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

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

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

Deadlift Lower Back Pain & Adjusting Your Training Program

I'm often asked how fighters can adjust their training programs if they're experiencing lower back pain while deadlifting. Here's a recent question... "I'm struggling doing deadlifts at the moment due to my lower back being activated before my glutes in my posterior chain. "I'm working on the muscle imbalance in [...]

Deadlift Lower Back Pain & Adjusting Your Training Program2022-02-01T13:20:34+00:00

Why Your Progress Stalls – The Secret To Relentless Gains

When do you need more work on a particular aspect in your training? When do you have enough? What’s the most important aspect to focus on right now? When do you shift your focus onto something else? Etc... The questions are endless...  And meaningful answers require deeper insight of both [...]

Why Your Progress Stalls – The Secret To Relentless Gains2021-09-17T13:41:28+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

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

Adjusting Strength and Conditioning Training For Little or No Muay Thai!

In this (whiteboard) podcast episode, I go into some detail on how I’d recommend changing the strength and conditioning element of training if you’ve little or no Muay Thai training right now! 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 [...]

Adjusting Strength and Conditioning Training For Little or No Muay Thai!2021-09-16T13:46:56+01:00

Do I Fight Peak Even If I’ve No Fight Date?

Paraphrasing a recent question… I have seen your videos on different training blocks… I have been training Muay Thai for 6months and I’m not going to be fighting any time soon, so is it necessary to do the speed block and peak-week if I’m not competing? Here's a short podcast [...]

Do I Fight Peak Even If I’ve No Fight Date?2021-09-16T13:47:07+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?2021-09-16T13:47:28+01:00

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)

For many fighters, bodyweight training only serves as muscular endurance training – multiple rounds of upward of 10 reps per exercise. This approach develops endurance, or “conditioning”. It doesn’t touch the neuromuscular system that’s developed in resistance training sessions targeting strength, power, and speed. And in missing this, fails to [...]

Bodyweight Training for Fighters – how to do it properly (what you should/shouldn’t do)2020-11-16T17:49:49+00:00

Are Muay Thai Students Getting Ahead of Their Trainers?

I’m hearing more often from fighters that are doing their best to systematically improve their athletic ability... But are finding that well-meaning trainers are sabotaging them with regular “beastings” that set them back. A knowledge gap is beginning to grow between the students and trainers/coaches. [...]

Are Muay Thai Students Getting Ahead of Their Trainers?2020-06-24T17:36:19+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, & More2020-05-30T12:57:49+01:00

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More

Some big questions this week! In this episode of the Q&A I'm asked... What is better for the longterm progression and why? MAS or Main Conditioning from Heavy Hitters? Warm-up protocols to stimulate greater neural drive? Training at home and having trouble with loading [...]

IG Live Muay Thai S&C Q&A 04 – Full Fight Camp Cardio, Strength Standards, Landmine Twist Form, Neural Drive Warm Ups, Loading Legs Not The Back, Agility Ladders, Body Weight Muscle Mass & More2020-05-24T11:46:46+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

Are You Training, Practicing, or Spoiling?

Today, are you heading out predominantly for a Training session, a Practice session, or a Spoiling session? Let me explain what I mean by these... Training - moves you forward, it’s progressive, uses developmental loads and drills Practicing - reinforces existing skill, creates good habits, maintains athletic qualities Spoiling - [...]

Are You Training, Practicing, or Spoiling?2020-04-06T17:54:30+01:00

DO BETTER – Working Out is NOT Training

Once you are tired of just “working out” (spinning your wheels), start TRAINING instead. When you’re training, you’re progressively working toward a specific purpose... And that purpose is far more targeted than “stay in shape” or keeping busy. A woolly objective like that may burn calories and prevent you putting [...]

DO BETTER – Working Out is NOT Training2020-03-26T13:38:06+00:00
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