5 Reasons to give Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) a go
1. It burns calories.... and lots of them
Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) is a high intensity workout which is great for burning body fat. Its constantly changing pace keeps you working in different training zones. The fast bursts of energy required are ideal for training the cardiovascular system. A 70kg person can burn around 750 calories per hour during a Thai boxing session, compared with 600 calories when running (at 5mph). Fighters who train every day have to eat a huge amount of extra calories to ensure they don’t lose too much weight.
2. It’s a full body workout with many benefits
Known in Thailand as the ‘art of eight limbs’ Muay Thai is a full body workout using punches, kicks, knees and elbow strikes. This type of exercise is great for toning the whole body while improving balance, flexibility, cardiovascular health, endurance, coordination and strength. The repetitive movement of kicking and kneeing builds abdominal muscles and strengthens the core. Punching and elbow strikes strengthen the arms and shoulders.
3. Learn legitimate self-defence skills
The self-defence world is full of people who will tell you that their marital art will defend you from any amount of attackers in any situation. They will teach complicated techniques which you are suppose to re-enact under pressure when it counts. Sadly, unless you’re practising these techniques every day, or you have a size and strength advantage on your attacker, they probably won’t work. However, learning the basic fundamentals of Muay Thai or boxing, like how to throw a punch correctly, could buy you valuable seconds to run away or raise an alarm.
4. You’ll gain confidence
Learning a new skill, especially a martial art empowers you and gives you a real boost in self-confidence. It’s a hard sport which will test you physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Making you push boundaries and exceed your limitations. You will then take this new confidence into the rest of your daily life.
5. Stress relief
Modern lifestyles cause people endless amounts of stress, whether it be at work, health-related or relationship stress. Punches, kicks, knees and elbows are a great form of stress relief, and Muay Thai training is a safe environment where you can take out pent up frustration (without losing your job or spouse) making it great for your physical and mental health.