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 [...]

Is This a Rant? Beware of Glitter-Turds!

If I’ve nothing of value to say, I don’t say anything. And it’s the same when I corner or coach a fighter – I prefer to chose a few good words and leave it there. I let those key points drill-deep and take effect, rather than clouding with distractive clutter. For me that’s the essence of coaching… [...]

By | 2017-04-12T23:55:21+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Coaching, Mindset, Nutrition, Written Post|0 Comments

It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Get Results

Regardless if you're talking nutrition or Muay Thai strength and conditioning training, it doesn't have to be perfect to get results. In this super quick Vlog from the office, I explain what is important when it comes to getting results... and having the perfect training programme or nutrition plan isn't it! [...]

Muay Thai Q&A – Injuries, Muscle Building, Food Intolerances

Mariusz posed a few questions, wanting to know about common injuries in Muay Thai training (not fighting) and what to do to check and correct the causes; muscle building (hypertrophy) training for Muay Thai fighters; and eating allergies/intolerances. So here's another dog-walk talk, where I take the opportunity to chat through some ideas while out [...]

By | 2017-04-13T18:00:55+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Hypertrophy, Injury Prevention, Mobility, Nutrition, Video Post|0 Comments

Lack of Strength and Conditioning in Thailand?

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick Following my interviews with full time fighters Jordan Coe and Sophia Torkos at different gyms in Thailand, I've been asked, "Are you surprised by the lack of strength and conditioning in Thailand?" ... And I must say I'm not. Generally the understanding just isn't there yet, and there's along history of training [...]

Muay Thai Nutrition with Sam Miller

I got the chance to talk Muay Thai nutrition with Sam Miller, founder of SBG Nutrition, and we certainly cover some ground in this Podcast interview. Sam candidly shares his experience working in person with Thai boxers at Sumalee Gym in Phuket, and online with fighters from around the word, along with regular 'health' clients. We [...]

Muay Thai Tournament Conditioning

It’s hard enough preparing for a single fight, but what if you’re involved in a tournament and are expected to fight on consecutive days, or even multiple times in one day? Do you need to change your conditioning training to suit this? This article has been prompted by Sean, who asked this great question: “Hey [...]

Coping With Fight Delays

I'm sure you've experienced this before – you're expecting to fight on a show at around 6pm, but the event organisation has gone awry. It's 9pm already, and you're STILL waiting for your slot in the fight schedule. You've planned and prepared your food and snacks to maintain energy levels, and that has now [...]

By | 2017-04-13T19:34:46+00:00 November 2nd, 2014|Nutrition, Sport Psychology|0 Comments

Bleed Less – The Steps to Take Before Climbing in the Ring

Cuts are part of Muay Thai. A well placed knee or elbow can easily result in a profuse cut that prematurely ends a fight (7, 22). This sort of external bleeding is obvious, but there's also internal damage; bruising and haemorrhage of various tissues within the body (17, 22) – the most consequential being [...]

Same Day Weighing-in and Fighting – Part 3

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick Following on from Part 1 and Part 2, this time I'll share my approach to rehydrating and restocking energy after the weigh-in. I'll begin with my rationale and then break down simply what to eat and drink, and when. Rehydrating Temporary weight loss for a fight comes almost entirely through [...]

By | 2015-08-20T09:17:04+00:00 April 15th, 2013|Nutrition, Research, Weight Cutting, Written Post|15 Comments

Same Day Weighing-in and Fighting – Part 2

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick Following the first part of this article, which discussed my thoughts on how much weight you can cut and why, this second part outlines my recommendations for how you cut. As before, my approach is one of optimum fight performance, not maximum weight cut – read the first part if [...]

By | 2016-03-14T07:28:07+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Coaching, Nutrition, Recovery, Weight Cutting, Written Post|6 Comments

Muay Thai and Carbs — important? Part 3

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick This third and final part of my series looking at the importance of carbohydrates to Thai boxers, explains how carbs affect your final weight cut the week before a fight. Your body composition should already be on point (less than 10% body fat) by managing your calorie intake (especially carbs) for [...]

Muay Thai and Carbs – important? Part 2

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick In the last post I discussed how carbohydrates affect fat storage and how to stabilise your energy levels to avoid a crash in the ring. This time I'll turn my attention to the stored carbohydrate (or glycogen) in your body, fuelling physical performance during longer duration training sessions between 1 [...]

By | 2015-08-20T09:17:45+00:00 March 11th, 2013|Nutrition, Recovery, Research, Written Post|2 Comments

Muay Thai and Carbs – important? Part 1

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick For those that like a direct answer... YES.  ;) Why as a Thai boxer should you be concerned with the carbohydrates you consume? Here's another direct answer:  fat loss or gain energy crashes during training and fights fuelling for training sessions over an hour long refuelling for multiple training sessions [...]

By | 2015-08-20T09:17:52+00:00 March 4th, 2013|Fatloss, Nutrition, Written Post|1 Comment

Recovery – The Secret to Rapid Performance Improvement

[featured-img] Written by Don Heatrick Fighters pride themselves on being hardy. But there's a difference between hardy and fool hardy! There's times to push through it, and there's times to back off. The trick is knowing which situation your currently in, and it's not as difficult to read as you might think. I'm sure you've [...]