Your first Muay Thai class – oh boy! The nerves, the unknown, the fear of getting beat up… We’ve all got to start somewhere, right? Angela Chang answers some of your most pressing questions before your first class. . .


Taking the steps towards going to your first Muay Thai class can elicit some seriously scary thoughts:

“What can I expect?”

“What should I do?”

“Are they gonna beat me up???”

Believe me – all those anxious thoughts founded in the fear of the unknown can be put to rest with a few simple tips. Here are a few common questions and concerns you might have before giving your first Muay Thai class a whirl. I’ll answer them, and give advice that’ll let you step into your first class with a little more confidence.

How can I prepare for my first class? Do I need to be in shape?

The only thing you absolutely need to do is to just show up on time and give it your best effort.

A lot of people worry about not being in shape or that they’re too old for it. There’s no reason to worry about that. While having a good cardiovascular base is certainly helpful, it’s not a cheat code. There are many aspects of Muay Thai that will give even the fittest of beginners trouble.

Whether you’re in shape, out of shape, overweight, underweight, older, or younger – just show up. The best way to start Muay Thai is to dive right in. Anyway, with consistent practice, you’ll be getting in shape one way or another.

What should I wear?

The best things to wear are an athletic, breathable, non-chaffing shirt (tee or tank), Thai shorts, and undershorts such as boxer briefs (not regular boxers) or compression shorts.

If you don’t have Thai shorts, wear running shorts – they will be short enough for you to move around in. Some gyms may or may not allow students to train shirtless so it’s best to call ahead and ask if that’s something you want to do.

Pro tip: long hair should always be tied up. Oh, and leave your jewelry at home!

What should I bring?

Bring yourself! And a friend, if you have any that are willing to try out a class with you. It’s also a good idea to bring a sweat towel and a big bottle of water – Muay Thai is notorious for its sweatfests.

If you haven’t worked out in a while, bring something with electrolytes and a bit of sugar in case you cramp or get a little dizzy (coconut water is best). You should also bring a change of clothes for afterwards.

It is possible that the particular gym you’re going to might need you to bring something else (such as your own gloves) for your first class, so be sure to ask and double-check when you call in.

I don’t know how to put on handwraps!

That’s no problem at all!

While you can watch tutorials to learn by yourself, it’s best to just ask a trainer at the gym to teach you how to do it. It takes several tries to get it, and even more weeks and months to be able to wrap your hands efficiently and quickly.

Long story short, don’t worry about the handwraps because you will definitely learn how to put them on in time.

Seriously, though – are they going to beat me up?

No reputable/quality gym will ever put beginners in to spar for many reasons.

While the class itself may figuratively kick your butt, you don’t have to worry about anyone literally doing so. If they do throw you to the wolves against your will during your first class, see this as a red flag and look elsewhere for Muay Thai training.

All other questions that are specific to yourself should be answered by the gym you’re planning to attend. When you call or visit to schedule your first class, have those questions ready on a piece of paper or in your phone so you can get the answers you need.

With social media, you can even shoot the gym a Facebook message or an email should you have any other questions that come up before your first class. Happy training!

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Angela Chang
Plant-based fighter, foodie, and aspiring physical therapist. Angela is currently living in Bangkok and training full time.

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