When I first started going to 8 Limbs, I was very recently sober after years of alcohol abuse. I started going as a last hail mary looking for some kind of outlet, and I immediately fell in love with 8 Limbs and Muay Thai. For a long time, it was the only thing I looked forward to doing all day and sometimes the only time I could stop crying for an hour. I now know that it was exactly what I needed at the time – it helped the anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and boredom that I was struggling with. Even though I’m not struggling anymore like I was when I started, I’m still in love with practicing Muay Thai (after almost a year of going, I’ve still never participated in a class that hasn’t challenged and excited me). Muay Thai is so fun and exhausting, and the coaches, staff, and gym members at 8 Limbs are so kind that I feel loved and appreciated every time I am there, even when some of us didn’t even know each other’s names. Everybody is so encouraging and there are no toxic bro vibes. The Womens Muay Thai classes are the most supportive and amazing classes ever. The coaches push you to push yourself but are supportive of everybody’s limitations. You quickly build up so much stamina and continue to build it. I never thought that I would be so healthy, physically fit, and excited about a sport, but I’m so grateful I am now! And I even won an award for “Surprise Bad Ass”!