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

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – Everything Fighters Need To Know

One thing’s for sure, delayed onset muscle soreness is part of a fighter’s training – especially when you head out to Thailand to train! But… Is delayed onset muscle soreness the sign of a good training session? How can you avoid being too sore? Should you train if you’re really sore? How can you [...]

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – Everything Fighters Need To Know2022-06-04T18:34:11+01:00

Bryan Popejoy: Muay Thai Mentors, Self Belief, Structure, & Adaptability – SoBC Podcast EP 12

Bryan Popejoy has found himself at the forefront of American Muay Thai since the 1980's, literally involved from Illinois in the East, through Arizona, to California in the West. His experience both as a Muay Thai fighter himself (in the early "Wild West" period of American Muay Thai), and as [...]

Bryan Popejoy: Muay Thai Mentors, Self Belief, Structure, & Adaptability – SoBC Podcast EP 122022-03-09T13:37:29+00:00

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

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 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

How To Instantly Improve Your Running Technique

Despite what you may think, there’s a lot of technique involved in running economically. Just because you can run, doesn’t mean that you’re running efficiently… I know for a fact that a lot of you guys are making this same mistake I have… because your running cadence, or steps per minute [...]

How To Instantly Improve Your Running Technique2022-09-10T22:36:00+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

FIGHTER TRAINING INTENSITY – LIKE A PRO!

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick Fighter training intensity is something to respect and use appropriately. It's easy to be misled by the majority of training montages and highlight videos shared around of pro fighters. It's important to realise that these snapshots are not what all of their training looks like. If it was, they'd be [...]

FIGHTER TRAINING INTENSITY – LIKE A PRO!2019-04-23T15:13:51+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

Don’s Winning Fighter’s Principle

Don’s Winning Fighter's Principle Quick Coach’s Chat EP. 03 Featuring Manachai and Yodchai filmed at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest videos as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Don's Winning Fighter's Principle Video Transcript: I'd like to share with [...]

Don’s Winning Fighter’s Principle2019-05-05T17:26:30+01:00

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 1

Not all types of supplemental training will transfer well to Muay Thai. The training adaptations that your body makes are highly specific. You instinctively know training as a long-distance runner won’t improve your sprint performance. But it goes so much further than this coarse example. The concept of transfer specificity is misunderstood by many [...]

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 12019-04-22T20:24:10+01:00

MUAY THAI FITNESS — NOT GENERAL FITNESS

There’s nothing worse than standing in front of a relentless opponent having exerted all your energy – sitting dead in the water, unable to respond with the same work rate.If you understand how your body supplies energy in a Muay Thai fight, you can train it to not gas out when you need it most! [...]

MUAY THAI FITNESS — NOT GENERAL FITNESS2019-04-22T20:16:16+01:00
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