Gyms around the world are either reopening or preparing to reopen very soon. It’s great news, but the reality of just what we’re going back to bears some thought.
In order to reopen safely, gyms must abide by new operating restrictions and safe practice.
The number of people allowed in the gym at one time will be limited to comply with social distancing rules and to ensure shared space and equipment is kept clean and safe.
The reality is that most people won’t be able to return to training just like they did before. So let’s expect this and plan for it.
For the video version of this episode (including bodyweight exercise examples) click here.
I’m hearing more often from fighters that are doing their best to systematically improve their athletic ability...
But are finding that well-meaning trainers are sabotaging them with regular “beastings” that set them back.
A knowledge gap is beginning to grow between the students and trainers/coaches.
Information is increasingly available online, and students are actively researching ways of optimising their fight performance.
They’re investing time in learning more about this part of the training puzzle that many coaches still aren’t.
If you’re looking for some starting points, I’ve distilled key information into multiple guides on my website at heatrick.com…
They’re there to help you not only keep up, but get ahead of the game. Feel free to dive in.
Today, are you heading out predominantly for a training session, a practice session, or a spoiling session?
Let me explain what I mean by these...
Training - moves you forward, it’s progressive, developmental loads and drills
Practicing - reinforcing existing skill, creating good habits, maintaining athletic qualities,
Spoiling - excessively repeating poor form, building bad habits (either under fatigue or not), and causes overuse injury
In this episode, I dig into these ideas to help you move forward, whatever your current limitations or opportunities are.
Here are those links!
Are You Wasting Opportunities Your Opponent Isn’t?
Do This Every Session To Get Better at Muay Thai Quicker
How A Novice Can Become An Expert – And Why Some Never Will
Breaking Limits in Muay Thai
Why Fighters SHOULDN’T Train With Resistance Bands – They’ll Ruin Your Technique!
How To Instantly Improve Your Running Technique
The world-wide impact of the COVID-19 virus is now being truly realised…
Events are cancelled and fighters are now feeling a little aimless, not knowing how long restrictions are going to be in place.
During this time of inevitable social lock-down – depending on where you are in the world, it’s either already here, or it’s coming – it’s the time to focus on the things you can control.
And as a fighter there are some big things you can do to continue to move forwards, even when you’ve lost access to your Muay Thai gym and must train at home.
Full video version of this episode
I see many fighters consistently working on the wrong things.
And this not only slows their progress to a crawl, but ultimately limits how far they can go.
So in this episode, I’m going to explain how you can break limits in Muay Thai.
Article Links (mentioned in this episode)...
How A Novice Can Become An Expert – And Why Some Never Will
Valgus Knees: Corrective Exercises If Your Knees Buckle In
Programming Single Leg Exercises For Muay Thai
Advanced Muay Thai Clinch Strength
Heart Rate Training Myths For Fighters
Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint
Full episode video and text transcript at https://heatrick.com/2019/11/21/breaking-limits-in-muay-thai/
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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 was wearing Kryptonite...
Full text transcript at https://heatrick.com
I’m often asked, “What other exercises should I use with your Optimal Fight Camp Blueprint?”
If you’re listening to this and you’ve not seen the free blueprint and the supporting three part video series, here's the link:
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This means helping you (or your fighters) reach the top of the sport, and one day become champions.
Astonishingly EASY Goal Setting Logic!
Video, text transcript, LINKS and more at https://heatrick.com/2018/09/22/muay-thai-astonishingly-easy-goal-setting-logic/
Following the last Heavy Hitters Podcast (looking at post-fight reviewing and goal setting), this video explains my logic for selecting what your next Muay Thai S&C goals should be! And it's simpler than you think!!
It maybe a bit of cliché in the fight game that either you win a fight or you learn… but that doesn’t mean it’s not true!
However, you can seriously increase your rate of learning (even if you won the fight) if you follow up by reflecting on the answers to certain questions. And in this episode, I’ll share with you the 15 winning questions to ask yourself after every fight (win or lose) so you never lose!
Full text transcript and links at https://heatrick.com/2018/09/14/15-winning-questions-to-ask-yourself-after-every-fight-so-you-never-lose/
Recently I spoke to legendary sports scientist, educator, and S&C coach Dr Yessis on Lawrence Kenshin's podcast... And ahead of that going live, here are my reflections on Muay Thai S&C as a result of that chat!
Full text transcript and more at https://heatrick.com/2018/09/01/reflecting-on-muay-thai-sc-after-speaking-to-dr-yessis/
Are you struggling to fit all the training you want into the week? Well you’re not alone! And in this episode let’s dig into why you don’t need MORE training time!
Video transcript page with all the links! https://heatrick.com/2018/08/17/you-dont-need-more-training-time/
"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.
Full webpage with text transcript and extra links at https://heatrick.com/2018/08/04/the-5-exercise-categories-in-a-resistance-training-session/
Muay Thai strength training is a recurring question, so let’s take the opportunity to clear things up a little. We’ll look at how to build strength in the first place, and how fighters can get stronger when strength gains dry up!
Text transcript with further links: https://heatrick.com/2018/07/06/muay-thai-strength-first/
Many Thai boxers that dream of making it big in Muay Thai, but in reality not many will. And not because they aren’t physically capable of doing so, but simply because they lack the motivation or the process to do so!
Full text transcript at https://heatrick.com/2018/06/22/how-to-make-it-big-in-muay-thai/
There are many reasons why a fighter can struggle to maintain balance, with the most obvious being poor Muay Thai technique… but let’s look at this with a more complete understanding of the individual fighter...
Supporting page with further links to topics mentioned in the podcast: https://heatrick.com/2018/06/09/muay-thai-balance-drills-and-exercises/
Carbs For Fighters 1-Page reference sheet: https://vh206-557cba.pages.infusionsoft.net/
My last podcast, discussing the Keto diet for fighters, proved really popular. And I hadn’t intended to, but it looks like you all wanted a follow up… "if I recommend that carbs are important to a fighters performance, what type, how much and when, etc.. etc…" So in today’s podcast, here are my thoughts on Carbs For Fighters!
I shared a post on our facebook page of Joe Rogan’s podcast with Dr Andy Gaplin discussing the keto diet, and I commented, “As a combat athlete, your primary fuel source will always be carbs – nothing else releases energy fast enough!”
Now there are a ton of opinions on this! And I thought in this first dedicated podcast, I’d explain why, with my current level of understanding, I believe this.