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.

HOW TO MAKE IT BIG IN MUAY THAI

Many Thai boxers dream of making it big in Muay Thai, but in reality not many will. And not because they aren’t physically capable of doing so, but simply because they lack the motivation or the process to do so. They fail to achieve simply because they don’t know how to succeed. There is [...]

By | 2018-06-23T13:08:40+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Coaching, Mindfulness, Mindset, Sport Psychology, Video Post|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2018-06-15T23:03:30+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Coaching, Injury Prevention, Programme Design|0 Comments

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 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 [...]

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! [...]

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 [...]

By | 2018-06-09T19:56:41+00:00 May 19th, 2018|Coaching, Periodisation, Programme Design, Video Post|0 Comments

KETO DIET FOR FIGHTERS?

Recently I shared a post on our facebook page of Joe Rogan’s podcast with Dr Andy Galpin discussing the keto diet, and I commented, “As a combat athlete, your primary fuel source will always be carbs – nothing else releases energy fast enough!” Now there are a ton of opinions on this! And I [...]

By | 2018-05-27T01:07:34+00:00 May 12th, 2018|Audio Post (Podcast), Nutrition, Video Post|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-15T19:09:00+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Coaching, Mobility, Movement Training, Video Post|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-31T08:07:14+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Coaching, Periodisation, Programme Design, Video Post|0 Comments

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 [...]

A TALE OF TWO FIGHTERS – MUAY THAI SPORTS SCIENCE

What would you pick? Speed or strength? 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

3 CORE VALUES FOR MUAY THAI SUCCESS

In over 25-years competing and coaching, I've both experienced first hand myself and witnessed in others, which core values lead to success and which ones don't! And I've built everything I do personally, and the clients I work with around the 3 Core Values that I KNOW lead to success. If you adopt these [...]

By | 2018-02-10T19:45:56+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Coaching, Mindfulness, Mindset, recommended, Video Post|0 Comments
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