One Month At A Muay Thai Boxing Camp: Results!

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This is the final part of the 4-part Muay Thai Camp Survival Guide. (Go here for Part 1: Preparation For The Camp, Part 2: Nutrition At The Camp & Part 3: Hydration, Supplements, Pace & Recovery)


In retrospect, this camp was hard but it wasn’t insane. After the first two weeks, I felt like a kid at summer camp. Okay, maybe a fat kid at summer camp but still, it was fun. My initial goal was to go to a Muay Thai camp to learn how to defend myself. After finding out that I didn’t like being punched in the face or grappling with sweaty men, I changed my focus to improving my leg strength, flexibility, overall toning and stamina (ie. I wanted to look sexy naked).

I was happy with the results. My flexibity was the best it’s ever been but I think a lot of that credit has to go to the grueling Thai massages as well. I also lost a bit more weight, going down to 79 kgs. (But I don’t care about weight as much as body composition, anyway). I’ve also noticed that my reflexes have improved, so maybe I can defend myself in a fight after all.

However, the biggest difference I noticed was in my cardio fitness in the last week, when the training started feeling easy. So I added 30 min runs in the morning, just for good measure. In the end, my fitness returned to what I was capable of doing 8 years ago, so that’s pretty amazing.

It is quite impressive what one is capable of achieving, when immersed in such an intensive environment. Living onsite at the camp and being surrounded by professional Muay Thai fighters, raised everyone’s expectations of themselves. I think to see real results, one should stay on-site, commit to a minimum of 3 weeks and not drink for their entire stay. In order to make massive change, you need to take massive action. And the reality of it is, if one can’t do that in this environment, how can they then expect to do it in everyday life?

After The Camp

The real litmus test of course, is sustainability. How do I maintain the results in my everyday life? Realistically, I’m not going to be able to maintain doing 3 hours of cardio a day, so my challenge to focus on weight-training at the gym and to keep an active lifestyle when ashore.

At the moment I’m still easily able to do 200 push-ups and sit-ups a day, and I want to keep that up. But I’m not going to lie. It’s definitely been tougher to maintain the momentum when your peer group are not athletes but rather crew members who enjoy drinking, smoking and carb-loading.

I’m trying to find a balance, where I keep my carbs somewhat low and eat more alkaline foods (nutrition link) but still allow myself a couple of cheat days a week for drinking, so I’m not a complete social outcast.

This is the end of the Muay Thai series. Now back to travel blogging!

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About Me

In 2004, I sold everything I owned and left New Zealand to go see the world. In that time, I've run with bulls in Pampolona, watched the Man burn at Black Rock City, volunteered at a special-needs summer camp in New York, hosted & couchsurfed with 100+ people, taught English in Prague, trained with Muay Thai fighters in Phuket, worked on 5 different cruise ships, hugged strangers on streets in 7 countries and this one time, I even hitchhiked naked (but that was back home, so that doesn't really count). I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2012, to embark on new adventures. It's nice here, I think I may stay awhile! Let's connect: @roymarvelous, facebook & RSS.

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  • Annj

    I just started going to Muay Thai classes in Toronto and it’s wonderful for cardio! I can’t imagine a camp though, these classes are intense enough for me. And I feel pretty bad ass wearing those boxing gloves!!

    It’s funny how your adventures working on a cruise ship are so similar to teaching in Asia. I guess all foreigners really want to do is get wasted and eat!
    Balance is key though and it’s especially tough without a support group. I was going to suggest finding support online but your internet situation isn’t ideal as well.
    I found using a food diary helps, esp to track your fitness. If you can see your goals in front of you and how much you are accomplishing, you tend to think twice before falling off.

    Good luck! and don’t give in to the masses!!

    • Roy Marvelous

      Very true, Annj. I was definitely a big partier when I was teaching English in Prague.

  • bernie

    yeah sounds great!!!! is the 200 a day at one time?

    • Roy Marvelous

      No it’s much easier than that. We do 20 sets of 10, over the entire day. But some people do 20 sets of 20. It’s up to you how hard you push.

  • Jan

    Hey, it sounds really cool. Im thinkin about something like this and I´ve also found, but the website doesnt look very serious:) May be I´d like to go on December.

    So you say it was good and you can recommend it? What type of accommodation did you choose? What about the other people from your group? Did you enjoy also some fun in there or it´s just a serious training?



    • Roy Marvelous

      Depends on what you want Jan. Most people take it pretty seriously but they don’t force you to come to class. So some people do skip a few classes and take it easy.