One thing I’ve learned from being a child, raising my kids, and teaching kids is...keep them active! You have to keep your kids active and let them be physical. These days, there are so many screens to keep children occupied that fitness activities can suffer.
Children are our future. We need to teach them well; give them the tools they need to succeed and encourage them to flourish.
Primarily, fitness is good for their overall health. It also teaches them balance and coordination while their bodies are growing and changing. What’s now also being touted are its benefits in reducing future symptoms of anxiety and depression.
When putting your child in sports or martial arts the benefits extend to their mental growth and the establishment of habits that will give them strength in the future. They learn to be on a team, they learn to work hard to achieve goals, they learn to be competitive, they learn to be disciplined and to be respectful, they learn humility, and they learn passion and drive.
In these physical activities, nothing is given, all must be earned, and kids learn to set goals and work hard to earn the things they truly want.
Kids need to be active they need to be physical. Find something physical for your children to do. It’s more important than you probably ever thought.
Lastly, on this note, find the right environment for your child. There are toxic people who should not be in a position of influence so be sure you are feeling the vibe of potential schools or teams’ you vet for your child.
They are not just the future of our world...they are your future, your greatest achievement. Always remember that.
You can bring your child to Rad Muay Thai in Aurora, Colorado and attend a free Muay Thai Martial Arts class. It's a great way to decide if you feel comfortable with them training with us and you can visit the facility and ask Kru Rad any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to schedule your session.
Your body is the best piece of equipment to use when you need a good workout. Your legs are your foundation, they carry you wherever you go. You want to be sure you keep them strong. My martial arts students really understand the importance of strong legs. Muay Thai is the art of 8 limbs so your legs come into play often. No matter what fitness level you are at, combining these three leg movements will give your legs a great workout.
You can begin with a simple warm up for your body, especially your legs by jogging in place for 3-5 minutes. This helps to get your blood pumping and loosen up your joints.
It’s important that you stick to the rep count when completing this circuit. Depending on your fitness level, you may need to rest in between exercises. Give yourself 10-20 seconds between each exercise, however, try to push yourself through each motion as much as you can. You’ll feel the burn, especially during the squat pulse, but this is where the magic happens. If you feel genuine pain, stop or rest, otherwise push yourself!
Have a good workout!
16 Air Squats
30 Squat Pulse
8 Squat with a switch step
5 Air Squats with 10 second hold on the 5th squat.
(Extra points for elevated heels.)
20 Animal Squats
10 Gorilla Hops
Check out the guided video below for advance explanation of movements.
For more body weight exercises, download Rad Bod in the Google Play or Apple Store.
Have a great workout!
I am Rad Durousseau, the owner and head instructor of Rad Muay Thai Fitness Center in Aurora Colorado. I love to share whatever I can to help whomever I can to grow through training in what I call Martial Athletics. I use functional strength training and conditioning to strengthen my martial arts and I use martial arts to compliment my S&C training in an effort to create a complete Martial Athlete and next level human being.