Core 8 – Agility, Balance, Flexibility, Endurance, Power, Speed, Strength, Stability.
The kettlebell is the one tool you must have, if you have nothing else; NO gym, NO strength & conditioning coach, NO training partners or NO fancy equipment. This old school, battle tested weapon can arm you with the Core 8 to take your Muay Thai game to the next level. Yes, it does take a team if you really want to excel in the Art of Muay Thai fighting, but if you are still a gym warrior working your way up the ranks, sometimes solo training is where you can focus, visualize and learn to push yourself.
The ring can be a lonely place when you are in the heat of battle, dealing with a barrage of 8 limbs. I’ve been there more than a few times over the past 20 years and incorporating the kettle bell in to my physical culture was a game changer for me. We all know Muay Thai is not just kicks, punches, knees and elbows. Your mind is the most important “limb”, if you hope to stay strong and vibrant in your training. With that said, contemplating various ways to strengthen your body and spirit should always be on your mind. Though there are traditions in every martial art that help make them thrive, evolution balanced with tradition keeps the combat arts growing and dynamic. Just like technology, if you are still messing with old software in your laptop, speed and reliability become questionable.
Kettlebell training can isolate or integrate every muscle in the body including heart and lungs. Just by holding on to a kettle bell, grip strength in your hands and forearms will improve right alongside punching power and clinch grips. Swinging, snatching, and cleaning will enhance hip and leg ballistics, thereby giving your kicks and knees explosive fast twitch muscles. Get ups and windmills will build slow controlled muscles in the torso which will turn your arms and legs in to pillars. The timed repetitions through dynamic and static movements will get your heart and lungs working to the brink of exhaustion while helping you focus on breathing, being smooth, technical, and composed. Yes, kettle bell training mimics all the nuances of a great Muay Thai scrap!
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