Fitness

Lilian Dikmans Muay Thai training on a heavy bag
Most Muay Thai, boxing and kickboxing gyms offer a range of different bags to hit. In addition to different shapes and sizes, they also come in different weights. A heavy bag provides a lot more resistance when you hit it. Depending on your body weight and power, it can feel like you're hitting a brick wall. Due to the resistance...
Gym hygiene tips
We all know that gyms aren't the most sterile places. Even when a gym invests a lot of time and effort into cleaning, it can be hard to keep up with the sheer volume of sweaty people rolling in and leaving their mark. You may even have a couple of post-training habits that could be described as 'hygiene mistakes'. There's...
Lilian Dikmans Flexibility
Stretching is one of those things that can be a pain and easy to neglect. Before training, it's tempting to just get straight into punching and kicking things. Afterwards, you just want to get home to shower and eat. But stretching is essential. Ever since my ballet days when I was younger, the importance of stretching has been drummed into...
Lilian Dikmans Muay Thai
The great thing about Muay Thai training in new environments with different people is that you pick up a range of tips. Even if they aren't necessarily new ones, when they're coming from new trainers and communicated in slightly different ways they tend to sink in deeper. While I was training at Sangmorakot gym in Bangkok in January this year,...
Lilian Dikmans circuit training
When I'm not training Muay Thai, I usually go to a gym that offers circuit training. There are so many gyms and fitness studios offering circuits these days. They may be offered under different names, such as CrossFit, functional fitness or F45, but they are all essentially circuit training. If you've never done a circuit, it's basically just a series...
Lilian Dikmans Yin Yoga
Stretching is an essential practice for any athlete, particularly for those engaging in martial arts. Flexibility is often an advantage, such as being able to land a perfectly timed head kick. For those wanting to take their flexibility game to the next level, yin yoga could be a secret weapon. Yin yoga has been a regular practice for me for...
Lilian Dikmans Muay Thai training with Top Sangmorakot
This week I am in Thailand, the home of Muay Thai. I chose to travel to Bangkok to train with Top at Sangmorakot Gym in Bangkok. He comes as a highly recommended trainer and has also spent time teaching in Perth, Australia. The gym itself is located within the gates of Wat Sitaram temple. The architecture of the temple is...
Lilian Dikmans Muay Thai
The best part about week two of Muay Thai training here in Perth was feeling the improvements from week one. Although there will always be new challenges each week, taking note of improvements helps to keep you motivated. At the end of the day, for me it’s the learning and progression that makes the hard work worth it. I’m here...
Lilian Dikmans Muay Thai
The first week of training is always the hardest. Until your body starts to adapt it can be a very painful process. Mentally, it's no walk in the park either. As I wrote in my previous post, I'm here in Perth to start proper Muay Thai training for 2018 before heading to Bangkok. I am training at Kao Sok in...

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