07 Mar '11, 2am

Think you're a tough guy? How do you match up against a former muay thai world champion?

Think you're a tough guy? How do you match up against a former muay thai world champion?

Having very strong and sturdy lower-body muscles is essential in muay thai. “They are key because those are the muscles you depend on most when you run, jump or stand your ground while someone’s attacking you,” says Sityodtong. Moreover, you need extremely power legs to be able to deliver a knock-out kick to your opponent, or even use your legs to defend yourself. The best test of your lower-body strength: the deadlift. “It might be the best indicator of your lower-body strength because it tests the muscles that give you a stronger base,” says Mike Robertson of robertsontrainingsystems.com . It’s a “posterior chain” exercise, meaning it develops strength in your rear-body muscles: hamstrings, glutes, spinal erectors and trapezius. Test Yourself Load a barbell and set it on the floor. Stand over the bar with your feet shoulder-width apart and toes pointed forward. Bend at y...

Full article: http://www.menshealth.com.sg/fitness/are-you-mh-fit-take-...

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