A Few Questions From A Complete Newbie Visiting KYN Gym


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laurag648
Hi, I'm hoping some of you may be able to answer some questions I have. I am a female travelling alone to KYN gym for 3 months (arriving end of Feb). I have never done Muay Thai before, nor do I have any experience in any martial arts. I am a fitness instructor, so fairly fit (but certainly not muay Thai fit yet!), but this is what inspired me to come out to train.

This is possibly the only chance I'll ever get to visit for such a long period of time, so I would like like to do a tiny bit of travelling in that 3 months as well. I am planning on something like: 3 weeks at KYN, 1 week volunteering on Phuket, 3 weeks KYN, 1 week volunteering in Chiang Mai, then 4 weeks KYN. So firstly, would these gaps in my training be frowned upon at all? (in case it is relevant, I am training for fun/the experience/to get fitter - I wouldn't rule out fighting, but I doubt I would be at the right level to fight after just 3 months).

I feel like I should be taking some supplements to aid recovery, but I have no experience of this at all. I was thinking of bringing some electrolyte tablets, protein powder, and glucosamine/chondroitin tablets; does that sound suitable or unnecessary?

And now what feels like a very silly question: I am considering buying a cheap blender (20) to take with me, so I can make 'protein smoothies' i.e. mix some protein powder with fresh fruit. Would I look completely ridiculous doing this or does this sound ok? I'm not sure if I'm going a bit OTT for someone who's mainly training for fun.

And finally, does anyone know what kind of prices KYN gym sells gloves and shin pads for?

johnny
dont know anything about kyn gym. but I am shure about some Others ;-)
1) you are going to a country where you find everything (IF you really feel you need) in the
pharmacy shops.
2) that country has an awesome choice of blenders of every size and weight as well :-)
3) same for gloves and shinpads, available everywhere and way cheaper then here in europe ;-)

of course you can travel, its a gr8 idea especially if you are not muaythai-fit and cant go hardcore 6 days
a week, twice daily right from the beginning. if you feel you recover, well, you can train everywhere, Chiang Mai,
Bangkok, Phuket, Samuui, Phangan, everywhere.

good luck and enjoy :-)

Pepsi
i don't think taking time off for some volunteer work would bother anyone. there's plenty of people who take time off to drink and party, so whatever. don't know what your visa is, so you likely have to do a visa run anyways. taking your own blender won't look silly, it's not like you're gonna pull it out on a restaurant table and make it there yourself. aren't the protein powders flavoured anyways? do you really need to blend it with fruits, just seems like extra baggage but you can do whatever you want. as for any other supplements, up to you in my opinion just make sure nothing's open before you leave. and no idea on what they charge for gloves and shin pads, I think they have gear you can borrow there like any other gym.

laurag648
Thanks for your replies. Yeah I'm not too sure about the blender...I want to take one but not sure how much I'd actually use it. I just thought that mixing the powder with fruit would make it taste nicer as I'm not a big fan of protein powders. I'm quite a fussy eater though so I do want to make sure I get enough protein in me.

Thanks Johnny, I know they probably sell everything there, but I heard that the training supplements are much pricier in Thailand so I wanted to come prepared :-)

minr
tbh i'd take my own blender to be on the safe side, you can get electrics cheaper in UK than most places in the world

tnas
1) no, your a paying customer, do what you like!
2) supplements sounds fine
3) blend away!

I just got back from Koh yao Noi - beautiful but extremely small and quiet, and KYN gym is tiny with really old looking bags. I would be bored out of my mind in a week! (and I'm not into bars and partying)

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