Muay Thai kick boxing is an intensely practical martial art, but it does have its romantic aspects.
One of the areas where people tend to have romantic notions has to do with shin conditioning. This comes from movies with people shin kicking down banana trees and a lot of other mythology that has built up around the practice. And kicking a banana tree isn’t going to help. That kind of Thai kick boxing training is for the very advanced student.
There is a right and a wrong way to condition your shins and, if you do it wrong, you’re going to do far more harm than good.
The Right Way To Condition Your Shins
One of of the main misunderstanding of shin conditioning is to try to kills the nerves, when in actuality all your doing is being able to increase how much pain your shins can take.
Muay Thai practice will condition your shins gradually. The key thing to remember here is that the term “gradually” is important. One of the best ways you can condition your shins is by doing shin kicks on a heavy bag, with your instructor’s guidance, in a way that tends to build up your bone structure, to desensitize your nerves and to give you the proper muscle tone you’ll need to protect your legs when delivering shin kicks.
The main thing to keep in mind is that you condition your shins by repeatedly kicking things that are only slightly softer than your shins. You do this through repetition, not intensity. To give you an analogy, it’s far better to condition your shins by doing 15 minutes per workout session of shin conditioning exercises on a heavy bag than it is to go outside and kick a tree once. All you’re going to do in the latter case is injure your shins.
Thai Oil Liniment
Thai oil liniment is something that all Muay Thai kick boxing fighters should have with them. Try rubbing the oil directly to your shins before and after your Thai boxing training to maximize your workouts. After your training is the best time to do this, especially if you have any bumps or bruises associated with kicking the bag or pads.
Make sure you apply strong pressure with both your thumbs in a downward motion, to help rub out the bumps and make the swelling go down. WARNING – Your pours will be open after your Thai boxing training, and it WILL burn.
Don’t worry though, you’ll get accustomed to this feeling, haha.
Fun In The Sun
One of the main reasons Thai Boxers run is to develop stronger shin bones, because of the sun. The sun is an important piece because exposure to it promotes vitamin D production, which is essential for calcium absorption. Vitamin D is created through a chemical reaction that occurs when the ultraviolet B rays from the sun hit the skin.
The National Institute of health recommends 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen 2 times a week. This process helps the body absorb the calcium necessary to create the hard coating on the shins.
Shin conditioning is something that really requires you to pay attention to your shins and how they feel. Attempting to condition your shins by using silly techniques, such as shin kicking things that are far harder than human bone, can do a lot of damage.
Correctly conditioning your shins under the guidance of a qualified Thai kick boxing instructor conditions them to the point where you can deliver devastating blows without hurting yourself.