REFLECTING ON MUAY THAI S&C AFTER SPEAKING TO DR YESSIS

Recently I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak with the legendary sport scientist, educator, and strength and conditioning coach Dr Yessis. In this podcast I summarise my reflections on Muay Thai S&C as a result of that chat! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Welcome to the Heatrick Heavy Hitters podcast. [...]

REFLECTING ON MUAY THAI S&C AFTER SPEAKING TO DR YESSIS2019-05-05T18:31:25+01:00

TRAINING PLAN: PERFECT IS NOT REAL – REALITY IS!

One thing you can be certain of is uncertainty! Perfect isn't real – reality is! Having an ideal training plan is one thing, but the likelihood of getting to follow it as written are slim at best. The probability of a "spanner in the works" is extremely high, yet that doesn't devalue the worth [...]

TRAINING PLAN: PERFECT IS NOT REAL – REALITY IS!2019-07-30T19:40:29+01:00

BAD MUAY THAI POSTURE – CORRECT OR MANAGE?

Muay Thai posture and overuse patterns... do you correct, or do you manage them? Don't get me wrong, this applies to the younger fighters as much as the older ones! In fact, prevention is always better than cure. Please take a little time to consider the points made in this video and reflect on [...]

BAD MUAY THAI POSTURE – CORRECT OR MANAGE?2019-05-05T19:40:46+01:00

ANKLE MOBILITY QUICK FIX – THREE STEP PROCESS

When I’m working with my face-to-face clients, many of them have had injuries or moved poorly because limitations in range of motion. Left unaddressed, poor movement leads to a cascade of injuries further "along the chain" in the body. One of the main culprits for many, is bad or asymmetrical ankle mobility, which causes [...]

ANKLE MOBILITY QUICK FIX – THREE STEP PROCESS2019-05-05T17:31:41+01:00

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION

This video clarifies some of my thoughts regarding the changing face of Muay Thai training in Thailand itself. It's going to be a long process, but it has begun. Things are slowly changing in Thailand. And with traditional Muay Thai training habits so strongly embedded and blindly defended, it's the foreigners that could be [...]

THAILAND’S MUAY THAI TRAINING EVOLUTION2019-05-05T18:24:43+01:00

PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND

In part three answering Richi Alvarez' Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions, we turn our attention to energy systems (or cardio conditioning) training while in Thailand. To plug gaps in your cardio conditioning training in Thailand, you must first understand what you're already getting! You'll certainly get a large volume of "threshold training" and [...]

PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND2019-05-05T17:30:10+01:00

Strength and Conditioning… Supplemental AND Essential!

Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning... Supplemental and Essential Video Transcript: Your primary training focus is of course MuayThai. And your main limitation early on is technical competence, and focusing on this will have the greatest impact on your performance to begin with. Strength and conditioning, on the other hand, is [...]

Strength and Conditioning… Supplemental AND Essential!2019-09-14T08:19:22+01:00

AVOID THE TRAINING FAIL – TRAIN WITH PURPOSE

Are You Really Training With Purpose? Coach's Quick Chat EP. 02 Featuring Erhan and Manachai, filmed during performance testing at the Yokkao Training Centre in Bangkok. Head over to my YouTube channel #MuayThaiTube and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Saturday. Are You [...]

AVOID THE TRAINING FAIL – TRAIN WITH PURPOSE2019-07-30T19:51:47+01:00

Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance

Muay Thai Performance Hack Episode 1: Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance In this series, I'll quickly share (in less than 5-minutes) hacks that'll improve your Muay Thai performance. The link between sleep and recovery is well known and documented, but just how much do you need, and how much does it affect your athletic performance? [...]

Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance2019-05-05T17:23:00+01:00

Injured Thai Boxer Strength and Conditioning Tips

Let's face it, Thai boxing is a full contact discipline. The objective is to leave your opponent unable to continue, preferably unconscious! Damage is the name of the game. Contact injuries can certainly be reduced through improved Muay Thai skill, but they still happen, there's no avoiding it. So what happens when you get [...]

Injured Thai Boxer Strength and Conditioning Tips2019-07-30T19:52:15+01:00

Muay Thai Fighter – Are You An Addict?

Here’s the thing… You might not admit it, but I guarantee there’s something in your life that you’re powerless over… …And it’s become unmanageable. That’s an addiction, and denial is one of the characteristics! If you’ve read my blogs before, you’ll know I’m no stranger to drawing inspiration and expertise from diverse fields. And [...]

Muay Thai Fighter – Are You An Addict?2019-07-30T19:58:11+01:00

Do You Cop Out?

You might not be ready to hear this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Guess what, everything that happens to you is your fault. …I can feel a wave of aversion rising – “but” what if this, or that… Ok, to pander to this argument a little... other people can affect what happens to [...]

Do You Cop Out?2019-07-30T20:02:09+01:00

Hamstring Cramps – What To Do About It

Hamstring cramps at night, cramps while sitting, or during training can send you into a writhing, screaming heap on the floor. And if it keeps happening, there's something wrong. Here are some ideas that can save you some grief, and potentially a torn muscle. To be honest, the exact cause of muscle cramping is largely [...]

Hamstring Cramps – What To Do About It2019-08-31T09:09:57+01:00

A Sneaky Muscle Imbalance

My sports massage therapist Jacqui Sinclair pointed out I've a muscle imbalance in my back. Are you thinking this doesn't apply to you? Guess again — it's a sneaky muscle imbalance! Although I use a well balanced strength and conditioning training programme, I failed to account for some innocuous postural activities. In this video I explain why [...]

A Sneaky Muscle Imbalance2019-05-05T17:18:27+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 Intolerances2019-07-30T20:54:50+01:00

MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING VS THAILAND TRAINING METHOD

One of the guys on my programme asked me, "What are the benefits of your training (strength and conditioning) method versus the the Thailand method?" It's a good question, and one I thought I'd answer with a video rather than a few brief sentences. So on a windy, November, Sunday morning, I grabbed my [...]

MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING VS THAILAND TRAINING METHOD2019-05-05T17:16:33+01:00

VALGUS KNEES: CORRECTIVE EXERCISES IF YOUR KNEES BUCKLE IN

In a previous article for Muay Thai Scholar, I discussed using strength and conditioning training to discover how your body fails, and working on these weak links – we’ve all got them! I illustrated with the example of valgus collapse of the knee, where the knee buckles inward under load... And this is pretty [...]

VALGUS KNEES: CORRECTIVE EXERCISES IF YOUR KNEES BUCKLE IN2019-05-05T19:24:26+01:00

BRAIN SAVING SPARRING – DON’T BE DUMB

My wife forwarded the following video to me, showing an apparent impact conditioning drill. Now, it's pretty obvious this is the dumbest idea ever. This kind of deliberate repeated trauma to the brain causes damage, and you can only accumulate so much brain trauma in a lifetime, so don't waste it with this kind [...]

BRAIN SAVING SPARRING – DON’T BE DUMB2019-05-05T19:46:31+01:00

Gym Mobility Exercises For Muay Thai

Following the Gym Session Density article, I've been asked what mobility exercises I'd  suggest to fit into the gym session template. In reality, the specific exercises I select depend on the movement limitations of the individual that I've programmed for. However, Thai boxers generally need to work on ankle, hip, thoracic spine and shoulder [...]

Gym Mobility Exercises For Muay Thai2019-05-05T17:08:19+01:00