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Functional Strength & Hypertrophy Routine for Muay Thai Fighters

I first published this in 2013, and it’s been my most popular video on YouTube even after all these years. So I’ve decided to update it and re-publish it for newer readers and anyone who wants to run it again, as it’s still as effective as ever in helping Thai boxers build functional strength [...]

Functional Strength & Hypertrophy Routine for Muay Thai Fighters2020-02-23T04:56:19+00:00

Strength & Conditioning for Muay Thai 101 – A Science-Based Approach to Accelerated Athletic Development

This guide is for both Beginners & Competitive Fighters looking to grow as quickly as possible... For those looking to take advantage of every training potential, specifically to accelerate their Muay Thai performance and take their game to the next level. Contents: The Role of S&C in Muay Thai [...]

Strength & Conditioning for Muay Thai 101 – A Science-Based Approach to Accelerated Athletic Development2022-04-26T13:29:57+01:00

How To Choose Exercises For a Fighter’s S&C Session

I’m often asked how I choose exercises for a fighter’s gym session. So I’ve broken down the steps I mentally run through when planning a strength and conditioning session – to ensure productive progress for every minute in the gym. So let’s get to it... My 9-step logic to selecting the best/most appropriate [...]

How To Choose Exercises For a Fighter’s S&C Session2019-07-27T06:57:59+01:00

Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters

There are many myths and misunderstandings when it comes to fighters using heart rate monitors in their training... And despite many Instagram posts showing fighters wearing heart rate straps during training, many aren’t using this tool effectively at all. So I’m going to debunk these myths, and explain how to use heart rate [...]

Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters2021-08-19T08:35:00+01:00

Why Fighters SHOULDN’T Train With Resistance Bands – They’ll Ruin Your Technique!

I’m often asked if it’s good training for fighters to throw punches and kicks with resistance bands connected to their arms and legs? You know, like in the Instagram posts? The short answer is no! Loading up skilled Muay Thai technique is never a good idea, because it changes how you move. An [...]

Why Fighters SHOULDN’T Train With Resistance Bands – They’ll Ruin Your Technique!2019-06-30T15:00:23+01:00

Heiden and Stick – Muay Thai Balance and Stability Exercise

The Heiden and Stick exercise is an important progression in a Thai boxers speed and plyometric training. It targets sideways, lateral movement, involving adductors and glute medius muscles at the hip to control the knee, and multiple muscle groups in the feet, ankle and calves. And it not only trains unilateral (single leg) [...]

Heiden and Stick – Muay Thai Balance and Stability Exercise2019-06-18T17:35:10+01:00

I Won The Fight, But Nearly Lost Everything

Back in 2012, I won what turned out to be my last fight, but was taken by ambulance to hospital immediately afterwards to spend the night under observation.Of all my fights, this one felt the most physically gruelling… my trademark strength and physical fitness had suddenly abandoned me – as if my opponent was wearing [...]

I Won The Fight, But Nearly Lost Everything2020-01-03T07:54:46+00:00

How to Remain On It Without an Upcoming Fight

For a Muay Thai newbie, gains are quick, and therefore motivation is high. But inevitably, progress slows and only those that continue to feel progress will keep at it. In this video I show you practical strategies to remain “on it” even if you don’t have a fight coming up… [...]

How to Remain On It Without an Upcoming Fight2019-07-30T19:23:33+01:00

Shoulder Butt Drill For Explosive Punches and Elbow Strikes

If you can throw a good shoulder butt, you can throw an awesome punch or elbow! This drill coordinates explosive power from the ground up, and really tells you if your timing is good enough. In this video I share with you a foundation drill that I use to teach fighters to connect [...]

Shoulder Butt Drill For Explosive Punches and Elbow Strikes2019-06-16T13:57:18+01:00

How Jonathan Haggerty Did That to Sam-A

I’ve been asked why I thought Jonathan Haggerty, at only 22 years old and 16 professional fights to his name, managed to defeat Thai legend Sam-A (with 336 wins and only 46 losses) to claim the ONE Championship flyweight Muay Thai world title. So here are my thoughts... I’ll begin by putting fight [...]

