Bee runs Charn Chai Muay Thai. He has 12 years experience as a trainer and was previously ranked No.1 at Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums. He is a welcoming man who appears tough but fair. (This depends on whether he’s holding a stick!)
The gym is basic: a ring, bags and a scatter of stationary gym equipment. You can’t beat the location in the midst of the jungle, surrounded by palm trees.
The class began at 3pm with stretches for approximately 10minutes. We were put in pairs to work on warm up combinations. I quickly swapped partners when the one I was paired with winced and asked me not to hurt her. “Three months with no Muay Thai training and lots of pent up energy makes Suzi potentially dangerous to others….”
Instead, I worked with a trainer doing more combos, including a rotating a knee downwards into a jump with a neck pull – a bit of a daunting move, but fun nevertheless.
The group were split in half. (This is a super organised bunch of trainers). Four rounds of 3-minute pad-work with a trainer were gruelling. At this point my London summer holiday began to show its effects with a vengeance as I started to feel sick and lightheaded. I was very happy when the water girl shouted “time’s up”.
Conditioning work included circuit training, with 8 stations involving weights and bag work. A great challenge after pad work!
The session wasn’t finished (no time to be standing around). There were more press-ups and plenty of kicks using both legs. Progressing to abdominal work where each student shouted 1-10. There were 8 students equally in over 80 repetitions of each abdominal exercise. We did at least 8 rounds; I lost count at that point.
This was a good all round session in which I was challenged and pushed physically. I was impressed at the level of organisation, and left feeling that I had experienced a great workout.
The session lasted approximately 1hr 45mins and cost 300 Thai Baht
After training, students line up in the ring and are encouraged to ‘wai’ and shake the hand of the trainer. A nice touch and I appreciated the sign of respect for the trainers and Muay Thai practice.
Website for more details http://www.charnchaimuaythai.com/home
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