Is it possible to build muscle mass whilst continuing your dedicated Kickboxing routine?.
Many Kickboxers supplement their martial art with strength training in the gym but what if your primary focus is bodybuilding and building Muscle mass... is Kickboxing practical for you?
The answer is yes, you will just have to work a lot harder...in the kitchen as the more exercise you do the more calories you burn.
We already know that the most important part of putting on Muscle Mass is a good diet and as a general rule we must eat more calories than we work off. This allows our muscles to be nurtured with nutrition and grow and repair. Calorie counting is extremely important, especially if you do a few hours of Kickboxing training each week.
Each day your body will be in either of these two states:
- Energy surplus state - you consume more calories than you expend (or burn off).
- Energy deficit state - you consume less calories than you expend (or burn off).
Therefore if your body is in an energy deficit state it will be impossible for you to make muscle any significant muscle mass gains. This is because your muscles won't have the additional nutrition to aid them in repairing and growing.
How Kickboxing Can Improve Your Gym Workout
Kickboxing for core strength
A strong core is key to the major compound movements such as dead lifts, squats and bench press. Kickboxing is of the best sports for core strengthening due to its large array of movements that require strength, balance and stability.
Kickboxing for joint and tendon strengthening
All those heavy lifts in the gym put your joints and tendons under a tremendous amount of stress. A lot of injuries in bodybuilding are caused because a lifters muscles exceed the weight that their joints/tendons can cope with.
This is another area where kickboxing will help you benefit, due to the kickboxing training giving your your joints, tendons and supporting muscles a great workout.
Kickboxing in moderation
Kickboxing is one of the more 'active' martial arts with most of the training drills requiring a variety of movements and combinations. Kickboxing is an intense sport which will unsubtly cause your body to expend more calories, however providing you eat a lot the overall benefits of kickboxing should compliment your bodybuilding and help you gain a lean, rock hard, low body fat physique!