How Jonathan Haggerty Did That to Sam-A2019-07-30T19:23:58+01:00

Your Motivation – Stick, Carrot, or Fire Within?

Coaches are often asked for help, and frequently give it. But despite this, sometimes the results are less than desirable (for both parties). In my experience, the result depends where the fighter sits on a “self-determination continuum”. There’s a balance of commitment between the coach and the fighter, and if this tips the [...]

Your Motivation – Stick, Carrot, or Fire Within?2019-07-30T19:24:18+01:00

OUT OF CONTROL – GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI

Harry, an experienced, old-school Nak Muay messaged me today – it went like this... “A lot of the greats of the current day have lost big. Nuegelek not only knocked out Kulabdam with a kick to the head… but a couple of weeks later, he knocks out Muangthai with an elbow over a [...]

OUT OF CONTROL – GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI2019-07-30T19:27:47+01:00

Beyond the Fight Camp – Jake Purdy & Sonny Perez @ Yokkao 32

Last October, I was privileged to speak with FSC Muay Thai’s Jake Purdy and head coach Sonny Perez, ahead of Jake’s battle with Bad Company’s Joe Craven for the UK #1 spot on the Yokkao 32 show in Bolton… What with computer hardware failure and a hectic personal schedule recently, it's taken me [...]

Beyond the Fight Camp – Jake Purdy & Sonny Perez @ Yokkao 322019-07-30T20:51:54+01:00

What Other Exercises Should I Use With Your Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint?

I’m often asked "What other exercises should I use for the Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint?" So let’s get straight into it... VIDEO TRANSCRIPT WITH FURTHER LINKS As I’ve laid it out, the Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint highlights the principles of training – the underlying truths of effective training. Fail [...]

What Other Exercises Should I Use With Your Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint?2020-01-03T07:54:12+00:00

Muay Thai Engineer: Who I Am, and Why I Think the Way I Think

My background is mechanical design engineering. I spent 18 years designing, prototyping, testing and developing video camera mounting products – from tripods through to robotic television camera pedestals. Serving companies like the BBC in the UK and ABC in the US. And when you’re an engineer, you very much work [...]

Muay Thai Engineer: Who I Am, and Why I Think the Way I Think2019-06-18T22:13:59+01:00

Mind, Body, and Spirit in Muay Thai – the Hidden Qualities of a Complete Fighter

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Complete fighters aren’t only masters of all fighting modes and fighting ranges – they’re also masters of 3 intrinsic qualities that truly complete them as a fighter. They’re masters of the Mental, Physical and Emotional, or the classic Mind, Body and Spirit. And in this episode, I’m going to [...]

Mind, Body, and Spirit in Muay Thai – the Hidden Qualities of a Complete Fighter2019-07-30T19:31:11+01:00

Muay Thai Fighting Styles and Becoming a Complete Fighter

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick Muay Thai fighting styles can be broken down into something far more useful. Something you can use to train your own personal style, and develop one that can beat whoever is in front of you. Let me show you how... Video Transcript & Further Resources In [...]

Muay Thai Fighting Styles and Becoming a Complete Fighter2022-03-27T11:52:32+01:00

Developing a Successful Muay Thai Mindset

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick When it comes to developing a successful Muay Thai mindset, it all starts with these simple (but not easy) points... VIDEO TRANSCRIPT I’m often asked about my psychological approach to Muay Thai training. So today I’m going to start by sharing how to mentally set yourself [...]

Developing a Successful Muay Thai Mindset2019-07-30T19:33:18+01:00

Muay Thai Elbow Mechanics – How to Develop Sharp Technique & KO Power

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick To develop a devastating Muay Thai elbow, that ends fights, you've got to watch this video! GET THE 4-WEEK TRAINING PLAN VIDEO TRANSCRIPTIn this episode, I’m going to breakdown one of the most feared weapons in Muay Thai. The elbow.I'm going to show you...1. How to [...]

Muay Thai Elbow Mechanics – How to Develop Sharp Technique & KO Power2019-07-18T21:16:06+01:00
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