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.

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! [...]

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IF YOU DIE DOING THIS TEST, DON’T BLAME ME!

How do you test for maximum heart rate? This question came up in response to my review of the sports science methodologies being used at Petchyindee Muay Thai in Bangkok... ...And this week I've been buried under a LOAD of work, moving my website domain over to new hosts in preparation for something big [...]

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRAINING BLOCK AND A PHASE?

What IS the difference between a training BLOCK, and a training PHASE? Terminology is a funny thing... it all depends on the definitions used, or it doesn't make sense! And to be honest, there's a lot of variation in the use of these different terms too, even amongst the experts. I'm not into showboating [...]

PETCHYINDEE TRAINING METHODS

Following my interview with Daniel McGowan at Yokkao 28, I've been asked a lot of questions about what I thought of the training methods used at Petchyindee MuayThai in Bangkok. So I've put together this short video to share my thoughts. Let me have your comments and questions below! ;) [...]

DANIEL MCGOWAN INTERVIEW – YOKKAO 28

Something big happened at Yokkao 28 at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. Daniel McGowan took down a top-level Thai, Rungarai Kiatmoo9 in spectacular fashion. And this wasn't a lucky shot from an otherwise losing contender, but the finale to a commanding performance that saw one of Thailand's finest fighters KO'd from a left hook in [...]

PLANNING MUAY THAI RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS

Planning Muay Thai resistance training requires some thought. Just throwing in random exercises based on equipment choices wastes your training time and could lead to unbalanced structural development and ultimately injury! Instead, you should hand pick exercises that fulfil a specific need. But getting caught up in specifics can render you unable to see [...]

ANKLE MOBILITY QUICK FIX – THREE STEP PROCESS

When I’m working with my face-to-face clients, many of them have had injuries or moved poorly because limitations in range of motion. Left unaddressed, poor movement leads to a cascade of injuries further "along the chain" in the body. One of the main culprits for many, is bad or asymmetrical ankle mobility, which causes [...]

SINGDAM KO DEFEAT BY KAZBEK KABULOV AT YOKKAO 25 – LESSONS FROM DEFEAT

Singdam KO?! Yeh, I know! That was unexpected! But let's take a closer look at this... I thought I’d share my take away points from Singdam’s shock KO defeat to Russia’s Kazbek Kabulov at Yokkao 25 in Hong Kong. If you have't seen it yet, here's the fight I'm talking about below: [...]

ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST KICK – TRAINING TO PREVENT GASSING OUT

Prevent gassing out? Why exactly do fighters gas out? Before you can understand this, and how to train to prevent it, you must be familiar with the key tipping point in your central energy supply... your anaerobic threshold. Once you know what you don't want, you can make sure your training gives you want [...]

CONOR McGREGOR’S CARDIO CONDITIONING – PLANNING CARDIO TRAINING CORRECTLY

There’s been a lot of discussion on social media about Conor McGregor’s cardio (or lack of cardio conditioning) against Floyd Mayweather - and reflection on the importance of a strong aerobic base in any fighters training program. These discussions are useful. Aerobic capacity and aerobic power are two foundation qualities that any fighter must [...]

LIAM HARRISON INTERVIEW – UK vs THAILAND TRAINING, FIGHTING vs COACHING

To put these three videos in context, this Liam Harrison interview at Bad Company Gym was given just after I’d helped him with some re-hab for a chronic separated shoulder injury – that was further aggravated during his successful Yokkao World Title defence against Rayan Mekki at Yokkao 24, and had prevented Liam training [...]

SUSPENSION EXPLOSIVE PRESS UP FOR MUAY THAI

The Suspension Explosive Press Up is an example of an explosive upper body power exercise for Muay Thai using a TRX Suspension Trainer. This is great for all you fighters on the move and without access to a fully equipped gym.  SUSPENSION EXPLOSIVE PRESS UP FOR MUAY THAI This exercise is part [...]

EXERCISE SOPHISTICATION – SUSPENSION 180 DEGREE JUMP

When it comes to exercise sophistication, there’s a time and a place for something more advanced, but if you use that prematurely you lose that opportunity for adaptation over the longer term. Please don't shortcut straight to this TRX exercise version, even if you can perform it straight off. There are simpler exercises you [...]

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION

This video clarifies some of my thoughts regarding the changing face of Muay Thai training in Thailand itself. It's going to be a long process, but it has begun. Things are slowly changing in Thailand. And with traditional Muay Thai training habits so strongly embedded and blindly defended, it's the foreigners that could be [...]

HIP OR KNEE DOMINANT EXERCISE? COMPLETE REST? | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

This video answers Richi's final questions, regarding the transfer of training from hip or knee dominant exercise to the body kick and knee strike, and asking if I believe complete rest has a place in an annual training program. If you need to know the difference between hip or knee dominant exercise, and which [...]

PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND

In part three answering Richi Alvarez' Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions, we turn our attention to energy systems (or cardio conditioning) training while in Thailand. To plug gaps in your cardio conditioning training in Thailand, you must first understand what you're already getting! You'll certainly get a large volume of "threshold training" and [...]

SKIPPING, NEURAL FATIGUE, & DELOADING IN THAILAND | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

Strength and conditioning in Thailand can be a very hard line to tread – following what you know to be the best progressive method of long-term development while towing the line with what your Thai trainers expect of you. Generally, Thais "don't get" applied sports science. And that's just because it isn't the norm [...]

INSPIRATORY MUSCLES & HEX BARS – MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

This is the first episode in a series, answering six great questions posed by Richi Alvarez in the private group for my online strength and conditioning programme. Richi is training full time at Khongsittha Gym in Bangkok, and has a background in strength and conditioning too. So there's some great thought behind the questions. [...]

HARDER THAN IT LOOKS – ATHLETIC CORE STRENGTH EXERCISE YOU CAN DO ANYWHERE

Last time I showed you an exercise for core rotational speed and power, this time I serve you the foundation... anti-rotational strength! And this is a true strength exercise, one designed to create enough overload on your neuromuscular system to really increase the amount of force your core can produce and withstand. Combine this [...]