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  1. I spent a year building up cardio and losing some weight before going into Muay Thai. The one thing I wish I had emphasized more is flexibility/mobility. I am 50 and while I know I can get better RoM, it's a struggle at my age. There is also the fact that by not making it part of my routine earlier on, I'm having to get past the idea that it's something "extra" instead of essential. I don't need to be able to do cold splits, but it would be nice to throw a half-decent round kick above waist level without having to warm up for 20 minutes first.
  2. Hi All, A very nice teenager in our school is moving to Texas later in the fall. She is hoping to continue her MT training. Any recommendations for a school in the El Paso area that teaches teens as well as adults? Thanks much!
  3. @otterbyte and I did fitness kickboxing for a year before starting Muay Thai. While I would argue the main benefit was getting into better condition for training, a lot of the basic techniques are the same (jab, cross, kicks, etc.). Of course, we took the fitness class at the same place that teaches Muay Thai, and the same instructors taught both classes. If you are going to take a similar MA style (like kickboxing) there should be little trouble. Some traditional arts might use different moves or variations that will require some altering of techniques, but that's OK; you're just
  4. If your gym has a bag, you might look for a personal trainer with boxing creds.
  5. The TKD/Muay Thai school we attend has a reasonable percentage, including some of the teachers. When I took Cardio KBox there initially, I wore a lot of nerdy T-shirts to class (no uniforms). I frequently got into conversations about whatever comic book character was on the shirt. Or D&D when I wore my Garycon shirts. The jiu-jitsu instructor left to start his on school (on friendly terms) about a year and a half ago. Apparently he runs a semi-regular D&D night that his former co-workers frequently attend. The younger teachers are heavily into console gaming as well.
  6. Sorry I didn't reply for so long. I haven't been lifting as much the last few months. Most of my training has been Muay Thai classes. I need to up my stretching game, no doubt. I did try some DLs with a relatively light weight yesterday, while concentrating on tightening my core before pulling. My back is a little tired today, but I didn't hurt myself, so I guess that's something. I'll see if @otterbyte can record a short vid of me lifting next time and I'll post it.
  7. My wife @otterbyte is 5' 2" and does Muay Thai with me. Apparently all the quality manufacturers of shin guards hate people that size. She wants a pair with the double-ended strap velcro design. Venum and Yokkao failed the sizing test. Most brands have a single strap + D ring (like Top King) the single straps double back on each other. Any other suggestions?
  8. I give up on DLs. I simply cannot maintain a neutral spine. I don't know if it's tight hamstrings or what, but I when I reach for the bar, the lower back curves and I end up in pain after trying. I try lighter weights to avoid straining, but then I am getting no kind of workout. It's not a question of learning the form, my back will not stay straight. I push out my chest and all the things YouTube tells me, but no luck.
  9. JT's channel on YouTube has excellent instruction: https://www.youtube.com/user/tripleVVV3
  10. The school is in suburban Maryland. It's called Black Belt Martial Arts. They do periodically offer a 1-day pad holding class. It's usually on Saturdays. I asked the instructor to consider holding it again as there are several new)ish) students in the MT class this fall.
  11. Last night @otterbyte and I officially left the conditioning class and stepped onto the mat for our first Muay Thai session! I've been working toward this for over a year now, getting back into some kind of shape and learning some basic techniques in the fitness class (heavy bag work and some glove drills). The warm-ups and conditioning portions are about the same as the fitness class', but the partner/pad drills are more intense than just smacking the bag. Holding the pads for your partner was harder than punching and kicking! (Shoulders say OW!) The Fitness KBoxing really helped
  12. @otterbyte and I took the kids down to western NC to see it. We stood in the parking lot of the Sylva Walmart (about 2 miles inside path of totality) for an hour or so watching the moon creep across. The clouds behaved, we had glasses, and it was a perfect view of the totality. Sadly, no good pics. I'm not a shutterbug and the iPhone just turned the corona into a blur. The kids thought it was awesome, too.
  13. It's Saturday and I finally did W2D2. Monday was when I hurt my back. Bad form and letting your ego choose the weight have got to be two of the biggest reasons folks get hurt and lose time lifting.
  14. I went too heavy -and with bad form- on some T-bar rows and my lower back is definitely unhappy. Yesterday was icepacks and ibuprofen. It will probably be tomorrow before I work out again. I think I may need to modify a few of the exercises until I can improve some hip mobility and hamstring flexibility.
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