After a fight in 2004 – I’d been training for two years at this point. When I first started Muay Thai my body and mind were soft. The sport has shaped me for the better inside and out.
I get this question at least once a month. I’m not trying to be funny or poke fun at anyone. When you’re starting a new sport, there is a huge learning curve for the mind, the body and the culture that surrounds it. If you factor in the steep decline of our youth’s athleticism and combine it with the new popularity of combat sports like MMA you’ve got a lot of newbies starting a challenging sport who need a considerable amount of (re)education about how to simply move their body safely, condition it well, and recover.
These days being athletic is the exception and not the norm. Even playing outside as a kid is unusual. I’ve trained many clients who have never played a sport in their lives and others who played the occasional sport in high school, but from college through several years into their professional career they haven’t done anything athletic consistently for any length of time. Then they show up to the gym with mobility issues, muscle imbalances, poor diet, crappy cardio and a few extra pounds on them. The situation finally gets to the point where they are willing to take action. Change is possible, or course. With effort and consistency, all these things can be reversed or at least drastically improved. I’ve seen adults train and become more athletic and fit than they ever were in high school.
However, if true athleticism is the student’s desire, they have to be open to a complete re-education in fitness and health. Getting an athletic body means you have to develop a strong training ethic, an athlete’s mindset and the skill of listening to your body, knowing when to push it hard and knowing when to back off. I played basketball and tennis in high school. I was on the varsity team at a tiny private school, but I was far from the star player. I was mediocre at best. It wasn’t until I found Muay Thai after college that I truly excelled at something athletic, developed a somewhat muscular body and most importantly learned to suffer through challenges to get rewarded with success. I will share with you what I have learned in my time training Muay Thai since 2002. The physical challenges, conditioning, and setbacks I experience along the way and how I coach my clients through their Muay Thai journey.
In this blog, you will learn how to navigate the new world of Muay Thai training injuries, specifically the physical conditioning and recovery aspects. What to expect, what changes your body will go through, what will hurt, what pain is healthy and what is not, the difference between an injury and the discomfort in stages of progression, how to care for your body, rest, recover and grow. You may also want to check out my Blog: Tips for Muay Thai Beginners.