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.

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

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 [...]

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 Pro 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 strength [...]

By | 2018-01-25T19:40:41+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Coaching, recommended, Specificity, Strength, Video Post|0 Comments

MUAY THAI MOVEMENT EFFICIENCY

Following up on the popular video "Do This Every Session To Get Better At Muay Thai", this time I explore making these motor pattern "engrams" efficient! And there's a little dig into some classic research to help steer your practice in the MOST efficient direction too. It's not how much you do to get [...]

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 [...]

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! Either comment below or shoot me [...]

ARE YOU MAKING THESE 3 ROOKIE TRAINING MISTAKES?

Are you making these 3 mistakes when planning your training? Not understanding the boundaries of different types of training Training the wrong types of training together 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 different to training [...]

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-17T11:27:16+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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! [...]

By | 2017-12-03T15:10:49+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

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