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

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

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

Muay Thai Fighters Switch Step Tutorial – For Coaches & Students

A complete fighters switch step tutorial, including technical drill breakdowns to optimise power through timing and foot placement. Some fighters struggle to find the correct movement pattern for an effective switch step, and coaches can struggle to teach this to students that 'don't get it'. This fighters switch step tutorial video looks at building [...]

Muay Thai Fighters Switch Step Tutorial – For Coaches & Students2022-05-16T13:07:44+01:00

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

2 Weeks Out – How To Structure Muay Thai S&C

I've been asked how I'd recommend structuring strength and conditioning when you're just 2 weeks out from a fight. So here's a quick "down and dirty" podcast episode to get something out quickly! Join the most informed Muay Thai performance community out there! Subscribe Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/donheatrick Apple [...]

2 Weeks Out – How To Structure Muay Thai S&C2021-09-16T13:46:31+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

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 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

Strength-Power-Speed (SPS) Routine – A S&C Routine for Training at Home

I’m often asked for a genuine training program for Thai boxers that don’t have access to any gym equipment – something to supplement the typical training regimen in Thailand... And in the current climate, something you can do at home when your gym has closed to help control the COVID-19 outbreak. So I set [...]

Strength-Power-Speed (SPS) Routine – A S&C Routine for Training at Home2020-06-08T21:03:50+01:00

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?

One Championship has been doing a great job of showcasing not only the fighters, but some of the behind the scenes training footage as well. And I'm often asked to comment on some of the exercises that have been shared on social media. And here’s one I was asked to comment on recently… [...]

Is The Chest Throw Against The Floor Any Good For Muay Thai?2019-10-17T22:17:36+01:00

Heiden and Stick – Muay Thai Balance and Stability Exercise

The Heiden and Stick exercise is an important progression in a Thai boxers speed and plyometric training. It targets sideways, lateral movement, involving adductors and glute medius muscles at the hip to control the knee, and multiple muscle groups in the feet, ankle and calves. And it not only trains unilateral (single leg) [...]

Heiden and Stick – Muay Thai Balance and Stability Exercise2019-06-18T17:35:10+01:00

Shoulder Butt Drill For Explosive Punches and Elbow Strikes

If you can throw a good shoulder butt, you can throw an awesome punch or elbow! This drill coordinates explosive power from the ground up, and really tells you if your timing is good enough. In this video I share with you a foundation drill that I use to teach fighters to connect [...]

Shoulder Butt Drill For Explosive Punches and Elbow Strikes2019-06-16T13:57:18+01:00

Muay Thai Elbow Mechanics – How to Develop Sharp Technique & KO Power

by Don Heatrick @donheatrick To develop a devastating Muay Thai elbow, that ends fights, you've got to watch this video! GET THE 4-WEEK TRAINING PLAN VIDEO TRANSCRIPTIn this episode, I’m going to breakdown one of the most feared weapons in Muay Thai. The elbow.I'm going to show you...1. How to [...]

Muay Thai Elbow Mechanics – How to Develop Sharp Technique & KO Power2019-07-18T21:16:06+01:00

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!2019-04-23T14:58:26+01:00

5 PERFORMANCE BOOSTING EXERCISE CATEGORIES FOR YOUR RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS

"Heavy Hitter", Bob Wansink audio messaged me some great questions regarding speed and power training via Anchor.fm, and this Heavy Hitters Podcast is a direct reply. In this episode, I share the 5 exercise categories I use in every resistance training session that I program. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT WITH FURTHER [...]

5 PERFORMANCE BOOSTING EXERCISE CATEGORIES FOR YOUR RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS2020-01-03T07:50:35+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?2019-04-23T13:57:25+01:00

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 SPEED2019-04-23T13:43:35+01:00

WHERE WE ARE GOING – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Beyond the weekly commitment, where is your Muay Thai strength and conditioning training going in the next month, the next quarter, or the next year? What should your training target, in what order and for how long? The second of our "onboarding" videos from our online Muay Thai strength and conditioning (Heavy Hitters) program tells [...]

WHERE WE ARE GOING – SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR MUAY THAI STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING2019-05-05T17:37:00+01:00
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