Beyond the Fight Camp – Jake Purdy & Sonny Perez @ Yokkao 32

Last October, I was privileged to speak with FSC Muay Thai’s Jake Purdy and head coach Sonny Perez, ahead of Jake’s battle with Bad Company’s Joe Craven for the UK #1 spot on the Yokkao 32 show in Bolton… What with computer hardware failure and a hectic personal schedule recently, it's taken me [...]

Beyond the Fight Camp – Jake Purdy & Sonny Perez @ Yokkao 322019-06-18T22:11:25+01:00

CARBS FOR FIGHTERS

Carbs for fighters... this podcast came about as a result of calls for a follow up after the last podcast discussing the keto diet for fighters. In it you'll learn how I manipulate carbs for individual fighters to ensure their body composition, training quality, general recovery, and competitive performance are reliable and progressing nicely! [...]

CARBS FOR FIGHTERS2019-04-23T13:54:57+01:00

LIAM HARRISON INTERVIEW – UK vs THAILAND TRAINING, FIGHTING vs COACHING

To put these three videos in context, this Liam Harrison interview at Bad Company Gym was given just after I’d helped him with some re-hab for a chronic separated shoulder injury – that was further aggravated during his successful Yokkao World Title defence against Rayan Mekki at Yokkao 24, and had prevented Liam training [...]

LIAM HARRISON INTERVIEW – UK vs THAILAND TRAINING, FIGHTING vs COACHING2019-04-23T09:52:05+01:00

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters

Don Heatrick grabs the opportunity to speak to Richard Smith, Bad Company Muay Thai founder and senior instructor, about his philosophies and methods for preparing his team of Thai boxers, from undercard to World Title fight. These four episodes where filmed at the Supershowdown Presents Yokkao 23 & 24 event at the Bolton Macron Stadium [...]

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters2019-04-22T22:16:14+01:00

It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Get Results

Regardless if you're talking nutrition or Muay Thai strength and conditioning training, it doesn't have to be perfect to get results. In this super quick Vlog from the office, I explain what is important when it comes to getting results... and having the perfect training programme or nutrition plan isn't it! [...]

It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Get Results2019-05-05T17:19:26+01:00

Muay Thai Q&A – Injuries, Muscle Building, Food Intolerances

Mariusz posed a few questions, wanting to know about common injuries in Muay Thai training (not fighting) and what to do to check and correct the causes; muscle building (hypertrophy) training for Muay Thai fighters; and eating allergies/intolerances. So here's another dog-walk talk, where I take the opportunity to chat through some ideas while out [...]

Muay Thai Q&A – Injuries, Muscle Building, Food Intolerances2019-05-05T17:45:21+01:00

Muay Thai Nutrition with Sam Miller

I got the chance to talk Muay Thai nutrition with Sam Miller, founder of SBG Nutrition, and we certainly cover some ground in this Podcast interview. Sam candidly shares his experience working in person with Thai boxers at Sumalee Gym in Phuket, and online with fighters from around the word, along with regular 'health' clients. We [...]

Muay Thai Nutrition with Sam Miller2019-04-22T20:43:57+01:00

Bleed Less – The Steps to Take Before Climbing in the Ring

Cuts are part of Muay Thai. A well placed knee or elbow can easily result in a profuse cut that prematurely ends a fight (7, 22). This sort of external bleeding is obvious, but there's also internal damage; bruising and haemorrhage of various tissues within the body (17, 22) – the most consequential being [...]

Bleed Less – The Steps to Take Before Climbing in the Ring2019-04-22T18:44:23+01:00

Same Day Weighing-in and Fighting – Part 3

Following on from Part 1 and Part 2, this time I'll share my approach to rehydrating and restocking energy after the weigh-in. I'll begin with my rationale and then break down simply what to eat and drink, and when. Rehydrating Temporary weight loss for a fight comes almost entirely through mild dehydration. The battle [...]

Same Day Weighing-in and Fighting – Part 32019-04-21T17:07:27+01:00

Same Day Weighing-in and Fighting – Part 2

Following the first part of this article, which discussed my thoughts on how much weight you can cut and why, this second part outlines my recommendations for how you cut. As before, my approach is one of optimum fight performance, not maximum weight cut – read the first part if you're not sure of [...]

Same Day Weighing-in and Fighting – Part 22019-04-21T10:39:08+01:00

Muay Thai and Carbs — important? Part 3

This third and final part of my series looking at the importance of carbohydrates to Thai boxers, explains how carbs affect your final weight cut the week before a fight. Your body composition should already be on point (less than 10% body fat) by managing your calorie intake (especially carbs) for the previous 4-weeks or [...]

Muay Thai and Carbs — important? Part 32019-04-21T10:38:13+01:00

Muay Thai and Carbs – important? Part 2

In the last post I discussed how carbohydrates affect fat storage and how to stabilise your energy levels to avoid a crash in the ring. This time I'll turn my attention to the stored carbohydrate (or glycogen) in your body, fuelling physical performance during longer duration training sessions between 1 and 2 hours, and multiple [...]

Muay Thai and Carbs – important? Part 22019-04-21T10:37:51+01:00

MUAY THAI AND CARBS – IMPORTANT? PART 1

For those that like a direct answer... YES.  ;) Why as a Thai boxer should you be concerned with the carbohydrates you consume? Here's another direct answer:  fat loss or gain energy crashes during training and fights fuelling for training sessions over an hour long refuelling for multiple training sessions in one day weight [...]

MUAY THAI AND CARBS – IMPORTANT? PART 12019-04-21T10:37:15+01:00