My Favorite Muay Thai Must Haves for Beginners
You’ve decided to train in the martial art of Muay Thai!
Let’s make sure you have all the equipment you’ll need when you start out.
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1. Gym Bag
You’re a busy person. You work, have a family, friends, and other hobbies and responsibilities going on in your life, you’ll want to keep all your gear in one easy place since it can be a lot to carry. The worst thing is to show up for your Muay Thai training and realizing you dropped or forgot a piece of equipment.
2. Hand Wraps
Protective equipment is a must, we will start with hand wraps. Even though your hands are padded while wearing boxing gloves, you’ll want to provide extra support to your knuckles by wearing hand wraps. They provide extra padding, keep your knuckles from smashing together and your fingers from crunching into your palm. You can either use the traditional wraps and wrap them yourself. Or you can purchase gel slip on wraps. They are much more convenient.
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Hand Wraps: https://amzn.to/3y8MYVK
There are a lot of gloves out there to choose from. As a beginner, I recommend not spending too much money on expensive equipment. Eventually, you may want to treat yourself and purchase name brand or higher end equipment, however these gloves are great. They come with hand wraps and a mesh bag to keep your gloves together and to air out after a workout to help the sweat dry. Boxing glove sizing is in ounces. For Muay Thai you will want to have 14–16-ounce gloves.
4. Shin Guards
Shin guards are an import piece of safety equipment for all levels of Muay Thai training. There are sock type shin guards and strapped shin guards. I do not recommend the sock type; they get hot and sweaty which lead to bacteria growing and smells coming from your gym bag. The shin guards with adjustable straps provide the best protection for your shins.
5. Head Gear
In the beginning you will most likely not spar until you are properly trained and ready to practice sparring with your class. Once your Kru says you are ready, and you feel ready - you’ll want head gear that provides protection and a comfortable fit.
6. Mouth Guard
Your teeth VERY important. Anytime you have fists flying toward your face, wear a mouth guard.
7. Water Bottle
Muay Thai is hard work! Always make sure to stay hydrated before - during and after training. I recommend having a large water bottle that holds enough water for your sessions. I recommed a water bottle that has a straw, that way you can grab a drink without having to take off your boxing gloves.
Whether you’re a newbie or returning to martial arts or even a dedicated martial artist looking for a new school, it can be a little arduous choosing a location.
Choosing a combat sports gym or martial arts school shouldn’t be stressful. This should be an exciting time as you have chosen to challenge yourself to learn something new and exciting and to get in great shape in the process.
Often people overthink the choice or get hung up on the wrong things when researching places to train. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. You should definitely use caution and be sure you feel you’re setting yourself up to receive the best possible instruction and training.
Don’t chase big names or clout in the business, it can hamper your ability to get started and can sometimes blind you from finding a quality gym to meet your martial arts and fitness needs. This is especially true for those who wish to train and learn just for their own passion and interest. Also, to get in great shape while learning martial arts. Not all teams, gyms, and coaches are built the same. It’s important to find the culture that best fits your goals.
First decide exactly which martial art or combat sport you are interested in. For example here are the instructional classes we have currently at Rad Muay Thai.
Most schools will have a primary focus, for example our school’s primary focus is Muay Thai. However, we have kickboxing, BJJ and strength training.
Martial Arts schools will usually offer a free pass to try one of their classes. If you are nervous about jumping into a class right off the bat, visit the studio and observe the class you are interested in. Martial Arts studios will usually have an area where you can watch the class. That way you can get an idea of how classes are structured and an idea on what to expect if you decide to try a class.
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Do you want to return to the commercial gym or workout at home?
I recently did a video about returning to commercial gyms. During Isolation and the subsequent months of uncertainty and change, the landscape of large commercial gyms was forced into change or closure.
After having to close, for however long depending on where you lived, people had to find ways to get their exercise in. Many turned to home gyms. But that wasn’t an easy thing to do either with fitness supplies drying up and equipment being very hard to obtain, so many had to learn to do more with much less. This forced so many people to learn great ways to train without machines and amenities. Did this spell the death of commercial gyms for good?
Of course not, people were eager and quick to head back to large commercial gyms once permitted, but…there certainly wasn’t as many. When 90% of the gyms reopened only 60% of the members returned. Between temporary closures and smaller returns upon reopening, nearly 15% of gyms had closed permanently by September of 2020. The industry lost more than 15 billion and almost 500,000 jobs. Marquee names in the industry such as Gold’s Gym and 24 Hour Fitness filed for bankruptcy, and many others had to downsize and restructure. As of spring of 2021 some gyms are reporting being back up to 70% to 80% of their previous pre-covid volume.
