Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you have to be a member of Tampa Family Fitness to begin at the Freestyle Muay Thai [FMT] training camp?
All FMT members will have access to discounted memberships at Tampa Family Fitness for as long as they are active with FMT. Tampa Family Fitness has a full fitness facility equipped with state of the art cardiovascular and strength training equipment. Tampa Family Fitness also has a full locker room with water fountain, showers and restrooms.
Q: What can I hope to achieve by learning Muay Thai [Thai-boxing]?
There are many different reasons people choose to learn the art of Muay Thai. Goals may vary from one person to the next. We have members training for fitness and/or self-defense, as well as for competition.
Some other benefits include:
- Burning fat
- Strength and endurance
- Cardiovascular exercise
- Mental Focus
Q: Do you offer Muay Thai classes for people of all ages?
Freestyle Muay Thai offers group training sessions for individuals kindergarten age and up. Both private “one-on-one” and private “group” training is offered for individuals of all ages.
Q: What is the best way to get started in Muay Thai?
After the Free Intro session, most of our members begin learning Muay Thai in our basics group setting. An FMT trainer will guide you through the basic body mechanics and movements at a comfortable pace. If you do not feel comfortable starting with group training, private training can be a great alternative. Private training can help familiarize you with some of the basic skills and techniques in a one-on-one format before entering the group setting. Ask about our kickstart package.
Q: Do I need to be in shape to start learning Muay Thai?
No, there is nothing that will truly prepare you for a Muay Thai workout. This is an art that you must acclimate yourself with through both commitment and consistency. Members can potentially burn up to 1,000 calories+ in each training session. It is a challenge both physically as well as mentally. Everyone trains at their own pace but there is always a motivation to work harder and faster within the school.
Q: What type of equipment and clothing are required?
Members are only required to wear gym type clothing for their first group or private training session. The equipment that is gradually accumulated for training sessions is a jump rope, hand wraps, bag gloves and shin guards. Muay Thai shorts and loose fitting gym shirts are worn by most members. The required equipment for fight camp and technique is 16 oz. training gloves, shinguards, a mouthpiece, groin protection and/or bra protection and headgear. The FMT Pro-Shop carries all necessary equipment and apparel in stock.
Q: Do I need to eat a special diet in order to be successful in Muay Thai training?
There is no special diet required to begin your training, however, as certified fitness professionals [having experience with the correlation between nutrition and training] we can guide you toward leading a healthier lifestyle that can enhance your performance.
Q: Are there any contracts that I need to sign in order to begin training with Freestyle Muay Thai?
There is only a general health and injury waiver that must be completed and signed upon beginning your training. Group training can be done on a month-to-month basis with no obligations and private training has different pricing plans depending on the length and # of the sessions selected. FMT accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, PayPal, or cash payment methods.
Q: How long will it take me to learn Muay Thai?
Muay Thai is a journey and it takes a real commitment to truly learn the art. Most people in our society want things for minimal effort. Muay Thai is like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. Everyone learns at a different pace. Attendance and dedication play a significant role in your results. The average time it takes an individual to feel comfortable with the application of basic techniques/skills is between three to four months. When training Muay Thai, you are constantly learning how to become a more efficient, and intelligent boxer. Your body will continually adapt to be able to deliver greater speed, balance and strength into your training. Testing protocols have been put into place to structure your learning curve and goals.
Q: Do I have to spar at the school?
Sparring is completely optional and no one is ever pressured into the ring. Sparring is part of the natural progression of a Muay Thai boxer. Sparring can be used as a great tool for both the trainer and the boxer to key in on both strengths and weaknesses. Sparring can also be used as a measure of overall improvement in Muay Thai.
Q: When can I spar?
All members are welcome to attend our fight camp classes, which incorporate light sparring and clinching.In Fight Camp, you’ll be able to practice your stance, balance, footwork, timing, and technique. Members will also be assessed on their level of control and respect while training. This better ensures your safety as well as the safety of other members.
Q: When can I fight?
All members who wish to compete must attain the Intermediate Level Certification before representing FMT at a given event. FMT encourages members to begin competing as it is the natural progression for your growth in the art. Members must understand that their safety is paramount and they should not be in a rush to compete before first learning the necessary fundamentals. Members who want to compete must PROVE THEMSELVES through RESPECT, COMMITMENT and HARD-WORK at our training camp.