The effects of 24 weeks of Muay Thai and bodybuilding training programs on lower limb performance, balance, and coordination

Comparison of athletic performance Between the Muay Thai and Bodybuilders


  • Bunyamin Haksever Cyprus International University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Via Mersin 10, 99258, Lefkoşa, Turkey
  • Haluk Ishak Ozyilmaz Cyprus International University, Postgraduate Education and Research Institute, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Via Mersin 10, 99258, Lefkoşa, Turkey
  • Caglar Soylu Health Sciences University, Gulhane Faculty of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara, Turkey
  • Gul Baltaci Private Ankara Güven Hospital, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara, Turkey



Muay thai, body building, balance, coordination, lower limb performance


Objective: The aim of this study was to compare balance, coordination, and lower limb performance values between Muay Thai (MT) and bodybuilders (BB) training groups. Methods: A total of 35 (17 MT group and 18 BB group) participants were included in the study. MT and BB training programs were performed three sessions per week for 24 weeks. Lower limb performance, coordination static and dynamic balance were determined. Results: There was a significant difference between the MT and BB groups in terms of coordination (p=0.011) and non-dominant lower limb performance (p =0.038). However, the groups were similar in terms of static and dynamic balance. MT group had higher coordination and non-dominant lower limb performance values than BB group. However, there was no difference between the groups in terms of static/dynamic balance and the dominant lower limb performance. Conclusions: Therefore, balance, coordination and functional exercises should be added to training programs of BB and MT in order to improve performance.


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