WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRAINING BLOCK AND A PHASE?

What IS the difference between a training BLOCK, and a training PHASE? Terminology is a funny thing... it all depends on the definitions used, or it doesn't make sense! And to be honest, there's a lot of variation in the use of these different terms too, even amongst the experts. I'm not into showboating [...]

PETCHYINDEE TRAINING METHODS

Following my interview with Daniel McGowan at Yokkao 28, I've been asked a lot of questions about what I thought of the training methods used at Petchyindee MuayThai in Bangkok. So I've put together this short video to share my thoughts. Let me have your comments and questions below! ;) [...]

PLANNING MUAY THAI RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS

Planning Muay Thai resistance training requires some thought. Just throwing in random exercises based on equipment choices wastes your training time and could lead to unbalanced structural development and ultimately injury! Instead, you should hand pick exercises that fulfil a specific need. But getting caught up in specifics can render you unable to see [...]

ANKLE MOBILITY QUICK FIX – THREE STEP PROCESS

When I’m working with my face-to-face clients, many of them have had injuries or moved poorly because limitations in range of motion. Left unaddressed, poor movement leads to a cascade of injuries further "along the chain" in the body. One of the main culprits for many, is bad or asymmetrical ankle mobility, which causes [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

LIAM HARRISON INTERVIEW – UK vs THAILAND TRAINING, FIGHTING vs COACHING

To put these three videos in context, this Liam Harrison interview at Bad Company Gym was given just after I’d helped him with some re-hab for a chronic separated shoulder injury – that was further aggravated during his successful Yokkao World Title defence against Rayan Mekki at Yokkao 24, and had prevented Liam training [...]

SUSPENSION EXPLOSIVE PRESS UP FOR MUAY THAI

The Suspension Explosive Press Up is an example of an explosive upper body power exercise for Muay Thai using a TRX Suspension Trainer. This is great for all you fighters on the move and without access to a fully equipped gym.  SUSPENSION EXPLOSIVE PRESS UP FOR MUAY THAI This exercise is part [...]

EXERCISE SOPHISTICATION – SUSPENSION 180 DEGREE JUMP

When it comes to exercise sophistication, there’s a time and a place for something more advanced, but if you use that prematurely you lose that opportunity for adaptation over the longer term. Please don't shortcut straight to this TRX exercise version, even if you can perform it straight off. There are simpler exercises you [...]

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION

This video clarifies some of my thoughts regarding the changing face of Muay Thai training in Thailand itself. It's going to be a long process, but it has begun. Things are slowly changing in Thailand. And with traditional Muay Thai training habits so strongly embedded and blindly defended, it's the foreigners that could be [...]

HIP OR KNEE DOMINANT EXERCISE? COMPLETE REST? | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

This video answers Richi's final questions, regarding the transfer of training from hip or knee dominant exercise to the body kick and knee strike, and asking if I believe complete rest has a place in an annual training program. If you need to know the difference between hip or knee dominant exercise, and which [...]

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 [...]

SKIPPING, NEURAL FATIGUE, & DELOADING IN THAILAND | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

Strength and conditioning in Thailand can be a very hard line to tread – following what you know to be the best progressive method of long-term development while towing the line with what your Thai trainers expect of you. Generally, Thais "don't get" applied sports science. And that's just because it isn't the norm [...]

HARDER THAN IT LOOKS – ATHLETIC CORE STRENGTH EXERCISE YOU CAN DO ANYWHERE

Last time I showed you an exercise for core rotational speed and power, this time I serve you the foundation... anti-rotational strength! And this is a true strength exercise, one designed to create enough overload on your neuromuscular system to really increase the amount of force your core can produce and withstand. Combine this [...]

MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING – WHY YOU FAIL

So many expect quick results, and give in when progress seems too slow for their liking. But, you may well be turning back just when success is around the corner... This is why you fail! As long as you have a plan to achieve your goal, keep going at it. Don't be put off [...]

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 [...]

PRIORITISE TRANSFER OF TRAINING NOT MUAY THAI SPECIFIC EXERCISE

It's rife all over the internet, because it's eye catching and appears to make sense to the layman. But fight specific exercise has gone rogue, and needs reigning in. Muay Thai specific exercise is a small piece of the strength and condition puzzle, but transfer of training is everything! In this video I explain [...]

ANTHONY JOSHUA REACTION TRAINING

There's a lot of video clips out there showing snapshots of Anthony Joshua's strength and conditioning training. I thought I'd take a quick look specifically at reaction training, and chat through some thoughts. And if there's another video out there that you'd like me to discuss, please get in contact and let me know! ;) [...]

TRAINING & FIGHTING THE CURVE – MUAY THAI STRENGTH, POWER, SPEED

What do I mean, "Training and fighting the curve?" It's a fundamental principle of performance training that I'd like to breakdown for you, specifically for Muay Thai athletes. If you can grasp this, and structure your training to exploit it, I guarantee you'll unlock more of what you're truly capable of. There's two videos, offering [...]

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 [...]