Muay Thai is one of the most popular martial arts right now, not only as a spectator sport, which is amazing in and of itself, but also as a fun and engaging option for those looking to enhance their fitness. In fact, many people turn to the Muay Thai gym for all of their fitness needs because Muay Thai is such a stimulating workout.
If you’ve never trained in Muay Thai before, it’s certainly a unique experience, and it has some distinct characteristics that make it both challenging and enjoyable. Join a Muay Thai class, and you’ll understand why people just keep coming back to train more.
The truth is, Muay Thai offers so many benefits to our daily lives. Apart from the obvious physical benefits of consistent and holistic training, Muay Thai also sharpens the mind, improves mood, and relieves stress.
Headed to your first Muay Thai class but not quite sure what to expect? We’ve listed down a few points for you to check out, and why you will instantly fall in love with Muay Thai training. It’s an unforgettable experience that will keep you coming back to the Muay Thai gym for more.
Today, Evolve Daily shares five reasons why you won’t regret finally going to that first Muay Thai class.
1. That post-workout bliss
Only the truly special workouts can give you that post-workout bliss, where you’ve pushed yourself to maximum capacity, shattering your limits — where you’re completely spent, and you only have enough energy left to smile.
Muay Thai is an intense workout, and you’ll come to understand that in just your first session. It will force you to discover your physical capabilities, and find out what you’re made of. It will unleash the inner warrior in you, the one that can fight on despite the tough challenges.
In the long run, Muay Thai training can get you into the best shape of your life. With the possibility of burning up to 1,000 calories an hour through intense training, Muay Thai will transform you from a couch potato into a supremely conditioned athlete.
It’s the kind of physical stimulation that you will never regret.
2. Kick off your fitness by learning self-defence
People first take up Muay Thai looking to achieve whatever fitness goals they set out to conquer. But the health and fitness benefits of Muay Thai training, although substantial, are not what keeps people coming back for more.
Muay Thai is, first and foremost, a martial art. It’s a system of self-defence that empowers people with the ability to protect themselves from physical threats. Every aspect of Muay Thai training is designed to teach you how to use your body as a weapon, and as a shield at the same time.
Learning the intricate techniques, the fundamentals of how to throw a punch, or execute a kick, it’s not just informative but also extremely enjoyable. Striking the pads, learning how to block and parry, studying specific counter-attacks to protect yourself, it’s absolutely addicting.
3. It’s a great stress reliever
A lot of people also turn to Muay Thai training to relieve stress, which is one of the best things about Muay Thai. It’s a great avenue for stress relief. The intense physical nature of Muay Thai training is a terrific way to unwind and let off some steam.
We all deal with a lot of stress, whether at home, or at the office. It has a profound effect on our well-being, whether we realise it or not. Stress causes a weak immune system, in some cases high blood pressure, fatigue, and even depression. When we are stressed, our body produces cortisol, the stress hormone, which has a negative effect on our lives.
Physical training through Muay Thai will lower cortisol levels, and instead produce more endorphins, which are the so-called ‘happy hormones.’
Furthermore, Muay Thai provides a jolt of energy that most people experience through consistent training.
4. Discover your physical capabilities
Muay Thai training will help you discover what you are capable of physically. Because training is so intense, because it will push you past your cardiovascular, strength, and conditioning limits, you’ll come to understand just how far you can push your body.
This tactile information is important for you to fully grasp your physical capabilities, and trust us, you are capable of things you never thought possible.
A thousand kicks? It may sound difficult now, but once your body adjusts to training consistently, this is nothing special. Muay Thai training will turn you into an elite athlete, and you will forever be grateful for it.
Suddenly every physical task in your life becomes much easier, and you’re actually happy to get up and move your body. Gone will be that lackadaisical feeling of sitting in your chair the whole day. It’s definitely one thing you will never regret.
5) It’s the fun in your life you never thought you needed
Last but certainly not least, Muay Thai training will be the fun in your life you never thought you needed.
Most people have difficulty sticking to a fitness program because, frankly, they are boring and repetitive. Unless you’re a fitness buff and are totally into repetitive training, then it’s hard to stay committed to a fitness program. If you’re enjoying yourself, however, workouts become less of a chore and more of something you like to do for fun.
Muay Thai can give you that and more.
Training in a class setting, with students of the same skill level and experience, will allow you to expand your learning and train at your own pace. You will learn techniques together, all while enjoying each other’s company.
You will also develop close relationships with the people you train with. They will become your comrades in life.
The fun factor is one of the most significant aspects of Muay Thai training, one that you will instantly appreciate on your first day of Muay Thai class.
This article, “Here’s Why You Won’t Regret Finally Going To That First Muay Thai Class”, originally appeared on Evolve MMA, Asia’s No. 1 martial arts organisation.