Reviewed by Dawn DelVecchio
In all, there were 26 of us training that day, including a large group from California, four instructors from France, a professional competitor from Portugal and several other women and men from the UK, Australia and the States. People were either striking a bag, working with their trainer on pads, or practicing a unique element of Muay Thai, a stand up wrestling technique with knee and elbow strikes called plumm. Others were doing abdominal conditioning, improving their form, developing their calves by bouncing on tires, getting a rub down on stretching. The group was happy, friendly and yes, sweating and smiling.
Typical of many Muay thai camps, Fairtex offers both a morning and an afternoon training session. Each begins with a warm-up run (one that my group happily avoided on grounds of old age and poor conditioning), shadow boxing, pad work and /or bag work and sparring for those who are interested. Following our morning session, we were served a delicious Thai meal and then had majority of the day for ourselves. At about 3.30, folks began to gather around the rings for an afternoon session. After six hours of rest, we were energized and ready to go. While my friend continued to develop their form and increase their striking power (and caloric burn), I worked with a 29 year old Kai, a man with 130 professional fights under his belt, 114 of them wins.
Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness offers elite training to both serious practioners and those those looking for fun and challenging experience. With 17 personal trainers teaching the techniques of the kingdom’s national sport, Fairtex is expanding quickly. The camp sits on 1.5 rai (2,400 sqaure meters) and offers guests a full range of facilities, including housing, meals, weight room, yoga/Pilates studio and a soon to open detoxification center. Visitor can choose to stay from a half day to months at a time.