Performance Testing For Fighters – Beyond The Cooper Run

Fighter performance testing – it’s cool to see how you measure up… But, if you don’t use the results to personalise your training, then don’t bother testing! Progressing beyond the previous two videos (links in further resources below), let’s shine a light on how the 12 minute Cooper Run can plug into a battery [...]

Performance Testing For Fighters – Beyond The Cooper Run2024-04-13T15:36:47+01:00

Fighter Heart Rate Training – Weaponise Anaerobic Threshold Part 1

When it comes to heart rate training, your maximum heart rate is far less important than knowing your anaerobic threshold heart rate. Most of the time, I don't care what a fighter's max heart rate is. But it's vital I know their anaerobic threshold heart rate... Was that a hard training session?  Your heart will [...]

Fighter Heart Rate Training – Weaponise Anaerobic Threshold Part 12024-04-05T09:29:04+01:00

Fighter Training Twice A Day – Coach’s Quick Chat!

Talking about fighter training twice a day... If it's needed, how to organise S&C training around your Muay Thai training to best effect, and which sessions to drop when you're in a pinch! Also, check out my two-part video series deep dive into scheduling your most productive training week in the further resources below... [...]

Fighter Training Twice A Day – Coach’s Quick Chat!2024-03-20T10:48:19+00:00

Muay Thai Questions And Answers – Zone 2 Cardio, Sparring, Rapid Recovery, Fighter’s Deficits

You asked about zone 2 cardio, sparring frequency, recovering quicker between rounds and more... Here are the answers! In this episode I answer your burning Muay Thai questions, covering topics like: The benefits of Zone 2 cardio training (aka Cardiac Output) and how to implement it into your Muay Thai training Optimising for faster in-between [...]

Muay Thai Questions And Answers – Zone 2 Cardio, Sparring, Rapid Recovery, Fighter’s Deficits2024-04-25T09:57:24+01:00

Real Muay Thai Muscle Endurance Training: Elevate Your Fight IQ

Ironically, a fighter's enthusiasm to dominate in the ring might lead them down the wrong path—both in training for muscular endurance and strategically on fight night. By making smarter decisions regarding how you train your Muay Thai conditioning, you'll not only enhance your physical performance but also elevate your fight IQ. In this muscular [...]

Real Muay Thai Muscle Endurance Training: Elevate Your Fight IQ2023-12-06T17:39:12+00:00

The Secret To Managing Life Stress and Training Stress

There’s an intricate relationship between managing life stress and training stress. In this episode, gain invaluable insights into how stress impacts your performance, both inside and outside the gym, from the unique perspective of a seasoned Muay Thai, and strength and conditioning coach. Join me as I decode the correlation between General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) [...]

The Secret To Managing Life Stress and Training Stress2023-11-01T17:43:24+00:00

Muay Thai Endurance Training – Mastering Fight Endurance Management

Muay Thai endurance training is more than just endless running! And this conversation with one of my Heavy Hitters is too good to keep ourselves. This isn't just any chat; it's about mastering the art of Muay Thai endurance. Ready for some insights? Here's a glimpse of what we uncovered: We break [...]

Muay Thai Endurance Training – Mastering Fight Endurance Management2023-09-08T08:19:50+01:00

ONE Championship Fighter Strength and Conditioning – Coach’s Reaction To Tawanchai’s Fight Prep

Tawanchai has been putting in the work for his first defence of the ONE Championship Featherweight Muay Thai World title. And he's shared a glimpse of his strength and conditioning prep on Instagram. In the clip, we see him working through a series of exercises... Battling Ropes Band Resisted High Knees Band Resisted Agility [...]

ONE Championship Fighter Strength and Conditioning – Coach’s Reaction To Tawanchai’s Fight Prep2023-08-06T09:17:17+01:00

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 2

When putting together a training plan... Although many fighters and coaches are doing the right things, they organise their training weeks haphazardly and squander the full training effect, or inadvertently cancel out performance gains entirely. At best, this wastes effort. At worst, it burns out fighters and injures them. But, you can apply simple steps [...]

