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Frequently Asked Questions
In Thailand it is possible to watch the best International Thai boxers in training and in actual competitions and have the opportunity to substantially improve your performance level due to the excellent trainers and training partners. In addition, training and recreation can be combined in Thailand, a vacation paradise .
How is training structured?
The training in professional Thai gyms starts early in the morning, with another training session in the afternoon to avoid the midday heat. From Monday to Saturday, professional athletes train twice a day at different levels of intensity. The training of professional fighters often lasts two to three hours in the morning and another two or four hours in the afternoon. To allow the body to recover, there is usually no training on Sunday.
Training for foreign athletes depends on the performance level, physical fitness, and objectives. For best results the duration and intensity of training should be agreed on with a qualified trainer. In this context it should be noted, though, that Thai trainers educated in the science of sport also want adequate remuneration.
Some Thai managers have started to pay attention to the training of very successful fighters in accordance with the latest findings in the science of sports so as to develop the greatest possible performance level. This, however, is not yet the rule for professional Thai fighters as some managers and athletes lack the knowledge and understanding of training methods.
What is life in a gym like?
Thai fighters usually live at a gym. The overnight accommodations are located close to the training areas. They eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together and also spent their free time together between the training sessions in the morning and late afternoon. Because of the hard training, it is a usual practice to take a rest at midday.
Foreign athletes usually have a hotel room or apartment of their own. A few athletes adopt the Spartan life of the Thai fighters, however, and cohabitate with the Thais in their shared accommodations.
In some Thai gyms, the cohabitation, meals, and even the training sessions of foreign and Thai athletes are separate. The Thai athletes in these gyms will be happy if you participate in joint activities, however. Spend as much time as possible with the Thai athletes, as this will give you a better insight into Muay Thai.
What is the best preparation for training?
You will achieve the best results from your training if you arrive in Thailand after proper physical preparation. If you are in good physical shape, you will perceive the training as less severe, and your recovery will be faster.
If your objective for the trip to Thailand is to improve your techniques and learn new techniques, you should concentrate on stamina training prior to your departure. Newcomers without previous experience in a Thai boxing club should have the greatest possible number of training sessions specific to the sport under the guidance of a teacher. For preparation, you should have a minimum of three weekly runs of between forty and sixty minutes. Additional training sessions are useful but are not absolutely necessary.
If your objective is very intensive and hard training in preparation for a competition in Thailand or at home, it is recommended that you prepare yourself with a balanced training program that contains components for stamina and power as well as training sessions specific to Muay Thai. Start training six times a week for four to six weeks prior to your departure, and alternate the sessions for stamina, power, and Muay Thai training.
How much does training in Thailand cost?
The cost of training varies widely. The same club may charge different fees for similar services, depending on how interested they are in an athletes. If they consider you to be a valuable future fighter for the gym, you can train for almost nothing.
International gyms offer fixed rates that can only be negotiated if you are planning to stay for an extended period of time. The total price for training, food, and lodging is about $30-40 per day. Some private trainers charge about $50 per hour.
If you look around locally, you will be able to find a trainer for about $5 per day. Thailand issues no training license to local trainers, so it is difficult to judge their skill level. Therefore, finding a trainer on your own can only be recommended to advanced athletes. Novices should first book a course in one of the known gyms and look for a better training environment thereafter.
There is, however, no guarantee of high-quality training at internationally known gyms, as the quality of training varies widely and depends on the trainer. You have the option to ask the management for a different trainer, however.
How long should I stay?
The determining factors when planning your visit are your own expectations and goals. As a beginner, it is safe to assume you can learn the basic techniques after one month of daily training sessions. For advanced athletes, a minimum of fourteen days should be planned, which will allow sufficient time for your body to get used to the climate and to have a minimum of ten days of training at full intensity.
If your goal is not necessary to improve your athletic performance, you can plan the visit for as long as you like. Fights can be seen in the tourist centers at regular intervals, and trainers can easily be found for individual training sessions.
Do I have to able to speak Thai?
In Thailand’s tourist centers and major cities, you can get by with English. In rural areas you need a little Thai or to have dictionaries with you. In the course of an extended stay in Thailand, you will be able to pick up some Thai phrase fairly quickly.
In training, what you have to do is usually demonstrated, so you don’t have to understand the language. In addition, trainers who instruct international students on a regular basis speak at least some English.
Where can I train, and how can I book the training?
Training facilities are available in all cities and tourist centers as well as in many villages. It is best to ask for a gym. If you would like to train in a rural area, it is recommended that you visit one of the major arenas and speak to one of the trainers.
A stay at one of the major gyms can be booked via the internet. This is recommended as a first step for beginners. You should not book for an extended period of time because you will meet many trainers from different gyms on-site.
Isn’t Thailand too hot for training?
The very hot part of summer in Thailand runs from March to May. Allow ample time for your body to get acclimated to the local conditions. If your body gets used to the climate, even during the hot season, you can go ahead and start training. Your body requires a few days to adapt. For this reason, you should never start intensive training in the first few days after you arrive. The training units must end promptly, even though you may have the energy to continue. Overdoing it puts you in danger of falling ill, which could ruin your visit.
Be wary of air-conditioning. Athletes drenched in sweat who check into air-conditioned lodgings are very much at risk of catching a cold. The bigger gyms make it possible to train at different times of the day, so you can practice Muay Thai at a temperature best suited for you.
What health problems can be expected?
Diarrhea is the most frequent illness, which you can usually overcome in a short time. Hepatitis, rabies, and malaria, not usually well known in the West, are sporadically reported. In addition, be aware of the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.