Welcome back to part 2 of Training Youth Fighters! In this episode, we continue our exploration into the art of training youth fighters, focusing on the crucial concept of finding balance.

Join me as we dive deep into the intricacies of youth training methodology. We’ll dissect the common pitfalls of early over-specialisation and the detrimental effects it can have on our budding athletes.

We explore why encouraging young fighters to engage in multiple sports not only enhances their overall athleticism but also reduces the risk of overuse injuries later on.

Through a comprehensive breakdown of different developmental phases, we emphasise the significance of building a solid foundation of skills and coordination before honing in on specific techniques and competition.

From the importance of diverse movement patterns to the psychological aspects of training, we leave no stone unturned in our quest to develop well-rounded, resilient athletes.

Whether you’re a seasoned coach seeking fresh perspectives or a passionate fighter hungry for knowledge, this episode promises to be a game-changer.

by Don Heatrick

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

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:22 Avoid Building Uncoordinated Athletes
  • 01:14 Build Robust Athletes
  • 01:59 Competitive, Natural Athletes
  • 02:28 3 Youth Training Phases
  • 03:36 Build Adult Champions Not Child Prodigies
  • 04:25 Phase Training Emphasis
  • 05:42 Mental Development

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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