I attend classes as much as possible and in just 7 months I have seen the positive changes to my body physically and I have noticed the progress I have made with learning Muay Thai. The conditioning, technical drills, and sparring are all a great workout and I leave class feeling like I made even more progress and learned something new.
My first visit, I had a little trouble looking for Freestyle Muay Thai as I wasn’t familiar with the area. As I stepped into the gym, I found it to be fairly large, complete with heavy bags, speed bags and a boxing ring. You know you’re in a good gym if they have all the equipments for training. Bryan introduced himself as the head trainer. Super ripped and very friendly. I was a little bit early for the training so no one has arrived yet. We chatted for a little bit and he told me that he trained professionally in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Pictures of his training and fights could be seen hanging on the wall of his office. I was impressed and assured that I am going to be trained by someone who knows what he was doing.
As soon as all the other gym members arrived, we started the training. I noticed that there wasn’t too many people training. I realized that Bryan keeps the class small, between 4 to 8 people at a time so that he could give enough attention to everyone. The structure of the training was pretty standard. We started with skipping and jumping on tires as a warm up, techniques, shadow boxing, heavy bag work and finally pad work. I worked up quite a sweat, but it wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be. Bryan knew how to pace the workout well. I didn’t feel like dying at the end and went out of the gym feeling great.
As the months progressed, training became more and more intense as I got fitter. Bryan would teach new techniques during every session so it never gets boring. He would periodically have tests to see where we are at in terms of our techniques and fitness. I think its great that he has tests as it ensures that we stay hungry to improve ourselves.
In just 4 months of training,
- I lost 15% body fat
- Gained 10 pounds of muscle
- Lost 16 pounds of weight
- Fine tuned my Muay Thai skills
- Made a lot of awesome friends
I highly recommend this place, be it for weight loss or to train to be a fighter one day. Positive environment and a fun place to be. No one can ask more from a Muay Thai gym!
Brian, the trainer at the school, is a down to earth nice guy, who is very serious and passionate about what he teaches. He has a no nonsense approach to Muay Thai and stresses intensity and consistency. The classes provide, not only Muay Thai technique, but sports conditioning as well. Thanks to Brian and Freestyle Muay Thai, I’ve never been in better shape!
Thanks for reading!
Q: Why did you decide to start learning Muay Thai?
I logged on to one of my social media platforms and just basically asked what martial art was fun to learn and Muay Thai was one of the suggestions. Honestly, it was a random pick that worked out perfectly.