Shin strenghtening for Muay Thai?!?!?!?!

  • justinlee86

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    Nov 24, 2007 2:07 AM GMT
    I just started to train Muay Thai and my shins are tender as hell… does anyone have any ideas how to strengthen the shins quickly?

    Does kicking the heavy bag suffice?
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    Nov 24, 2007 5:55 AM GMT
    kicking a heavy bag will help. but for a while you're gonna hit with your foot when you get tired or sore because it hurts less, which will only hurt you more in the end. here's how you speed up dulling the nerves in your shins:

    take about 8-12 wooden chopsticks. bundle them together with rubber bands at one end. then take the bundle in your hand and whack each shin with it at a medium intensity for about 5-10 minutes a day.

    after a week or two this will not hurt. when you think you need to start hitting yourself harder it's time to move on to phase 2: bind the other end of the bundle with another rubber band. then instead of hitting yourself with the bundle, roll it down your shins instead. at first you'll need to roll it kinda slowly. over time you'll be able to roll it faster and harder.

    when you get there, you're well on your way. start wacking the heavy bag as hard you can. once the nerve endings have dulled. it'll become fun, and you'll be on your way to making contact with another shin, which hurts way more than a heavy bag.
  • justinlee86

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    Nov 24, 2007 4:28 PM GMT
    thanx a lot icon_smile.gif !!!
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    Dec 09, 2007 11:13 PM GMT
    good advise roundhouse! I think it was justin I was telling about how in thailand they use dead bamboo sticks and roll them down their shins to help kill the nerve endings. The chopsticks are a great idea and I think would work almost identically!

    Also, it does just take time for the soreness to go away. After a while you might still bruise on your shins, but you won't feel it anymore.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Dec 09, 2007 11:29 PM GMT
    Get a training buddy and whack your shins together. It's great fun watching the pain in each others eyes.

    Well that's how I do it. No pain no gain.