Muay Thai is an intense and physically demanding martial art that requires a high level of cardiovascular fitness. And of course, if you want to survive someone trying to take your head off in the ring, you need elite-level conditioning. Running is often considered an integral part of Muay Thai training, as it helps to build endurance, stamina, and overall cardiovascular fitness – all important aspects to level up in Muay Thai. However, not everyone can run due to body issues, injuries, or joint pain. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to running that can still provide a great cardiovascular workout and help you improve your Muay Thai performance.
There are many aspects to becoming more serious about Muay Thai that are non-negotiable to most coaches. The one that has been talked about by all, dreaded by many, yet tried-and-true, is running. At the top of the Muay Thai pyramid, professional fighters in Thailand do long runs every morning, and have been for decades. It seems like anyone who is to be taken seriously in the sport needs to run a lot, or, at the very least, is expected to at some point.