Sumalee Student hits the headlines after incredible weight loss!

Ross Connor, from Peterborough in the UK, has featured heavily in recent online news stories after his incredible weight loss at our camp in Phuket, Thailand. The change was so dramatic that, upon leaving The Kingdom Of Thailand, officials did not believe that Ross’ passport photo was him! It was only until he showed them progress photos that he was allowed to pass through immigration.

Ross joined us at Sumalee Boxing Gym early last year. He was extremely overweight at 125kg and had a staggering 39% body fat. Ross put this down to a less than nutritious diet, habitual junk food binges and no exercise. His social life suffered and, in turn, so did his confidence. He even dreaded getting on the bus for fear of the discrimination and stares that he would sometimes get.

His journey to fitness was not without it’s challenges. At the beginning of his stay the young brit could not complete a full 2 hour group training session. Kicks and knees were a new experience and he was engaging muscles he had not used in years. Over time, Ross found things became easier as the weight dropped off. He was able to utilise his entire body and develop some of the techniques he had learnt from our trainers.

“I’d watch my idols boxing, and I thought to myself, if they can lose weight at a boxing camp before a fight – then so can I”

By Christmas of 2013 Ross looked like a new man, he had lost 35kg and 10% body fat, a life-changing difference. His time in Phuket was up and he travelled to America to spend some time with his family and young nephews, except this time he would have no problems when they wanted to go for a walk or play in the park. Ross plans to return to Phuket this year to continue his training and finish what he started. Everyone at Sumalee Boxing Gym would like to congratulate Ross on his excellent progress and determination and look forward to seeing him again soon. Read the original articles below.

Daily Mail Online  - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2627264/Obese-boxing-fan-lost-eight-stone-year-long-Thai-fitness-camp-stopped-way-home-border-guards-didnt-recognise-ID-photo.html

Metro UK - http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/13/fat-boxer-who-lost-incredible-eight-stone-during-thailand-training-camp-detained-at-airport-because-no-one-believed-he-was-the-same-person-4726891/




New developments in the Sumalee Studio!

The year 2014 has got off to a great start for the Sumalee Studio. It seems word has spread about what we have on offer here as our services continue to grow ever more popular with both students staying at the camp and people from the locality. We have had an influx of bookings for our Strength & Conditioning Package, with the vast majority of these customers looking for more than just conditioning for Muay Thai.

Most people come to us wanting to learn the basics of some of the most fundamental weight training exercises. We have been sending every client away with new knowledge to digest and take on board within their exercise regime.

Another area that has really taken off in the last month is our nutritional advice service. A lot of people come here looking to get in shape, in order to look more toned and conditioned. They quickly learn that in order to achieve this exercise is not enough, they have to look at what they eat as well. We have been working in conjunction with the Sumalee Ringside Restaurant offering tailor made food plans to match their goals and food preferences. In addition, of course, it needs to be ensured they get the sustenance required to give them the energy levels they necessary to follow a high intensity training programme.

There have been a few new additions to the Sumalee Studio since the New Year. We now have a large LCD TV and an accompanying surround sound system. Studio users can link their own mp3 players to this allowing them to work out to their own music preferences. We have also brought in 3 additional sets of Body Pump equipment as well as instructional DVD workouts more suited for female studio users.

We are currently seeking outside professionals to come in to the Studio to teach group classes based on the Body Pump/Body Balance concept.  Our long term goal for Sumalee Boxing Gym is to be seen as a facility which offers world class Muay Thai training, as well as giving students the means to become the best by giving strength and conditioning and nutritional advice.

Find out more about our Strength & Conditioning Package