This was my third time to train on Soi Ta Aed, Chalong. I was looking for a muay thai / boxing / conditioning training 'holiday' and had just paid for a month (out of 7 weeks) at the muay thai gym I had been to previously on the street. As I walked back to my hotel along the street, I came across Unit 27. It wasn't there last time I was in Phuket! Why oh why had I not seen this half an hour earlier! As I stopped and stared I became mesmerized by what I saw and heard:
.....about 20 sweaty people of all different shapes and sizes thrashing out a workout (rapid fire it turned out to be) giving it there all... the sounds of tyres being hammered, balls being slammed, feet pounding up the sprint track and sweat hitting the mats were music to my ears, not to mention the sounds of encouragement, praise and support from the trainers, as well as those being trained. The environment felt alive, pumping, electric.
I decided that THIS was where I belonged. Only now I had already paid at the other gym, I'd have to wait a month, training at the other gym and then I could spend my last three weeks at the Unit. And what an experience it was. I had a load of fun, trained hard and got results. I'd have to say the best thing about Unit 27 is not just their amazing facilities and equipment or the wealth of knowledge and experience each trainer has....it is the openness, friendliness and overall positive attitude that all the trainers and staff have. Their attitudes have created an environment that makes anyone feel welcome, whether you're just starting out on your fitness journey or an elite athlete.
Its been a couple of weeks since I left and I can not wait until my next holiday to return.
My biggest piece of advice to you.... do NOT book any training online until you've come to Chalong, to Soi Ta Aed and you've looked at all the gyms. I recommend training at all of - muay thai, boxing, strength and conditioning and CrossFit (well.... only Unit 27 has that anyway) and I can guarantee that you too will 'come home' to train at Unit 27.
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