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 22024-03-19T07:31:10+00:00

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 1

These days, fighter training has become more sophisticated. Coaches, fighters, and hobbyists alike all realise that to remain healthy, injury free and perform their best it takes more than steady runs, bag work, pad work, and sparring. But, what types of sessions are needed? How often should you train? What order should sessions go? [...]

Scheduling Your Weekly Training Plan For Fighters – Part 12024-03-19T07:31:20+00:00

Fight Skills Technical Practice Part 2: Solo Sessions

Solo fight skill technical practice can fast-track your fight ability if it's done well. In this episode, avoid these fight skill pitfalls or risk sabotaging your technical practice and undoing all your hard work! Fight Skills – Solo Session Considerations Further Resources Fight Skills [...]

Fight Skills Technical Practice Part 2: Solo Sessions2023-08-06T09:17:24+01:00

Feeling Tired During Fights Isn’t The Same As Being Tired

There's a difference between feeling tired during fights and being tired... Competing as a fighter is stressful, and the cocktail of neurochemicals and hormones this dumps into your body drastically affects how you feel. Especially early in a fight career, nervousness, anxiety, or even all-out fear, will leave you feeling exhausted without even exerting [...]

Feeling Tired During Fights Isn’t The Same As Being Tired2023-08-06T09:17:25+01:00

How To Do Hill Sprints Without A Hill

Fighters instinctively feel that hill sprints boost their fight performance. And mixing these High Resistance Intervals amongst your “roadwork” develops your endurance in a way steady state running can’t. But, not everyone has access to a decent hill. What’s the minimum hill gradient required? And what alternatives to hill sprints are there if you [...]

How To Do Hill Sprints Without A Hill2023-08-06T09:17:30+01:00

Without Burnout or Blowout – Planning Long Term Fight Performance Training

Fighters burnout all the time. Hobbyists, amateurs, and pros alike must learn how to balance high intensity fight training with adequate recovery, to not only peak on fight night, but to optimise long term fight performance and health too. We all have a training “Goldilocks zone” that boosts our performance without sending us into [...]

Without Burnout or Blowout – Planning Long Term Fight Performance Training2023-08-06T09:17:35+01:00

How Do Thais Train So Much – And Why You Don’t Have To

In this episode, we ask how do Thais train so much and explain why you don’t have to! I’m often asked questions similar to this one from Alex… “I was wondering something while I was training at Attachai. The sessions over there are way harder than I’m used to, but I assume he just puts [...]

How Do Thais Train So Much – And Why You Don’t Have To2023-08-06T09:17:43+01:00

Panicos Yusuf: The Habit Of Hard Work – SoBC Podcast EP 13

Panicos Yusuf came to England from Cyprus on a one-way ticket, with just £60 in his pocket and a habit of working hard... He's since achieved an incredible amount in the sport of Muay Thai, owing everything to his family, his friends, his coaches [...]

Panicos Yusuf: The Habit Of Hard Work – SoBC Podcast EP 132023-08-06T14:59:06+01:00

Angela Chang: Female Fighters, Thai Culture, & Self-Honesty – SoBC Podcast EP 11

Podcast episode with Angela Chang, a New Yorker now living and fighting Muay Thai in Bangkok, WBC ranked 12 super flyweight in the world, a social media manager and writer, and author of the Muay-Ying website which promotes muay thai for everyone - equal pay, spotlight, and opportunities for everybody...

Angela Chang: Female Fighters, Thai Culture, & Self-Honesty – SoBC Podcast EP 112023-08-06T14:59:08+01:00

2 Weeks Out – How To Structure Muay Thai S&C

I've been asked how I'd recommend structuring strength and conditioning when you're just 2 weeks out from a fight. So here's a quick "down and dirty" podcast episode to get something out quickly! Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple [...]

2 Weeks Out – How To Structure Muay Thai S&C2023-08-06T14:59:10+01:00

Adjusting Strength and Conditioning Training For Little or No Muay Thai!

In this (whiteboard) podcast episode, I go into some detail on how I’d recommend changing the strength and conditioning element of training if you’ve little or no Muay Thai training right now! Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/heatrick-heavy-hitters-muay-thai-performance/id1381118000 [...]

Adjusting Strength and Conditioning Training For Little or No Muay Thai!2023-08-06T14:59:12+01:00
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