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4 Muscle Groups That Muay Thai Strengthens

There is no mistaking it, a Muay Thai class is the ultimate total body workout. Ask anyone who has trained in the “Art of Eight Limbs” and they will tell you it’s one of the most intense workouts you can ever experience. It’s fast-paced, deliberate, and explosive movements strengthen different parts of your body.

A Muay Thai class is truly a unique experience. That’s why many people are drawn to the martial art to get themselves in supreme shape. For weight loss and muscle toning, Muay Thai has no parallel.

As a martial art for self-defence, Muay Thai is extremely effective. It can help you diffuse any physical altercation quickly and effectively. It will equip you with the combat skills necessary to protect yourself and those around you at all times, which is why many men, women, and even children study this discipline.

Moreover, Muay Thai helps you achieve the physique and athleticism of a well-conditioned athlete.

Have you ever seen the physique of a Muay Thai fighter? It’s lean, flexible, but most importantly, strong. That’s because the compound movements performed within Muay Thai’s techniques strengthen all sorts of muscles that you may not even be aware of.

Let’s take a quick look at the different muscles Muay Thai training directly engages. Today, Evolve Daily shares, four muscle groups, Muay Thai strengthens.

1. Arm And Shoulder Muscles

Muay Thai deals with the science of punching much like the sport of boxing does. Although the stance is quite different because of the existence of kicks and knees, the fundamentals are pretty much the same.

Power is transferred from the base, through to the core, and to the end of the fist. It’s a smooth, quick, and explosive motion. But people may not realise that power is usually transferred to the fist via the shoulders. The shoulders act like pistons, delivering punches with speed and velocity.

The major difference between Muay Thai and boxing, however, is the existence of elbows. In Muay Thai, fighters can use elbow strikes. Many of Muay Thai’s boxing combinations include the use of elbows.

This, of course, stimulates different parts of the arm and shoulder muscles, particularly the triceps and biceps. It also explains why Muay Thai fighters have very cut and defined shoulders.

Karate World Champion Hiroki Akimoto training Muay Thai at Evolve MMA in Singapore.
Karate World Champion Hiroki Akimoto training Muay Thai at Evolve MMA in Singapore. (PHOTO: Evolve MMA)
 

2. Hip And Leg Muscles

A major part of Muay Thai’s offensive maneuvres involves the use of kicks and knees. There are a plethora of different techniques from roundhouse kicks, push kicks, switch kicks, question mark kicks, and the like.

Taking things a step further, Muay Thai also features leg sweeps, dumps, and even the occasional flying knee.

That being said, there’s a lot of compound movements involving the muscles surrounding the legs and hips, such as the gluteal muscles and the quadriceps. Each muscle serves a different purpose in the execution of Muay Thai’s many kicking techniques.

During training, you’ll be kicking a lot. It’s one of those things where the more you do it, the better you get. Repetition plays a massive role in Muay Thai training, and the more time you put in the gym, the faster you see improvements.

Strengthening these muscles separately, therefore, also improve kicking technique and power in Muay Thai.

3. Core Muscles

Much like in any sport, the core muscle group plays a massive role in the function of all connected body parts. Think of it as the engine that makes your body run. The stronger your core, the more explosive your movements, and in turn, the more powerful your strikes.

The core muscles include the internal and external obliques, upper and lower abdomen, diaphragm, and the like.

Everything from kicks, punches, elbows, and knees, and all techniques in between, draw power from your core. Which means this area of your body is trained constantly on a daily basis. Every technique performed in some way shape or form engages the core. That’s probably why Muay Thai fighters are absolutely ripped.

Muay Thai also has you dealing with body shots. A lot of fighters like to dig to the body with roundhouse kicks, or even punches. So you’re always clenching your abdomen to deal with the impact. This, of course, fortifies your midsection and makes you more resistant to body shots.

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao training at Evolve MMA (Far East Square) in Singapore.
Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao training at Evolve MMA (Far East Square) in Singapore. (PHOTO: Evolve MMA)
 

4. Back Muscles

Last but not least, Muay Thai training strengthens your back muscles.

Typically, the muscles attached to the back of the spine help humans stand, as well as lift heavy objects. Just as you engage the core muscles during training, you equally engage the back muscles to complement and stabilise your movements, especially when executing kicks and knees.

The back muscles also help in allowing you better shock absorption, which in turn gives you better balance. And of course, balance is very important in any stand-up martial art.

