Muay Thai Kickboxing Fitness Standards
Muay Thai Kickboxing is an ancient martial art form of Thailand. Also called as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, this is the most brutal sport involving punches, kicks, knees and elbows. Getting properly trained under the supervision of an experienced and certified professional instructor is essential for learning Muay Thai. In order to provide a properly structured training, it is always advised to improve the fitness standards of the participant.
The prime objective of Muay Thai kickboxing fitness standards is to develop the strength and stamina required to perform the arduous and lethal kickboxing techniques. These fitness standards involve drills, stretching exercises, abdominal exercises, building up shoulders and strengthening calf muscles. These exercises can be performed thrice a day after the completion of rigorous training. A participant must perform 100-200 sit-ups, 50-100 push-ups, chin-ups, 300 knees, 200 kicks and also drills on the bag.
There are varied categories of Muay Thai kickboxing fitness standards. The speedball or punching ball is used to build the shoulder muscles. For strengthening of calf muscles and developing balance, an old truck tire is used. To build the neck and jaw muscles, a loop of plastic tube is gripped between the teeth. This tube contains few weights hanged to it and the head is raised using neck muscles. Toughness of the abdominal muscles can be achieved by using a medicine ball or by having a partner hitting the stomach with kick pads in between each sit up. Participants can even undertake certain free weight training routines to build their arm muscles.