When it comes to training Muay Thai in Thailand, there are two main types of gyms: tourist gyms and fight gyms. While both can offer quality training, they cater to different types of people with different goals. Tourist Muay Thai Gyms Tourist Muay Thai gyms are designed to cater to travelers who want to experience the sport of Muay Thai without necessarily competing. These gyms offer a more relaxed atmosphere where students can train in a fun and supportive environment. Classes are often led by English-speaking instructors who have experience working with foreigners. If you’re a beginner or just looking to get in shape while experiencing Thai culture, a tourist Muay Thai gym is the perfect choice for you. The focus is on getting a good workout and learning the techniques of Muay Thai in a supportive environment. However, if your ultimate goal is to compete professionally, you may want to consider a fight gym. Giveaway signs a gym is catered to tourists: There are little to no active fighters at the gym. The trainers are more focused on giving you a workout (long, unrealistic combinations) than teaching you (eg, correcting your form or technique). They’re not bothered by people […]
Thailand is where Muay Thai originated, and it’s where some of the best fighters in the world train and compete. With many non-Thai fighters choosing to stay long-term in Thailand, many aspiring fighters wonder if they also need to move there in order to become a high-level fighter.
Running, followed by three hours a session, two sessions a day, six days a week. Rinse and repeat.
This training regimen is more than double, sometimes even quadruple, the amount of what people are used to. Due to the structure of Muay Thai classes and lifestyle outside of Thailand, a majority of people just can’t dedicate that much time to training when they’re in their home country.
To be immersed in a lifestyle that’s just focused around Muay Thai (and nothing else) is a nice change, but it is a drastic change.