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 Hill2022-09-08T07:46:13+01:00

Fighter Training And Work Life Balance With Iman Barlow

Fighter training and work life balance is one of, if not THE biggest struggle for fighters living and training outside of Thailand. It's also a struggle for western fighters training long-term in Thailand too, and affects hobbyists and pro fighters alike, regardless of location. In this episode, Iman Barlow, winner of 19 world titles, [...]

Fighter Training And Work Life Balance With Iman Barlow2022-06-09T10:27:35+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 112022-03-09T13:38:24+00:00

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!2021-09-16T13:46:56+01:00

Do I Fight Peak Even If I’ve No Fight Date?

Paraphrasing a recent question… I have seen your videos on different training blocks… I have been training Muay Thai for 6months and I’m not going to be fighting any time soon, so is it necessary to do the speed block and peak-week if I’m not competing? Here's a short podcast [...]

Do I Fight Peak Even If I’ve No Fight Date?2021-09-16T13:47:07+01:00

Low Intensity Muay Thai Training?

Driven from a question left on one of my previous Q&A videos, here I expand on my reply and explain what I mean when I say a "Low Intensity Muay Thai Session"... 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 [...]

Low Intensity Muay Thai Training?2021-09-16T13:47:28+01:00

Paul Banasiak: Trust, Honesty, Not Selling Yourself Short – SoBC Podcast EP 08

Not every fighter is as frank and honest as Paul Banasiak in their appraisal of themselves, with themselves, let alone sharing this with others. But, both with more than his fair share of introspective perspective, and also understanding the value of learning from other's mistakes as well as his own... He's happy [...]

Paul Banasiak: Trust, Honesty, Not Selling Yourself Short – SoBC Podcast EP 082022-03-09T14:37:30+00:00

Elevation Training Masks, & Breathing Pure Oxygen — Proven or Playing?

From Buakaw to Petchmorakot... is it real? Combat sports athletes are constantly bombarded with video clips of fighters using training methods or supplements that are seemingly a shortcut to fantastic results. Most of the time, these clips are little more than social media stunts, either to market a product or [...]

Elevation Training Masks, & Breathing Pure Oxygen — Proven or Playing?2020-11-19T10:40:43+00:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More

Another nice balance of questions between movement skill, resistance (strength, power, speed) training, and energy systems cardio (endurance) conditioning in this Q&A episode. In this second episode of the Q&A I'm asked... Hi, Don. What do u think of the Ido Portal method of [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 05 – Olympic Lifting Variants For Muay Thai, When Is Enough Aerobic Capacity, HIIT Or Threshold, Absolute or Relative Strength, & More2020-05-30T12:57:49+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More

Some big questions this week! In this episode of the Q&A I'm asked... What is better for the longterm progression and why? MAS or Main Conditioning from Heavy Hitters? Warm-up protocols to stimulate greater neural drive? Training at home and having trouble with loading [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More2020-05-24T11:46:46+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 03 – How Often to Push Hard in Training – Placing MT Skill & Fitness in a Fight Camp – Non-impact Cardio – Tournament Prep & More

With the increasing volume of questions to fit into the 30 minute segment, apologies if I didn't manage to squeeze in your question in this episode! In this episode of the Q&A I'm asked... How often should you schedule training sessions that really push [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 03 – How Often to Push Hard in Training – Placing MT Skill & Fitness in a Fight Camp – Non-impact Cardio – Tournament Prep & More2020-05-19T12:00:51+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 01 – Masturbation – Strength – Mobility – Aging – Theraband Punching

I said, "Ask me anything." Well I asked for it! While getting to grips with the Instagram Live format, in this first episode of the Q&A I'm asked... 1. Why don't you buy a toupee? 2. Does masturbation or sex before a fight negatively affect performance? 3. [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 01 – Masturbation – Strength – Mobility – Aging – Theraband Punching2020-05-16T09:16:50+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

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

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?

This week, three Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions answered! Standing or sitting between rounds? Weightlifting belts (for fighters), yay or nay? MAS cardio sessions? Plus a bonus game changer to help focus your efforts! Is sitting between rounds best for recovery, or is it better to remain standing instead? How about fighters using [...]

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?2019-05-05T17:40:15+01:00

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... Keeping it short and sweet, here's my favourite approach to testing for maximum heart rate (so you know what percentage of maximum you're really [...]

If You Die Doing This Test, Don’t Blame Me!2021-07-26T16:31:41+01:00

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 [...]

ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST KICK – TRAINING TO PREVENT GASSING OUT2019-05-05T17:46:28+01:00
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