What are the different components of physical fitness?
What are the benefits of physical training?
Some of the potential benefits of physical training include better agility, quicker reaction time, enhanced strength, faster running speed, increased stamina, weight loss, more athletic physique, potential health benefits (i.e. cardiovascular benefits), etc. However, you should always see a doctor before starting any physical fitness program because they can tailor an exercise program based on your medical conditions and/or warn you of potential risks based on your medical history.
Is martial arts a good workout?
Martial arts training can provide an excellent workout due to the conditioning and strength training provided in many martial arts classes. Beyond the desire to learn self-defense, martial arts students often join martial arts schools in order to workout and improve their overall physical fitness. Potential martial arts students should watch several classes and/or attend a free introductory session in order to better determine the intensity level and type of workout provided by an individual martial arts school. However, you should always see a doctor before starting any physical fitness program because they can tailor an exercise program based on your medical conditions and/or warn you of potential risks based on your medical history.
Does martial arts build muscle?
Martial arts training builds some muscle due to the frequent use of body weight exercises by many martial arts schools. Muscular strength is also developed through strenuous drills (i.e. heavy bag workouts) and sparring sessions. Nevertheless, many martial artists do additional strength training outside of their martial arts classes in order to maximize their punching, kicking and grappling power.
What is muscle endurance good for?
Muscle endurance is good for sustaining repeated actions such as the ability to throw numerous strong punches throughout a sparring match. Muscle endurance can be improved by strength training that utilizes a high number of repetitions (i.e. 50 push-ups) and exercises that are sustained over a long period of time. The lack of muscle endurance can cause athletes to underperform during longer matches.