In an effort to improve my overall health and get back into shape I recently signed up for a Muay Thai training class. I liked the fact that this sport not only combines fitness and nutrition, it also works on improving my ability to focus. Another reason I choose Muay Thai is that everyone can play the role of a student and teacher, once they’ve mastered a few of the training techniques. This means that there is always room for everyone to learn and grow.
After several weeks of training I’ve learned a few things and if you are interested in Muay Thai here are some tips to help you get started. I do want to point out that I am still learning, just like you, and will continue to post updates as my training progresses. Here is what I’ve learned so far.
The most important tip I have is that you don’t have to train to fight. You can also use Muay Thai to burn calories, get a great cardio workout and simply have fun. There are not any rules that state you must progress to fighting, but if you choose to do so make sure that it is under the watchful eye of a professional trainer. For myself, right now I just want to get in shape so I am only concentrating on progressing through the workouts.
Stretching and other warm up exercises are a must before you start working out. Not only will it get you in the right mindset, it will also help prevent injuries that could sideline your training. It is also just as important to cool your muscles down after your workout. Taking five minutes before and after each workout will significantly decrease your risk of injury. This is also the first thing I was taught when I started my Muay Thai training routine.
At some point your training will progress to sparring with a partner or in some cases a punching bag. When I was searching for such a product I found useful to read reviews on Muay Thai heavy bags and you should also. In this way you will make sure you’ll get one for your needs.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun. It should be a learning experience and in this case there really isn’t a “winner” or “loser”. You will want to concentrate on your balance since this is necessary for effective defensive positions, and in some cases it can also put a little more power behind your jabs and kicks. If you are sparring with a partner try and spot any repetitive movements since this can give you a slight edge when you are trying to get past their defenses.
I have also learned that knowledge is important in this sport. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how silly you might think they are. Not only is this the best way to learn everything you need to know, it can also help prevent mistakes that could result in injuries. Believe me when it comes to Muay Thai training you will probably have lots of questions. Hopefully I’ll be able to answer some of them in my blog.