Does It Hurt To Learn Muay Thai?

Like all other forms of professional fighting, from boxing to MMA, learning the martial art of Muay Thai can and will hurt from time to time. You must be both physically and mentally prepared for injuries associated with Muay Thai training.

Combative Muay Thai is undeniably painful. Injuries are a typical occurrence in Muay Thai, making the training very painful as well.

A few training sessions may drive inexperienced athletes to stop practicing the sport due to the pain involved.

Does It Hurt To Learn Muay Thai?

Many have come and gone, having enthusiastically taken up Muay Thai, Instagramming their newfound “love,” and then giving up the sport when the shin bruises became unbearable.

An ancient saying states that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” though. If you continue to train and successfully manage your pain, you will experience less discomfort as your body gets stronger. 

In addition to your body and muscles being stronger through time, your mind has also become more resilient.

With the majority of aches and pains, you should be able to continue exercising; nevertheless, rib injuries can be fairly constraining. Aside from that, you may always engage in some form of workout while your bruises or strains recover.

You may continue to exercise your upper body if you have an injury to your lower body and vice versa. But remember, you should not try to push your body to breaking point every time you hit the gym, or this could cause permanent damage to your body and health. 

What Are The Common Injuries Muay Thai Beginners Face?

There will be a variety of aches, pains, and discomfort, and beginning Muay Thai training may provide several physical challenges.

Remember that every person is different. Your injury will differ in terms of its severity and the time necessary for complete recovery. 

Muscle ache/tenderness

If you have never experienced DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) when practicing Muay Thai, you are not working hard enough.

The majority of muscle pain is curable, and exercise may continue.

The aches may affect your performance, but this is an inevitable consequence of exercise and helps you to get stronger.

However, you may rest for a few days if you are suffering substantial discomfort of any type. In addition to hot/salt baths and a good massage of the affected muscle will help ease some of the discomforts.

Knuckle Bruise

This is one of the initial bruises you may encounter during training. Nearly every beginner will initially have knuckle bruising or rashes.

Your knuckles will get stronger in a short time, but be careful not to overdo it, as this might cause more damage to the area, meaning that it will take longer to heal. 

If the problem persists, though, you can boost your protection by switching to gloves with greater padding. 

Injury To The Upper Foot

This common beginner injury is typically caused by kicking the heavy bag with the tops of the feet instead of the shins. This will cause at least several days of swelling and agony.

It is a matter of utilizing the appropriate approach, so never be afraid to ask your teacher for a bit of extra help. Treat the swelling and allow it to go down naturally. While the injury heals, you may resume your training.

Wrist Soreness

If you are not using the appropriate techniques when punching, you will get wrist discomfort. Ensure that your hands are properly and firmly wrapped, that you are wearing gloves with sufficient wrist support and that you punch with a closed fist.

Avoid using excessive force until you have mastered your techniques. It is recommended to avoid punching bags and lifting weights since a wrist injury can easily lead to a sprain or fracture.

Minor wrist discomfort disappears quickly, both on its own and when treated appropriately.

Knee Bruises

Knee injuries are common in the beginning while training knee strikes on a large bag. This isn’t a huge problem though as the bruises will heal within a few days and will not affect your workout. Until the discomfort passes, you may want to take it easy on your knees while carrying heavy objects.

Strained Rib Muscles

Rib injuries can range from a basic rib muscle strain induced by overexertion to a serious rib bruising or fracture resulting from a kick sustained while sparring.

Mild muscle strains are quite common among beginners.

These will need several to seven days to recover. If you can complete sit-ups, you will probably be able to continue training.

In extreme cases, like a rib cartilage injury, you may the pain to be intolerable. This is accompanied by a popping sensation in the ribs. This might be because of insufficient warm-up exercises or trying a technique above your current skill level.

This injury can take up to six weeks to heal, which is quite inconvenient because you cannot achieve anything during this period. It hurts to sneeze, cough, laugh or get out of bed, and your exercise options are confined to brisk walking.

Never attempt to restart training until you are nearly fully recovered since doing so will aggravate your injury and delay your recovery.


If you have not been exercising consistently, your entire body will experience muscle discomfort when you begin Muay Thai training.

Muay Thai exercises every inch of your muscles, causing them to hurt. When the hamstrings are not properly stretched and you compensate by engaging the muscles of the lower back, you may have lower back discomfort.

Warming up before exercise and stretching after exercise will prevent or reduce post-exercise back muscle discomfort. A good massage or warm bath will help relieve muscular discomfort.


Muay Thai is undoubtedly one of the harder fighting sports to learn, as it will be painful as you build up the strength in your body during the early stages of training.

Remember to not push yourself too far as this can cause further injury, and only train if you feel like your body can handle it.

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