Fitness is of such great importance to our overall well-being that the industry will never come to an end as a whole… but it can change significantly. Case in point, The industry saw a strong spike in January of 2021 as it usually does, but some businesses has reported that 50% of their memberships remain online as people still wish to train virtually from home.
Was this the case for all gyms overall, large and small? Not exactly.
Group fitness locations that survived isolation saw and uptick and many members were happy to return to those strong communities that they loved and missed so much. You see with group fitness it’s a little less about the facility and amenities and more about the community.
Members find support and passion within these communities and that provides a deeper relationship with fitness as a whole as opposed to just going into a globo gym and meandering around trying to piece together a strong workout session and stay motivated when you’re ultimately alone while doing so, and…if you’re the type that like the peace and isolation of training alone and putting your own routines together, than you’re the type that would love training in your own space…at home.
Me personally, I turned my back on commercial gyms years ago. It took me a while to let go and realize that I truly didn’t need the things I thought I did when it came to producing the best results for myself. Especially when it came to my preferences and style of training with regards to my strength and conditioning and overall fitness. I’m train to be strong and athletic. I am a huge proponent for functional fitness. I love using my body and basic strength training equipment. No machines, is pretty much my motto with the exception of a cardio machine here and there. I want an open space where I can move myself and anything I’m swinging around or lifting, freely. I just couldn’t do the workouts I wanted to in commercial gyms, not without prying eyes, or lack of space or even lack of the necessary equipment. Remember, at big gyms you have to share your toys.
What really hit home was when my wife decided to make a life change and get in shape and improve her overall health. Once I started training her, we discovered that all the years I tried to help her get in shape by giving her workouts and paying for gym memberships for her didn’t work because she just didn’t enjoy the atmosphere. Once I started training her in our own gym with my functional training methods, she became obsessed and passionate about her training and has lost 80lbs and maintained it. She is also stronger and more athletic than she’s ever been in her life in her 40’s. She discovered a method of training she would’ve never round in a large commercial gym. She could have found such training in a Crossfit box, group training gym or some sort, but she is one of those people that likes to train alone or with a couple of close friends she’s comfortable training with.
So what is your take? What have you decided? What kind of training have you adopted since Isolation? Were you eager to get back into your commercial gym and are you active there now? Did you create a great home or garage gym that you love and train in regularly and have no intention on going back to a Globo gym anytime soon? Are you part of a group training community and are you back and active at that location? I’d love to hear from you. Please be sure to share in the comments below.
Whatever your decision, I hope you have chosen to remain active and healthy no matter what.
Egg Weights Vs. Title Review
Chances are if you have been training in any form of combat sports you’ve shadow boxed. Shadow boxing is beneficial when developing your punching skills and enhancing your boxing flow for Muay Thai, kickboxing, and especially boxing. Not only does it strengthen your punches, but it also provides a good cardio workout while improving your footwork. Adding weights to your routine increases the intensity and your skill level.
The most basic method of weighted shadow boxing is holding small, weighted dumbbells (5lbs or less) in each hand. There are also specific products you can purchase which are designed specifically for weighted shadow boxing. I tested two different weighted shadow boxing products to see which product was the best.
First, I tested the Egg Weights. https://amzn.to/3xbNSAH These are small weights that have a ring attachment that fits around your middle finger so you can hold them comfortably in the palms of your hands while shadow boxing. According to the egg weights website, the weights are the ONLY hand weights in the world that conform to your body’s natural motion. The egg weights were very comfortable to use. They fit so natural in your hands that you really don’t feel them since they aren’t bulky.
The next product I tested were the Title Boxing hand weights. https://amzn.to/2QCl2J4 These are shaped much differently. They are longer with a handle to place around your palm to grip while you punch. These are filled with sand to make up the weight and are still comfortable to grip while you are shadow boxing. The only issue is the sand moves around and eventually fills up the bottom and that makes it harder to grip while shadow boxing and it feels less natural.
Between the two, either product will get the job done, however I prefer the egg weights in my hands while shadow boxing. Egg weights feel the most natural and they are the easiest to use while I’m working on my boxing flow compared to the Title hand weights. Comparing the two by price alone, the Title Boxing is the most affordable, however the price gap isn’t that big. Egg weights have fun colors to choose from and a small carrying case to keep them together in your gym bag.
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I am Rad Durousseau, the owner and head instructor of Rad Muay Thai Fitness Center in Aurora Colorado. I love to share whatever I can to help whomever I can to grow through training in what I call Martial Athletics. I use functional strength training and conditioning to strengthen my martial arts and I use martial arts to compliment my S&C training in an effort to create a complete Martial Athlete and next level human being.