Have you thought about trying Muay Thai kickboxing before?
If you’re waiting for just one more reason to give the sport a chance, maybe the following will help.
Great for Weight Loss
No one could regularly practice Muay Thai for a month without going down a pant size. It’s just not possible. Over the course of a year, you could definitely be unrecognizable compared to where you were before.
This is because Muay Thai is an intense sport where you are almost constantly up on the balls of your feet. While this is definitely going to be a challenge – maybe even impossible – at first, your body will soon adapt and you’ll have the physique to prove it.
The sport uses every single muscle and is a major cardio workout, so if you’re looking to drop some pounds, this is the perfect sport.
Fantastic for Abs
Along the same lines, Muay Thai builds killer abs (no pun intended). That’s because, over and over, you’re throwing kicks, which demands that you use your core. No amount of sit-ups can compare to firing explosive kicks again and again and again.
Furthermore, the stabilizer muscles necessary for keeping your body upright when you’re swinging a kick at your opponent gives you a much more comprehensive core than standard workouts could ever afford. From your lower back to your obliques to your “Adonis belt,” these are all called upon whenever you kick.
You’ll Get Strong Shoulders
Holding your hands in the air for a full minute is tough. Doing this round after round is impossible for the vast majority of people who have never done Muay Thai kickboxing for a prolonged period of time.
This sport may even demand more from your shoulders than traditional boxing because of how you often need to hold your hands to guard against the clinch and high kicks.
Men often don’t give their shoulders enough attention when they work out, which makes them look much smaller. Women with weak shoulders may struggle to keep their posture instead of slumping over.
After a while, you’ll have no problem keeping your hands up for multiple rounds and, with this ability, will come a much better physique.
A lot of people are intimidated by Muay Thai kickboxing and, thus, never get started. Those who do quickly find themselves with a newfound sense of self-confidence. Just by sticking with it, they’ve accomplished something most people never will.
Then there’s the fact that Muay Thai kickboxing is a legitimate form of self-defense. We’re not advocating you ever get into a real fight, but if you were unable to escape from such a situation, having this martial art on your side woild be a huge help.
Unlike a lot of other martial arts, Muay Thai practice is full contact (when you’re ready), so you’ll know what you’re capable of in a real fight. This can give you a lot of self-confidence in other areas of your life.
The Communal Aspect
Although Muay Thai kickboxing is an individual sport, it has a strong communal aspect. After all, you can’t practice without someone else standing across from you holding the bag, handling pads or sparring.
Many people have mentioned that this communal aspect made it much easier for them to stick with the sport and even meet their weight loss or physique goals. You’ll probably find pretty quickly that the people you practice with become your friends. Even if you feel like quitting from time to time, their encouragement will keep you on track.
Muay Thai kickboxing is a sport that has been around for centuries. However, there are still countless people who look forward to partaking in the practice every single day. If you’ve been holding off, hopefully, the above benefits will convince you to give the sport a try.