Muay Thai fighters have to be in great physical shape because every part of their bodies are involved in combat. This is why practitioners of this martial art should wear hand wraps, gloves, shin guards, ankle supports, and mouth guards. Hand wraps stop you from injuring your wrists when working the pads or punching the heavy bag. The gloves used in Muay Thai differ from those used in standard boxing. During a clinch, you can open your fingers in these gloves to grip your opponent. Sixteen-ounce gloves are the best size for beginners to use, and the ideal weight for light sparring sessions. Many gyms sell Muay Thai gear to their students directly and charge twenty to fifty percent above retail price. Online vendors offer the most affordable prices because they do not have the overheads of an offline store.