5 Ways to Find the Right Muay Thai Club for You
December 27, 2023 | Boxing
When it comes to finding the right Muay Thai club, the choices can be overwhelming. I often get asked, “How do I find a good gym?” The answer lies not in what’s popular or trendy, but in understanding what you truly want from your experience. Are you looking to fight? Wanting to learn new skills? Lose a bit of weight? Destress? The list goes on…
Here are 5 essential considerations for finding the perfect Muay Thai Club for you.
1. The Vibe: The moment you walk through the doors, pay attention to the atmosphere. Is it energetic, happy, and uplifting? Is it serious, strict, and awkward? Is it too relaxed, laid back, and no one taking it took seriously? The vibe is crucial. Before opening Champions Gym, I’d been to many places, and I can say, the ones that kept me going back were the ones that were happy, fun and the people didn’t take themselves too seriously, but took what they did seriously. The right environment sets the tone for a rewarding experience.
2. Experience and Connection: Coaches play a pivotal role in your journey. Look beyond their competitive achievements; (sure that matters to some degree) but focus on their ability to connect with you, and deliver content that is understandable, scaleable, and provides feedback for continual improvement. Good coaches show you what to do – Great Coaches show you what to do, what not to do, as well as breaking down complex concepts into bite size pieces, fostering a connection that accelerates your learning and progression. Too many times have I seen great fighters make not so great coaches, visa versa.
3. Community: Consider the people you’ll be working with. If your goals align with those of the community, you’re likely to feel more at home. Elite athletes may thrive in intense environments, but beginners often seek comfort and camaraderie. Find a group that shares your values and aspirations. Fitting in, is one of the most important aspects to feeling at home!
4. Cleanliness and Hygiene: The cleanliness of the club is a direct reflection of its commitment to your well-being. Sweating is part of the process, but a clean and tidy place ensures a safe environment for you in the long-term. Regular cleaning routines are essential to prevent the spread of germs, ensuring you stay healthy and progress. No one place can keep all germs away, but being proactive makes the difference.
5. Value: Think beyond dollar value; focus on the club’s ability to deliver what you need and not in your current state… Ask yourself, where do you want to be in 6-12-18 months? And will this place be able to help me get there? Whether it’s weight loss, skill development, or making new friends, the club should be a platform that aligns with your goals. And of course, stop shopping around for the cheapest solution thinking it will solve all of your problems. Cheap training isn’t always cheap, cheap training isn’t always good. Think of it like a long-term investment in yourself, rather than an expense on your bank statement.
In the quest for the perfect Muay Thai club, remember that everyone’s journey is unique, everyone is at a different stage of their journey, and we are all looking for something different. For me, a Muay Thai club isn’t just a place to sweat and exercise, it’s personality, structured, scaled learning and most importantly, a community that makes it seem easy to show up to and takes the thought away from actually doing the work – Making it fun, engaging, and keeping you coming back, for years to come.
Your journey is a personal adventure that is miles long, and I wish you success in finding the perfect club for you.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
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