Muay Thai is a combat sport that originated in Thailand and is also called the ‘art of eight limbs’ because one delivers punches, kicks, elbows and strikes using eight points of contact. It’s been around for at least 2,000 years.
You can burn up to 2,000 calories during a three-hour workout. Or, between 800 and 1,400 calories (depending on your fitness level) in 90 minutes.
WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW
Muay Thai improves your stamina, agility and boosts your immunity. It can increase self-confidence, discipline and awareness. “The workout involves strengthening various parts of the body like the shin, neck, biceps and legs – which are mainly used in fights,” says Edgar Noordanus, a Muay Thai instructor at Bodyforce in Goa and New Delhi.
The process involves stamina building – “Running, pad work, skipping, bag work and sparring,” adds Edgar.
Equipment: Hand wraps, gloves, shin guards and mouth piece.
Listen to dance or house music while warming up by skipping.
WHAT DOES IT TONE?
Muay Thai is a fullbody workout. It strengthens and tones every part of you – especially the limbs.
RULES OF EATING
“You can eat something light roughly two hours before your workout – a snack, like two to three slices of brown bread with a light spread. A well-balanced diet with high protein and some form of carb (either rice or potatoes) is necessary,” advises Edgar.
IS THIS FOR ME?
People can learn Muay Thai at any age. Make sure that you are not in any stage of pregnancy as the abdominal exercises are vigorous.
Call the experts
Edgar Noordanus has been practising Muay Thai for over 20 years and has trained internationally. He teaches at Bodyforce Goa, Baga Road, Goa 16. Inquiries, 9960727799 and Bodyforce New Delhi, 100 Feet Road, Chattarpur, New Delhi 74. Inquiries, 9810194427. Biki Bora, Mumbai. Inquiries, 9819708804. Hemanth Kumar, Xtreme Muay Thai Academy, Bengaluru. Inquiries, 9945366165