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.

WHICH FIRST TODAY – MUAY THAI OR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING?

“If I have to do my Muay Thai and strength and conditioning sessions both one after the other, which should I do first? And If I can leave a gap, how long between sessions is best?” I’m asked this a lot, and in this video I briefly share my thoughts on this while driving [...]

WHICH FIRST TODAY – MUAY THAI OR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING?2018-06-29T20:22:26+00:00

TRAINING PLAN: PERFECT IS NOT REAL – REALITY IS!

One thing you can be certain of is uncertainty! Perfect isn't real – reality is! Having an ideal training plan is one thing, but the likelihood of getting to follow it as written are slim at best. The probability of a "spanner in the works" is extremely high, yet that doesn't devalue the worth [...]

TRAINING PLAN: PERFECT IS NOT REAL – REALITY IS!2018-06-15T23:03:30+00:00

MUAY THAI BALANCE DRILLS AND EXERCISES

Sure, you could try to improve your Muay Thai balance by simply practising your technique over and over until it gets better. But there are some shortcuts you may be missing, because you've glossed over the personal limitations you may have, but are unaware of. In this podcast, I explore this a little deeper, [...]

MUAY THAI BALANCE DRILLS AND EXERCISES2018-06-09T13:34:41+00:00

MUAY THAI TRAINING – ARE YOU ADAPTED OR ADAPTABLE?

When it comes to your Muay Thai training, you're either adapted or you are adaptable. In this video I explain what I've found through my own exploration personally, and with those I've coached, including elite level fighters in Thailand. When you are new to any sport, you are adaptable, you're body is coping with [...]

MUAY THAI TRAINING – ARE YOU ADAPTED OR ADAPTABLE?2018-06-09T16:01:09+00:00

CARBS FOR FIGHTERS

Carbs for fighters... this podcast came about as a result of calls for a follow up after the last podcast discussing the keto diet for fighters. In it you'll learn how I manipulate carbs for individual fighters to ensure their body composition, training quality, general recovery, and competitive performance are reliable and progressing nicely! [...]

CARBS FOR FIGHTERS2018-06-09T16:23:10+00:00

FIGHTERS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING IS NOT MORE OF THE SAME

Fighters strength and conditioning should bring new challenges and complimentary physical adaptations that improve the fighter in ways that Muay Thai training  doesn't. Otherwise, you're missing THE trick! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT... So a mistake I see a lot of coaches making with their fighters for strength and conditioning is making the strength and [...]

FIGHTERS STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING IS NOT MORE OF THE SAME2018-06-09T19:56:41+00:00

23 ESSENTIAL ITEMS OF MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT

"What Muay Thai strength and conditioning equipment do I need?" I'm asked this a lot! You don't need lots of equipment, or even expensive equipment to follow a world class strength and conditioning program. And I've boiled it down to these "must have" items. Collect these, and there really is nothing holding you back, except [...]

23 ESSENTIAL ITEMS OF MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT2018-05-05T09:49:51+00:00

TRAINING TO INCREASE PUNCH SPEED

What is the most effective way to increase punch speed? There are lots of training methods out there that supposedly increase your punching speed, ranging from using weighted gloves to punching with resistance bands or dumbbells. But when it comes down to punch speed and power, these methods are not going to help, and [...]

TRAINING TO INCREASE PUNCH SPEED2018-04-28T09:15:49+00:00

6 POINTS ABOUT POSTURE AND MUAY THAI PERFORMANCE

When it comes to Muay Thai performance, your posture relates to much more than if you hold yourself in a lazy way! In this video I share some thoughts about performance posture while I'm out walking Logan on another early Sunday morning. Summary Points: Posture affects how you feel as well as [...]

6 POINTS ABOUT POSTURE AND MUAY THAI PERFORMANCE2018-04-15T19:09:00+00:00

ADDING MORE TRAINING?

Adding more training may seem like progression, but there's more to it than that. In this video I explain a little more, using cardio conditioning as an example. There are tools for the job, some are better suited to different situations. As a coach (or a self-directed fighter), it's your job to pick the [...]

ADDING MORE TRAINING?2018-04-14T20:04:10+00:00

DO THIS NOW – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Where should you start with your Muay Thai strength and conditioning? A professional strength and conditioning program will always begin by finding out more about you (usually more than you consciously know about yourself). "Did that last time you rolled your ankle affect how your ankle moves now, months later?" You'll fast-track your progress [...]

DO THIS NOW – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING2018-04-05T17:55:52+00:00

WHERE WE ARE GOING – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Beyond the weekly commitment, where is your Muay Thai strength and conditioning training going in the next month, the next quarter, or the next year? What should your training target, in what order and for how long? The second of our "onboarding" videos from our online Muay Thai strength and conditioning (PRO Membership) program tells [...]

WHERE WE ARE GOING – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING2018-03-31T08:07:14+00:00

WEEKLY COMMITMENT – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Weekly commitment... What's the minimum number of strength and conditioning sessions should I have each week and still progress? It's a question I'm often asked, and one that I've decided to answer by sharing the first of our "onboarding" videos for our online Muay Thai strength and conditioning (PRO Membership) program. In the Tale [...]

WEEKLY COMMITMENT – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING2018-03-24T14:53:27+00:00

MUAY THAI STRENGTH vs SPEED – SPORTS SCIENCE

Strength vs speed, what would you pick?Before you answer, how about a little Muay Thai sports science review of the fight between Rafi Bohic vs Dylan Salvador at Lumpinee Stadium... A massive thanks to Timo Ruge at Muay Ties for allowing his footage of Rafi vs Dylan to be used in this video! [...]

MUAY THAI STRENGTH vs SPEED – SPORTS SCIENCE2018-12-17T20:58:23+00:00

WHAT’S BEST FOR MUAY THAI, CHIN-UPS OR PULL-UPS?

Chin-ups and pull-ups, a holy grail of gym performance – but what does it mean to your Muay Thai performance? And is one better than the other? We’ll get into the differences and the effect on your Muay Thai in more depth in just a moment, but first let me explain why [...]

WHAT’S BEST FOR MUAY THAI, CHIN-UPS OR PULL-UPS?2018-03-11T14:05:02+00:00

HOW DO YOU TRAIN STRENGTH, POWER AND SPEED IN ONE TRAINING SESSION?

Despite the recent snow here in my part of the world, sponsored fighter Joe Le Maire has still made it in for his gym sessions at my home gym! And I thought I'd share some of the work we're doing together to help him prepare for his next fight. So here’s a quick video [...]

HOW DO YOU TRAIN STRENGTH, POWER AND SPEED IN ONE TRAINING SESSION?2018-03-03T13:30:05+00:00

MUAY THAI – DO YOU CORRECT OR MANAGE?

Muay Thai posture and overuse patterns... do you correct, or do you manage them? Don't get me wrong, this applies to the younger fighters as much as the older ones! In fact, of course prevention is always better than cure. Please take a little time to consider the points made in this video and [...]

MUAY THAI – DO YOU CORRECT OR MANAGE?2018-02-24T17:11:21+00:00