MUAY THAI WARM UP DRILLS – BOUND AND HOP SERIES

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick For many, Muay Thai warm up drills are a wasted opportunity to become better fighter. If raising your pulse and limbering up are all you are doing in your warm up, then there's plenty being left on the table. I'm not big on waste. And wasting time is my [...]

MUAY THAI WARM UP DRILLS – BOUND AND HOP SERIES2018-11-13T19:52:49+00:00

MUAY THAI: ASTONISHINGLY EASY GOAL SETTING LOGIC!

Following on from the last Heavy Hitters Podcast (looking at post fight reviewing and goal setting), this video explains my logic for selecting what your next S&C goals should be... and it's simpler than you think!! VIDEO TRANSCRIPT & LINKS! After my last podcast on post fight reviews and goal [...]

MUAY THAI: ASTONISHINGLY EASY GOAL SETTING LOGIC!2018-09-30T11:19:34+00:00

HOW TO MOVE LIKE SAENCHAI!

Saenchai is a Muay Thai living legend, and his trademark moves are based on a particular athletic foundation that he’s naturally exploited to awesome effect. Saenchai is an elastic animal! He’s super efficient at storing and returning elastic energy in his muscles and tendons, what sports scientists call stretch-shortening cycle – and not [...]

HOW TO MOVE LIKE SAENCHAI!2018-09-13T12:02:47+00:00

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?

This week, three Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions answered! Standing or sitting between rounds? Weightlifting belts (for fighters), yay or nay? MAS cardio sessions? Plus a bonus game changer to help focus your efforts! Is sitting between rounds best for recovery, or is it better to remain standing instead? How about fighters using [...]

STAND OR SIT BETWEEN ROUNDS? – WEIGHTLIFTING BELTS? – MAS CARDIO?2018-07-31T21:10:27+00:00

MUAY THAI BALANCE DRILLS AND EXERCISES

Sure, you could try to improve your Muay Thai balance by simply practising your technique over and over until it gets better. But there are some shortcuts you may be missing, because you've glossed over the personal limitations you may have, but are unaware of. In this podcast, I explore this a little deeper, [...]

MUAY THAI BALANCE DRILLS AND EXERCISES2018-06-09T13:34:41+00:00

MUAY THAI TRAINING – ARE YOU ADAPTED OR ADAPTABLE?

When it comes to your Muay Thai training, you're either adapted or you are adaptable. In this video I explain what I've found through my own exploration personally, and with those I've coached, including elite level fighters in Thailand. When you are new to any sport, you are adaptable, you're body is coping with [...]

MUAY THAI TRAINING – ARE YOU ADAPTED OR ADAPTABLE?2018-06-09T16:01:09+00:00

TRAINING TO INCREASE PUNCH SPEED

What is the most effective way to increase punch speed? There are lots of training methods out there that supposedly increase your punching speed, ranging from using weighted gloves to punching with resistance bands or dumbbells. But when it comes down to punch speed and power, these methods are not going to help, and [...]

TRAINING TO INCREASE PUNCH SPEED2018-04-28T09:15:49+00:00

A TALE OF TWO FIGHTERS – MUAY THAI SPORTS SCIENCE

What would you pick? Speed or strength? Before you answer, how about a little Muay Thai sports science review of the fight between Rafi Bohic vs Dylan Salvador at Lumpinee Stadium... A massive thanks to Timo Ruge at Muay Ties for allowing his footage of Rafi vs Dylan to be used in [...]

A TALE OF TWO FIGHTERS – MUAY THAI SPORTS SCIENCE2018-03-18T20:06:56+00:00

WHAT’S BEST FOR MUAY THAI, CHIN-UPS OR PULL-UPS?

Chin-ups and pull-ups, a holy grail of gym performance – but what does it mean to your Muay Thai performance? And is one better than the other? We’ll get into the differences and the effect on your Muay Thai in more depth in just a moment, but first let me explain why [...]

WHAT’S BEST FOR MUAY THAI, CHIN-UPS OR PULL-UPS?2018-03-11T14:05:02+00:00

HOW DO YOU TRAIN STRENGTH, POWER AND SPEED IN ONE TRAINING SESSION?

Despite the recent snow here in my part of the world, sponsored fighter Joe Le Maire has still made it in for his gym sessions at my home gym! And I thought I'd share some of the work we're doing together to help him prepare for his next fight. So here’s a quick video [...]

HOW DO YOU TRAIN STRENGTH, POWER AND SPEED IN ONE TRAINING SESSION?2018-03-03T13:30:05+00:00

MUAY THAI – DO YOU 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, of course prevention is always better than cure. Please take a little time to consider the points made in this video and [...]

MUAY THAI – DO YOU CORRECT OR MANAGE?2018-02-24T17:11:21+00:00

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT… CHIN UP PERFORMANCE

This week I'm going to spotlight a strength and conditioning milestone achievement of Richi Alvarez, one of our online Pro Members. He's been working consistently on the program now for over a year and a half, and has just hit one of his athletic goals scoring a 7/10 on the chin up max strength [...]

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT… CHIN UP PERFORMANCE2018-01-25T19:40:41+00:00

DO THIS EVERY SESSION TO GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI

In this video I’m sharing my approach to Muay Thai performance coaching. In every session I want to make you better, not just make you tired. And fundamental to this is understanding what makes you better at Muay Thai, and what makes you either worse or wastes time! Either comment below or shoot me [...]

DO THIS EVERY SESSION TO GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI2018-01-07T17:27:03+00:00

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRAINING BLOCK AND A PHASE?

What IS the difference between a training BLOCK, and a training PHASE? Terminology is a funny thing... it all depends on the definitions used, or it doesn't make sense! And to be honest, there's a lot of variation in the use of these different terms too, even amongst the experts. I'm not into [...]

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRAINING BLOCK AND A PHASE?2018-09-22T06:53:15+00:00

CONOR McGREGOR’S CARDIO CONDITIONING – PLANNING CARDIO TRAINING CORRECTLY

There’s been a lot of discussion on social media about Conor McGregor’s cardio (or lack of cardio conditioning) against Floyd Mayweather - and reflection on the importance of a strong aerobic base in any fighters training program. These discussions are useful. Aerobic capacity and aerobic power are two foundation qualities that any fighter must [...]

CONOR McGREGOR’S CARDIO CONDITIONING – PLANNING CARDIO TRAINING CORRECTLY2017-09-02T06:07:19+00:00

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 COACHING2017-08-26T00:10:29+00:00

SUSPENSION EXPLOSIVE PRESS UP FOR MUAY THAI

The Suspension Explosive Press Up is an example of an explosive upper body power exercise for Muay Thai using a TRX Suspension Trainer. This is great for all you fighters on the move and without access to a fully equipped gym. SUSPENSION EXPLOSIVE PRESS UP FOR MUAY THAI This exercise is [...]

SUSPENSION EXPLOSIVE PRESS UP FOR MUAY THAI2018-01-01T15:27:42+00:00

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 EVOLUTION2017-07-22T10:21:26+00:00
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