In this part 1 episode, we dive into a crucial topic that concerns many coaches, parents, and young athletes alike: the safety and effectiveness of weight training for Muay Thai youth athletes.

As a seasoned coach with a deep understanding of athletic development, I break down the nuances of incorporating weight training into the training regimen of young Muay Thai enthusiasts. We’ll explore the importance of timing, age-appropriate training protocols, and maximising the windows of opportunity for skill acquisition and physical development.

From understanding the unique needs of different age groups to tailoring training programs to optimise athletic potential, this video provides valuable insights for coaches, fighters, and parents seeking to support the growth and development of Muay Thai youth athletes.

Join me as we navigate the complexities of youth athletic training and discover how to safely and effectively integrate weight training into the journey of aspiring Muay Thai youth champions.

If you’re passionate about nurturing the next generation of Muay Thai talent, don’t miss out on this insightful discussion. Like, subscribe, and share this video with fellow enthusiasts, coaches, and fighters who are dedicated to unlocking the full potential of youth athletes in the world of Muay Thai!

by Don Heatrick

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Here are the key points from this week’s video resource…

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:23 LTAD – Long Term Athlete Development Model
  • 01:20 Male & Female Differences In Growth Spurts
  • 01:46 Windows Of Opportunity For Athletic Qualities
  • 02:27 Age 8-9 – Suppleness & Speed
  • 03:13 Age 8-11/12 – Skills
  • 03:31 Age 11-13 Girls or 13-16 Boys – Stamina
  • 04:23 Age 12-13 Girls or 17-20 Boys – Strength
  • 04:50 Matching the Fight Camp Blueprint to LTAD
  • 05:38 True Strength Training

Don Heatrick

Founder of Heatrick Strength and Conditioning

Don Heatrick is a family man from the UK, former mechanical design engineer, European Muay Thai silver medallist, former pro Thai boxer (ranked 4th in UK while aged 40-years), a Muay Thai coach, podcast host, and the go-to expert on Muay Thai performance training with over 25 years of coaching experience.

Don helps ambitious fighters and coaches take their game to the next level by bridging the gap between Strength & Conditioning, Performance Science, and Muay Thai.

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