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Why combat sports are better than traditional gyms

Many of us have been conditioned to think of gyms as a key ingredient, if not the most important ingredient, in weight loss. You know how it goes: over-packed gyms, repetitive routines etc. In reality, the evidence speaks for itself: the benefits of combat sports trump that of a gym.

Combat sports continue to lead the way in full-body workouts. Not only is this an ideal way to kickstart weight loss but relieve stress, aid in confidence development and discipline. In a world that prioritises personal health and self-awareness, many are turning to new and unconventional fitness regimens that push the boundaries. 

Why we’re choosing fights sports over gyms

Learning practical life skills and invaluable lessons

Combat sports will help prepare you for various challenges in life. Both physically and mentally. Learning how to defend yourself is a fundamental and tangible skill that everyone should have. Not only will this form of protection increase your safety, but the safety of those around you.

With combat sports, there’s always room for improvement. Meaning that you are constantly challenged to push yourself on a regular basis. This is a skill that can be used throughout your life in many scenarios.

Breakaway from routine

Many people can attest to their lack of motivation being from the repetitive nature of the gym. This leaves exercise feeling more like a chore than an essential activity. In contrast, combat sports look to make exercise fun, challenging and engaging. These bodily movements come with an array of exercises that will have you seeing consistent results through diverse techniques and skills. There really is so much to master!

Social interactions

Gym workouts are based on individuals’ exercises. You’re running solo, lifting weights with earphones in, with minimal social interaction. With combat sports, exercising is seen as group excursion, where skills, growth and new friendships come together. You can train with like-minded people that are also looking to achieve their full mental and physical potential. Your training friends will also help keep you accountable and motivated. This space, therefore, becomes a healthy social environment for all.

Personal growth

Do not stay in the comfort zone that most gyms keep you in. Combat sports, keep you pushed to your limits. This is because we understand that this is where change happens. Combat sports will help you tackle all challenges with the same level of dedication that you use when exercising. Your mental health is therefore also strengthened when playing around with the intensity of your combat activity. Our team of experienced trainers are also here to facilitate this process, pass on technical combat knowledge and help you grown and improve.

An extensive full-body workout

Lose weight quickly and effectively with combat spots – it really doesn’t get better than this! With the use of new techniques, your body will stay in a state of shock. This means that your muscles will develop at a quicker rate. Unlike gym equipment that target isolated areas of the body, combat sports are full-body workouts. Not only will you burn more calories with combat sports but boost your metabolic rate tenfold. This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). 

Types of combat sports offered at Fight Sports Centre


Throughout history, people have been practising boxing, as both a martial art and sport. The art of self-defence has become a popular workout and stress reliever. People are drawn to this form of combat sports for their fun and unpredictable nature. If you are looking to lose weight and improve your fitness, then boxing is for you. Some of the benefits of boxing include:

  • Building lean muscles
  • Quick fat blasting
  • Intense full-body cardio workout
  • Mentally challenging

Mixed martial arts (MMA)

There really is no gym rowing machine or treadmill that can beat the benefits of MMA. It really will push you to get into the best shape of your life. Whether you’re looking to change up your exercise routine, or training for a fight – MMA is for everyone. Some of the benefits of MMA include:

  • Improved strength
  • Confidence boost
  • Increased mental toughness
  • Improved aerobic conditioning
  • Boost in resilience


Kickboxing is one of the best high-energy workouts available. This is guaranteed to help you burn fat and calories. This form of combat sports will help you become your healthiest, fastest and most confident self. Key benefits of kickboxing include:

  • Facilitates co-ordination
  • Burns calories
  • Ideal cross-training exercise
  • Improved posture

 Join Fight Sports Centre as we not only get you into the best shape of your life but help you grow as a person, find great fitness, teamwork, respect, disciple, self-defence and effective risk management practices. Sign up for a free trial by clicking here

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