by Don Heatrick
I’m often asked “What other exercises should I use for the Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint?”
So let’s get straight into it…
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As I’ve laid it out, the Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint highlights the principles of training – the underlying truths of effective training.
Fail to match the principles and you’ll fail to achieve optimal results on fight night.
This is the roadmap. The way you must go.
The exercises and drills you choose are the methods used to satisfy those principles.
Exercise methods are like the transportation methods you use to travel the roadmap, depending on your personal circumstances…
Must you walk the route? Cycle? Drive? Or take a taxi, a train, ferry, or a plane?
Your choice depends on what’s available to you and what’s necessary.
It’s the same with your training.
The blueprint gives you the training principles for a whole fight camp, and EVERY fight camp – the complete roadmap if you like.
It’s scalable, and will serve you for a lifetime.
I also throw in some example exercise methods in the blueprint and supporting video series “The Science of Building Champions” to help your understanding….
But these example exercise methods are illustrations, they’re not personalised to you and what you need right now.
They can’t be, I don’t know anything about you, or what you’ve been doing up to this point.
The exercise methods you use will depend on where you are in the athletic performance progression – what’s appropriate based on your current fitness and movement competency.
These methods must progressively overload you to continue to make you even better.
What worked for you initially must move on to prevent a performance plateau.
Your optimal fight camp should satisfy the principles of the blueprint (every time) to be effective.
You then need to apply exercise methods that satisfy these principles, and progress you as an individual to continue to be effective.
The training principles remain unchanged for every fight camp, but your training methods will change for every fight camp – because you have!
This is essentially strength and conditioning programming.
This is why most fighters aren’t exploiting the benefits of real athletic performance training, even if they believe they are.
They don’t have a program. They have workouts…
They have pieces of the jigsaw, but aren’t building them into the complete picture.
Please get involved at whatever level you choose, and help me in my mission to take the sport of Muay Thai to the next level and build the next generation of complete fighters.
This means helping you (or your fighters) reach the top of the sport, and one day become champions.
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Part 1 | The Optimal Performance Pyramid
Part 2 | Functional Training & Periodisation
Part 3 | Relentless Endurance & The Optimal 12-Week Fight Camp
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Don Heatrick, owner of Heatrick Strength & Conditioning, is a renowned Level 4 Strength and Conditioning coach, Muay Thai coach and former pro Thai boxer from the UK.