Henry getting an armbar in competition

Do you believe you should "get in shape" before beginning something new, such as learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Muay Thai? Do you find yourself performing unplanned gym exercises or lifting weights in the hopes that it will prepare you for something completely different? If so, it's time to debunk this mentality.

The truth is that the only way to "get in shape" for anything is to do it. Weightlifting and cardio will not prepare you for the specific movements and demands of a new sport, but doing these things in addition can supplement and enhance training. The greatest way to try something new, such as BJJ or Muay Thai, is to come in and give it a shot.

Here are a few tips to help you feel more comfortable going into class:

1. Bring A Buddy

Bring a friend with you to practice. Having someone you know with you can help alleviate any worry or nervousness you may be feeling. Having a friend to hold you accountable in your training can also help.

Abel, Masa, and Mikey after sparring

2. Know What To Expect

Watch videos on what to expect. Many martial arts schools have videos on their website or social media pages that show what a class looks like. This can help you get a feel for what to expect before you even walk through the door. Check out our Muay Thai class content below.

3. We Were All New Once

Remember that every single person at the gym started where you did. Nobody was born with a black belt or a world champion in Muay Thai, and everyone had to start somewhere. Accept the learning process and don't be too hard on yourself if you have difficulty at first.

Erick and Austin going live in class

It is critical to set goals once you begin attending class on a regular basis. It's easy to become absorbed in what other members are doing, particularly if they have more expertise. However, it is critical to focus on yourself and set reasonable goals. Perhaps your goal is to get through warm-ups more effectively, or to perfect one aspect of a combination or technique. Whatever it is, don't compare yourself to others and instead concentrate on your own improvement.

So, don't let the fear of the unknown or the notion that you need to "get in shape" before trying something new keep you from trying something new. Take the initial step and come in; you might be surprised at what you're capable of.

Ready to give it a try?