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.

YOU DON’T NEED MORE TRAINING TIME!

Are you struggling to fit all the training you want into the week? Well, you’re not alone. And in this episode let’s dig into why you don’t need MORE training time, and how it's done! There are some better, more productive training strategies you could use to achieve better results while training LESS! [...]

YOU DON’T NEED MORE TRAINING TIME!2019-05-05T17:41:28+01:00

DISCOVER, PRACTICE, AND BECOME A HEAVY HITTER

Our Muay Thai Heavy Hitter community serves Thai boxers and coaches of all levels looking for the most efficient and effective Muay Thai performance training strategy and tactics to discover your next level. Learn more about exactly who we serve – and if you fit, please join us! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ... [...]

DISCOVER, PRACTICE, AND BECOME A HEAVY HITTER2019-04-23T14:52:08+01:00

5 PERFORMANCE BOOSTING EXERCISE CATEGORIES FOR YOUR RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS

"Heavy Hitter", Bob Wansink audio messaged me some great questions regarding speed and power training via Anchor.fm, and this Heavy Hitters Podcast is a direct reply. In this episode, I share the 5 exercise categories I use in every resistance training session that I program. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT WITH FURTHER [...]

5 PERFORMANCE BOOSTING EXERCISE CATEGORIES FOR YOUR RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS2019-05-05T17:40:41+01:00

BIRTHDAY CAKE… AND YOUR REAL MUAY THAI TRAINING!

A quick video to illustrate the difference between a "vanity" post and a "value" post, and how this relates to your Muay Thai training. Bare with me on this! ;) TEXT TRANSCRIPT Recently, my family where all invited to my daughter’s friend's teenage birthday party. It was a family disco with [...]

BIRTHDAY CAKE… AND YOUR REAL MUAY THAI TRAINING!2019-04-23T14:46:24+01:00

MY OWN FUNERAL?

My own funeral? And I seem happy about it?! Life lessons come when they're ready, not when you are... and this one caught me entirely off-guard. And I think that was the point. Guarding is resisting, and this lesson was about becoming vulnerable – absolutely, totally and completely vulnerable! Accepting it entirely. Then, and [...]

MY OWN FUNERAL?2019-04-23T14:40:28+01:00

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?

This week, three Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions answered! Standing or sitting between rounds? Weightlifting belts (for fighters), yay or nay? MAS cardio sessions? Plus a bonus game changer to help focus your efforts! Is sitting between rounds best for recovery, or is it better to remain standing instead? How about fighters using [...]

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?2019-05-05T17:40:15+01:00

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?2019-05-05T17:39:54+01:00

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!2019-05-05T17:51:17+01:00

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 EXERCISES2019-04-23T13:59:50+01:00

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?2019-04-23T13:57:25+01:00

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 FIGHTERS2019-04-23T13:54:57+01:00

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 SAME2019-05-05T17:38:57+01:00

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 EQUIPMENT2019-04-23T13:45:58+01:00

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 SPEED2019-04-23T13:43:35+01:00

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 PERFORMANCE2019-05-05T17:38:20+01:00

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?2019-05-05T17:37:51+01:00

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 CONDITIONING2019-05-05T17:37:19+01:00