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Muscle groups engaged during Boxing & Muay Thai

Did You Know several muscle groups are actively engaged during Boxing & Muay Thai and are responsible for maintaining balance, stability, agility, precision, and power generation.


Proper stretching, conditioning, and strengthening is essential to these areas to enhance performance and reduce the risk of injuries. Here are some of the key muscles used and the importance of stretching them:


Leg Muscles: Quadriceps, Hamstrings, and Calves

  • Responsible for maintaining balance, footwork, generating power.

  • Stretching enhances flexibility, agility in footwork, and controlled kicks.

Core Muscles: Rectus Abdominis, Obliques, and Transverse Abdominis

  • Essential for balance, stability, and generating power.

  • Stretching improves torso rotation, punching force, and range of motion.


Shoulder Muscles: Deltoids, Rotator Cuff, Trapezius

  • Punching Accuracy

  • Stretching enhances shoulder mobility, range of motion, and reduces injuries.

Back Muscles: Latissimus Dorsi and lower back muscles

  • Supports posture (form) and power generation.

  • Stretching improves flexibility and reduce the risk of back strain.

Hip Flexors

  • Responsible for maintaining balance and agility.

  • Stretching improves hip mobility and risk of strain (especially for kicks/knees).

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