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 [...]

Strength and Conditioning… Supplemental AND Essential

Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning... Supplemental and Essential Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 04 Featuring Manachai and Erhan YokkaoSaenchaiGym, Joe (SumaleeGym) Le Maire, Tom Austin & Deborah Heatrick Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Strength and Conditioning... Supplemental [...]

Don’s Winning Fighter’s Principle

Don’s Winning Fighter's Principle Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 03 Featuring Manachai and Yodchai filmed at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Don's Winning Fighter's Principle Video Transcript: I'd like to share with [...]

Are You REALLY Training With Purpose?

Are You Really Training With Purpose? Coach's Quick Chat EP. 02 Featuring Erhan and Manachai, filmed during performance testing at the Yokkao Training Centre 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. Are You Really [...]

Core Exercises For Fighters

MuayThai Strength and Conditioning Q&A Episode 1: Core Exercises For Fighters Featuring Manachai, Erhan and Yodchai, filmed at the Yokkao Training Centre 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. Core Exercises For Fighters Video Transcript: I get asked [...]

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 [...]

Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance

Muay Thai Performance Hack Episode 1: Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance In this series, I'll quickly share (in less than 5-minutes) hacks that'll improve your Muay Thai performance. The link between sleep and recovery is well known and documented, but just how much do you need, and how much does it affect your athletic performance? [...]

By | 2017-04-12T23:48:54+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Coaching, recommended, Recovery, Research, Video Post|0 Comments

Planning Strength and Conditioning Around Frequent Fights

Whiteboard Coaching Sessions Episode 3: Planning Strength and Conditioning for Frequent Fights. Ok, it's not on a whiteboard this time, but I needed a more dynamic presentation! ;) Head over to my YouTube channel - #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. ...How to plan Muay Thai [...]

Videos – How To Plan Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning

[featured-img] I've put together a couple of videos that should answer a few questions for you. The first one considers what I believe is the biggest mistake in Muay Thai strength and conditioning. Rather than just waffling on, just watch this 2-minute video and all will become clear... The second video elaborates on how I [...]

Injured Thai Boxer Strength and Conditioning Tips

Let's face it, Thai boxing is a full contact discipline. The objective is to leave your opponent unable to continue, preferably unconscious! Damage is the name of the game. Contact injuries can certainly be reduced through improved Muay Thai skill, but they still happen, there's no avoiding it. So what happens when you get [...]

Muay Thai Weight Class Mismatch?

I recently watched footage of my nephew, Matthew Butcher fighting at Bangla Boxing Stadium in Phuket… …it again seems the promoters abandoned the weighing scales in favour of  “eyeing up”, and memory. Obviously not the most reliable method of matching fighters! It’s frustrating for fighters and coaches alike. And Sumalee Boxing Gym now refuse to [...]

By | 2017-04-13T17:37:23+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Coaching, Mindset, Power, recommended, Strength, Video 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! [...]

A Sneaky Muscle Imbalance

My sports massage therapist Jacqui Sinclair pointed out I've a muscle imbalance in my back. Are you thinking this doesn't apply to you? Guess again — it's a sneaky muscle imbalance! Although I use a well balanced strength and conditioning training programme, I failed to account for some innocuous postural activities. In this video I explain why [...]

By | 2017-04-13T17:57:48+00:00 February 6th, 2016|Core Training, Injury Prevention, Isometric, Strength, Video Post|0 Comments

Are you fighting TOO often?

Fighters in Thailand have a notoriously high fight-frequency, sometimes even multiple times in one day for children. But is this suitable for everyone? What should determine how often you fight? Are you fighting too often? In this video I share some of my thoughts on how to make the best use of fights as part [...]

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

Valgus Knees: Corrective Strength and Conditioning Exercises

In a previous article for Muay Thai Scholar, I discussed using strength and conditioning training to discover how your body fails, and working on these weak links – we’ve all got them! I illustrated with the example of valgus collapse of the knee, where the knee buckles inward under load — and this is pretty common [...]

Brain Saving Sparring

My wife forwarded this video to me, showing an apparent impact conditioning drill. Now, it's pretty obvious this is the dumbest idea ever. This kind of deliberate repeated trauma to the brain causes damage, and you can only accumulate so much brain trauma in a lifetime, so don't waste it with this kind of [...]

How To Increase Punching Speed Using The Right Weight Gloves

Training in heavier gloves has long been thought to improve strength and therefore punching speed – once you return to regular weight gloves. Others swear by shadow boxing with dumbbells and resistance bands also feature highly in the list of exercises used to increase punch speed. Having been asked about adding resistance to punching [...]

Body Fat Percentage, Not Body Weight

As a Muay Thai and strength and conditioning coach, you may expect that I'm focused on body weight goals for my clients. But I'm not. I really don't care what you weigh. Apart from making weight for a fight, scales aren't a big player in my assessment of your progress. Too much is made [...]

Muay Thai Strength & Conditioning Periodisation (Planning)

Following the Muay Thai Guy Podcast, I've been getting lots of questions regarding my approach to periodisation for Muay Thai. So as I've just set up my new 'green screen', I thought I'd shed some more light on this subject via the medium of video. Yeh, I know, boys and their toys! "How can I [...]