Having a strong back enables you to deliver your techniques with good balance, and helps you stay upright with a good centre of gravity. Having a solid base is essential in Muay Thai.

Another aspect of Muay Thai that engages back muscles is the clinch. When fighting for position and pulling your opponent off balance, strong back muscles will come in handy.

This article, “4 Muscle Groups That Muay Thai Strengthens”, originally appeared on Evolve MMA, Asia’s No. 1 martial arts organisation.

 
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Jaiven Get His Uniform

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Jaiven was presented with their uniform in the Wednesday class.

Parents purchased their uniform as they have watched their progression and recognised their commitment to Phoenix Muay Thai over the past 4-8 weeks.

Kru presented the children with their uniform and explained the importance of the uniform and how it represents our club and how they should act respectfully at all times, especially when they are wearing the club uniform.

Welcome to the Phoenix Phamily.

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Glow Kick

Glow Kick

Glow Kick

What Is Glow Kick?

Thai Boxing classes taught in a darkened room with disco lights, glow sticks, smoke machines and lasers set to a soundtrack of old rave, the ’90s, garage, trance, Ibiza classics and new club hits. A fusion of dance, toning and combat moves with high/low impact options. 
The classes are more based around having fun, de-stressing and getting a sweat on, than learning a martial art. 

What are the benefits of Glow Kick?

You get to workout to your favourite tracks without a hangover the next day.
Working out in the dark with disco lights and lasers means you can really let go.
Get a workout with your friends or partner like you are clubbing it.
You’ll burn around 1200 calories in an hour.
You’ll tone your muscles.
You’ll de-stress hitting something and enjoy an endorphin buzz.

What should I wear/bring?

The is no set uniform, Neon is optional but please make an effort to wear it lol!
If not, Sportswear/fitness clothing is fine. Glow Sticks will be provided but feel free to bring and glow-in-the-dark gear with you.

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Theo gets his Muay Thai Uniform

The children were presented with their uniform in the Saturday class.
Their parents purchased their uniform as they have watched their progression and recognised their commitment to Phoenix Muay Thai over the past 4-8 weeks.
Kru presented the children with their uniform and explained the importance of the uniform and how it represents our club and how they should act respectfully at all times, especially when they are wearing the club uniform.
Welcome to the Phoenix Phamily.

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Sergio Student Of The Week

Well done to Sergio for training so good in his lesson today

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Thai Boxing New Starters

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Here what you need to know about training with us. Five important steps.

1

A Registration and Medical form needs to be filled in 

https://phoenixmuaythai.co.uk/disclaimer-form/ 

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Booking & pay for classes 

Join us at Phoenix Muay Thai on the Wix app to easily stay updated and get in touch with me on the go.

Join with this link: http://wix.to/RcCvC6w. Got the app? Use the invite code: 01S1DW

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Time Table
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Class Timetable

 

4

Welcome Pack Detail of uniform, the colour of gloves, etc

Welcome Pack

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Please watch youtube videos on arriving, going to the toilet and leaving. 

Arriving 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdA-9kwMhzM

Going to the toilet 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unxrthfTI8w

Leaving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpk01X5N85o 

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Ladies Only Class (Female Instructor)

Starts 10th September 2019

8pm till 9pm

It doesn’t matter how old you are, what level of fitness you have or how much experience you have of exercising. Phoenix Thai Boxing welcomes you with open arms. Whether you choose a class, or opt for personal training, or both, we’re here to help you reach your fitness goals.

A typical class starts with an easy warm-up which leads onto the basics of boxing, kicks, knees and elbows to the Thai pad, a beginner will also learn how to hold the pads correctly. Students learn to put their combinations together working with a partner and using shadowboxing.

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What’s your New Years resolution?

What’s your New Years resolution?

Is it to get fit?

Lose a few pounds?

Perhaps make some new friends?

Thai boxing may be the answer.

Phoenix Muay Thai is a traditional but friendly Thai boxing club run by Rick Lewis (a Thai Boxing champion who trained under Master Phil Nurse and Grand Master Sken).

What you can expect;

1. Friendly people

2. Children’s classes (from 5 upwards)

3. Expert tuition in Thai boxing

4. To become much more able to defend yourself.

5. You will lose weight and be much fitter (the classes will give you the kind of workout that leaves you sweaty and smiling).

What you won’t get

1. You won’t be forced to do anything you can’t do.

2. You won’t be made to feel uncomfortable.

There are NO joining fees and no monthly payments. It’s just a nice easy £6 per lesson.