At our gym, we offer two programs: Muay Thai and Strength and Conditioning. We believe that they pair well together and give our students a well-rounded sport and fitness program that lends well to those with both athletic goals and general fitness goals. Cross-training for Muay Thai with Strength Training can take your power, endurance, and athleticism to a whole new level. If you are a student at F5, whatever your reason for joining the gym, you can only benefit from sampling everything we have to offer and then refining your selection of training based on your goals as needed.
As the name of our gym shows, the focus of our business is on functional fitness. But achieving that fitness can be done in several different ways (and we suggest a mix of them): Muay Thai, strength training, “Fighter Fit” (HIIT), nutritional counseling, recovery, and mobility. In a small group classes or one-on-one, You will likely have a favorite aspect of training at Function 5 or your gym, but that shouldn’t rule out incorporating other training methods.
Our roster of classes is not haphazard; each training method compliments the other. Kettlebell swings develop explosive hips that generate devastating kicks; the cardiovascular benefit of HIIT translates to a more productive Muay Thai session (and vice versa); the seamless transition between calm and tension that you develop in Muay Thai will help you use your energy efficiently in Strength and Conditioning classes. Our Tune-Up class eases all the wear and tear of the other classes so that you can do it all again next week. And counseling on proper diet ensures that you physically see all of the benefits your gaining from our classes. (Remember: six packs start in the kitchen.)
My personal bias is towards Muay Thai. Out of everything we offer, I enjoy Muay Thai the most. But I don’t neglect other implements. Training with barbells, kettlebells, and bodyweight may not be as much fun for me as beating the pads, but I do it because I benefit from it. Coach Tyler is the opposite: he prefers the barbell to the glove, but that hasn’t stopped him from dabbling in all training methods, including face punching.
Along with the physical benefit of cross training between Muay Thai and Strength, you may also derive a mental benefit. Feel like you’re burning out on Muay Thai? Take a week-long vacation from the punching and kicking and stick to your strength classes. At the end of the week, you’ll likely feel reinvigorated and ready to resume your Muay Thai training. Frustrated with the quality of your swing? Try out our Muay Thai program and see if learning to kick helps you snap your hips with a kettlebell in hand – it may work or it may not, but it can’t hurt.
A final note on Tune-Up class: students tell me that they don’t want waste an hour of workout time on recovery and mobility because they feel like they are “losing a workout.” We discourage this mindset. The benefits from weekly recovery and mobility will raise the quality of your other workouts even if it’s not an intense workout itself. Besides, you can’t do your favorite workouts if you get injured. The mobility and recovery work we do in Tune-Up Class is one of the best ways to increase injury prevention.
Daniel Davis-Williams, CSCS, CPT