Here Goes Nothing: A Month in a Thai Fitness Camp

The time is finally here. I’ve arrived in Phuket for my month-long stint in a fitness camp. Time to get fit and healthy!

At 29 years old, people often assume you’ve got your shit together, but that’s really not the case at all. I’ve spent the last 10 years travelling the globe, or working in jobs where I got to think about travelling all day. It was incredible and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but there’s one thing I’ve been neglecting: My body.

Actually, I remember a friend of mine telling me that when you get to your late twenties your body doesn’t play ball in the way it does when you’re in your early twenties. Naturally I assumed they were mad and/or a bit of a wuss for not being able to keep up, but it’s true. The hangovers are a killer these days and I can’t take some of the food-abuse (cheese, chillies, chocolate) that I used to gorge on constantly.

I need to find balance.

Working in London meant long days at my desk and even longer nights down the pub, drinking copious amounts of booze and smoking the odd fag (translation for my non-British readers: cigarette), and barely ever getting my quota of exercise.

hayley drinking

Over the years, the pounds have crept on but I’ve never really had the real motivation or circumstance to break the spell. Now that I’m away from city life and have had a chance to explore a little, I feel it’s the right time to put myself first, and spend a month whipping myself back into shape.

Those who have followed my blog for a while may have seen my stint at a beginner’s yoga course in India earlier this year. That was just what I needed to get started, and I even bought a yoga mat which I carried around India and did some sessions in my room. I managed to maintain a weight loss of around a stone (about 6 kilos) for a few months.


The setting for the beginner’s yoga course

But once I moved on to Vietnam and Cambodia, the time of sadness and the 15p beers created a lethal cocktail of hangovers and laziness, which eroded a lot of the health gains I made in India. Still, I can’t rely on occasional yoga and bouts of food poisoning to keep me in shape forever. I need to learn how to combine travelling with staying fit. And fast.

So here goes nothing. I’m currently at Titan Fitness in Phuket, Thailand where they specialise in all-round fitness. Classes range from cardio-packed sessions to weight training, and from yoga to Muay Thai boxing.

The 'before' shot

The ‘before’ shot

I chose Titan because they were incredibly good value (it worked out at around £480 for a month’s accommodation and training… Amazing value!), and they also seemed like bloody nice people. I stalked their Facebook page for a good month before I decided to book, and they always looked like they were having such fun!

You can add on extras such as a food plan and personal training sessions, but being the backpacker that I am, I decided on a fairly basic package which still gave me everything I needed.

You can spend a couple of days, a week, a month or a few months here getting yourself in shape. Once you add on the cost of international flights, a couple of weeks here can actually work out cheaper than going to one of those overpriced UK ‘detox’ or ‘boot camp’ places. Plus you’re in Thailand so that’s always a bonus!

Yesterday I eased myself into it all with a little sunset yoga, and over the next few days I’m going to gradually increase the amount of classes I do, until I’m working out for around 4 hours a day for the next month.

little hill phuket pool

Already I love it here. The hotel next to the gym where I’m staying is gorgeous, with a pool and sun deck for those ‘recovery’ afternoons, and the town of Chalong, where it’s based is really chilled, with hardly any of that tempting nightlife.

In fact, Chalong is dedicated to health and fitness, so you’re more likely to see a super-food smoothie on the menu of any of the restaurants strewn through town, rather than a selection of beers, or Thai style ‘buckets’.

Alex and I have rented a scooter for about £45 for the month to get us around the island so we can explore further when we have free time. I hear there’s plenty to explore on Phuket, and although it has a bad reputation as being overly touristy, I’m sure there are a few hidden gems to find… I’ll let you know when I do!

I’ll be sharing my progress on my social media channels too, so make sure you’ve subscribed to my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts! I’d really appreciate a few words of encouragement as I go along too!

I’d love to hear from you if you’ve done anything similar. Leave me a comment below. Wishing you all a happy and healthy summer. 🙂

Disclaimer: I received a small discount on my stay with Titan Fitness in return for my honest opinion on this site. As always, my views are entirely my own. As if you’d expect any less from me!

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Hayley is the author behind A Life of More, a travel and lifestyle blog with the goal of helping you to live a happier and more fulfilled life, whether you're currently travelling or happily settled.

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  1. Flora

    This looks fantastic Hayley! I think it’s definitely worth throwing yourself into something like this – and the setting doesn’t look too shabby either 🙂 Best of luck with the month!

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  4. Naomi

    Gan on Hayley! Balance is hard enough at home, never mind when travelling, especially when beer and fried stuff is cheaper than water and healthy salads hah. I have to say though – this retreat actually sounds dreamy (in a weird, exercise keeno way?!)

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