I'm leaning towards muay thai.
I have muscular legs so I figured the best martial art to learn for my body type would be something with a lot of kicks like kickboxing, taekwando, or muay thai.
I have no fighting experience to speak of and have never punched anyone seriously in my life. So if I DID start doing muay thai classes I'd be completely green.
I am, however, athletic and I played soccer for 2-3 years in a small semi-competitive league and basketball for about 5 years in both school and AAU.
My major worry is the schedule+bone conditioning. I've heard that pros train twice a day for 6 days out of the week. Obviously, this is not for me as I wish to casually learn and spar but have no desire to compete professionally. This makes me wonder what a training schedule looks like for a normal person. I have a job+classes to worry about.
Also, I've heard that conditioning your shins is a particularly brutal part of muay thai training. My shins got beat up in both basketball and soccer, but I doubt I'm at the level of toughness needed for muay thai. This worries me somewhat because I don't want to have to skip work or classes because of injuries, and I'm worried about bone deformation. I think I'll be ok if I'm careful and focus on form rather than power first, but it would be helpful to hear some first hand experiences from my fellow pedes.
I do plan on doing preliminary training before joining a gym for about 1-4 months, just to get back in shape and build some more upper body/core muscle. I've been considering doing some variation of this workout(https://betterme.world/articles/one-punch-man-workout/) for a while now(start slow then build up to the full workout).
Has anyone here had martial arts experience muay thai or otherwise? If so, what was your experience?