The ‘After’ Post: 5 Weeks at Titan Fitness, Thailand

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I know you’re just dying to know what I look like after 5 weeks training at Titan Fitness, Thailand, but hold your horses! There are a few things I want to cover first. Or you could just scroll down, I can’t stop you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Those who have followed this journey for the last month or so will know I had high hopes and dreams for my stay here in Phuket. I wanted to lose weight, to feel healthier and to get my vigour back.

Lovely Phuket - Training in paradise

Lovely Phuket – Training in paradise

So has it worked? You bet your sweet ass it has!

Aside from the weight and inch loss, which I’ll get to in a minute, I’ve noticed a few incredible changes which if I’m honest, I was hoping for but I wasn’t expecting. The first of which isโ€ฆ

Confidence

Do you know I haven’t bought a pair of shorts in 8 years? I’m not talking about jeans cut off just above the knee. They’ve been a bit of a mainstay for me all of my life actually. I’m talking about SHORTS. Ones which show off those hideous white, blubbering hams in all of their inescapable glory.

When I arrived at Titan I had to go shopping for workout gear (I had none. Zero), and for a while all I could find were short shorts. Cue a feeling of dread beyond anything I felt when bungee jumping in Canada or riding a motorbike in Vietnam.

But I worked with what I had, and pretty soon I didn’t notice what I was wearing in class. And the best bit? I’ve actually bought myself a couple of pairs of shorts to wear in the actual street. Changed woman, coming through!

I still don’t have the best legs in the world, but you know what? They’re my legs and I’m going to give them the vitamin D they’ve been missing out on for the best part of a decade.

So there.

My old cut offs, now too big for me!

My old cut offs, now too big for me!

Discipline

This isn’t the first time I’ve attended a fitness camp. In fact, I’ve done two before in the UK for a week each time. I also ran a marathon a couple of years ago but that was a bit of a disaster and we don’t want to talk about that. My point is, I’m not really new to this fitness thing, I just can’t stick at it.

The real difference between doing something for a week and for five weeks is that the exercise really becomes part of your routine rather than just a break in your normal cycle of self abuse.

You know what I’m talking about. When you live off vegetable stir fries and nutribullet all week and then down 10 bottles of wine at the weekend, all the while justifying it to yourself that you’re living a balanced life. Yes, I’m talking to you, ‘Generation Offset‘.

Five weeks of eating well and working out six days a week has given me a fantastic base on which to build. I’m fitter now that I’ve ever been and exercise feels natural and comfortable.

girls who lift

It’s also taught me that you can still enjoy a few treats here and there, but that’s exactly what they should beโ€ฆ Treats. If you make them the main part of your lifestyle then obviously the results are going so show on your body. Which leads me nicely to my next point…

Education

How many times have you staggered into a gym, looked at the stacks of equipment and wanted to turn and run in the opposite direction? I know I have.

In my gym in London I used to have a routine. 20 minutes on the cross trainer, 10 minutes jogging on the treadmill (hating every second) and then a few presses of that leg thingy machine followed by a large doner kebab or some other awful abomination on the way home.

OK the last bit is a bit of an exaggeration but it’s no joke that I had no idea how to use any of the equipment in the gym, and I didn’t want to learn for fear of looking like a newb.

lift in chalong

In Chalong, I’ve had all the time in the world to ask my stupid questions about form and technique, and never felt as though I was being treated like a dummy. In fact, the guys there helped me out with loads of stupid beginner questions, and even identified a few ways to improve my diet so that I was getting the most from the experience.

Two weeks in, I noticed that my shape was changing but that I hadn’t lost a single pound in weight. I thought it must just be muscle turning into fat, and of course some of it was, but on closer inspection there were a few things I was eating which weren’t doing me any favours at all.

After a chat with Dan, one of the trainers, I tweaked a few things which helped me to start shedding that weight after all.

If you’re thinking of coming to Thailand to do this yourself, I’d recommend getting a nutrition consultation with one of the trainers when you arrive. It’ll save you a lot of headaches trying to work out where you’re going wrong.

Read more: Titan Fitness in Thailand: Everything you need to know.

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5 Weeks at Titan Fitness Thailand

New Friends

I think it goes without saying that in any group of people thrown together for a common purpose (in our case, getting fitter and healthier), you’re going to strike some common ground. But the people here in Chalong are like a new breed.

Everyone is so positive, focused and supportive. And it’s not just the people in the classes which you form bonds with. After so long here I feel like I know literally the whole town. From the shop keepers to the people working in the restaurants and smoothie bars, to the handful of dogs which rush to greet you every day.

I feel like I belong here.

