7 Reasons Why Muay Thai Training Is Better Than A Gym Workout

Regularly training Muay Thai often delivers better results than traditional gym workouts. That’s not to say resistance training at a gym doesn’t serve any purposes, but it doesn’t give you the same physical, mental, and social benefits you get from training Muay Thai. 

Muay Thai is one of the most popular striking martial arts around and many would say it’s the most effective system ever developed. It’s a highly effective self-defense system that maintains its effectiveness at the highest levels of competition. 


Benefits Of Opting For Muay Thai Training Over Conventional Gym Workouts 

Thinking about making Muay Thai training a major part of your training routine? Here are some of the reasons why it gives you a better workout than going to the gym.


1) It Provides Excellent Cardiovascular Conditioning

A female Muay Thai student throws a kick during a class

An hour of Muay Thai training can burn up to 1,000 calories!

Muay Thai training provides a mix of aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, which helps to strengthen important organs in your body like your heart and lungs. Improved cardiovascular health reduces your risk of developing health conditions like heart disease and allows you to perform physically strenuous activities for longer periods. 

Sure, it’s possible to get excellent cardio conditioning at the gym, but the difference is that you’ll be having so much fun while training Muay Thai that you won’t even realize how much energy you’re using. Traditional workouts tend to get monotonous and boring over time, making you less likely to stick with them long-term. 

The cardio workout students get from training Muay Thai also helps to get them in the best shape of their lives. On average, you burn about 1,000 calories for each hour spent training Muay Thai. This makes it a lot less challenging to finish each day with a caloric deficit, making it easier to reach any weight or fat loss goals you have. 


2) Training Makes You A More Confident Person

Student focusing on delivering her technique

Muay Thai helps you to be a better person of yourself.

Muay Thai training does wonders for the self-esteem and confidence of even the most timid people around. Training teaches you to believe in yourself as you overcome obstacles that may have seemed impossible to overcome at some point. It might be a technique you once struggled with that eventually became one of your favorites or watching physical limitations you once thought you had disappear. 

Muay Thai trains your body and mind to become the best version of yourself which, in turn, makes you more confident. Your newfound increased confidence will radiate all over you wherever you find yourself and attract people toward you. 


3) You Learn One Of The Most Effective Self-Defense Systems

students in muay thai sparring seminar

Learning Muay Thai teaches you how to protect you and your loved ones when necessary.

Unlike most striking-based martial arts, Muay Thai also covers grappling basics like clinch fighting, trips and throws. Giving you additional tools to use in self-defense situations. Muay Thai isn’t just a great self-defense system, Muay Thai fighters typically emerge victorious when matched against opponents trained in other striking arts. 


4) It Improves Core Strength, Mobility, Coordination, And Flexibility

muay thai bag kick

Muay Thai training gives you a full-body workout every time you step on the mat.

The muscle strength and cardiovascular conditioning Muay Thai provides get you in the best shape of your life. However, this doesn’t mean you should abandon going to the gym altogether since it also has its benefits. For example, nothing compares to lifting weights when it comes to building muscle mass. 


5) Training Muay Thai Broadens Your Social Circle

Fun times during Muay Thai class

During Muay Thai training, you get to meet new people and create life-long friendships.

Most people don’t decide to train Muay Thai to make more friends, but that’s one of the most underrated benefits of training. Martial arts like Muay Thai have this seemingly magical ability to attract interesting people from all walks of life. 

Training regularly leads to you spending several hours a week interacting with your training partners, and friendships and romance often bloom under those conditions. You’re guaranteed to meet a few cool people that you’ll have lots of fun with outside the gym when training Muay Thai. 


6) Muay Thai Is Great For Stress Relief

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Muay Thai helps to release pent-up frustration and stress in a good way.

Muay Thai training is a great way to destress and refocus your thoughts. It provides something mental health experts call “destructive therapy,” which is known to be an effective way to combat stress and frustration. Destructive therapy involves allowing people to take out their frustration on inanimate objects in a safe and controlled setting. 

Some therapists provide their patients with ceramics and old appliances to break, while Muay Thai provides students with heavy bags and focus mitts to take out all their frustration. You end up leaving the gym feeling clear-headed and Zen. 


7) You Get A Fun Activity To Look Forward To

Happy students during muay thai class

Training in Muay Thai helps release endorphins that make you feel better!

One of the realities that separate Muay Thai training from conventional workouts is how fun the former can be. Regardless of how motivated you are, your gym workouts eventually become boring and just one more chore you have to complete during your day. 

Training Muay Thai is so much fun that it will be one of the activities you look forward to. Each training session is unique from the last since you learn new techniques and drills, and it’s a group activity so you get to interact with your training partners as you train. 

Having fun at the gym makes you less likely to give up on your training, so you’re more likely to enjoy the many physical and mental benefits associated with learning Muay Thai. 


Get Started With Muay Thai Today!

Signing up for Muay Thai classes is one of the best things you can do to protect and improve your physical and mental health. You learn how to defend yourself while strengthening your body and mind. The benefits you get from learning Muay Thai will carry over to all aspects of your life. 


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