Popularly called “The Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai has emerged as one of the most effective striking-based martial arts. It is an intense martial art that teaches students how to protect themselves using eight hard points on the body; the legs, knees, elbows, and fists.
This gives Muay Thai practitioners more weapons than other striking styles and that has proven to be a huge advantage during mixed martial arts competitions. Muay Thai has emerged as the standard of striking when it comes to mixed martial arts. Watch any MMA fight nowadays, and you will surely see a few Muay Thai techniques being used.
So, you’ve just decided to give Muay Thai a shot. You might find yourself wondering what to expect during your first week of training. Let’s shed some light into the things you can expect to learn during your first week.
1) Training Muay Thai is not as scary as most people think
If you have ever watched a Muay Thai contest, there is no denying things can get intense. These are top competitors in the sport and the stakes are often high. Do not expect anything like that during your first week of training.
When you first start training Muay Thai as a beginner, it isn’t like participating in a competition at the start. It is actually quite relaxed and laid back. You won’t be sparring with anyone anytime soon, and you are allowed to learn at your own pace.
During your first week of Muay Thai, most of the time will be spent teaching you the fundamentals. You will learn basic stances and techniques and spend lots of time drilling them. You will get to do some pad work with your instructor and work on the heavy bag.
Do not expect sparring to be brought up during this period. Only once you are ready later down the line will you start sparring.
Expect to get really good cardio workouts and learn a bunch of cool techniques during your first week of training. It’s a fun experience that will leave you wanting more.
2) Muay Thai attracts really cool people
Most people often do not realize how significant the social aspect of learning a martial art is. We all have busy lives, and the older we get, the less time we tend to spend socializing with friends. Life also has a way of taking us to places where we might not have a wide network of family or friends.
Most people do not realize it when they sign up for Muay Thai classes, but training gives you an opportunity to meet interesting people who share your curiosity towards Muay Thai. Lifelong friendships are often made on the mat, and Cupid has been known to shoot his arrows there as well.
3) You can master any technique
Trying to learn something new can be an intimidating experience for anyone, and many people fail to reach their full potential simply because they are scared of failure. Fortunately for you, Muay Thai teaches you to persevere even when things get tough, so you will not be one of those people.
Without a doubt, some techniques will seem extremely difficult for you when you first start learning Muay Thai. You might not be flexible enough to execute them properly or perhaps your coordination isn’t there yet.
However, within a week, you will already start getting the hang of some of these techniques. It teaches you a very important lesson that will benefit you in the Muay Thai gym and all other aspects of your life: You should never give up even if things seem too difficult at first. You will get better at it if you keep trying.
By the end of your first week of training, there will be no doubt in your mind that you can be as good as you want to be if you keep training.
4) Training makes you feel really good
Learning Muay Thai helps you to balance your life out and that is something you will notice during your first week of training. You will work up a good sweat during your sessions and you get to take out any pent up anger or frustration as you drill techniques. The intense physical activity leads to the release of feel-good hormones in your brain. As a result, you feel relaxed and happy after every session.
That feeling will stay with you for the rest of your day, and, when it is time to go to bed, your body is physically tired, so you sleep like a baby. The combination of all things will improve your mood even on days you do not train. It is one of those things you will begin to notice during your first week of training.
5) It’s a great cardio workout
While you might not expect to see any noticeable changes during your first week learning Muay Thai, you certainly will. Muay Thai classes require you to alternate between shorts burst of high energy and periods of lower activity. It works your entire body similarly to the way high-intensity interval training does.
With Muay Thai, you burn up to 1,000 calories every hour you spend training. It pushes your cardiovascular endurance and you can expect noticeable improvements to your endurance during your first week. For best results, make sure you are refueling your body with electrolytes and proteins after your workouts. That way, your body has all it needs to recover.
6) It will never get boring
One thing you will quickly notice when you start learning Muay Thai is how unique each class is. There are literally a countless number of moves for you to learn, so no two classes are ever the same. You might learn how to throw some punching techniques one day, then learn how to utilize kicks on another day.
That makes martial arts like Muay Thai the ultimate workout since one of the main reasons why people give up on their fitness goals is because they get bored with their repetitive workouts.
You can train Muay Thai for years and it still wouldn’t get boring.
So if you’re looking for a fun and effective workout that will push you physically and mentally, give Muay Thai a try!
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