EXERCISE WITH A PURPOSE AND YOU WILL USUALLY ENJOY IT MORE…KICK-BOXING, IN THIS CASE MUAY THAI, IS GAINING POPULARITY AS IT IS ALSO SELF-DEFENSE…READ THE FOLLOWING EXCERPTS FROM AN ARTICLE ON MUAY THAI…..
“Typical moves in Muay Thai include knee and elbow strikes, punches and kicks. It also works the core abdominal muscles, making it the ultimate all-in-one workout.
And it’s not just the guys who are flipping over it. Its benefits as an effective aerobic workout has not been lost on women. More and more women are signing up for Muay Thai workouts because of their health benefits.
Aside from being a great overall fat-burning, cardiovascular workout, it improves the muscle tone of jiggly underarms, flabby legs and droopy bottoms. Add to that the unexpected but welcome benefit of Muay Thai as a form of stress relief. Feeling pressured? Just hit a striking pad or punching bag.
Like all sports, Muay Thai builds up physical strength and stamina. Fighters are expected to last for seven to eight three-minute long rounds of sparring in competitions.
To be fighting fit, Muay Thai fighters are put through a rigorous workout that includes running, jumping rope and shadow-boxing, said Mohd Aly Yakir, 28, who has been a Muay Thai instructor for four years and has taught in Singapore and Thailand. Apart from his own classes at Dance KL in Bangsar, Lee as he prefers to be called, also teaches Muay Thai at the Celebrity Fitness gym in the area.
“It’s an intense workout. So if you’ve been inactive for a while expect stiff limbs after your first session,” said Lee. He has been practising the art for seven years.
Interest is also increasing because more gyms in the country are starting to offer it as a workout option.
“You don’t need to buy expensive equipment and your whole body also gets an intense workout. It’s flexible and fast to pick up.
“You can learn basic Muay Thai steps in three months.”