Having a good, strong core is essential to being an athlete. A lot of times when people train, whether it is in a traditional gym, or in other mainstream sports, core strength is often overlooked. This shouldn’t be the case, however, if you’re serious about improving your physique and your athleticism.
Great core strength helps to improve posture and can prevent chronic pain from postural issues. It is important to work both on your upper and lower body, but when you develop your core, everything becomes so much easier. You experience a jolt of energy which makes you stronger, faster, and more powerful.
Martial arts is one of the best workouts to target your core muscles. Martial arts like Muay Thai, boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu make great use of your core muscles and can improve your entire physical body — from your appearance, down to your mental aptitude. For those looking to get in shape and build core strength, martial arts is a great option.
If you are like many others who have made the decision to train martial arts, then you have taken the first step to unlocking your true potential. Today, Evolve Daily shares four ways martial arts develops your core strength, turning you into a supremely conditioned athlete.
1) Martial arts is a full-body workout
One of the many benefits of training in martial arts is that it doesn’t just focus on any isolated parts of your body. Martial arts is the ultimate full-body workout, targeting everything from your most underutilized muscle groups, to fast-twitch muscle fibers, to your core muscles. It trains every single aspect of your physicality.
It tones your arms and legs and trims your abdominal area to give you a flat stomach, giving you the appearance of a well-conditioned athlete. Martial arts is one of the best workouts in existence. If you have never tried martial arts, you may be pleasantly surprised with how much it can impact your life.
The most immediate effect martial arts training has on your body is obviously incredible health and fitness. Martial arts training has become known as one of the quickest ways to lose weight and shed those unwanted pounds to achieve a slimmer, trimmer body. Whether you are training in BJJ, Muay Thai, or boxing, martial arts will leave you in the best shape of your life.
2) You’ll get the abs you’ve always wanted
Have you ever dreamed of having washboard abs like you see on TV? It’s difficult to achieve, and we’ve all tried, at some point in our lives. How many sit-ups have you done in your life? Probably too many to count.
But there is a reason why martial artists have incredible physiques, and those coveted 6-8 packs that everyone wants. It’s because martial arts is an incredible core workout that works right on your abdomen, without you ever performing a single sit-up. Those who aren’t particularly athletic, fear not, martial arts will get you feeling like a supremely conditioned athlete in no time.
Martial arts engages your entire body, from small to large muscle groups and helps you build strength and endurance all throughout. You’ll be jumping higher, kicking harder, and punching faster after just a couple of weeks.
The majority of techniques in martial arts directly impact the core, which is also responsible for stabilizing and protecting your spine. Your core doesn’t only include the abdominal muscles, but also the lats, spinal erectors, glute complex, quadratus lumborum, and hip flexors which make up the outer-core muscles.
3) It will improve your cardiovascular strength and endurance
The rigors of martial arts training involve a lot of repetition and practice of various techniques. In fact, the techniques in martial arts takes years of practice to master and gives you a goal to achieve, which is one of the reasons why it is so effective. One of the ways it helps you improve your core is by engaging you in consistent and challenging routines.
A tremendous anaerobic workout, martial arts will test your wind and build on your endurance, focusing on allowing you to comfortably perform various techniques for short bursts over long periods of time.
Unlike in a traditional gym, there is no need for you to get on a stationary bike to get your cardio in, nor will you ever have to step on a treadmill, if you don’t want to. Martial arts training will provide you with enough cardio to really maximize your energy expenditure. An added bonus of the cardio you will be doing is that you will shed fat from your midsection, bringing out those defined abs for the world to see you’re new and improved core.
Not only will you find yourself at your absolute peak physical fitness after just a few sessions, but you’ll soon discover that you are making better decisions about what you consume for energy and fuel. In order to have the energy required to perform in martial arts training, you have to make better nutritional decisions, and martial arts encourages this.
4) You can improve your athleticism
Athleticism is a huge part of being in peak physical form, and for the first time in your life, you will consider yourself an athlete. Being an athlete is more than just knowing how to play a sport, it’s about making a commitment to be the best that you can be, and to prove it in competition.
We all know that with regular physical activity and training, our bodies are the first to benefit. Maintaining a regular fitness routine through martial arts training delivers an outcome that benefits the improvement of our athleticism.
All of the twisting, turning, pushing, kicking, punching, and lifting you do in martial arts helps to strengthen and develop your core in an unrestrictive and organic way. Your stronger core will go a long way to boosting your overall athleticism. Most athletic movements that we perform in sports or in everyday life require the core. The strong core that martial arts develops helps you to be able to balance, push, lift, and just overall move better.
Martial arts helps us appreciate our bodies more and understand what we are physically capable of. A perfect synergy of body, mind, and spirit propels you to achieve things you might not even realize you could achieve including becoming a better athlete.
Because martial arts is the most intense health and fitness program you will ever experience, it will bring you to the best shape of your life. After just a few weeks of training in martial arts, you will start to notice major changes in your body and your mindset. This all helps in allowing us to become better athletes in the long run.
So, if you’re looking to strengthen your core for better athletic performance, get six-pack abs, or improve your posture give martial arts a try. Sign up for a complimentary trial class today!
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