6 Reasons Why Krav Maga Is An Excellent Workout

A truly kick-butt cardio and strength-training workout.

Matan Gavish, Krav Maga Academy

Self-defense training has many benefits. First of all, it can save your life. Secondly, it can get you in the best shape of your life.

Burning an average of 450 calories per hour, Krav Maga, a self-defense system designed by the Israeli armed forces, is a fat-burning, total body workout that can improve cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility.

The tactics you learn are proven to work in real-life scenarios; a typical Krav Maga lesson will teach you how to disarm an attacker’s weapon, combat multiple attackers, free oneself from a person’s grip and other key survival skills.

We spoke with expert Matan Gavish, former Israeli army special ops officer and owner of Krav Maga Academy in New York.

Gavish, who trains law enforcement agencies, including the New York Police Department, in Krav Maga, gave us the scoop on this popular kick-butt work out.

1. Your body gets shredded!

Training in KMA is explosive and incorporates every muscle in your body. This leads to fat loss and muscle definition.

2. Confidence boost. 

The training involves a lot of psychological drills that forces the participant to find quick solutions – under pressure. This makes the student more comfortable with any curve ball life throws her/his way.

3. Noticeable increase in strength.

 Students use resistance training, plyometric and TRX which significantly increases upper body and lower body strength. It’s not uncommon for someone who can’t do a full push up on day one to plow through sets of 30 by month 4.

4. Increased awareness. 

KMA training sharpens the mind to identify potentially dangerous situations before they become dangerous and simply avoid them. Recognizing body languages, facial expressions, as well as knowing what to look for helps students stay safe without engaging in violence.

5. It works!

Get ready to have an “ace up your sleeve” or “superpower”! Students know that when they fail to avoid danger, their newly found skills will quickly and efficiently spring to action.

6. Increased aggressiveness.

 Students practice various aggressiveness building exercises which is important when facing a life and death situation. Students report that the training makes them tap into a more primal part of themselves which helps them say “no” and define their own destiny regardless of the presence of violence.

Krav Maga Academy is currently offering the KMA Lioness Jump Start program which you can extend for three months unlimited training to anyone in your circles to enjoy the deep discounts. To sign-up, click here.