Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters

2024-04-05T09:07:54+01:00

There are many myths and misunderstandings when it comes to fighters using heart rate monitors in their training... And despite many Instagram posts showing fighters wearing heart rate straps during training, many aren’t using this tool effectively at all. So I’m going to debunk these myths, and explain how to use heart rate [...]

Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters2024-04-05T09:07:54+01:00

I Won The Fight, But Nearly Lost Everything

2023-08-06T14:59:45+01:00

Back in 2012, I won what turned out to be my last fight, but was taken by ambulance to hospital immediately afterwards to spend the night under observation. Of all my fights, this one felt the most physically gruelling… my trademark strength and physical fitness had suddenly abandoned me – as if my opponent [...]

I Won The Fight, But Nearly Lost Everything2023-08-06T14:59:45+01:00

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

2023-08-06T14:57:27+01:00

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?2023-08-06T14:57:27+01:00

CARBS FOR FIGHTERS

2024-02-01T10:44:38+00:00

Carbs for fighters... this podcast came about as a result of calls for a follow up after the last podcast discussing the keto diet for fighters. In it you'll learn how I manipulate carbs for individual fighters to ensure their body composition, training quality, general recovery, and competitive performance are reliable and progressing nicely! [...]

CARBS FOR FIGHTERS2024-02-01T10:44:38+00:00

ADDING MORE TRAINING?

2023-08-06T14:57:35+01:00

Adding more training may seem like progression, but there's more to it than that. In this video I explain a little more, using cardio conditioning as an example. There are tools for the job, some are better suited to different situations. As a coach (or a self-directed fighter), it's your job to pick the [...]

ADDING MORE TRAINING?2023-08-06T14:57:35+01:00

What’s the Difference Between a Training Block and a Phase?

2023-08-06T14:57:46+01:00

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?2023-08-06T14:57:46+01:00

HIP OR KNEE DOMINANT EXERCISE? COMPLETE REST? | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

2023-08-06T14:57:54+01:00

This video answers Richi's final questions, regarding the transfer of training from hip or knee dominant exercise to the body kick and knee strike, and asking if I believe complete rest has a place in an annual training program. If you need to know the difference between hip or knee dominant exercise, and which [...]

HIP OR KNEE DOMINANT EXERCISE? COMPLETE REST? | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A2023-08-06T14:57:54+01:00

PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND

2023-08-06T14:57:54+01:00

In part three answering Richi Alvarez' Muay Thai strength and conditioning questions, we turn our attention to energy systems (or cardio conditioning) training while in Thailand. To plug gaps in your cardio conditioning training in Thailand, you must first understand what you're already getting! You'll certainly get a large volume of "threshold training" and [...]

PLANNING CARDIO (ENERGY SYTEMS) CONDITIONING IN THAILAND2023-08-06T14:57:54+01:00

SKIPPING, NEURAL FATIGUE, & DELOADING IN THAILAND | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A

2023-08-06T14:57:55+01:00

Strength and conditioning in Thailand can be a very hard line to tread – following what you know to be the best progressive method of long-term development while towing the line with what your Thai trainers expect of you. Generally, Thais "don't get" applied sports science. And that's just because it isn't the norm [...]

SKIPPING, NEURAL FATIGUE, & DELOADING IN THAILAND | MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING Q&A2023-08-06T14:57:55+01:00

PLANNING MUAY THAI SPECIFICITY – WHAT GOES WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING

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

Muay Thai specificity is a term that's largely misunderstood, and therefore misused. In this video I set about explaining how all three main elements of your training; strength and power, cardio conditioning, and Muay Thai training itself, have a range of activities from general to specific. Once you understand this, you can begin to [...]

PLANNING MUAY THAI SPECIFICITY – WHAT GOES WHERE IN YOUR TRAINING2023-08-06T14:57:57+01:00

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters

2023-08-06T14:52:42+01:00

Don Heatrick grabs the opportunity to speak to Richard Smith, Bad Company Muay Thai founder and senior instructor, about his philosophies and methods for preparing his team of Thai boxers, from undercard to World Title fight. These four episodes where filmed at the Supershowdown Presents Yokkao 23 & 24 event at the Bolton Macron Stadium [...]

