Muay Thai is a challenging sport that requires huge amounts of dedication and hard work. Long gruelling sessions in the gym and hours spent perfecting your technique can be tiring. Darren Mitchell takes us through his 5 key benefits of training in Muay Thai.
One of the biggest and most obvious benefits you will see from training Muay Thai, is an increase in fitness. From just a few weeks of regular training, you will start to see notable improvements in your cardiovascular fitness and strength.
Muay Thai sessions are extremely varied, consisting of fitness drills, pad work, bag work and sparring, which means that you are really pushed to your limits physically. The sport also engages every part of the body, so you’re getting a fantastic full body workout every time you step into the gym – resulting in you feeling and looking better.
An often unexpected benefit of training Muay Thai is the confidence it can bring out in even the most shy and reserved people. Throwing yourself out of your comfort zone and stepping into a combat sports gym for the first time can be a very daunting prospect for most people – and overcoming that hurdle alone can be a great learning experience to carry you through similar situations in life.
Once you start training, and eventually sparring, you will then begin to build confidence in your own abilities, and also be more self-assured in the knowledge that you could better deal with a real life combat situation if ever one were to arise.
Muay Thai enthusiasts may seem scary from the outside, but once you get to know them, most gyms have a very friendly tight-knit community atmosphere. Muay Thai sessions involve lots of partner based work, so you’ll get to train with plenty of other people, and pick up a few gym buddies who you really get along with. Most gyms also run fight events and other activities that you can attend outside of the gym to get more involved with the scene.
Training Muay Thai is tough, but it’s a lot of fun. The varied nature of the striking and training methods mean that no two training sessions are ever the same. Once session you might focus on leg strength and kicking the pads hard – the next session you might be purely doing controlled sparring and learning how to catch kicks and sweep legs. Either way, every session id adrenaline fuelled, and exciting.
Sense of achievement
Whether you are training to become a competitive fighter, or simply just to improve your fitness, accomplishing your Muay Thai goals will give you a huge sense of accomplishment. Once you start to notice progress in your technique, strength, speed and health, all the hours of hard work in the gym will really feel worthwhile. Not everyone has the grit and determination to train Muay Thai regularly over long time periods, so it should definitely be something to be proud of.
Darren Mitchell is a Muay Thai enthusiast and writer for the BestMuayThai blog. Darren has trained Muay Thai for several years at gyms all over the world alongside some world-renowned fighters and coaches.