More tourists are making their way to the island of Phuket than ever before, but it seems not all of them are visiting the Thai island for its sandy beaches and luxurious hotels. Phuket has become the centre for tourists looking to train in muay Thai boxing, in order to keep fit and shed the pounds.
Muay Thai is combat sport from the muay martial arts of Thailand and the training centres in Phuket are considered to be some of the best in the world. The sport is often referred to as “the art of eight weapons” because of its use of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet. As well as training in combat, the sport is well known for its intense work outs, leading tourists from all over the world to train in Thailand to get back into shape.
This latest craze in extreme fitness has brought people from all corners of the world to Phuket to try their hand in the fast paced sport. Jordan Henderson,26, is just one of many who has completely dropped everything back at home and moved to the island of Phuket to tackle his booming waistline.
Henderson, who left behind his party lifestyle in London to study muay Thai, travelled to Thailand after ballooning to 184 kilograms (29 stone), and since moving just a month ago, has lost 20 kilos. “You're in an environment where it's hot all the time, surrounded by people doing fitness,” said the amateur fighter. "It's about taking yourself out of the box that you live in and just focusing on one thing, and that's to train and lose weight.”
Tiger Muay Thai, just one of the many training camps on the island, welcomes hundreds of guests each month looking to get fit and stay slim. The average stay at one of Phuket’s intense training camp costs around $100 per week.
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