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

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

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

The Bad Attitude Fighter – A Cancer In Your Gym

Every fight team, every Muay Thai gym, will at some stage encounter a bad attitude fighter  – a destructive member who brings negativity rather than a supportive, positive contribution. These members gossip, sabotage, create conflict, and strive for 'them and us' divisions in your gym. The problem is, a bad attitude fighter may also [...]

The Bad Attitude Fighter – A Cancer In Your Gym2022-05-16T14:05:24+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

Two Unexpected, Game Changing Tennis Ball Exercises For Fighting!

I'm not going to opt for the more obvious reaction or hand eye coordination drills, catching, avoiding, throwing or punching tennis balls. Instead, I’m going to share two strength and conditioning exercises for fighters using a tennis ball... Both of which directly contribute to two key factors that heavily influence [...]

Two Unexpected, Game Changing Tennis Ball Exercises For Fighting!2022-03-22T11:51:20+00:00

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

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

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

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

Muay Thai Performance Riddle: What Becomes More Difficult The Better You Get?

Riddle me this... What becomes more difficult the better you get? ...Have you got it? I'll tell you where I'm going with this, my answer is... Improvement But this is much more than just a riddle... If you want to become the best you can be, we must unpack this [...]

Muay Thai Performance Riddle: What Becomes More Difficult The Better You Get?2021-11-02T09:35:14+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

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

Jonathan Haggerty’s Mindset, Shin Bones, & Heart Rates!

In this episode I dig into Jonathan Haggerty’s mindset, methods of conditioning your shins for Muay Thai kicks and shin blocks, and the different maximum heart rates for different exercises. Let's get straight into it... Mandalorian footage – Star Wars (Youtube) Jonathan Haggerty – @jhaggerty_ Team Underground – @teamundergroundmma_official Keddles [...]

Jonathan Haggerty’s Mindset, Shin Bones, & Heart Rates!2022-04-05T18:40:47+01:00
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