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.

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

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 (Heavy Hitters) program tells [...]

WHERE WE ARE GOING – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING2019-05-05T17:37:00+01:00

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 (Heavy Hitters) program. In the Strength [...]

WEEKLY COMMITMENT – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING2019-05-05T17:36:46+01:00

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 [...]

MUAY THAI STRENGTH vs SPEED – SPORTS SCIENCE2019-04-23T12:45:12+01:00

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?2019-04-23T12:40:25+01:00

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?2019-05-05T17:36:18+01:00

BAD MUAY THAI POSTURE – 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, prevention is always better than cure. Please take a little time to consider the points made in this video and reflect on [...]

BAD MUAY THAI POSTURE – CORRECT OR MANAGE?2019-05-05T19:40:46+01:00

YOUR BODY IS LAZY EVEN IF YOU AREN’T!

Left to its own devices, your body will cheat a movement pattern... and you're unlikely to know until an injury happens as a result (bad times)!And this "cheating" not only eventually leads to injury, but also wasted performance. By using strength and conditioning sessions properly, you can clean up poor movement habits as well as [...]

YOUR BODY IS LAZY EVEN IF YOU AREN’T!2019-05-05T17:35:34+01:00

3-STEPS TO SUSTAINABLE TRAINING MOTIVATION

"Is it wrong to be ripped?" That was the tagline banded about on GMTV in the UK yesterday, and there where the usual two guests to argue opposing viewpoints. But the attitudes they displayed got me thinking. For me, they'd missed the point. I've trained countless clients over the years (both fighters and regular [...]

3-STEPS TO SUSTAINABLE TRAINING MOTIVATION2019-05-05T17:34:56+01:00

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT… CHIN UP PERFORMANCE

This week I'm going to spotlight a strength and conditioning milestone achievement of Richi Alvarez, one of our online Heavy Hitter members. He's been working consistently on the program now for over a year and a half, and has just hit one of his athletic goals scoring a 7/10 on the chin up max [...]

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT… CHIN UP PERFORMANCE2019-04-23T12:25:35+01:00

MUAY THAI CHEAT SHEET – SOME HELP GETTING YOUR TRAINING STARTED

Have you started yet? Whatever your training goals are, have you begun or are you still keeping it on the backburner? If it's important, do it. Get started right now. I’ll help you... MUAY THAI TRAINING WEEK CHEAT SHEET Making the best use of your limited training time is [...]

MUAY THAI CHEAT SHEET – SOME HELP GETTING YOUR TRAINING STARTED2019-05-05T17:34:33+01:00

DO THIS EVERY SESSION TO GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI

In this video I’m sharing my approach to Muay Thai performance coaching. In every session I want to make you better, not just make you tired. And fundamental to this is understanding what makes you better at Muay Thai, and what makes you either worse or wastes time! Shoot me an email to tell me [...]

DO THIS EVERY SESSION TO GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI2019-05-05T17:47:11+01:00

ARE YOU MAKING THESE 3 ROOKIE TRAINING MISTAKES?

Are you making these 3 mistakes when planning your training? 1. Not understanding the boundaries of different types of training 2. Training the wrong types of sessions together 3. Emphasising the wrong type of training either too far away or too close to a fight It’s important to understand that TYPES of training are [...]

ARE YOU MAKING THESE 3 ROOKIE TRAINING MISTAKES?2019-05-05T17:33:57+01:00

3 LOW-COST ITEMS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR CARDIO

In this Cardio Conditioning Program welcome video, I share three low-cost items that will make your cardio conditioning training incredibly effective and seriously easy to carry out. And that's critical. If there are too many steps between you and productive training sessions, then you won't do them. Not regularly. Not progressively. And then [...]

3 LOW-COST ITEMS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR CARDIO2019-04-23T12:01:39+01:00

ARE YOU READY FOR MAS TRAINING?

Ok, full discretion... I've just nicked this video out of my upcoming Cardio Conditioning Program module. But I've been so busy filming, editing and putting the new program together in my brand new online coaching portal this last month, that I've not had time to prepare anything else! It's a great introductory video though! [...]

ARE YOU READY FOR MAS TRAINING?2019-05-05T17:33:40+01:00