Muay Thai Training: Here’s What to Expect
Muay Thai is an international sport with thousands of years of history behind it. Its intensity is unparalleled in the kickboxing world, which is why it’s one of the top choices for tough young people who need a positive outlet for their energies. There’s no messing around in Muay Thai: Trainees have to get serious right away, and if you hope to participate in organized matches at any point in the future, you’re going to want to be in top physical form. There is no alternative in this sport.
If you’re just starting you, get ready for one of the most intense and rewarding training regimens in sports. Here are some of the things you can expect from your Muay Thai training:
Full-body workout: To be a top-level Muay Thai fighter one needs to be muscular, agile, and durable. You’re going to need the endurance of a long-distance runner and the muscular fortitude of a weight-lifter. Expect to do plenty of running, weight-training exercise, and rope jumping.
A long haul: In your enthusiasm about training in Muay Thai, you’re probably looking forward to getting in the ring. But keep in mind that you need to have a certain level of strength, conditioning, and skill before this can happen. Expect several months of work before your trainers allow you to move beyond low-level sparring. You’ll spend many hours with the punching bag before you move on to real people.
Daily training: If you want to get up to competitive condition, you’re going to have to train every day. There’s just no way around it. You may occasionally be given a day off or a lighter day, but for the most part you should expect to some training work on a daily basis. You’ll work with Thai pads, punching bags, and focus mitts.
Safety: No matter how intensely you wish to train, safety should always be a top priority. The top Muay Thai fights typically have short careers because after a few years the training can become difficult to keep up with. However, the widespread belief that Muay Thai fighters are prone to arthritis is just a myth. The reality is that Muay Thai is no more dangerous than long-distance running or playing sports like soccer or football. Nevertheless, when training for any sport, one should always be aware of the best safety practices to keep the body running strong in the long term.