So, you’ve finally graduated from looking for Muay Thai classes in and around your area to actually attending one. Congratulations, and good for you! Muay Thai is one of the most beautiful combat sports to take up and you surely will not regret your decision.
Now that you’ve finally made the choice to enroll in a class, you’re probably wondering how exactly your first few Muay Thai classes are going to go.
Fortunately for you, we’re here to help.
Here are a few things that you should expect in your first Muay Thai class.
- Above average cardio is necessary. It doesn’t matter how fit you are. If you’re averse to doing cardio, then you’re in for a world of hurt. The running and body weight exercises involved in Muay Thai are just plain brutal. Even at the beginner level, you may have a hard time coping. But, don’t worry, the trainer or coach will probably cut you some slack. Still, if you can, try to work on your cardio beforehand so you don’t end up gassed while in the middle of the routine.
- Don’t rush. Take intro classes. It’s not uncommon for people to try to rush into Muay Thai. Most trainers will discourage this, but some will keep mum as it helps rake in the money. It’s the truth, so you really can’t do anything about it. What you can do is try not to rush Muay Thai. Instead, try to inquire if their offering intro Muay Thai classes. These classes will definitely come in handy for beginners as they’re all about proper footwork and movement, as well as basic kicks, elbows, knees, jabs, crosses and so on. While regular classes do touch up on those subjects, trainers will often breeze right through them as the students enrolled are expected to have basic knowledge on Muay Thai already.
- Expect pain. While the first class is usually all about the basics, don’t be surprised if the trainer adds in a bit more advanced stuff by the end, namely sparring. If you’re given the chance to spar, or at least, do some drill work, don’t pass it up as it’ll be a great learning experience. Be careful, though, as even though you’ll be wearing pads and shin guards throughout the drills, the hits are still going to be very painful. It shouldn’t come off as a surprise for you to feel sore all around the day after your first class.
- Sparring is encouraged. Sparring, while not mandatory, is encouraged in Muay Thai, even for beginners. If you really plan on getting better and want to get the most out of your time training, try to stay even after the session has ended. This is where all the remaining fighters often spend time doing addition drill work and sparring. If you stick around, the trainer might train you personally, or ask someone to mentor you for a bit. Either way, it’s a win-win situation for you.
Cardio, though, is pretty much what the first few classes will be all about. You’ll be huffing and puffing in no time if your cardio isn’t right where it should be.
Muay Thai is definitely a fun combat sport to take up and learn. Hopefully, you see it that way after your first class and come back for more!