Four Qualities Good Trainers Possess
If you only care about fitness and take up kickboxing classes for the cardio, it really shouldn’t matter who your trainer is. So long as you’re working hard, you’re assured to get a good workout. But, if you’re taking up Muay Thai seriously, then read on.
The four qualities below are typically what good trainers possess and what you should look for.
- Knowledge Of The Sport
While some gyms do house Muay Thai instructors who know what they’re talking about, majority have instructors that really don’t have any Muay Thai background.
If you really care about learning Muay Thai, then look for an instructor that’s knowledgeable at the said sport. By that, I mean looking for someone who’s actually trained in Thailand in Muay Thai for months, if not years, and not just someone who took a 2-4 week course and calls themselves as “certified Muay Thai instructors”.
When visiting a gym you’re interested in training at, don’t be afraid to ask your trainer what his or her background is in Muay Thai. Double check, and do your research too.
Remember, it is your time you’ll be investing, or wasting. So, best make sure that you’re training with the right instructor.
- A Commitment To You
Find a trainer that actually cares about you. Sure, it may take some time to get to know a trainer first before you know if they’re really committed to you, but it’s well worth the investment. Finding a trainer that actually cares about you and your journey in Muay Thai is well worth the effort.
One thing that you have to keep in mind is that just because a trainer or coach has produced good fighters or students, don’t mean he’s the right guy for you. He may be a good teacher and all, but if he’s not interested in teaching you all you need to learn, then you’re better off with someone else, even if they’re not as “good”.
A good trainer will take his time not only teaching you the basics, but also explaining to you the rationale behind them. They’ll help you out with your form and even give you a few tips and advice on what to do after and before training starts.
Again, this is a bit more personal, but still very important. You may have to switch trainers often to find someone who’s the right fit for you, but the search will be well worth it.
- Passion For The Sport
The best trainers aren’t exactly the best fighters, but they sure are some of the most passionate to the sport, to the point of obsession. They genuinely love the sport and devote themselves not only to teaching others what they know about it, but also are devoted to improving themselves every chance they go.
Now, this may mean that the trainer will go away every now and then to train somewhere else, usually in Thailand, but that’s okay.
If you find yourself a trainer that’s continually developing themselves to becoming better and improving their methods, then try your best to stay in his or her class.
Doing Your Part
Now that you’ve found the right trainer, it’s time that you do your part. Your trainer may be this and that and so on, but, it still all comes down to how you adjust at the end of the day. If you don’t listen and pay attention, it doesn’t really matter if you have the best trainer in the world.
Be good student, listen, respond, and give 110% of your effort during trainer. Do that and a good trainer will make sure that you learn as much as you can about Muay Thai.