The Calorie-Burning Benefits of Muay Thai
Once you’ve figured out your dietary goals, it’s important to focus on your exercise goals so your hard work in the kitchen will yield the results you want: reduced belly fat.
There are many different strategies here too, including some combination of cardio training, interval training, and resistance training. The beautiful thing about training in Muay Thai is it falls under each of these categories.
Being a ring sport, Muay Thai has a strong emphasis on cardio conditioning. This means that as a martial art, Muay Thai has a higher intensity, and it can easily have you burn 750 or more calories per hour.
Muay Thai training also has a variance in intensity that operates much like interval training. It has you pushing yourself to your limit and then scaling back to a steady state. This switching back and forth between moderate intensity and high intensity tends to burn fat at a higher rate than steady-state cardio training alone.
Finally, Muay Thai training is essentially resistance training using your body weight. Kicking, punching, kneeing, elbowing, etc., is a good workout already, but you can rest assured that your instructor will also throw other things at you such as burpees, crunches, push-ups, squats, etc., to keep your heart rate up while also helping you build muscle.
All of this is an effective formula for burning calories and, in turn, burning fat.
Burning Fat Both on and off the Training Mat
The three crucial elements of fat loss are diet, exercise, and recovery. So remember to eat right, exercise hard, and get enough rest and sleep between your training sessions. (And, as always, stay hydrated!)
Putting this all together will give you everything you need to achieve your goal of reducing belly fat.