You should never begin Muay Thai training – or that for any other martial art or sport – without first going through a basic warm-up program which prepares every part of the body for the subsequent action. Any such program should basically target three areas:
- The cardiovascular system
- The muscles
- The joints
Detailed on the following pages are an elementary but effective series of exercises which can be used as a general warm-up, or, indeed, independently.
Hold every pose for 3 seconds and repeat the whole set 5 times in all. Please note that it is highly inadvisable to rotate the neck round: it should be brought back to the vertical each time.
Step by Step
- Hands on hips.
- Bend neck forwards, chin tucked in.
- Head up, bend neck over backwards.
- Neck back to the vertical. Then, head over and down to right shoulder. Head over and down to left shoulder.