Lower Body Activation Exercise For Fighter’s Strength And Conditioning

2023-08-06T09:17:38+01:00

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 Conditioning2023-08-06T09:17:38+01:00

The Best Reaction Time Training For Fighters

2023-08-06T09:17:39+01:00

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 Fighters2023-08-06T09:17:39+01:00

The Bad Attitude Fighter – A Cancer In Your Gym

2023-08-06T09:17:42+01:00

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 Gym2023-08-06T09:17:42+01:00

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

2023-08-06T09:17:43+01:00

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 To2023-08-06T09:17:43+01:00

Two Unexpected, Game Changing Tennis Ball Exercises For Fighting!

2023-08-06T09:17:44+01:00

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!2023-08-06T09:17:44+01:00

Why More Shouting In Muay Thai TRAINING Than In Fighting?

2023-08-06T09:17:45+01:00

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?2023-08-06T09:17:45+01:00

Deadlift Lower Back Pain & Adjusting Your Training Program

2023-08-06T09:17:46+01:00

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 Program2023-08-06T09:17:46+01:00

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

2023-08-06T09:17:48+01:00

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&C2023-08-06T09:17:48+01:00

The Truth About Muay Thai Training ‘Best Practice’

2023-08-06T14:59:03+01:00

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’2023-08-06T14:59:03+01:00

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

2023-08-06T14:59:04+01:00

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?2023-08-06T14:59:04+01:00

Why Your Progress Stalls – The Secret To Relentless Gains

2023-08-06T14:59:05+01:00

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 Gains2023-08-06T14:59:05+01:00

Fighting Father Time & Remaining a Muay Thai Badass!

2023-08-06T14:59:08+01:00

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!2023-08-06T14:59:08+01:00

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

2023-08-06T14:59:16+01:00

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!2023-08-06T14:59:16+01:00

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

2023-08-06T14:59:21+01:00

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)2023-08-06T14:59:21+01:00

What Is My Ideal Fight Weight Class?

2023-08-06T14:59:32+01:00

My final fight, aged 40 years... Choosing the right competitive fight weight class, and then making that weight is the fight before the fight! I’m often asked questions like, “Is fighting at 127lbs ideal for someone who's 5 '8”?” Now, there’s obviously a lot that goes into deciding [...]

What Is My Ideal Fight Weight Class?2023-08-06T14:59:32+01:00

Ambitious Beginners – Don’t Apologise!

2023-08-06T14:59:36+01:00

We all come to Muay Thai for our own (equally valid) reasons. A few know they want to fight straight away… but most just want to train – and never intend to fight at all. Both of these motivations are correct! In the West, Muay Thai is NOT a career, [...]

Ambitious Beginners – Don’t Apologise!2023-08-06T14:59:36+01:00

Your Motivation – Stick, Carrot, or Fire Within?

2023-08-06T14:59:47+01:00

Coaches are often asked for help, and frequently give it. But despite this, sometimes the results are less than desirable (for both parties). In my experience, the result depends where the fighter sits on a “self-determination continuum”. There’s a balance of commitment between the coach and the fighter, and if this tips the [...]

Your Motivation – Stick, Carrot, or Fire Within?2023-08-06T14:59:47+01:00

OUT OF CONTROL – GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI

2023-08-06T14:57:13+01:00

Harry, an experienced, old-school Nak Muay messaged me today – it went like this... “A lot of the greats of the current day have lost big. Nuegelek not only knocked out Kulabdam with a kick to the head… but a couple of weeks later, he knocks out Muangthai with an elbow over a [...]

OUT OF CONTROL – GET BETTER AT MUAY THAI2023-08-06T14:57:13+01:00
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