In this article, we’ll share some tips on how to survive your first Muay Thai class and make the most of the experience. So, grab a water bottle, put on your workout gear, and let’s get started!
As a newcomer to the world of Muay Thai, you might be feeling a mix of excitement and nervousness about your first workout. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many beginners feel overwhelmed by the intensity and technicality of Muay Thai. But fear not, with the right preparation and mindset, you can have a successful and enjoyable first workout.
Are you ready to try Muay Thai for the first time? Congratulations on taking the first step towards a challenging and rewarding martial arts journey!
Things to do prior the start of your muay thai class:
The early bird gets the worm.
For your first class, it is always recommended to come early. This would allow you to explore the dojang or school, and to complete any paperwork required. Arriving early will prevent you from feeling rushed and if you were nervous, you will then have enough time to settle down and get ready for class.
Wear comfortable clothes.
All martial arts have their own uniforms or gears the athletes would wear. For Muay Thai, it’s the shorts. Since this would be your first class you won’t have them, yet, and that is A-Okay. Wear clothing that are comfortable and breathable, nothing too restrictive and heavy. Shorts and t-shirts or tank tops for example, or leggings for those who prefer them. Unlike boxing, Muay Thai is done bare feet, therefore don’t worry about what shoes to wear.
Just like any other exercises, staying hydrated is key to survive a Muay Thai class, especially your first. Bring some with you and ask where you can get a refill during your orientation.
Bring small towel + change of clothes
100% guaranteed you will sweat through your clothes by the end of the class. That little towel would save you from dripping all over the mat 😊 and preventing those salty water beads to get into your eyes during your exercise. Bring an extra top for sure to change into, and bottom, just in case you need them.
What happens during the muay thai class:
When in Rome do as the romans do
Every muay thai school does things differently, so be prepared to learn it their way. Maybe for some of us, this is not the first first time, but just the first time at a new school. Nobody likes a Mr. know-it-all… but more importantly, not being openminded will hinder you from learning and enjoying the class.
Know your limit and pace yourself
Finally, you are now on the mat doing maybe the warmups, or the kickboxing combinations. Remember, Muay Thai is a high-intensity workout. Know what you can and cannot do, take short breaks when needed, and listen to the instructor for the proper techniques.
If you ever don’t feel good at any time in the class, let your partner and instructor know to prevent accidents and/or injuries.
What To Expect After Class:
Stretch and cool down
Your body just went through a lot, give it some time to recover to reduce muscle soreness and improve flexibility. Follow along the stretches section of the class as best as you can and stretch some more if space and time permits.
For some, surviving your first Muay Thai class will feel like love at first sight. If not, consider giving it another try! Trying something new and different has its challenges. Give it another go and the decide if this will be an activity you want to stick to.
Keep in mind, Muay Thai is a challenging and rewarding workout that requires patience, dedication, and practice. With the right mindset and preparation, you can survive your first Muay Thai workout and start your journey towards becoming a skilled practitioner.