Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters

There are many myths and misunderstandings when it comes to fighters using heart rate monitors in their training... And despite many Instagram posts showing fighters wearing heart rate straps during training, many aren’t using this tool effectively at all. So I’m going to debunk these myths, and explain how to use heart rate [...]

Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters2019-07-11T18:11:14+01:00

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?

This week, three Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions answered! Standing or sitting between rounds? Weightlifting belts (for fighters), yay or nay? MAS cardio sessions? Plus a bonus game changer to help focus your efforts! Is sitting between rounds best for recovery, or is it better to remain standing instead? How about fighters using [...]

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?2019-05-05T17:40:15+01:00

ADDING MORE TRAINING?

Adding more training may seem like progression, but there's more to it than that. In this video I explain a little more, using cardio conditioning as an example. There are tools for the job, some are better suited to different situations. As a coach (or a self-directed fighter), it's your job to pick the [...]

ADDING MORE TRAINING?2019-05-05T17:37:51+01:00

3 LOW-COST ITEMS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR CARDIO

In this Cardio Conditioning Program welcome video, I share three low-cost items that will make your cardio conditioning training incredibly effective and seriously easy to carry out. And that's critical. If there are too many steps between you and productive training sessions, then you won't do them. Not regularly. Not progressively. And then [...]

3 LOW-COST ITEMS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR CARDIO2019-04-23T12:01:39+01:00

ARE YOU READY FOR MAS TRAINING?

Ok, full discretion... I've just nicked this video out of my upcoming Cardio Conditioning Program module. But I've been so busy filming, editing and putting the new program together in my brand new online coaching portal this last month, that I've not had time to prepare anything else! It's a great introductory video though! [...]

ARE YOU READY FOR MAS TRAINING?2019-05-05T17:33:40+01:00

IF YOU DIE DOING THIS TEST, DON’T BLAME ME!

How do you test for maximum heart rate? This question came up in response to my review of the sports science methodologies being used at Petchyindee Muay Thai in Bangkok... ...And this week I've been buried under a LOAD of work, moving my website domain over to new hosts in preparation for something big [...]

IF YOU DIE DOING THIS TEST, DON’T BLAME ME!2019-04-23T11:54:55+01:00

ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST KICK – TRAINING TO PREVENT GASSING OUT

Prevent gassing out? Why exactly do fighters gas out? Before you can understand this, and how to train to prevent it, you must be familiar with the key tipping point in your central energy supply... your anaerobic threshold. Once you know what you don't want, you can make sure your training gives you want [...]

ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST KICK – TRAINING TO PREVENT GASSING OUT2019-05-05T17:46:28+01:00

CONOR McGREGOR’S CARDIO CONDITIONING – PLANNING CARDIO TRAINING CORRECTLY

There’s been a lot of discussion on social media about Conor McGregor’s cardio (or lack of cardio conditioning) against Floyd Mayweather - and reflection on the importance of a strong aerobic base in any fighters training program. These discussions are useful. Aerobic capacity and aerobic power are two foundation qualities that any fighter must [...]

CONOR McGREGOR’S CARDIO CONDITIONING – PLANNING CARDIO TRAINING CORRECTLY2019-04-23T10:56:27+01:00

PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND

In part three answering Richi Alvarez' Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions, we turn our attention to energy systems (or cardio conditioning) training while in Thailand. To plug gaps in your cardio conditioning training in Thailand, you must first understand what you're already getting! You'll certainly get a large volume of "threshold training" and [...]

PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND2019-05-05T17:30:10+01:00

PLANNING MUAY THAI SPECIFICITY – WHAT GOES WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING

Muay Thai specificity is a term that's largely misunderstood, and therefore misused. In this video I set about explaining how all three main elements of your training; strength and power, cardio conditioning, and Muay Thai training itself, have a range of activities from general to specific. Once you understand this, you can begin to [...]

PLANNING MUAY THAI SPECIFICITY – WHAT GOES WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING2019-04-23T08:01:53+01:00

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters

Don Heatrick grabs the opportunity to speak to Richard Smith, Bad Company Muay Thai founder and senior instructor, about his philosophies and methods for preparing his team of Thai boxers, from undercard to World Title fight. These four episodes where filmed at the Supershowdown Presents Yokkao 23 & 24 event at the Bolton Macron Stadium [...]

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters2019-04-22T22:16:14+01:00

When a Fighter Says They Do Strength and Conditioning

Coach's Quick Chat Episode 1: When a Fighter Says They Do Strength and Conditioning Featuring Singdam, filmed during performance testing at the Yokkao Training Center in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel - #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Video Transcript: When a lot of [...]

When a Fighter Says They Do Strength and Conditioning2019-05-05T17:23:43+01:00

Testing Muay Thai Anaerobic Power, Capacity and Fatigue Using VBT

Testing is motivating. It tells you if you’re good or bad, and if you’re training is making you better. But testing “better” only means you’re getting better at Muay Thai if the test has carry over, if it’s sport specific enough. I use a modified Wingate rowing test in my online strength and conditioning [...]

Testing Muay Thai Anaerobic Power, Capacity and Fatigue Using VBT2019-04-22T21:48:54+01:00

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 1

Not all types of supplemental training will transfer well to Muay Thai. The training adaptations that your body makes are highly specific. You instinctively know training as a long-distance runner won’t improve your sprint performance. But it goes so much further than this coarse example. The concept of transfer specificity is misunderstood by many [...]

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 12019-04-22T20:24:10+01:00

MUAY THAI FITNESS — NOT GENERAL FITNESS

There’s nothing worse than standing in front of a relentless opponent having exerted all your energy – sitting dead in the water, unable to respond with the same work rate.If you understand how your body supplies energy in a Muay Thai fight, you can train it to not gas out when you need it most! [...]

MUAY THAI FITNESS — NOT GENERAL FITNESS2019-04-22T20:16:16+01:00

Testing Fighter’s Anaerobic Fatigue & Power

Here's a simple but highly effective test you can conduct on a rowing machine to determine your maximum average power, anaerobic fatigue and anaerobic capacity – a very useful gauge for Thai boxers. The result of this modified Wingate rowing test can not only be used to track your personal fitness progress and the effectiveness of [...]

Testing Fighter’s Anaerobic Fatigue & Power2019-04-22T18:56:09+01:00

Aerobic Plyometric Routine – Muay Thai Conditioning

This may sound like a contradiction. The aerobic system supplies energy at a slow, steady rate, while plyometric exercise develops the stretch short cycle (the elastic qualities of muscles and tendons), explosively applying force rapidly. So how can both of these qualities be trained in the same session? Aerobic - plyometric training employs repeated [...]

Aerobic Plyometric Routine – Muay Thai Conditioning2019-04-23T22:12:01+01:00