Top 5 things to have in your training bag.
No matter what sport you’re in your training bag contains your life! Everything in there is to maximise your training session and one missing item can cause you so be superstitiously off your game by feeling unprepared. There’s been so many times I’ve arrived at the gym and forgot something and it’s annoyed me and threw me off. For no reason, most the time. Now what’s the most important things to you? It will differ person to person but for me here’s my top 5 things in my training bag for Muay Thai!
- Gum guard –
So, I learned this the hard way. Cheap sports direct gum guards for most my
fighting and sparring career. You can brand something cool like ‘shock doctor’ but you need a dentist not a doctor to remedy a crap gum guard. I’ve had more teeth dislodged and chipped with poor teeth protection. Until, I decided I needed to invest in my personal protection a bit more. I got a professionally custom gum guard created by o-pro. One of many professional company’s out there. And to be honest. It’s so worth it. The feel of a proper gum guard is a feeling you will never forget or leave. Gives you a good fit. Good breathing and airflow and most of all best protection for your teeth. With a proper gum guard, it’s proven to decrease head trauma with the mouthpiece absorbing some of the shock… Still, don’t take head shots for the fun of it! These factors help you feel confident in your new gum guard which can have a vast improvement in your performance and safety.
- Shin pads –
Obviously, one of the most important bits of kit that you can have for Muay Thai. Every day is leg day
and you’re guaranteed to kick things a lot and bash your shins. Now I’m very much a believer of buy cheap, buy twice, so I always make sure I spend a decent amount on quality and trusted brands for shins pads as they get used every day and last longer if you spend that little bit more. At the moment, I’m using the top king silver and black snake skins. Bit flash but super comfy. And the extra ‘shin panel’ makes them very durable and protective. I find if you stick to the old Thai brands (Boon, Fairtex, Top King, Twins, Sandee) you can’t go wrong. There’s a few more brands emerging that are very good quality but the cheaper tier (Danger Equipment, RevGear), but just like anything if you look after it, it lasts longer.
- Gloves –
Yet again a must have bit of kit. It’s all personal preference. I know a lot of people that use the usual boxing glove brands, Rings are popular and decent quality. I usually stick to Fairtex as they are
perfectly shaped equally rounded for striking and squared off near the palm for good grip during catching and clinching. For now, I’m using twins I bought in Thailand. They are very comfy and yet again sticking to the old known Thai brands you can’t go wrong. Personally, I don’t use anything above 12oz maybe 14oz depending on glove size. This is for several reasons:
- I don’t spar hard it’s always very tappy and playful sparring, I feel that’s how I can develop my technical availability, control and timing.
- Hitting pads I never need more than that size glove as I’m not heavy enough to develop enough power to need the extra padding to protect my hands.4. Thai oil/liniment –
I honestly swear by this stuff. My involvement in the army and in combat sports for many years has
left me with niggles all over. After a session and a lot of the times before I use traditional Liniment oil on my knees, ankles, shins and elbows. Helps to get them limber during the warm up and with training most days it gives me a bit of a quicker recovery, I feel. Also, if you want to, you can bang a few drops into a hot bath or onto an oil burner to diffuse it through your room. I’ve done this a few times for colds. In Thailand, training twice a day every day, I was getting bumps and knocks during gruelling pad rounds and Thai oil/liniment kept me going.
Now I’m a public transport person. So, carrying around your training Kit and then changes of clothes and food can be a right pain. I tried everything, from holdalls to wheelie suitcases. Until I purchased a Fairtex training bag. It’s perfect. Doesn’t hurt my back and has separate compartments for gloves/shins with enough space to fit change of clothes, shorts and any other bits. Has made my commute a lot easier now and not carrying a huge hold-all about is a massive bonus. There’s many of the same types of bag styles from RevGear, Hayabusa Fairtex and I’ve recently seen Twins one as well! I couldn’t recommend getting a decent bag to carry all your kit in!
These 5 things will differ from person to person but these items, for my training schedule and routine work perfectly and all go hand in hand. You can’t go far wrong with any of the pieces of equipment in the article and, honestly, the list should be far longer than just the five I have chosen to talk about today but these are, for me, the most important.
Fightlab have recently launched their new UK online store, where you can find the gloves, shin pads and rucksack which is featured in this article. Aaran Jahn of Muay Thai Scholar reviewed their Muay Thai gloves here: http://www.muaythaischolar.com/fightlab-thai-boxing-gloves/
He also reviewed their Muay Thai pads here: http://www.muaythaischolar.com/fightlab-thai-pads-review/
What do you like to have in your bag? Let us know in the comments below and share your ideas with the world!