and creativity which stems from that is impressive, but that honestly shouldn’t be the focus. The part that impressed me the most is that each and every single one of these combinations has an in-depth tutorial; describing the angles, foot placement, weight distribution and tactical situation involved.
I am unsure of how much time Sean spent preparing this course, but the cue in each and every video, gave someone like myself a set of reminders to go through whenever working on the heavy bag, in training, and in sparring. Cueing yourself can be difficult, but when watching a video where you are cued right before proceeding into training is a huge benefit.
I used to watch videos of my favorite fighters which would almost always help me to tighten up my game during training, my southpaw game would always feel sharp after watching Giorgio Petrosyan.
There is a button to begin the course which brings you to a page that gives you a “Master Manual” [As Sean calls it] to a crash course on Muay Thai. Understanding why you are training something always creates a blueprint for success [no pun intended] – I often get myself in trouble by questioning what I am taught.
This manual is a short read that introduces us to the different types & styles of heavy bags, their pros and cons, the “why” behind the importance of heavy bag training [which opened up my mind and motivated me to get straight to work]. There’s even a section on how to “create your own heavy bag” and your standard Q&A.
After successfully reading through the manual we are entered into a crash course on Muay Thai – a 30-Minute video cuing important checks when executing the fundamentals of Muay Thai. This is followed by a video on wrapping your hands in a couple of different styles and another download of a workout log to keep keep track of training and to keep ourselves accountable.
Here is an example of one of the 30 workouts:
Each workout has a theme and purpose which was a relief to see as it was a downfall of any of the previous courses for Muay Thai that I have come across.
Bonuses and Additional Content
I looked into this course for the soul purpose of its programming, but I did want to give it a full review including the extra section of content. In addition to everything that is included and focused on, Heavy Bag Blueprint provides ab finishing workouts, a nutritional e-book, and a short mindset guide. Although this content is not as refined as the main course itself, it does bring it all together into a complete “hollistic-like” approach [taking care of the mind, body, soul, and Muay Thai Technique – the last one being an obvious requirement for happiness].
Review in Conclusion
The flow of the dashboard is straightforward, clean and easy to use. The systematic and progressive approach is what stood out to me, I believe it was the biggest improvement upon the original Heavy Bag Blueprint. The video quality is top notch and done by a professional videographer – delegating some of the work definitely paid off.
I would consider myself an advanced athlete and there were still numerous technical components & detailed reminders that I took away from all three levels of the course.
I attempted to find something for Sean to improve upon in the course, perhaps having it within an app would be helpful, but the way the site flows on mobile is almost as user-friendly as having one already. I truly believe that Sean went overboard to silence any kind of negative critique in terms of content, quality and value. I charge more for a single private lesson than this course costs as a whole, and even then, he has a payment plan for those who cannot afford it backed by a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee.
Much respect to Sean for providing this program to those who don’t have access to high-quality coaching, are on the road and too busy to make it to the gym or simply need another tool to grow within the sport. I can’t think of anyone [and that included myself] that would put such a behemoth of a program together. In my strength and conditioning days I’ve taken training certification courses that were less detailed with less of a production value than what is provided here.
Sean is running a 150$ OFF special where you can purchase the program using this link: Heavy Bag Blueprint 2.0 [50% OFF Discount]
As I mentioned before there is also a payment option available over three months for those who cannot swing the entire cost upfront, it still includes the discount and bonuses when purchased with the link below:
Paul Banasiak is a Professional Muay Thai fighter/addict with nearly 50 fights, a 9x champion, trainer, traveler, writer and fitness professional currently living, training, and fighting in Thailand. After leaving medical school without looking back, he decided to fully follow his passion of helping others become the best version of themselves, creating MuayThaiTechnician.com. A website for those who are already passionate individuals that want to take their life, mindset & training to the level of no limits.
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