Consider this… Accepted ‘best practice’ is only the ‘best so far’. In his book Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed discusses what we accept as ‘best practice’... It makes sense that if there’s a way of doing things that proves superior, that everyone should adopt it. But it's important to also realise [...]
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Riddle me this... What becomes more difficult the better you get? ...Have you got it? I'll tell you where I'm going with this, my answer is... Improvement But this is much more than just a riddle... If you want to become the best you can be, we must unpack this [...]
Nearly ten years ago now, at the age of 39, I returned to the ring after a two year layoff. I was matched against Mike Clarke, an undefeated fighter in his prime from Tobin's Gym, with a bad habit of stopping his opponents within a few rounds. At the time, his record stood [...]
When do you need more work on a particular aspect in your training? When do you have enough? What’s the most important aspect to focus on right now? When do you shift your focus onto something else? Etc... The questions are endless... And meaningful answers require deeper insight of both [...]
I’m often asked questions similar to this… “I was wondering something while I was training at Attachai. The sessions over there are way harder than I’m used to, but I assume he just puts me through Bangkok training. “How do Thais do this twice a day + running so [...]
Panicos Yusuf came to England from Cyprus on a one-way ticket, with just £60 in his pocket and a habit of working hard... He's since achieved an incredible amount in the sport of Muay Thai, owing everything to his family, his friends, his coaches and training partners. And he's grateful [...]
Muay Thai seems to attract more than it's fair share of "nice" people... So how can a nice person hit another person with the kind of destructive power that Muay Thai is designed to inflict? In a recent Heavy Hitters program support call, Arnaud asked how can he overcome a [...]
Bryan Popejoy has found himself at the forefront of American Muay Thai since the 1980's, literally involved from Illinois in the East, through Arizona, to California in the West. His experience both as a Muay Thai fighter himself (in the early "Wild West" period of American Muay Thai), and as [...]
Confirmed! Women are valued by Men in Muay Thai! I want to start with the huge positive before I share the NEGATIVE I experienced in response to my recent podcast episode with the awesome Angela Chang. Let me explain everything… Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/heatrick-heavy-hitters-muay-thai-performance/id1381118000 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/10OL244FWv457CQGwMbK7Y?si=XyPpeSVoQc6jzV9h73uDhQ [...]
Podcast episode with Angela Chang, a New Yorker now living and fighting Muay Thai in Bangkok, WBC ranked 12 super flyweight in the world, a social media manager and writer, and author of the Muay-Ying website which promotes muay thai for everyone - equal pay, spotlight, and opportunities for everybody...
Father Time waits for no man, and if you haven’t already felt how getting older affects your Muay Thai, it’s a certainty you will. In this episode, I’ll look at what you need to do to keep doing what you love (Muay Thai) and remaining badass for the rest of [...]
Martial arts and Muay Thai are all that 25 year old Dan McGowan has ever known. And just when he began to question his own dedication and purpose, Muay Thai gave back – in the form of fantastic opportunities with the other legends at Evolve MMA in Singapore. Dan is [...]
A lot of fighters are using heart rate monitors these days, to allow them to train at the right intensity fin their cardio sessions. And I love using monitors in my programs too... Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick [...]
I've been asked how I'd recommend structuring strength and conditioning when you're just 2 weeks out from a fight. So here's a quick "down and dirty" podcast episode to get something out quickly! Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple [...]
How to surpass those that have been training longer than you in Muay Thai I’m often asked questions like… “Is 20 years old too late to start Muay Thai and become successful with it?” So in this episode, I wanted to add a little flavour to answers I’ve given to [...]
Kevin Ross is a pioneer in American Muay Thai, and I think everyone must have seen that photo of him in a mongkon, bowing on the floor, with his outstretched tattooed knuckles, spelling out Muay Thai… But there’s a lot more to Kevin's story than just shiny title belts. He's [...]
In this (whiteboard) podcast episode, I go into some detail on how I’d recommend changing the strength and conditioning element of training if you’ve little or no Muay Thai training right now! 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 [...]
Paraphrasing a recent question… I have seen your videos on different training blocks… I have been training Muay Thai for 6months and I’m not going to be fighting any time soon, so is it necessary to do the speed block and peak-week if I’m not competing? Here's a short podcast [...]
"If I have FIA (cam hip impingements on both hips), will I be able to ever kick high without surgery?" Prompted by an Instagram message, hip impingements and Muay Thai kicks are a common issue! So I've taken the opportunity to explain what you can do to help yourself if [...]
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 [...]