Men, women, young, old – all kinds of campers are often surprised how much they enjoy Muay Thai training and request additional sessions.
At the Fitness Holiday Asia Fitness and Weight Loss Boot Camp, almost nobody plans to step into a professional boxing ring, but virtually every camper so far has loved their Muay Thai training session.
Why Should I Do Muay Thai?
In addition to working out any stress you may have, there are many fitness and weight loss benefits to adding Muay Thai to your fitness program:
• Muay Thai offers excellent Cardiovascular exercise just by doing the practice sessions from practicing punching, blocks, and kicks.
• In an hour you typically will burn between 300-500 calories.
• Balance and coordination are developed from practicing kicks and punches.
• Speed and agility are improved from movement practice.
• Muay Thai releases endorphins in the brain to help you “feel good”.
• Stress is released by all the physical activity.
• Muay Thai builds mental endurance as you push yourself to physical limits.
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai is known as the “art of eight weapons”. It is a traditional Thai boxing form, with its origins lost in the mists of history. As early as the 13th century, Thai soldiers were taught this form of combat, and even royalty took part in Muay Thai training.
You will not be trained as a fighter, but what you will learn are the exercises and moves which make Muay Thai such an excellent fitness and weight loss activity.
The body is trained to work as one unit in Muay Thai. Mimicking weapons of war, eight points of contact using various clinches as well as strikes from fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet underpin the sport.
In professional Muay Thai, shins and forearms are trained to act as defensive armor. As the sport developed centuries ago, a boxer’s hands were considered the equivalent of a sword and dagger, parrying and thrusting. Legs and knees were considered the equivalent of an ax and a staff, used for broad swinging blow. Elbows would be used to fell opponents.
Muay Thai is an integral part of Thai culture, and you will visit a real Muay Thai training school for your lessons.
(Don’t worry, the Muay Thai staff school are very friendly, and used to training people who never thought they would pick up a boxing glove in their life!!)
What Will Your Muay Thai Training Consist Of?
Muay Thai schools start their training early in the morning, when the temperature is cooler. After a warm-up walk from the Spa, your session will consist of:
• A warm up/stretching routine
• training on the basic moves of Muay Thai boxing
• upper and lower body work with a partner with full boxing gloves and padding
• getting out built up stress and aggression on body bags, using the upper and lower body moves you’ve learned
• Cool down and stretching