It should go without saying that having the proper training gear and accessories is important when it comes to Muay Thai training. From the proper shorts, down to the ankle braces, you’ll want to invest in a laundry list of items you’ll need for your training so as to make sure that you can do so as efficiently and as safely as possible.
Choosing the right gear, though, isn’t easy. That’s a given, especially given your supposed lack of experience when it comes to such things.
Worry not, though, as these points of consideration should help you choose the proper gear for your Muay Thai journey.
- Proper sizing. These days, much of the training gear you’ll be needing for Muay Thai can be found online at a much cheaper price. This is great, really, but not exactly good news for you. Why? Because you can’t try on the items you buy online to see if it’s a good fit for you. That presents itself to be quite a problem, especially since they’re not that cheap.
The solution? Buy them from a physical store. Sure, the items may be a bit more expensive, but at least, you can check if it fits you nicely or not. To check, try moving as you would in training and check if it allows you enough freedom of movement.
- The company making the apparel and accessories plays a huge role in the quality of the items. Though, this doesn’t mean that the more famous the brand name is, the better the apparel will be. As a rule of the thumb, stick with Thai brands such as Twins and/or Fairtexas they’re known for quality stuff.
- Speaking of quality, be sure to check out the fabric first, especially when buying Muay Thai shorts. Some types of fabric tend to get wet too easily, leaving you with embarrassing wet marks after a long day at the gym. With shorts, you’ll want them to be soft and comfortable for your hands to feel, as well as light to allow you to move properly.
- Proper fit. This should’ve gone along with proper sizing, but I felt the need to single this out because the right size doesn’t always equate the right fit. This is especially true with training gear such as the shin guard, thai pads and headgear. With such accessories, it’s best to fit them nicely first and avoid buying those labeled with “one size fits all” or other similar labels.
There you have it, four points to consider when shopping for Muay Thai training gear.
Also, if you’re wondering about the mouth guard, I do recommend buying a custom-made one so that it fits your teeth nicely and provides ample protection.
Do keep in mind that these points aren’t exactly definitive, so you may want to try it with a grain of salt. Still, it’s based on experience and a bit of research, which accounts to something that you should find quite useful.