Recently, the sport of Muay Thai has become increasingly popular. If you have ever seen Tony Jaa in the film Ong-Bak, Thai Warrior, or any of the other films he has been in, you have seen Muay Thai in action. Partly due to the popularity of his films, coupled with the exotic nature of the sport, more and more athletes are starting to train in Muay Thai over other sports, such as kickboxing. But is Muay Thai better? What are the benefits of training in this sport than others? Let’s go over the reasons you should be practicing Muay Thai today.
As with most martial arts, the concept of discipline is heavily featured throughout Muay Thai. By controlling not only your body but your emotions and your mind, the sport helps you focus your energy and keep yourself centered. In today’s hectic, stressful society, finding balance and discipline is crucial to maintaining your sanity. Also, having the knowledge that you can beat up the guy who cut in front of you in line is comforting, as is the decision to refrain from doing so. As the old saying goes, “with great power comes great responsibility.”
For many gym rats, the torso and the arms are where the action is. Leg day is loathed by many, and thus it is skimped on in favor of more top-heavy exercises. Muay Thai, on the other hand, helps build your leg muscles in a much more engaging and satisfying way than just doing squats. Because Muay Thai involves a lot of kicks and feet coordination, your legs will develop into tree trunks in no time.
In addition to building your leg muscles, Muay Thai also shreds your torso and improves your balance. Kicking your opponent in the face repeatedly means that you have to stay balanced at all times. The movements that are used in Muay Thai will work out your entire core, not just your abs.
For many exercise enthusiasts, there is a division between cardio and weightlifting exercises. Alternating between the two, some days you may be on the treadmill while other days you’ll be lifting barbells in front of the mirror. Muay Thai, however, not only develops your muscle strength but increases your stamina and endurance much quicker than most cardio exercises.
If you’re looking to get into Muay Thai or are just looking for a place to practice your moves, come to A4 Fitness today. With a Muay Thai gym in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica, it has never been easier to sweep the leg and take down your opponent in a competitive, safe environment.
Adam & Amanda
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