Is Fighter Performance Training Healthy Or Not?

Combat sports have so many athletic qualities and technical and tactical skills demanding attention, that training opportunities are inexhaustible! But, is fighter performance training healthy? In truth, the objectives are different when either training for health or training for optimal fighter performance – even if both walk hand-in-hand for part of the journey. There's [...]

Is Fighter Performance Training Healthy Or Not?2022-06-20T20:49:33+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

Punch Power-Up Using Secret Hip Mechanics

Even many pro fighters don’t understand the real secret of how to punch using the hips to maximum effect – because it can seem counter intuitive. But grasp this and your punch power will sky rocket. Once you understand how the correct hip mechanics can transfer maximum force to your punch, you’ll win by [...]

Punch Power-Up Using Secret Hip Mechanics2022-06-02T18:03:09+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

Lower Body Activation Exercise For Fighter’s Strength And Conditioning

Why a lower body activation exercise for fighter's strength and conditioning? Activating the right muscles to efficiently create movement patterns in both strength and conditioning, and a fighter’s technical skill training makes a huge difference to your movement economy and ultimate strength and power levels. And many fighters struggle to “feel” the difference between [...]

Lower Body Activation Exercise For Fighter’s Strength And Conditioning2022-05-30T19:02:24+01:00

The Best Reaction Time Training For Fighters

There are a ton of different reaction time training methods and an ever-increasing crop of reaction training devices… And for fighters, they’re NOT all created equal. Some methods really only function as warm-up or movement activities, whereas others can develop Saenchai-like reflexes in the ring! [...]

The Best Reaction Time Training For Fighters2022-05-20T15:01:04+01:00

How To Coach Fighters Between Rounds with Damien Trainor

How you coach fighters between rounds can make or break a fighter's performance entirely. Although there are certainly best practices, such as keeping your instructions to the bare minimum and focusing only on the priority information to avoid information overload... It's not as simple as "one size fits all". Different fighters have different personalities [...]

How To Coach Fighters Between Rounds with Damien Trainor2022-05-16T12:27:22+01:00

How Do Thais Train So Much – And Why You Don’t Have To

In this episode, we ask how do Thais train so much and explain why you don’t have to! I’m often asked questions similar to this one from Alex… “I was wondering something while I was training at Attachai. The sessions over there are way harder than I’m used to, but I assume he just puts [...]

How Do Thais Train So Much – And Why You Don’t Have To2022-05-16T14:40:50+01:00

Why More Shouting In Muay Thai TRAINING Than In Fighting?

Why is there typically more shouting during strikes in Muay Thai training than in fighting? In this episode, I’ll share my thoughts on this specifically, and on breathing during Muay Thai in general... Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple [...]

Why More Shouting In Muay Thai TRAINING Than In Fighting?2022-03-11T17:37:59+00:00

Pre-fight Fear, Introverts Shifting State, & Champs Need More Than S&C

This episode looks at overcoming pre-fight fear, how introverts can shift state to fight at their best, and why it takes more than a solid S&C program to become a champion! 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 Spotify: [...]

Pre-fight Fear, Introverts Shifting State, & Champs Need More Than S&C2021-12-23T08:49:46+00:00

Scientific Fight Training… Is It Pointless?

Sports science is often shot down by elite fighters… Fighters that offer themselves as world class performers, who don’t follow a scientific approach to their training, and that often criticise the performance of others that do. And it’s an understandable mindset when that’s appeared to be the reality for you [...]

Scientific Fight Training… Is It Pointless?2021-12-05T19:25:51+00:00

The Truth About Muay Thai Training ‘Best Practice’

Consider this… Accepted ‘best practice’ is only the ‘best so far’. In his book Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed discusses what we accept as ‘best practice’... It makes sense that if there’s a way of doing things that proves superior, that everyone should adopt it. [...]

The Truth About Muay Thai Training ‘Best Practice’2022-03-13T15:17:47+00:00

What Do Men REALLY Think of Women in Muay Thai?

Confirmed! Women are valued by Men in Muay Thai! I want to start with the huge positive before I share the NEGATIVE I experienced in response to my recent podcast episode with the awesome Angela Chang. Let me explain everything… Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/heatrick-heavy-hitters-muay-thai-performance/id1381118000 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/10OL244FWv457CQGwMbK7Y?si=XyPpeSVoQc6jzV9h73uDhQ [...]

What Do Men REALLY Think of Women in Muay Thai?2022-02-17T11:49:38+00:00

Fighting Father Time & Remaining a Muay Thai Badass!

Father Time waits for no man, and if you haven’t already felt how getting older affects your Muay Thai, it’s a certainty you will. In this episode, I’ll look at what you need to do to keep doing what you love (Muay Thai) and remaining badass for the rest of [...]

Fighting Father Time & Remaining a Muay Thai Badass!2021-09-16T13:45:58+01:00

2 Weeks Out – How To Structure Muay Thai S&C

I've been asked how I'd recommend structuring strength and conditioning when you're just 2 weeks out from a fight. So here's a quick "down and dirty" podcast episode to get something out quickly! Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple [...]

2 Weeks Out – How To Structure Muay Thai S&C2021-09-16T13:46:31+01:00

Starting Late – Starting Anyway – Finishing Ahead

How to surpass those that have been training longer than you in Muay Thai I’m often asked questions like… “Is 20 years old too late to start Muay Thai and become successful with it?” So in this episode, I wanted to add a little flavour to answers I’ve given to [...]

Starting Late – Starting Anyway – Finishing Ahead2022-05-03T16:38:26+01:00
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