Editor’s Note: Randy is a 43-year-old Muay Thai enthusiast who started training one year ago. He shares his story of taking up the sport and the benefits he has experienced.
Muay Thai is one of the most exciting combat sports.
Just watching a match can get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping. But there’s a flip side to all that flash and excitement. Muay Thai also happens to be one of the most physically demanding and punishing.
The impression one gets is that it’s a sport for the young ones. But what if you’re 40 or older and you want to try it out?
Would you be able to hold your own and find your own success? Or are you better off trying an entirely different activity?
You can’t wait to get the answer – Is 40 too old to train Muay Thai?
Before we go any further, let me tell you my own personal Muay Thai story.
It started early last year when I attended my first Muay Thai class. There’s nothing remarkable about that, except that I was attending my first class at the age of 42.
After the first class was over, I asked myself – Why didn’t I do this sooner?
I felt exhausted like never before and my whole body felt sore. But I never felt more alive and excited at the same time.
Since then, I’ve attended more classes and gotten in the best shape of my life. My personal improvement might be at a snail’s pace and I’d never be good enough to be a fighter, but that’s okay.
I can say that Muay Thai has changed my life.
As it turned out, training in Muay Thai was one of the best decisions I ever made. It helped me become fitter, stronger, and happier.
I understand that you have concerns, even fears. That the sport might be too violent for you and your body might not hold up.
Or that you’d get embarrassed in front of younger, fitter practitioners. But really, it’s all in your mind. You need the right mindset.
Start with the thought that you can do it, that you can do Muay Thai with the best of them. That thought will strengthen into belief, which will then translate into action.
If you’re still having some second thoughts, then reading the following reasons might help.
These are the reasons why you need to start training and why you need to do it right away.
Reasons Why You Need To Start Training Muay Thai at 40
So it’s time to talk about the reasons why you need to train in Muay Thai right NOW.
Yes, even if you’re 40 and beyond. There’s just no way that you can afford to be held back by your age, even if you’ve already approached middle-age status.
1) Muay Thai is Fun
Muay Thai might be a ferocious martial and brutal combat sport, but it’s also fun. Indeed, it offers some of the most fun you could ever experience inside a gym or even at home.
For one, there’s absolutely no danger of getting bored once you start training. How can you get bored when there’s so much to learn? From executing the proper punches to throwing a proper roundhouse.
The training in Muay Thai certainly beats the monotony of lifting weights or riding a stationary bike.
You wouldn’t want to miss out on all that fun, would you?
2) Burn Calories Faster
Once you reach the age of 40 and above, it gets harder to burn those unwanted calories. Ask anyone who’s at that age and they’re sure to answer with a not so pleased “yes”.
Muay Thai will help you solve that problem. The intensity of the training regimen will guarantee burned calories and exhausted bodies.
After all, you’re not just going to throw punches, but also learn different kinds of strikes. And you’re going to hit the pads as well as the heavy bag, aside from jumping rope and a few rounds of shadowboxing.
No wonder Muay Thai is said to be capable of burning as much as 600-700 calories per training session. Something that a 40-year-old and beyond could definitely use!
3) Build Up Your Muscle and Bone Density
Another major benefit of training Muay Thia is that it builds up your muscle and bone density.
Those who are at least 40 years should especially take notice of this fact. Why? For the simple reason that our muscle mass and bone density tend to deteriorate as we get along in age.
Weakened muscles and brittle bones are never going to be a good combination and can be deadly if not addressed properly.
Muay Thai is the perfect way to address that and you can strengthen your bones and muscles. By doing so, you can at least fight off the onset and effects of aging.
Then there’s also the added bonus of improving your body’s flexibility through consistent training.
4) Better Looking Skin
Better looking skin at age 40? And it’s due to the effects of training Muay Thai? It’s true and it’s one of the effects of training in the sport.
This is possible because sweating helps in getting rid of the dirt and oil that is trapped in your pores.
Your pores are going to open up and expel that dirt and excess oil that can make your skin look old.
A Muay Thai class is usually held in a non-air-conditioned gym that will cause you to sweat buckets. In turn, you’re going to sweat away everything that makes your skin older than it should be.
As we talked about above, it’s all a matter of being in the right mindset. Age means nothing if you want to accomplish something.
Sure, Muay Thai seems like such a challenge if you’re 40 and above. But that’s where the fun lies as well as the prospect of discovering what you’re capable of.
The important thing is to try. Attend your first class, go through your first warm-up, and throw your first strike!