So you’re getting on a little bit, you’ve just turned 40 and instead of having a mid life crisis, you’ve decided to have a mid life health drive. It’s time to trade in that out of date beer keg stomach for an in date six pack. It’s time to be able to climb the stairs without being out of breath before your need a stair lift. It’s time to start Muay Thai. Just because your hair starts a little further back on your head than the other people at the gym, doesn’t mean to have any less of a capacity for greatness. Like the say, 40 really is the new 30.
In all seriousness, age shouldn’t be a barrier in your training within reason. The chances of you becoming the world’s greatest when starting at 40 are slim, but you’ll be amazed at what your aging body can achieve. You are not over the hill yet my friend, but there are a couple of things to keep your eyes peeled for if you’re considering starting your Muay Thai journey.
Pick the right Gym…
It’s important to find the right gym for you and most definitely the right instructor. An experienced instructor will be able to structure your training around your lower fitness level to begin with, and is able to allocate enough time to your training whilst you’re in the early stages. If you join the wrong gym, you may find that the instructor focuses more on the rising starts than the aging ones. Also, the wrong gym could have classes that are a little to intense for you to begin with, which is enough to put a lot of people off, making them think that Muay Thai is not for them when really its just a badly run gym.
If you’re going to start at 40, no one is questioning your motivation. It is important to hold on to this motivation and keep your goals in mind when you start your training. In the early stages when your ability is not what you want and you’re a little lacking in the fitness department it is easy to get disheartened. Stay upbeat and motivated as you’ll be surprised at how soon it all comes together. Provided you can make the training on a regular basis, I’d recommend at least two sessions a week, you’ll find yourself coming on leaps and bounds once you are past the initial phases.
It can help your motivation to join with a training partner, so you can bounce off one another and have a sparring partner at the exact same level as you. Having someone in the same boat is really useful, as if they start to progress faster, that is just the motivation you need to carry on improving. Combine this with a willingness to learn, and you’ll see rapid improvement and progression in Muay Thai come naturally.
You really are just as old as you feel. If you feel capable and are willing to put the hours and the effort in, there is no problem starting Muay Thai at or even after 40. Put the mid life crisis money aside and rediscover yourself in this unique and engaging lifestyle.