If you are interested in starting a fitness routine that never feels like a chore, you should seriously consider learning Muay Thai.
Also called the Art of Eight Limbs, Muay Thai is universally viewed as one of the most effective striking systems ever developed. It involves using the shins, knees, fists, and elbows to strike opponents.
Here are several reasons why you should consider signing up for Muay Thai classes and why Muay Thai is the perfect solution to your fitness woes.
1) Classes get more interesting as you progress
One of the biggest reasons why so many people end up giving up on their fitness routines is because it becomes boring. They might start off being highly motivated, but the fun of working out slowly goes down with each session they have. It is because they repeat the same exercises over and over again.
Eventually, they start missing workouts and, ultimately, stop working out completely. The results of all their hard work slowly wither away.
There is no such thing as a boring Muay Thai session. There are literally thousands of Muay Thai techniques, and new ones are always being developed. It means a student can train for a decade and still not know every Muay Thai technique there is. It keeps things interesting since you will look forward to the new stuff you get to learn during each class.
The way most Muay Thai classes work, students will be showed one or two techniques which they will drill over and over during the class. This method of teaching prevents students from being overwhelmed with too many techniques. By the time each class is over, you will have a solid grasp of the moves you were taught. You learn a few more techniques during your next class, and on and on it goes until you become a Muay Thai specialist.
Even those guys still find themselves regularly learning new things when they train.
2) Gives you the ultimate cardio burn
If losing weight and getting leaner are on your fitness goals list, Muay Thai gets you there faster than conventional workouts. Training involves using every single muscle in your body. Your core, in particular, gets a rigorous workout every time your train.
By the time each class is over, you would have burned around 1,000 calories for every hour your spent training. That is about half the recommended daily caloric intake for the average person. It is a significant fat burn that will give you noticeable results even if you stick to your current diet when you start training.
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Combine Muay Thai classes with a low carb diet, and you will be turning heads with your physique everywhere you go. You don’t have to take our word for it, just walk into any Muay Thai gym around. You will quickly notice how lean and ripped most of the students are.
3) Perfect for stress management
Life is far from perfect, so you are going to have your share of bad days. The key thing is how you deal with things that bring out negative emotions in you. Instead of dwelling on things that are out of control, find something that allows you to vent your frustration in a positive manner, and reduces your stress levels.
You get to punch, kick, knee and elbow all your stress away. Feel free to imagine one of the heavy bags in the gym is your arch nemesis as you fire off low kicks as hard as you can.
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You’ll feel a lot better after you have unleashed all your frustration on that defenseless heavy bag, and you’ll work up a decent sweat. This leads to a release of “feel good” hormones in the brain that elevate your mood. Your body will be tired from all that exercise, so, instead of your stress keeping you up at night like most people, you get to sleep like a baby.
4) You make new friends
There is something about martial arts like Muay Thai that attracts the coolest people on the planet. It might be the respectful atmosphere that Muay Thai fosters or the fact being polite is always stressed to new students.
You will meet people from all walks of life when you start training Muay Thai. Many of these people will become life-long friends. It’s one of the fun parts of Muay Thai. You get to train while hanging out with people you like and respect.
There will be many days that you’re as eager to catch up with your training partners as you are to train.
5) You learn effective, practical self-defense
If you want to learn fancy techniques that cannot be used in self-defense, learn something else besides Muay Thai. Muay Thai focuses on effective striking techniques, moves that can be used on a battlefield, self-defense scenarios and combat sports.
When tested against fighters who have learned different striking styles, Muay Thai practitioners typically emerge victorious. It is why the art of eight limbs continues to dominate mixed martial arts competitions. Some of the best fighters in MMA history like Anderson Silva are proof of how effective this fighting style is. Silva’s finish of Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 looked like something right out of a movie.
6) You can go at your own pace
Some people never sign up for Muay Thai classes because they are worried about being thrown in a ring with a person like Silva. That never happens. Like never ever. New students are never asked to fight. Neither are people who have trained for years.
Sparring is something that you decide you want to do. It is a way to sharpen the techniques you have learned. Muay Thai students who have never spared before are well equipped to defend themselves against the average person.
If you ever decide you want to spar, don’t be shocked if your instructor holds you back. You will not be allowed to spar until you have proven you are ready.
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