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Helping ambitious fighters and coaches take their game to the next level by bridging the gap between Strength and Conditioning, Performance Science, and Muay Thai

Heatrick Heavy Hitters – Muay Thai Performance Don Heatrick

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Helping ambitious fighters and coaches take their game to the next level by bridging the gap between Strength and Conditioning, Performance Science, and Muay Thai

    The Best Reaction Training For Fighters

    The Best Reaction Training For Fighters

    There are a ton of different reaction 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!

    In this episode… which reaction training methods will make you a better fighter the quickest, and WHY?

    Whether it’s throwing and catching tennis balls, punching top-to-bottom balls or boxing bars, hitting reaction lights or even evading striking robots… There are many methods vying for your attention when seeking to improve your fighter reactions.

    And the truth is, some methods carry over into your fight performance while others don't at all!

    Understanding what fighter reaction training is and isn’t is key to picking the most appropriate methods to boost your fight reactions…

    Further notes and resources at https://heatrick.com/2022/05/20/best-reaction-time-training-for-fighters/

    • 12 min
    How To Coach Fighters Between Rounds with Damien Trainor

    How To Coach Fighters Between Rounds with Damien Trainor

    It's critical a fighter's corner team understands how to coach fighters between rounds... It not only makes the difference between winning or losing a closely fought fight, but can make or break a fighter's performance entirely.

    Although there are certainly best practices, such as keeping your instructions to the bare minimum and focusing only on the priority information to avoid information overload... It's not as simple as "one size fits all".

    Different fighters have different personalities and require different approaches depending on how the fight is going!

    In this episode, Damien Trainer shares a wealth of knowledge on cornering fighters, both as a fighter at the highest level himself and as a coach looking after his own fighters between rounds too.

    Further notes and resources at https://heatrick.com/2022/05/06/how-to-coach-fighters-between-rounds-with-damien-trainor/

    • 3 min
    How Much Muay Thai Training Is Really Needed?

    How Much Muay Thai Training Is Really Needed?

    Many fighters and coaches misunderstand just how much Muay Thai training is really needed to achieve the best performance possible.

    Generally, Thais don’t understand how to program progressive training.

    They throw everyone into largely the same regimen, regardless if they’re beginners or seasoned pros.⁣⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣⁣And those that can’t keep up, or become injured as a result are deemed “lazy”.⁣⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣⁣Even Damien Trainor shared with me in our podcast together, that after feeling like he was burning out in Thailand, he had to take a day's rest – and then nobody at the camp would speak to him for 2-weeks!⁣⁣⁣

    And Liam Harrison has shared his thoughts on this too, explaining his experience while living in Thailand…

    That many top 10 stadium-ranked fighters in their late teens are giving up by the age of 21, because the training was killing them!

    And founder of Sumalee Boxing Gym, Dr. Lynne Miller goes on to explain how traditional Thai culture makes for slow progress when it comes to taking onboard newer philosophies.

    ⁣⁣⁣Overtraining is real, and so are overuse injuries.

    And there’s a boneyard (of discarded fighters) that you don’t see.⁣⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣⁣I’m not saying don’t train hard...

    I’m saying pay attention to your body and don’t break yourself trying to match those that have…⁣⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣⁣a) Incrementally adjusted to tolerate high training volumes over years of training, and⁣⁣⁣

    ⁣⁣⁣b) Are genetically more robust than the majority.⁣⁣⁣

    And the truth is…

    ⁣⁣Even Thais come undone when they’re training changes too much – even in as little as 5 mins work!!

    Shownotes and further resources at https://heatrick.com/2021/09/15/how-do-thais-train-so-much-and-why-you-dont-have-to/

    • 9 min
    Why More Shouting In Muay Thai TRAINING Than Fighting?

    Why More Shouting In Muay Thai TRAINING Than 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... 

    Full show notes including links to downloads and further resources here: https://heatrick.com/2022/02/06/why-more-shouting-in-muay-thai-training-than-in-fighting/

    • 5 min
    For Fighters, Is ONE Run Enough?

    For Fighters, Is ONE Run Enough?

    Many fighters struggle to adapt their training program to suit their personal weekly schedule... 

    A schedule that’s VASTLY different to a full time fighter out in Thailand.

    In this short podcast, I explain more by way of a worked example from Jamie. 

    Podcast episode show notes and further resources at https://heatrick.com/2022/01/20/for-fighters-is-one-run-enough/

    • 3 min
    Muay Thai – Setbacks?... ALREADY?!

    Muay Thai – Setbacks?... ALREADY?!

    Sundays tend to be a reflective day for me, and my Sunday posts therefore share more personal insight…

    Both of my own thoughts and feelings, and a personal look behind the scenes of my own life too (in case you’re interested).

    This morning, while out exercising my dog Logan, I found myself considering a post from a fighter I’ve worked with online, and our subsequent (message) conversation.

    The shit had hit the fan – an ill attempted sweep in sparring had seriously damaged their knee…

    Scans are needed to determine the extent of the damage…

    But a 50/50 prognosis on being able to return to any physical activity in the long-term (Muay Thai included) is the reality right now...

    Podcast show notes and further resources here: https://heatrick.com/2022/01/09/muay-thai-setbacks-already/

    • 3 min

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