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Low Intensity Muay Thai Training?

Driven from a question left on one of my previous Q&A videos, here I expand on my reply and explain what I mean when I say a "Low Intensity Muay Thai Session"... Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/heatrick-heavy-hitters-muay-thai-performance/id1381118000 [...]

Low Intensity Muay Thai Training?2021-01-13T20:15:45+00:00

Paul Banasiak – The Science of Building Champions Podcast

Not every fighter is as frank and honest as Paul Banasiak in their appraisal of themselves, with themselves, let alone sharing this with others. But, both with more than his fair share of introspective perspective, and also understanding the value of learning from other's mistakes as well as his own... He's happy [...]

Paul Banasiak – The Science of Building Champions Podcast2021-01-12T13:56:22+00:00

Tony Myers – The Science of Building Champions Podcast

I'm hard pushed to think of anyone who has made such an impact on raising the level of worldwide Muay Thai as Tony Myers. And this made for my biggest podcast episode to date! Tony Myers is Professor in Quantitative Methods at Newman University, a Muay Thai coach, referee and judge. [...]

Tony Myers – The Science of Building Champions Podcast2021-01-06T09:01:15+00:00

Jonathan Haggerty’s Mindset, Shin Bones, & Heart Rates!

In this episode I dig into Jonathan Haggerty’s mindset, methods of conditioning your shins for Muay Thai kicks and shin blocks, and the different maximum heart rates for different exercises. Let's get straight into it... Mandalorian footage – Star Wars (Youtube) Jonathan Haggerty – @jhaggerty_ Team Underground – @teamundergroundmma_official Keddles [...]

Jonathan Haggerty’s Mindset, Shin Bones, & Heart Rates!2020-12-14T14:49:58+00:00

Jonathan Haggerty – The Science of Building Champions Podcast

In this episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast... Jonathan Haggerty, the 24 year old, 3x World champion, and former ONE Championship Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion, after beating none other than the legendary Sam A! "The General" joins us from Singapore ahead of his ONE Championship main event [...]

Jonathan Haggerty – The Science of Building Champions Podcast2020-12-04T12:38:33+00:00

Elevation Training Masks, & Breathing Pure Oxygen — Proven or Playing?

From Buakaw to Petchmorakot... is it real? Combat sports athletes are constantly bombarded with video clips of fighters using training methods or supplements that are seemingly a shortcut to fantastic results. Most of the time, these clips are little more than social media stunts, either to market a product or [...]

Elevation Training Masks, & Breathing Pure Oxygen — Proven or Playing?2020-11-19T10:40:43+00:00

Liam Harrison – The Science of Building Champions Podcast

In this episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast... Liam Harrison, 8x World champion, current UK number 1 (and has been for 18 years), renowned Muay Thai coach in his own right, both on the world-wide seminar circuit in-person and online, and more recently, host of the “Kickin’ It” [...]

Liam Harrison – The Science of Building Champions Podcast2020-11-19T10:51:08+00:00

Vinny Shoreman – The Science of Building Champions Podcast

In this episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast... Vinny Shoreman, a former Muay Thai coach, a fight commentator, and mind coach who’s in demand around the world from professional fighters, TV stars, to everyday folks struggling with doubt. With a wealth of knowledge about life struggle (both from [...]

Vinny Shoreman – The Science of Building Champions Podcast2020-11-19T11:01:15+00:00

Ognjen Topic – The Science of Building Champions Podcast

In this episode of the Science of Building Champions podcast I chat with Ognjen Topic, European born three-times world champion, WKA International Champion, and ranked number 1 in the United States, who’s also trained and fought extensively in Thailand too. Ognjen’s introduction to Muay Thai wasn’t the easiest (on so many [...]

Ognjen Topic – The Science of Building Champions Podcast2020-11-19T11:03:25+00:00

Damien Trainor – The Science Of Building Champions Podcast

In the long overdue 2nd episode of the podcast…. Former two-times World champion and owner of K-Star Legacy Gym UK, Damien Trainor generously shares his hard-earned Muay Thai knowledge – from both competing at the highest level in the early 90’s and onwards, and as a world renowned coach in [...]

Damien Trainor – The Science Of Building Champions Podcast2020-11-19T11:04:00+00:00

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)

For many fighters, bodyweight training only serves as muscular endurance training – multiple rounds of upward of 10 reps per exercise. This approach develops endurance, or “conditioning”. It doesn’t touch the neuromuscular system that’s developed in resistance training sessions targeting strength, power, and speed. And in missing this, fails to [...]

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)2020-11-16T17:49:49+00:00

Corona Efficiency – Tips for Returning to the Gym in 2020

Gyms around the world are either reopening or preparing to reopen very soon. It’s great news, but the reality of just what we’re going back to bears some thought. In order to reopen safely, gyms must abide by new operating restrictions and safe practice. The number of people allowed in [...]

Corona Efficiency – Tips for Returning to the Gym in 20202020-07-17T17:01:23+01:00

Are Muay Thai Students Getting Ahead of Their Trainers?

I’m hearing more often from fighters that are doing their best to systematically improve their athletic ability... But are finding that well-meaning trainers are sabotaging them with regular “beastings” that set them back. A knowledge gap is beginning to grow between the students and trainers/coaches. [...]

Are Muay Thai Students Getting Ahead of Their Trainers?2020-06-24T17:36:19+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More

Another nice balance of questions between movement skill, resistance (strength, power, speed) training, and energy systems cardio (endurance) conditioning in this Q&A episode. In this second episode of the Q&A I'm asked... Hi, Don. What do u think of the Ido Portal method of [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More2020-05-30T12:57:49+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More

Some big questions this week! In this episode of the Q&A I'm asked... What is better for the longterm progression and why? MAS or Main Conditioning from Heavy Hitters? Warm-up protocols to stimulate greater neural drive? Training at home and having trouble with loading [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More2020-05-24T11:46:46+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 03 – How Often to Push Hard in Training – Placing MT Skill & Fitness in a Fight Camp – Non-impact Cardio – Tournament Prep & More

With the increasing volume of questions to fit into the 30 minute segment, apologies if I didn't manage to squeeze in your question in this episode! In this episode of the Q&A I'm asked... How often should you schedule training sessions that really push [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 03 – How Often to Push Hard in Training – Placing MT Skill & Fitness in a Fight Camp – Non-impact Cardio – Tournament Prep & More2020-05-19T12:00:51+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 02 – Namman Muay – Shoulder Pain – Strength Block Conditioning – Bodyweight Strength – Top Principles & More

More solid questions coming in this week, and covering a good spectrum too. I'm also getting the hang of things on Instagram Live, and the supporting images work better this week – my head doesn't get in the way for a start! In this [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 02 – Namman Muay – Shoulder Pain – Strength Block Conditioning – Bodyweight Strength – Top Principles & More2020-09-30T18:06:17+01:00
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