Over the years, we’ve talked with some people who were interested in Muay Thai training in Los Angeles, but they held back on attending classes because they don’t want to spar. We suspect that there are a lot of people we haven’t met who are intrigued with the idea of Muay Thai, but who don’t like the thought of having to fight.
If this sounds like you, we want you to know that you don’t need to spar to enjoy the benefits of Muay Thai training. You can simply come to one of A4 Fitness’s studios in Los Angeles and train with us without fighting. You can learn the techniques, work up a sweat, and meet fun people who also like working out, without ever having to fight another trainee.
The following are some myths about Muay Thai training that we thought you’d like to know about, including the myth that you need to spar to reap the benefits of Muay Thai practice.
Muay Thai Is Dangerous
Many people think Muay Thai is dangerous. While Muay Thai can be an aggressive and very physical practice, under the right conditions, and with the guidance of your A4Fitness trainer, it’s a safe form of training that rarely results in injuries.
You Need To Spar
No, you don’t need to spar to reap the benefits of Muay Thai training. Sparring is fun for many of our students. It’s a way to challenge themselves, show off their skills, and enjoy training with other students. However, fighting in a practice match or professional match is not a requirement of Muay Thai training. You can simply come to your weekly Muay Thai training sessions and challenge yourself by perfecting your punches and kicks against a pad or bag.
You Should Never Go All Out
Of course you should, if you want to and if you’re being respectful (and safe) with your sparring partner. You don’t need to take it easy if your opponent is skilled enough to handle your hard punches and kicks. During a match, you and your opponent will likely appreciate the intensity that comes with competitive training. If you’re training for serious competition, go ahead and train full-out, making sure you spar with integrity and understand the inherent risks that go along with this level of competing.
We love Muay Thai training, and we hope that you will to. But, even though we have a gung-ho crew of Muay Thai trainers, and trainees, in our Los Angeles A4Fitness studios, we also realize that Muay Thai training is not for everyone. So, remember that another myth about Muay Thai is that everyone needs to love it. If you prefer another type of training, come visit our studios and see what type of workouts appeal most to you. We are happy to help you figure out what type of training is best for your interests, skill level, and schedule.
At A4Fitness, we believe that the best type of workout for any individual is one that he or she feels excited about and motivated to participate in on a regular basis.
Adam & Amanda
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