The Yard Muay Thai, Los Angeles
Located in a bit of a dodgy looking area of downtown, you don’t really know what to expect walking into this Muay Thai gym. The gym is located on the second floor of this massive warehouse. The main floor is some props studio, which holds lots of movie sets.
A very basic gym with a couple of partitioned walls and hanging curtains make up the change rooms. They have lockers off on the side, but it seemed as though the students all felt comfortable enough to leave all their things just laying around the mats by the entrance.
We were welcomed by Mark, one of the owners, who started us off with some cardio warm up and lots of lunges and squats. After about 20 min, those that have experience, were told to do shadow boxing and the newbies were given instruction. The trainers came around and worked with each student individually for a bit and eventually split everyone off into partners, where they teach sparring techniques. At the end of the workout, the trainers give you a workout on the pads as well. It’s a very loosely run gym, which offers people with experience in Muay Thai to train without having to go through a structured class. The staff and students are all very friendly and no one seems to have an ego.
Equipment: Bring comfortable workout gear. They can provide you with gloves and shin guards if you don't have your own.