Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?

One Championship has been doing a great job of showcasing not only the fighters, but some of the behind the scenes training footage as well. And I'm often asked to comment on some of the exercises that have been shared on social media. And here’s one I was asked to comment on recently… [...]

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?2019-10-17T22:17:36+01:00

Thais Aren’t Powerful, They’re Efficient

I’m often asked why Thais are so powerful without using resistance training. And here’s one I received recently... “I keep thinking that real power comes from perfect technique which is comes out of a result of hours and hours of repeating the same movement year after year that's why you [...]

Thais Aren’t Powerful, They’re Efficient2019-10-03T14:02:40+01:00

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

Why Fighters SHOULDN’T Train With Resistance Bands – They’ll Ruin Your Technique!

I’m often asked if it’s good training for fighters to throw punches and kicks with resistance bands connected to their arms and legs? You know, like in the Instagram posts? The short answer is no! Loading up skilled Muay Thai technique is never a good idea, because it changes how you move. An [...]

Why Fighters SHOULDN’T Train With Resistance Bands – They’ll Ruin Your Technique!2019-06-30T15:00:23+01:00

How to Remain On It Without an Upcoming Fight

For a Muay Thai newbie, gains are quick, and therefore motivation is high. But inevitably, progress slows and only those that continue to feel progress will keep at it. In this video I show you practical strategies to remain “on it” even if you don’t have a fight coming up… [...]

How to Remain On It Without an Upcoming Fight2019-07-30T19:23:33+01:00

Your Motivation – Stick, Carrot, or Fire Within?

Coaches are often asked for help, and frequently give it. But despite this, sometimes the results are less than desirable (for both parties). In my experience, the result depends where the fighter sits on a “self-determination continuum”. There’s a balance of commitment between the coach and the fighter, and if this tips the [...]

Your Motivation – Stick, Carrot, or Fire Within?2019-07-30T19:24:18+01:00

Beyond the Fight Camp – Jake Purdy & Sonny Perez @ Yokkao 32

Last October, I was privileged to speak with FSC Muay Thai’s Jake Purdy and head coach Sonny Perez, ahead of Jake’s battle with Bad Company’s Joe Craven for the UK #1 spot on the Yokkao 32 show in Bolton… What with computer hardware failure and a hectic personal schedule recently, it's taken me [...]

Beyond the Fight Camp – Jake Purdy & Sonny Perez @ Yokkao 322019-07-30T20:51:54+01:00

Muay Thai Engineer: Who I Am, and Why I Think the Way I Think

My background is mechanical design engineering. I spent 18 years designing, prototyping, testing and developing video camera mounting products – from tripods through to robotic television camera pedestals. Serving companies like the BBC in the UK and ABC in the US. And when you’re an engineer, you very much work [...]

Muay Thai Engineer: Who I Am, and Why I Think the Way I Think2019-06-18T22:13:59+01:00

Muay Thai – No Time to Exercise

No time for exercise? Fighters are juggling training and dropping balls. There’ll always be life outside of training –– and for a fighter, it’s a delicate balance. And despite the guru’s calls for you to “make time”, sometimes it’s just impossible to make it all fit. So when you’re in this situation, then [...]

Muay Thai – No Time to Exercise2019-06-18T22:17:46+01:00

FIGHTER TRAINING INTENSITY – LIKE A PRO!

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick Fighter training intensity is something to respect and use appropriately. It's easy to be misled by the majority of training montages and highlight videos shared around of pro fighters. It's important to realise that these snapshots are not what all of their training looks like. If it was, they'd be [...]

FIGHTER TRAINING INTENSITY – LIKE A PRO!2019-04-23T15:13:51+01:00

MUAY THAI: ASTONISHINGLY EASY GOAL SETTING LOGIC!

Following on from the last Heavy Hitters Podcast (looking at post fight reviewing and goal setting), this video explains my logic for selecting what your next S&C goals should be... and it's simpler than you think!! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT & LINKS! After my last podcast on post fight reviews and goal [...]

MUAY THAI: ASTONISHINGLY EASY GOAL SETTING LOGIC!2019-07-30T19:35:25+01:00

REFLECTING ON MUAY THAI S&C AFTER SPEAKING TO DR YESSIS

Recently I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak with the legendary sport scientist, educator, and strength and conditioning coach Dr Yessis. In this podcast I summarise my reflections on Muay Thai S&C as a result of that chat! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Welcome to the Heatrick Heavy Hitters podcast. [...]

REFLECTING ON MUAY THAI S&C AFTER SPEAKING TO DR YESSIS2019-05-05T18:31:25+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

WHICH FIRST TODAY – MUAY THAI OR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING?

“If I have to do my Muay Thai and strength and conditioning sessions both one after the other, which should I do first? And If I can leave a gap, how long between sessions is best?” I’m asked this a lot, and in this video I briefly share my thoughts on this while driving [...]

WHICH FIRST TODAY – MUAY THAI OR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING?2019-05-05T17:39:54+01:00

TRAINING PLAN: PERFECT IS NOT REAL – REALITY IS!

One thing you can be certain of is uncertainty! Perfect isn't real – reality is! Having an ideal training plan is one thing, but the likelihood of getting to follow it as written are slim at best. The probability of a "spanner in the works" is extremely high, yet that doesn't devalue the worth [...]

TRAINING PLAN: PERFECT IS NOT REAL – REALITY IS!2019-07-30T19:40:29+01:00

MUAY THAI BALANCE DRILLS AND EXERCISES

Sure, you could try to improve your Muay Thai balance by simply practising your technique over and over until it gets better. But there are some shortcuts you may be missing, because you've glossed over the personal limitations you may have, but are unaware of. In this podcast, I explore this a little deeper, [...]

MUAY THAI BALANCE DRILLS AND EXERCISES2019-04-23T13:59:50+01:00

MUAY THAI TRAINING – ARE YOU ADAPTED OR ADAPTABLE?

When it comes to your Muay Thai training, you're either adapted or you are adaptable. In this video I explain what I've found through my own exploration personally, and with those I've coached, including elite level fighters in Thailand. When you are new to any sport, you are adaptable, you're body is coping with [...]

MUAY THAI TRAINING – ARE YOU ADAPTED OR ADAPTABLE?2019-04-23T13:57:25+01:00

TRAINING TO INCREASE PUNCH SPEED

What is the most effective way to increase punch speed? There are lots of training methods out there that supposedly increase your punching speed, ranging from using weighted gloves to punching with resistance bands or dumbbells. But when it comes down to punch speed and power, these methods are not going to help, and [...]

TRAINING TO INCREASE PUNCH SPEED2019-04-23T13:43:35+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