Muay Thai Training Equipment - Everything You Need for Muay Thai Training
As a Muay Thai beginner, it can be daunting to figure out what you need to start training Muay Thai. For some people, the upfront costs can be intimidating, especially if you aren't sure if you like the sport or not.
If you have never tried Muay Thai before, most gyms will offer a free introductory class. Gyms will usually provide a pair of gloves for you to use for your first class, so you can purchase gloves after you decide to sign up for a membership.
With so many pieces of training equipment available, this article is going to break down exactly what you need as a beginner and what you need when you get more advanced.
The Basics - What You Need for Muay Thai Training
Starting off, when you first start training you should be wearing athletic underwear and shorts. I recommend you wear Muay Thai shorts, but you can wear any shorts that are comfortable as a beginner. Only as you improve and want to show off your Muay Thai skills, will you want to switch to proper Thai Boxing shorts.
Gloves and Handwraps
The first two pieces of equipment that you should buy are a good pair of gloves and hand wraps for training. Hand wraps will protect your wrists and protect you from wrist injuries, and gloves will protect your knuckles from damage when you hit the heavy bag or Thai pads.
In your first few classes, you should NOT be doing any sparring. Your main focus will be learning the basic techniques in front of a mirror by shadowboxing, hitting the heavy bag, and hitting Thai pads. If you don't have any past experience, you will need to learn your fundamentals first, before you dive into sparring.
Shin Guards and Mouthguard
After you own a good pair of gloves (MTP Gloves are Recommended) you should look at buying shin guards. Shin guards will allow you to work on drills with a partner, without damaging your shins when you kick. This is important when you start off because your shins will be extremely sensitive to pain when you kick. The type of shin guards you choose will depend on what you are looking for. We recommend you try out our MTP Shin guards for good protection and fit.
In addition to Shin guards, you will also want to purchase a mouthguard. Mouthguards are essential whenever you are sparring or clinching. Without a proper mouthguard, it is only a matter of time before one of your teeth gets knocked out of your mouth. With dental repairs costing thousands of dollars, it is recommended that you always wear a mouthguard anytime there is a chance of contact.
While custom-fit Mouthguards are the best options, another option is boil and bite guards. Although most Boil and Bite guards don't provide good protection for your mouth, the one brand that offers the best coverage is OPRO. The OPRO boil and bite guard is the only one that I have used that feels like a custom mouthguard. So if you want a good boil and bite option, I highly recommend that one.
Groin Protection and Headgear - Optional Equipment
Groin protection is something that is required when you fight in the ring. However, most fighters do not wear groin protection when they are training because it is uncomfortable to put on and take off. If you are a beginner sparring against other beginners, I highly recommend buying groin protection.
Because beginners don't have good timing, distance or control, it is far easier to get hit with a low blow against a beginner than against a skilled opponent. I used to own a jockstrap that I wore for sparring, but after a few years I stopped wearing it and I find that I rarely (knocking on wood right now), get kicked in the groin.
Headgear is another item that not many people use in Muay Thai. There are even debates out there as to whether or not headgear actually helps protect fighters because they lose visibility when sparring and people tend to hit harder in sparring.
My recommendation is that if you are planning on fighting amateur that uses headgear, then you should definitely practice with headgear on. Train with whatever equipment you will use in the ring. That way you aren't thrown off when suddenly your vision is lowered when you put on headgear in the ring.
T-Shirt and Shorts - Adding Style
Once you have taken care of your basic equipment needs, then you can start looking at adding Muay Thai T-shirts and shorts to add more style to your Muay Thai game.
Most people who fall in love with Muay Thai love representing the sport outside of training when they are at the gym or casual out and about. Muay Thai shirts allow you to express your love of the sport, without being too preachy to people. If you like Muay Thai, you can express it through the clothing that you wear.
Muay Thai shorts are used in training because they provide flexibility when you kick and knee. The Thai shorts tend to be quite short, to allow the most mobility of your legs. If you don't like wearing short shorts, you can also use other shorts like MMA shorts or Kickboxing shorts that have more length.
Buy What You Need for Training
If you don't have a big training budget to use then start off with a good pair of gloves and hand wraps. After you have your gloves and wraps, you can then look at other items like shin guards and a good mouthguard when you start sparring.
The key is to stay within your budget and slowly add different pieces of equipment and apparel to your game over time. Eventually, you will have a complete set of Muay Thai equipment that you can use for training.
When choosing equipment, I recommend you choose quality brands made in Thailand, versus cheaper brands made in Pakistan. While you might save money on cheaper gloves and equipment, you will end up having to replace your equipment more often.