About Don Heatrick

Don Heatrick BSc. (Hons), owner of Heatrick Strength & Conditioning, is a Level 4 Strength and Conditioning coach, Muay Thai coach and former pro Thai boxer from the UK. With over 25-years experience in combat sports and athletic conditioning, he’s passionate about all things leading to improved Muay Thai performance.

HOW JONATHAN HAGGERTY DID THAT TO SAM-A

I’ve been asked why I thought Jonathan Haggerty, at only 22 years old and 16 professional fights to his name, managed to defeat Thai legend Sam-A (with 336 wins and only 46 losses) to claim the ONE Championship flyweight Muay Thai world title. So here are my thoughts... I’ll begin by putting fight [...]

HOW JONATHAN HAGGERTY DID THAT TO SAM-A2019-05-14T21:27:22+01:00

YOUR MOTIVATION – STICK, CARROT, OR FIRE WITHIN?

Coaches are often asked for help, and frequently give it. But despite this, sometimes the results are less than desirable (for both parties). In my experience, the result depends where the fighter sits on a “self-determination continuum”. There’s a balance of commitment between the coach and the fighter, and if this tips the [...]

YOUR MOTIVATION – STICK, CARROT, OR FIRE WITHIN?2019-05-05T12:13:29+01:00

OUT OF CONTROL – GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI

Harry, an experienced, old-school Nak Muay messaged me today – it went like this... “A lot of the greats of the current day have lost big. Nuegelek not only knocked out Kulabdam with a kick to the head… but a couple of weeks later, he knocks out Muangthai with an elbow over a [...]

OUT OF CONTROL – GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI2019-05-05T11:02:58+01:00

BEYOND THE FIGHT CAMP – JAKE PURDY & SONNY PEREZ @ YOKKAO 32

Last October, I was privileged to speak with FSC Muay Thai’s Jake Purdy and head coach Sonny Perez, ahead of Jake’s battle with Bad Company’s Joe Craven for the UK #1 spot on the Yokkao 32 show in Bolton… What with computer hardware failure and a hectic personal schedule recently, it's taken me [...]

BEYOND THE FIGHT CAMP – JAKE PURDY & SONNY PEREZ @ YOKKAO 322019-04-23T15:38:41+01:00

WHAT OTHER EXERCISES SHOULD I USE WITH YOUR OPTIMAL FIGHT CAMP BLUEPRINT?

I’m often asked "What other exercises should I use for the Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint?" So let’s get straight into it... VIDEO TRANSCRIPT WITH FURTHER LINKS As I’ve laid it out, the Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint highlights the principles of training – the underlying truths of effective training. Fail [...]

WHAT OTHER EXERCISES SHOULD I USE WITH YOUR OPTIMAL FIGHT CAMP BLUEPRINT?2019-05-05T17:48:08+01:00

MUAY THAI ENGINEER: WHO I AM, AND WHY I THINK THE WAY I THINK

My background is mechanical design engineering. I spent 18 years designing, prototyping, testing and developing video camera mounting products – from tripods through to robotic television camera pedestals. Serving companies like the BBC in the UK and ABC in the US. And when you’re an engineer, you very much work [...]

MUAY THAI ENGINEER: WHO I AM, AND WHY I THINK THE WAY I THINK2019-04-23T15:31:04+01:00

MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT IN MUAY THAI – THE HIDDEN QUALITIES OF A COMPLETE FIGHTER

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Complete fighters aren’t only masters of all fighting modes and fighting ranges – they’re also masters of 3 intrinsic qualities that truly complete them as a fighter. They’re masters of the Mental, Physical and Emotional, or the classic Mind, Body and Spirit. And in this episode, I’m going to [...]

MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT IN MUAY THAI – THE HIDDEN QUALITIES OF A COMPLETE FIGHTER2019-04-23T15:28:48+01:00

MUAY THAI FIGHTING STYLES AND BECOMING A COMPLETE FIGHTER

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick Muay Thai fighting styles can be broken down into something far more useful. Something you can use to train your own personal style, and develop one that can beat whoever is in front of you. Let me show you how... VIDEO TRANSCRIPT In this episode, I'm [...]

