8 Jan 2015

Lost For Workout Opportunities? Try Kickboxing!

A bead of sweat dripped off my forehead and hit the soft, spongy mat as I bent down to strap on the gloves ready to start another two minute session of pushing my body to the brink. The stifling air clung to me as tightly as the sweat on the shirt it created as my fists, knees, legs and elbows, pumped into the bag in a series of combinations my partner was calling out. Muay Thai Kickboxing is a great sport to get fit for both men and women; it uses a stand-up striking, relaxed form of fighting that incorporates clinching and combat with shins, elbows, knees, and fists which gives it the name of “the art of eight limbs.”

I have to admit that I was slightly anxious about starting kickboxing, as I thought it would consist of a plethora of overly aggressive men, locked in a gym trying to battle through sweat and exhaustion to pummel the other one for an hour. Pleasantly, I was wrong; you still have to fight through sweat and exhaustion, but it is in a fun and friendly environment with the other members of the gym whether experts or beginners encouraging you through the tough work out.

This was the second time I had gone to Thai Kickboxing and I can honestly say it was one of the best workouts I have ever done. Not only was it fun but it was exhausting. The movements caught all of your muscles from head to toe and the encouragement of the your partner and the atmosphere of a gym of people pushing themselves to the limit means you can go further than you ever would on your own.

I am no novice to working out as a background in tennis meant I grew up with one and a half hour fitness lessons a day along with tennis practice however this was an entirely different experience. The complete body work out gives you a real buzz and it is a great way of meeting new people. My mistake was thinking that you work against the other people in the gym, however you work with them. Everyone there is there to improve themselves and each other and the end result is a satisfying work out and a happy person come the end of the day.

I went to the SRG Muay Thai Kickboxing Gym on Botany Road Sydney however there are plenty of gyms scattered across Australia. I’d implore anyone to at least give it a go!