Fighting Fitness – How To Plan Fighter Endurance Training

Fighting fitness has different components, that developed well can transform your game. The secret to training fighter endurance is to plug the gaps in fighting fitness typically left behind by regular bag work, pad work, and sparring practice. Don't do more of the same, develop what's missing. For most fighters, that means targeting GENERAL [...]

Fighting Fitness – How To Plan Fighter Endurance Training2024-04-26T13:43:06+01:00

12 Minute Cooper Run Pacing For Fighters – Weaponise Anaerobic Threshold Part 2

Pacing matters. And pacing during a 12 minute Cooper Run for fighter fitness testing is crucial. And I've seen even the fittest fighters completely blow this test! Done well, the Cooper Run not only reveals your anaerobic threshold heart rate (see part 1 for more), but also teaches you how to pace your fight [...]

12 Minute Cooper Run Pacing For Fighters – Weaponise Anaerobic Threshold Part 22024-04-09T11:58:22+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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Know2023-08-06T09:17:38+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 122023-08-06T14:59:07+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?2023-08-06T14:59:14+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?2023-08-06T14:59:17+01:00

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, & More2023-08-06T14:59:22+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 & More2023-08-06T14:59:24+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 Punching2023-08-06T14:59:25+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 are making this same mistake I have… because your running cadence, or steps per minute tells [...]

How To Instantly Improve Your Running Technique2024-04-25T09:53:59+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 Fighters2024-04-05T09:07:54+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!2023-08-06T14:57:21+01:00
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