Thailand Training Camps

As some of you may know from reading prior posts; and if you don’t – I’ve been spending more and more time in Thailand, which will only be increasing. As a refresher; I traveled to the land of smiles by my self last September for a month, was a part of a training camp, and fell in love with the island of Koh Phangan.

Booking my ticket again for this past month was even better than last year (if that is even possible.) Not only did I fall in love more with Muay Thai and the island, but also got an amazing opportunity presented to me…

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Rewind a little before I announce the opportunity that is to come, so I can tell you a little about our day to day routine in a Thailand training camp.

         6am–7am
  • Morning meditation usually starts at 6–6:20am (whenever you roll out of bed and get your butt on the beach kind of time)
    7am–9am
  • Morning training starts at 7am usually with 15 minutes skipping rope however not limited to (some jog, others bounce on tires, push-ups, squats, stationary bicycle, etc. are some of the common warm-up options.)
  • Once the muscles are warm, the body is sweaty, and you’ve gotten used to having your clothes drenched in sweat with the humidity; you wrap up your hands and get ready to stretch – we stretch as a group with a Thai instructor leading every move.
  •  From stretching we split into two groups: either you are with a trainer one on one for 3–4 rounds of pads OR you are on the bag for the same amount, and then you switch.
  • After both bag work, and pad work; we usually go into at least 3 rounds of technical sparring (either with teammates or trainers)
  • Following sparring is either technique instruction with partners OR clinching technique
  • 100 knees, teeps (front kicks), and sit-ups concludes the endurance and conditioning
  • Lastly is stretching as a team (not instructed by a trainer but usually we each take turns calling out a stretch)
    9am–3pm

    This time is considered free time, after showering; many common activities are:

  • Eat at the market, hotel, or nearby restaurants
  • Take a nap
  • Swim in the pool at the hotel, or ocean/beach
  • Explore the island on your scooter (temples, waterfalls, etc.)
  • Yoga with Liz for an hour depending on the day is offered either from 11am–12pm OR right before afternoon training from 2pm–3pm
  • Strength and conditioning class for an hour at the gym (Diamond Muay Thai)
  • Work, reading, personal time
    3pm–5pm
  • Afternoon training starts at 3pm usually with 15 minutes skipping rope however not limited to (some jog, others bounce on tires, push-ups, squats, stationary bicycle, etc. are some of the common warm-up options.)
  • Once the muscles are warm, the body is sweaty, and you’ve gotten used to having your clothes drenched in sweat with the humidity; you wrap up your hands and get ready to stretch – we stretch as a group with a Thai instructor leading every move.
  •  From stretching we split into two groups: either you are with a trainer one on one for 3–4 rounds of pads OR you are on the bag for the same amount, and then you switch.
  • After both bag work, and pad work; we usually go into at least 3 rounds of technical sparring (either with teammates or trainers)
  • Following sparring is either technique instruction with partners OR clinching technique
  • 100 knees, teeps (front kicks), and sit-ups concludes the endurance and conditioning
  • Lastly is stretching as a team (not instructed by a trainer but usually we each take turns calling out a stretch)
    5pm–”Bedtime” (whenever that is for you)

    This time is considered free time, after showering; many common activities are as follows not to mention usually 2–3 times a week is a group dinner where we all go out together to a different restaurant and Saturday evenings is team BBQ at the gym every week:

  • Eat at the market, hotel, or nearby restaurants
  • Explore the island on your scooter (plenty of bars and nightlife available as well as an outdoor movie theater!)
  • Work, reading, personal time

 

Saturdays usually after morning training is an ice bath that accommodates 6 people at a time; we take turns 3 minutes for 3 rounds.

Sundays are rest days; no training what so ever, this is a great opportunity to adventure and see the island, recover your body at the herbal sauna or get a massage, or just have a beach day! Sundays are usually the days that new teammates come to the island and check-in for the following week so a team meeting to get to know each other before team dinner is usually in the early evening.

Now that you know a little about what it is like to be a part of a Thailand training camp, and what I did daily for 28 days this summer– I am excited to announce not only will I be traveling to Greece in September for a week camp there; training, filming, and the wedding photographer for Sean and Liz, not only will I be in Costa Rica for a week camp there for the same (minus the wedding as they will already be married!)

But…

I have bought my one way ticket to Thailand for the end of January 2019!

Not only have Sean, Liz, and Paul given me extraordinary opportunities to become part of these training camps; but Diamond Muay Thai recognized my work while I was there, and they would like to hire me to film videos and photos for them as well for marketing and promotion!

