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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

    • Sports
    • 4.6 • 9 Ratings

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

    Muay Thai Pad Work Drills – Observation Clusters!

    Muay Thai Pad Work Drills – Observation Clusters!

    Join me in this video coaching session as I share a series of Muay Thai pad work drills using a concept I call “Observation Clusters”.

    I'll guide you through advanced techniques designed to sharpen your combat skills and enhance your ability to read and react to your opponent's movements effectively. We'll explore the art of throwing combinations while strategically observing your opponent's responses, allowing you to adapt and counter with precision.

    Learn firsthand from my experience as a coach as I break down the intricacies of pad holding and fighter interaction. Discover how to identify openings in your opponent's defences and exploit them with instinctive strikes.

    Whether you're a seasoned fighter looking to take your skills to the next level or a dedicated coach seeking new training methods for your students, this video is packed with valuable insights and practical drills to elevate your game.

    Further notes and resources at https://heatrick.com/2024/02/23/muay-thai-pad-work-drills-observation-clusters/

    • 6 min
    Muay Thai Passion – I Did It. You Can Do It Faster!

    Muay Thai Passion – I Did It. You Can Do It Faster!

    Dive into how my passion for Muay Thai triggered my transformation from engineer to Muay Thai pro and discover how you can fast-track your own journey to success!

    In this compelling video, I share my pivotal decision to leave behind stability for the thrill of Muay Thai. Learn how I merged modern science with tradition to create a winning formula.

    From founding a full time Muay Thai gym to reclaiming my spot in the ring aged 40, I've faced obstacles head-on. Explore Heatrick.com for game-changing insights and training tips to accelerate your Muay Thai journey.

    Ready to silence doubters and embrace your passion? Let's unlock your full potential in the thrilling world of Muay Thai!

    Further notes and resources at https://heatrick.com/2024/02/16/muay-thai-passion-i-did-it-you-can-do-it-faster/

    • 3 min
    Muay Thai Head Movement Drills – From The Feet!

    Muay Thai Head Movement Drills – From The Feet!

    Want to get better at slipping punches and angling off attacks?

    In this video, I break down my go-to combo for drilling evasive head movement - the classic 1-2-3 of jab, cross, hook. The key isn't just bobbing your head, but using footwork and hip rotation to naturally shift your head position as you step into your punch.

    We start by throwing the 1-2-3 continuous on the spot. Then I show how stepping out diagonally on the hook completely changes the angle and stance. You can go left or right for different looks. I also demonstrate mixing up the rhythm - jab, cross, pause, hook.

    Other important points I cover:
    * Maintaining proper high guard throughout the combo
    * Curving your body and twisting from the hips to move your head
    * Varying between 'red alert' (hands up) and 'green alert' (hands down) based on range

    This builds so many vital skills - angles, footwork, head movement, versatile punching, and defence. Take your pad work to the next level and get better at slipping attacks!

    Let me know if you start working this drill into your training. Comment below the video on Youtube with any questions. Don't forget to like and subscribe so you never miss a video. Let's get to work!

    Further notes and resources at https://heatrick.com/2024/02/09/muay-thai-head-movement-drills-from-the-feet/

    • 5 min
    Muay Thai Questions And Answers – Zone 2 Cardio, Sparring, Rapid Recovery, Fighter's Deficits

    Muay Thai Questions And Answers – Zone 2 Cardio, Sparring, Rapid Recovery, Fighter's Deficits

    You asked. Here are the answers! In this episode I answer your burning Muay Thai questions, covering topics like:

    * The benefits of Zone 2 cardio training and how to implement it into your Muay Thai training
    * Optimising for faster in-between round recovery
    * The ideal sparring frequency for casual and competing Nak Muays
    * The biggest weaknesses I see even in high-level fighters and how to fix them

    If you want to maximise your conditioning, accelerate recovery, spar smarter, and fix holes in your game, this video will give you the knowledge and training tools to make it happen!

    I know the Muay Thai grind can be tough, but implementing these techniques will give you that edge to power through training and unleash your peak performance. This is key whether you're just starting out or an experienced fighter looking to step up to the next level.

    So get your pen and pad ready to take some notes! This insider knowledge will help take your Muay Thai to greater heights!



    TIMESTAMPS:

    00:00 Introduction

    00:24 Zone 2 Cardio – How To & Why!

    03:43 Zone 2 Cardio – When

    05:42 Recovering Quicker Between Rounds

    08:04 How Many Rounds of Weekly Sparring?

    09:10 What Are High-level Muay Thai Athletes Missing?

    Further notes and resources at https://heatrick.com/2024/02/02/muay-thai-questions-and-answers-zone-2-cardio-sparring-rapid-recovery-fighters-deficits/

    • 11 min
    Developing a Growth Mindset For Fighters – My Own Battle

    Developing a Growth Mindset For Fighters – My Own Battle

    Growth mindset for fighters? I used to believe my abilities were fixed - until sporting achievements opened my eyes to growth mindset.

    After childhood math trauma, I was convinced I lacked numerical talent. But unexpected successes in sports showed me that with strategic practice, I could improve dramatically. My fixed mindset began to crumble.

    I realised if I could excel in areas deemed "impossible," anything was achievable through dedication and incremental progress. This growth mindset quickly accelerated my Muay Thai.

    Rather than battling opponents, I saw fights as benchmarks for self-improvement. Win or lose, I focused on skill development. Pushing my boundaries drove rapid growth I never thought attainable.

    The moral is this: cultivate a growth mindset to accelerate your Muay Thai abilities. With consistent, strategic training and a focus on improvement, your potential has no boundaries. Early sporting successes proved this to me. Your only restrictions are self-imposed.
    Further notes and resources at https://heatrick.com/2024/01/26/developing-a-growth-mindset-for-fighters-my-own-battle/

    • 6 min
    Muay Thai Sport Specific Training Overkill? The Hidden Risks

    Muay Thai Sport Specific Training Overkill? The Hidden Risks

    Muay Thai sport specific training has it's place. But there are hidden risks. 😱

    Many fighters don't realise there's a tipping point where more sport-specific training stops helping and starts increasing overuse injury risk instead. 🛑

    The more training hours you put in, and the more years you’ve been in the game, compounds this risk.

    And the older you are, the finer the line between levelling up and breaking down.

    In this episode we explore the hidden risks of sport-specific overuse in Muay Thai and outline a simple periodisation system to balance both general and sport specific training for better long-term results. ⚖️

    Don't let overuse injuries cut your career short or end your fun prematurely. Competitors and enthusiasts alike should learn how to periodise Muay Thai training like a pro!

    Further notes and resources at https://heatrick.com/2024/01/19/muay-thai-sport-specific-training-overkill-the-hidden-risks/

    • 4 min

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