Bad Company’s Richard Smith Interview – Preparing Muay Thai Fighters2023-08-06T14:52:42+01:00

Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance

2023-08-06T14:52:47+01:00

Muay Thai Performance Hack Episode 1: Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance In this series, I'll quickly share (in less than 5-minutes) hacks that'll improve your Muay Thai performance. The link between sleep and recovery is well known and documented, but just how much do you need, and how much does it affect your athletic performance? [...]

Sleeping to Better Muay Thai Performance2023-08-06T14:52:47+01:00

Planning Strength and Conditioning Around Frequent Fights

2023-08-06T14:52:48+01:00

Whiteboard Coaching Sessions Episode 3: Planning Strength and Conditioning for Frequent Fights. Ok, it's not on a whiteboard this time, but I needed a more dynamic presentation! ;) Head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe to get all the latest info as soon as it goes live every Friday. ...How to plan Muay Thai strength and [...]

Planning Strength and Conditioning Around Frequent Fights2023-08-06T14:52:48+01:00

Muay Thai Fighter – Are You An Addict?

2023-08-06T14:52:54+01:00

Here’s the thing… You might not admit it, but I guarantee there’s something in your life that you’re powerless over… …And it’s become unmanageable. That’s an addiction, and denial is one of the characteristics! If you’ve read my blogs before, you’ll know I’m no stranger to drawing inspiration and expertise from diverse fields. And [...]

Muay Thai Fighter – Are You An Addict?2023-08-06T14:52:54+01:00

Are You Wasting Opportunities Your Opponent Isn’t?

2023-08-06T14:52:57+01:00

Coach says, “Today is a low intensity day.” – The fighter’s body language slumps. But… by the end of the session, the fighter gets it. He’s come away with a list of things to work on, that’ll make him a better fighting athlete, and some cures for the reoccurring niggles that seem to [...]

Are You Wasting Opportunities Your Opponent Isn’t?2023-08-06T14:52:57+01:00

Are you fighting TOO often?

2023-08-06T14:53:01+01:00

Fighters in Thailand have a notoriously high fight-frequency, sometimes even multiple times in one day for children. But is this suitable for everyone? What should determine how often you fight? Are you fighting too often? In this video I share some of my thoughts on how to make the best use of fights as part [...]

Are you fighting TOO often?2023-08-06T14:53:01+01:00

Lack of Strength and Conditioning in Thailand?

2023-08-06T14:53:02+01:00

Following my interviews with Jordan Coe and Sophia Torkos, both full time fighters at different gyms in Thailand, I've been asked, "Are you surprised by the lack of strength and conditioning in Thailand?" ... And I must say I'm not. Generally the understanding just isn't there yet, and there's along history of training using [...]

Lack of Strength and Conditioning in Thailand?2023-08-06T14:53:02+01:00

MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING VS THAILAND TRAINING METHOD

2023-08-06T14:53:03+01:00

One of the guys on my programme asked me, "What are the benefits of your training (strength and conditioning) method versus the the Thailand method?" It's a good question, and one I thought I'd answer with a video rather than a few brief sentences. So on a windy, November, Sunday morning, I grabbed my [...]

MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING VS THAILAND TRAINING METHOD2023-08-06T14:53:03+01:00

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 1

2023-08-06T14:53:05+01:00

Not all types of supplemental training will transfer well to Muay Thai. The training adaptations that your body makes are highly specific. You instinctively know training as a long-distance runner won’t improve your sprint performance. But it goes so much further than this coarse example. The concept of transfer specificity is misunderstood by many [...]

Muay Thai Specific Strength and Conditioning Part 12023-08-06T14:53:05+01:00

Frequent Fight Strength and Conditioning Tips

2023-08-06T14:53:06+01:00

It’s not uncommon to have periods where you’re fighting very frequently, which can obviously throw your planned strength and conditioning training into a bit of a spin. Although the very best improvements in athletic performance are built using the periodised strength and conditioning program, there are times when the ideal program this isn’t practical. [...]

Frequent Fight Strength and Conditioning Tips2023-08-06T14:53:06+01:00
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