Hey guys, I've been training Muay Thai, and I need some advice! Here's the story (hope it's not too long and tedious to read :icon_sad.. So I've been training Muay Thai pretty hardcore, and lately, I've noticed my Kru has taken some interest in me, this week in particular. He would come around to me specifically and start pushing me harder and harder, with lots of encouragement (come on man!! harder!!! that's the best you can do?!). Once, I had to do a drill that involved punching the pads hardcore, and my Kru said I was doing it too slow. So he started smacking and kicking me nonstop in the stomach to make me do my hardest, which I did. My partner and I were quite intrigued by that, and my partner told me he thought that Kru probably had some special interest in me. After class, I went directly to the bags and started practicing there. Soon enough, Kru came by and told me wanted me to keep coming to class, and that I would be a great champion. He asked me how long I've been doing Muay Thai for, and I told him 1.5 months straight (I've been registered since March 30th, but I got injured at some point, so yeah). He said that's good, and gave me advice on various things, from working out to how to condition my shins. The next day (2 days ago actually), I came to the gym. I was 15 minutes late for class, and my Kru was okay with it. Before I could go to the change room, he told me that I've been getting better, and that he wants me to earn my shorts soon. I thought "oh shit, he's gonna test me!", and proceeded to take class. Now, I've been talking to some other guys at the gym, and this black guy I know told me that Kru also recently told him he wanted him to do his level 1 test too. So now I'm positive that Kru is setting up a test date for somewhere in the near future. It could be 2 weeks from now, maybe 3, or even a month, I dunno. But generally, the way it goes at the gym is that he lets you know he thinks you're ready for testing, and eventually he tells you a test date. The test itself (from what advanced students tell me) is actually very intense - it's 3 hours in duration, and it covers everything from technique to fitness. I heard that they make you do ridiculous amounts of padwork that drains the hell out of you, and this is why I need some advice!!! My technique so far is pretty good and I know that level 1 testing is more about fitness than technique, even though both are important (level 2 concentrates more on technique). But yeah, the padwork is pretty much my one weakness. I'm in way better shape than I've ever been in my life, but I seem to find that when I do hardcore padwork, I eventually get drained. Example, 50 kicks in a row and I feel like I lose a lot of power halfway. Now I've been training FUCKING CRAZY lately, like doing 2 classes in a row (each class is 90 minutes, so that's 3 hours of class time), as well as practicing on the bags and such. The weather has been pretty bad this week, so I have been getting tired easier than I normally do, but I try my best to hold myself together. However, I NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW THE HELL NOT TO LOSE POWER AND ENERGY!!! I wanna be able to go 100% all the time, and not start getting all slow and sluggish. Whenever I lose energy, I feel like I lose everything - technique, speed and power! PLEAAASE, FOR GOODNESS SAKE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE. I'm already training like a maniac, but I need some good ideas for improving my cardio, as well as maintaining my explosiveness. I feel like I can be explosive for only a certain amount of time before I lose fuel. I am overall quite confident of myself, but I am aware of weaknesses I still have, and I NEED to correct them. So all advice will be GREATLY appreciated. This is also a very pressured time for me, as I have my GED coming up at the end of this month (I do different parts on the 23rd, 24th, and 30th), so things are very hard at the moment! Studying my brains out and training like a mofo, yeesh!!!! P.S. - If I do pass this test, that means I earned my level 1 (there are 3 levels at the gym) in just 1.5 - 2 months'ish. That would make me the guy who earned his first shorts the fastest, or among the fastest. So if I pass (which I will, I can't be a pussy), then it'll be a GREAT accomplishment for me.