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Martial Arts to Lose Weight

Martial Arts to Lose Weight

Being overweight can take a serious toll on your health and quality of life. Weight loss is critical for improving cardiovascular health, general fitness, and resistance to or control of deadly diseases and conditions. The challenge for most people is finding a sport or exercise form that they can and will keep up. Unlike running or walking which can be rather solitary, martial arts are a fun way to lose weight. You have the support of your fellow students and your coaches to keep you going. So you don’t have to go it alone!

Burn fat and calories

A typical martial arts workout will burn between 300 and 900 calories an hour, depending on your body weight. Whether your sport of choice is Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Jiu-jitsu or Krav Maga, you can count on burning off more than you would with a walk. Most people burn about 500 calories in an hour-long session. To lose weight, you must burn more calories every day than you take in. Losing a few pounds can be a game-changer.

Tone up

Martial arts are excellent for toning muscles. Most forms are highly aerobic activities that utilize almost every muscle group in the body. Sessions usually begin with a warm-up, followed by
a routine of moves that work on your upper body, lower body, or core. Besides burning up calories, your training will help improve muscle tone so your body gets more efficient at burning fat. And that will make each minute of your workout count for more.

Get disciplined

A side-effect of learning a highly disciplined martial art, is that it brings that discipline to your weight loss too. You will think twice before you binge once you’re following a regimen. Being active and following the martial arts routine will also slowly make your cravings go away. With more to focus on, food will seem like a distraction you can manage to avoid.

Not all martial arts have the same focus and effects on fitness

Some forms of martial arts help you burn calories faster. Whether you’re looking to lighten the scales or tone up in general, choose something that’s more intense.

Muay Thai involves a lot of kicks and movement. Workouts while training are tough and sparring is even more demanding on the body.

Like wrestling, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blend aerobic exercise with strength building. Taekwondo requires a balance of speed, power, and flexibility and gives you a good leg and cardio workout. Karate is a good core workout but doesn’t do so much for your lower body. Kung Fu is highly aerobic and requires jumps, kicks and general agility. Fitness kickboxing can help you quickly drop pounds.

Martial arts at the gym

Many schools and gyms offer MMA, kickboxing, or Krav Maga in addition to a traditional martial arts training program for different ranks and age groups. Professional martial arts schools that focus on a single or combination of styles will always put safety first. Most gyms and schools will welcome a visit or offer a trial class (or several) for free or at low cost. and Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for SIX YEARS IN A ROW by the American Budokai International!

Founded in 2013 by Mr. C. Matthew White a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and 6th degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and Master Instructor, Crabapple Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 4-6, and elementary age kids ages 7 and up, are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Crabapple Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay) in shape, or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 770-645-0930. You can also visit our website at

About C. Matthew White, Renshi:  Matt is a fifth-degree black belt in a traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts – Shuri Ryu Karatedo. He is also a sixth-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu – Shintoyoshin Kai Jiu Jitsu, and a master instructor with the title of Renshi, which means Scholar in Japanese.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Physiology. He has been training and teaching martial arts for over 27 years and has owned Crabapple Martial Arts Academy since 2013. Renshi White is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world.

Crabapple Martial Arts Academy Headquarters is in Alpharetta, Georgia at 12315 Crabapple Road., Suite 124, Alpharetta GA 30004. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Sensei Robert Reed there or directly at (770) 645-0930.