So much so that I’m already thinking about when I can come back. Can we fit another few months into our schedule to come and do this next year maybe? I really hope so.

titan flex pose

And Now the Vital Statistics…

OK so that’s enough of me wittering on. I’m sure you only came here to see how much weight I’ve lost and maybe to judge me. That’s perfectly OK. I’d be doing the same thingโ€ฆ ‘What does she look like now? Has she lost the double chin? How’s the belly looking?’

See for yourselfโ€ฆ

Before front

Before After Back

Before After Side

In the full 5 weeks my total weight loss is 3 kilos (7lbs).ย At first glance, I could be disappointed with a weight loss of just 3 kilos, but in reality I’ve stacked on muscle. I mean there are muscles in places I didn’t even know there should be!

My strength is a hundred times what it was when I arrived, I’m walking taller and my posture is better. So what if the scales are telling me one thing? I know my body and I know that this is the best condition I’ve been in for nearly a decade.

My hair has also grown, and my nails are long and strong. Must be something to do with all the protein I’ve been eating. I dread to think how many chickens I’ve consumed over the last month. Sorry chickens!

large shorts

Anyway, I know I’m not the skinniest waif in the world, but I’m happy with the way things are going. So now the hard work starts. I’m determined to build a new healthier lifestyle, including eating well, exercising regularly and enjoying the occasional treat.

I’ll keep you updated on how things are going over the next few months, and I’ll be sharing a few of the tips I’ve learned for keeping in shape whilst you travel too. Stay tuned…

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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  2. Sarah

    Woooooo, hot mama! Congrats on all your hard work, the thought of walking in Bangkok was enough to keep me in the hostel before sunset, so I can’t imagine how much you much have struggled exercising in that heat too, bravo!!!

  3. Beth

    Love this! it makes me want to go to a fitness camp. I desperately need to get back in shape but lack the discipline. Congratulations on all the changes you made, you look fantastic!

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    LovePuffin Travel Blog

    Haha thanks, Sarah! The humidity has been kinda crazy but you get used to it after a while! Actually the heat might’ve helped sweat out a little more fat so I’m not complaining! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jen

    Go you! looking fab and so impressed you have done this for 5 weeks!

    I would love to do something like this, I also am crap at sticking to stuff.

    Hope you keep it going once you leave. x

  7. Dayna

    You’re hilarious! So much truth though – it’s incredible what a healthy diet and some exercise can do for you! I’m so keen on doing this next year (probably some time in May). I’ve just finished a 60 day clean eating challenge called Whole30 (I’ve done 30 days a few times before but felt like I needed longer this time) and feel amazing because of it.

    Lost 8kgs and 21cms literally just from changing the food I was eating but there were so many other changes like feeling less tired etc that were more important (I’ve written a bit more about it here if you’re interested! http://thebakersjourney.com/happiness-project-the-food-we-eat/)

    So you’re right, nutrition makes a huge difference!

    I would love to get strong and not be a complete noob when it comes to exercise though and I love the idea of committing fully to it. Maybe we’ll see you there next year!

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    I really enjoyed your post, and totally feel like I need to find more posts like that. Yes to a healthy lifestyle!

    I’m seriously considering a return, so let me know if (/when!!!!) you decide to go. We might just cross paths!

    Hayley x

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  10. Kirsten

    Awesome stuff, Hayley! Sounds like this was so worthwhile, and as long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters. You look great!

  11. Monica

    Wow, well done! You look amazing! And did I spot Alex in the background looking pretty buff too? I definitely think it’s better to think about how you feel rather than what you weigh on the scales. I’m just checking out your Titan Fitness review now. I couldn’t commit to 31 days now I have the baba but I’m very tempted to do something similar.

  12. Michelle

    I’m heading back to Chalong for my 4th time in 2 years in a couple of weeks. I’m a long time martial artist and fitness head and LOVE heading there to focus on one thing….me! Well, me and my training. Chalong feels like my 2nd home and the minute I land back in Australia I’m planning my next trip ๐Ÿ™‚ Hands down Titan is my fav place to train. Keep up the awesome work and maybe we’ll bump in to each other at Titan sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. VickyFlipFlop

    Looking good Puff! I’ve been waiting for this post ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to do something similar. Keep promising myself I’ll get fitter and then forgetting and eating delicious sweets and / or bread. And of course, necking those 10 bottles of wine you talk of. I’ve looked around before and there are some cool places like this in the Philippines so maybe you could go to one of them and then tell me which one is best. Ha. Thanks!

    (I want a photo like that in my current shorts)

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    LovePuffin Travel Blog

    Ah Vicky, I know it well. Sweets, bread, cheese, wine… It’s all good isn’t it? Yum!

    I’d love to! Maybe I could make this a full time job, reviewing fitness camps… Now wouldn’t that be amazing?!?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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