We have camps coming up so if you think this would be the kind of vacation to take you to the next level check the dates below!

February 3rd – March 3rd, 2019

Diamond Muay Thai, Koh Phangan
Train alongside two pro fighters – Sean Fagan and Paul Banasiak – as they share with you their top training methods.

Click here for more information: http://www.thailandtrainingcamp.com/

April 1st – April 29th, 2019

Diamond Muay Thai, Koh Phangan
The Perfect Balance of Intense, Technical Muay Thai Training in Beautiful Surroundings and Culture

Click here for more information: http://www.thailandtrainingcamp.com/

Video I made this last camp | A Day in the Life:

 

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Let’s Travel! Packing Essentials

If you have chosen to read my blog; most likely you fall into one of these categories: you love to travel, you love the outdoors, you wish you could travel more, health and fitness are big parts of your life, you love food, and/or you are a family member (thank you to all of my readers wherever you may fall!)

Ok, back to the post and travel; so since you are like me–and you love travel, here are some packing essentials and tips to consider and not forget before your next journey. Does any one else start packing days, even weeks in advance? Last year before traveling to Asia for the first time; I think my bags were packed 2 weeks before leaving (and let’s face it, it was about that time when my ticket was purchased as well.) Once I decided this is what I was going to do; I made the choice, bought the ticket, and packed–only to stare at everything for another two weeks.

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BUT, the benefits of this outweigh the outrage; by starting the packing process early–you are less likely to forget something. Notice here I said less likely–we always will forget something, but this technique ensures it is not an important item!

Most Importantly:

  1. Check Passport Expiration / Renew If Needed!
    (Some countries requires that your passport has at least 6 months validity left)
  2. Reconfirm/check-in online with airline
    (Reconfirm your flights as there may be airline schedule changes. Your return flight must be reconfirmed at your destination directly with the airline 3 days prior to your departure)
  3. Personalize luggage
    (Make sure that your luggage has a tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Tie a colorful ribbon or attach distinctive stickers to your luggage so that you can identify it easily, and other travelers will not take it by mistake)
  4. Change Currency/Call Credit Cards
    (Depending on if you want to exchange your currency for the country you are headed to beforehand or not, either way bringing cash is a good thing just don’t keep it all in one location! Remember to call any credit card companies or the bank to notify them you will be traveling)
  5. Check Baggage Weight
    (Pretty self explanatory; but usually a max weight is 50 pounds or roughly 22.5 kg)
  6. Routine vaccinations
    (Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots, such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. I got Typhoid shot before Thailand last year)

 

Ok, now that we’ve got the most important travel errands and preparations out of the way; now is the fun part–packing! Like I said; I start to pack a couple weeks in advanced to ensure my percentage of forgetting something important is minimal. I start with 3 pieces of luggage (Suitcase, Backpack, Tote bag) Well and my Concealed Money Belt I wear under my shirt.

 

Suitecase: Samsonite Centric 3pc Hardside (20/24/28) Luggage Set, Teal

  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste (3.4 ounce) of liquid / gel / aerosol, can be taken in your carry-on baggage. Larger amounts pack it in your checked baggage
  • Prescriptions/Medications/Vitamins
  • Sunblock
  • Deoderant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Toilet Paper (Some countries do not provide, either buy there or bring your own)
  • Hairbrush/Comb
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Makeup
  • Moisturizor/Lotion
  • Nail Clippers
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Insect repelent
  • First Aid/Bandaids/Neosporin
  • Glasses/Contacts
  • Hats/Hair Ties/Headbands
  • Jewelry/watch/Accessories
  • Drawstring Bag for beach or Day Hikes
  • Tiny backpack/purse

Backpack: SLOTRA Laptop Camera Travel Backpack with USB Charging Port

 

Tote Bag:

 

For my suite case; I use the smallest of the 3 to keep my clothes to a minimum, as well as the overall weight at a lower number. My backpack probably weighs just as much as my suite case, camera gear is heavy! Lastly, is my tote/large purse that is just a combination of miscellaneous necessities at high convenience!

I hope some of these items are relatable for your next travel venture, and you thought to yourself; “Oh crap! I would have forgotten about that!” Remember, if you forget something; and by if I mean when–don’t overly obsess about it. There is nothing you can do now, other than buy whatever you need when you get there; and enjoy your adventure!

I’ll be seeing you!