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When people think of exercising, they usually think of muscle-bound weight lifters, yoga classes than bend you in half, or sweat-inducing spin classes. But what about martial arts? This ancient form of exercise and self-defence is growing in popularity and combines everything you need to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle. So, whether you are an exercise beginner or a serial fitness class quitter, martial arts training could be the one for you! London-based Fight City Gym offers gym-goers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience an enjoyable way of fighting fat and building stamina through their range of unique training programs. Today, active Muay Thai competitor and PT Amar Naab reveals the 5 reasons to start training in martial arts. 1. To get fit – if you want to work up a sweat and try and lose those extra pounds, there’s no other activity that requires the amount of fitness as martial arts. If you want to compete you need an excellent level of fitness. The three, three-minute rounds might not sound like a lot but unless your fitness is that of a competitive martial artist you probably won’t get through a single round, let alone three! 2. Better yourself – being in an environment full of people with the same goals and values and concentrating on developing themselves is only going to make you want to join the bandwagon and do the same. Self-improvement is a core value in all martial arts and with this in mind it will lead you to start making better life choices for yourself. 3. Self-defence – we’ve all been in the situation where we’re out alone and our mind starts worrying what might be lurking in the shadows. Martial arts like Muay Thai and Brazilian jujitsu train you with the mindset of beating an opponent who is athletic and skilled. Not everyone has these skills though, so these disciplines are an art form that create the foundations for effective self-defence. 4. Open doors – starting new things can lead you on a journey you never even thought about. Many people entering a martial arts gym never consider where it could take them. Many champions started out by taking classes for self-defence or fitness, just like international superstar Conor McGregor. 5. Life changing – taking part in martial arts can make many positive changes in your everyday life like not being out of breath from chasing the kids around, being able to concentrate better at work or simply reducing your stress and anxiety. Martial arts are a lifestyle and there’s such a big world with a wide spectrum of new and different experiences and opportunities you’d never imagine you’d be involved with and we’re positive you’ll make some excellent friends along the way! ]]>

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