Monday, August 12, 2013
Tell us a little about what you do and how you got involved with MMA?
-I am a Sports Chiropractor specializing in chiropractic treatments, kinesiotaping, and injury rehab programs for MMA fighters. I am known as “The Fight Chiro”. I first got introduced to MMA when UFC fighter Jake Hecht was training at Hit Squad in Granite City, Illinois (when it was owned by Matt Hughes) and needed some work done. From there, I got to meet some of the best up and coming fighters in the business, Brian Foster, Robbie Lawler, Benny Alloway, Cortez Coleman and many others.
As a fight chiro what sort of training and educational background prepared you for this career?
-I went to 3 ½ years of chiropractic schooling after undergraduate requirements. I have my doctorate of chiropractic, masters of sports rehabilitation, ACSM certified personal training certificate, NASM MMA conditioning specialist certificate, and working on my masters of nutrition currently. I have a practice in St. Louis, Missouri but looking to move to the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.
You are currently preparing for your amateur boxing debut. Tell us about your upcoming fight, who you’re fighting and where?
-I am fighting Kate Kite who is making her ammy debut as well. It will be this Saturday, August 17th in Pontoon Beach, Illinois for an event called “Party at the Beach”.
How did you get involved in boxing and how long have you been training?
-I have been training for about 2 ½ years now in boxing, but more technique within the last year. I started off with classes at the Title Boxing Club and wanted to do more specific training besides doing cardio classes. I sought out MMA gyms and began doing mitt work and fine tuning skills.
Any plans to transition from boxing to MMA in the future?
-It always interests me to do so. I take Muay Thai classes and dabble a little into Jiu-Jitsu. I definitely want to participate in NAGA after this boxing debut.
Who are your favorite MMA fighters?
-Georges St-Pierre because of his athletic abilities. Recently I’d have to say I’m now a fan of Tom Lawlor. I recently hung out with him in Vegas during the UFC Fan Expo week and he’s hilarious! #RainbowTrout (inside joke)
How do you enjoy your free time when not working or training?
-Traveling, going to watch my friend’s fights, trying new restaurants, hiking, fishing, and getting pedicures.
What or who are your inspirations in life?
-My biggest inspirations are my parents, they’ve taught me to work hard for what I want in life and to not let anyone stop me from that.
For those who will inquire we have a few questions for the male readership as well.
Are you single?
What do you look for in a guy?
-I like to date guys who know how to make me laugh, are ambitious, and can have a little romantic side to them.
What are your turn-ons?
-Nice teeth, nice muscular arms, tattoos, and a great personality.
What are your turnoffs?
-Cheaters, liars, smokers and snaggle teeth.
What would you say is your best feature?
-I am complimented on my smile a lot and my butt, haha.
Lastly before we let you go we would love to hear about your future plans and let you send some shout outs.
Any future plans or dreams?
-I would love to move to Vegas and be the UFC’s go to chiropractic, or even Floyd Mayweather’s chiro. I definitely plan to move to Vegas once the opportunity opens up.
Any shout outs you would like to make?
-Yes, I want to thank everyone at St. Charles MMA in St. Charles, Missouri especially my coach Reggie Murphy for spending all this time training me. Thanks to Mike Rogers, who owns the gym, and who gives me a home to train at. I want to also thank the guys at Mayweather’s boxing gym for giving me a place to train when I was in Vegas in July. All of the hard work and dedication will be put to the test on August 17th.
Thank you very much for your time; hope those Vegas dreams come true soon and good luck on fight night Heather! For more on “The Fight Chiro” Heather Morales please visit her website, Facebook, STL Sports Doc Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.