MUAY THAI FIGHTING STYLES AND BECOMING A COMPLETE FIGHTER2019-04-23T15:24:58+01:00

DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL MUAY THAI MINDSET

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick When it comes to developing a successful Muay Thai mindset, it all starts with these simple (but not easy) points... VIDEO TRANSCRIPT I’m often asked about my psychological approach to Muay Thai training. So today I’m going to start by sharing how to mentally set yourself [...]

DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL MUAY THAI MINDSET2019-04-23T15:23:13+01:00

MUAY THAI ELBOW MECHANICS – HOW TO DEVELOP SHARP TECHNIQUE & KO POWER

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick To develop a devastating Muay Thai elbow, that ends fights, you've got to watch this video! GET THE 4-WEEK TRAINING PLAN VIDEO TRANSCRIPT In this episode, I’m going to breakdown one of the most feared weapons in Muay Thai. The elbow. I'm going to show [...]

MUAY THAI ELBOW MECHANICS – HOW TO DEVELOP SHARP TECHNIQUE & KO POWER2019-05-05T17:43:03+01:00

MUAY THAI WARM UP DRILLS – BOUND AND HOP SERIES

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick For many, Muay Thai warm up drills are a wasted opportunity to become better fighter. If raising your pulse and limbering up are all you are doing in your warm up, then there's plenty being left on the table. I'm not big on waste. And wasting time is my [...]

MUAY THAI WARM UP DRILLS – BOUND AND HOP SERIES2019-04-23T15:19:47+01:00

MUAY THAI – NO TIME TO EXERCISE

No time for exercise? Fighters are juggling training and dropping balls. There’ll always be life outside of training –– and for a fighter, it’s a delicate balance. And despite the guru’s calls for you to “make time”, sometimes it’s just impossible to make it all fit. So when you’re in this situation, then [...]

MUAY THAI – NO TIME TO EXERCISE2019-05-05T17:42:27+01:00

FIGHTER TRAINING INTENSITY – LIKE A PRO!

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick Fighter training intensity is something to respect and use appropriately. It's easy to be misled by the majority of training montages and highlight videos shared around of pro fighters. It's important to realise that these snapshots are not what all of their training looks like. If it was, they'd be [...]

FIGHTER TRAINING INTENSITY – LIKE A PRO!2019-04-23T15:13:51+01:00

MUAY THAI: ASTONISHINGLY EASY GOAL SETTING LOGIC!

Following on from the last Heavy Hitters Podcast (looking at post fight reviewing and goal setting), this video explains my logic for selecting what your next S&C goals should be... and it's simpler than you think!! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT & LINKS! After my last podcast on post fight reviews and goal [...]

MUAY THAI: ASTONISHINGLY EASY GOAL SETTING LOGIC!2019-04-23T15:09:39+01:00

15 WINNING QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF AFTER EVERY FIGHT (SO YOU NEVER LOSE)!

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick It maybe a bit of cliché in the fight game that either you win a fight or you learn… but that doesn’t mean it’s not true! However, you can seriously increase your rate of learning (even if you won the fight) if you follow up by reflecting on the answers [...]

15 WINNING QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF AFTER EVERY FIGHT (SO YOU NEVER LOSE)!2019-04-23T15:06:37+01:00

REFLECTING ON MUAY THAI S&C AFTER SPEAKING TO DR YESSIS

Recently I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak with the legendary sport scientist, educator, and strength and conditioning coach Dr Yessis. In this podcast I summarise my reflections on Muay Thai S&C as a result of that chat! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Welcome to the Heatrick Heavy Hitters podcast. [...]

REFLECTING ON MUAY THAI S&C AFTER SPEAKING TO DR YESSIS2019-05-05T18:31:25+01:00

HOW TO MOVE LIKE SAENCHAI!

Saenchai is a Muay Thai living legend, and his trademark moves are based on a particular athletic foundation that he’s naturally exploited to awesome effect. Saenchai is an elastic animal! He’s super efficient at storing and returning elastic energy in his muscles and tendons, what sports scientists call stretch-shortening cycle – and not [...]

HOW TO MOVE LIKE SAENCHAI!2019-04-23T14:58:26+01:00