Eat, Sleep, Train
I love to challenge my body and test different forms of exercise. In recent years, I have at least once a year visit Kombat Group, a Muay Thai camp in Pattaya, Thailand. I have received a lot of questions about the camp, what a typical day looks like, etc. so I thought I would give you a review about my experience at the camp and why I return year after year.
Kombat Group is a training facility that offers a variety of training for professionals as well as beginners. The camp is located a bit outside Pattaya city and the party life, so all the focus is on the training. The camp is owned by Italians, which is evident, there is a family feeling among everyone at the camp. Kombat Group offers weight loss programs, Muay Thai, Krav Maga, MMA, BJJ, western boxing. You can also train to be an instructor or train before an upcoming fight.
The gym is open pretty much 24/7 and cleaned after each session. It has three rings, one cage, many bags, free weights, cardio machines, kettlebells, TRX, jump ropes and medicine balls, etc. All the tools are there; The equipment and trainers, you only need to show up and do the work!
The weight loss program
I tried the weight loss program during my four weeks of camp. I chose this mainly because the program offered a variety of classes. I got the opportunity to test: Bootcamp – Functional Training, Muay Thai, MMA Tactical fit, Krav Maga and Yoga inspired classes.
A normal day:
7:45 Lemon juice – vitamins
8:00 Functional Training
8:45 Protein shake
9:00 Muay Thai Session 1
15:30 Tactic fit / MMA
16:15 Protein shake
16:30 Run 15 minutes
16:45 Muay Thai Session 2
One common goal
One thing I appreciated among all who attended the weight loss program was that we trained together. We all had one common goal, to lose weight and/or get stronger. Everyone was very encouraging and nobody felt stared at, or uncomfortable. Everyone did the work at their own pace and made progress every day.
The running path outside of camp
Training – it’s hard work!
It´s not a holiday you go on when you visit the Kombat Group. But if you show up, do your best and follow the program, you will create awesome results. You will have different trainers in each session which gives variety and you will not get tired of hearing one voice. The main language is English but somehow my Muay Thai trainer forced me to learn some Thai 🙂
Pics from a functional training session and MMA tactic class
The Thai trainers were really good, specialized in different areas and almost always had a smile on their faces. They want your best, pushes you to your limit and make sure to create exercises to fit you level of training.
The beginners workout besides the professionals and it´s very inspiring. You learn a lot from just watching how they perform and train. Everyone is very helpful and takes into account your level of training. One of the things I appreciated the most was the efficiency of the training, there was always a coach who had an eye on me and showed the next exercise on the agenda. If I did something wrong the trainers were there and showed how I could improve.
Our trainers (functional training) Sylvia and Barbara enjoyed themselves during the evening classes of Western boxing 🙂
Joel, Western boxing trainer
Some of the trainers…they look scary but are super friendly 🙂
All the meals were served in the kitchen by the chefs. I can describe the food in one word: AMAZING! The food was super fresh and had a good variety. You are on a meal plan, and the chefs know what to serve you each day. We got chicken, meat, fish, salad, vegetables and fruit. The weight loss food does not contain much carbohydrate but enough to cope with the training. If you are not used to eating salad and vegetables you should probably get used to it before you visit the camp 🙂
There are different rooms to choose from but I chose to stay in a single room with AC. The room had a bed, wardrobe, shower, and toilet. Outside each room, there was a seat where we hung out in the evenings and talked.
Every week your room gets cleaned, you can also get your sweaty clothes washed for a small fee.
My room with ac
This is Simba, he is so sweet and one out of two camp dogs.
The camp site
The camp has a great pool to enjoy while resting between training sessions. There are some common areas where people hang out. After dinner most people just crash into their rooms, resting and using the wifi 🙂
How Long Should You stay?
After visiting the camp three times during the past years I recommend you to stay at least 3 weeks. The reason is that it takes almost one week for the body to adjust to the heat, and training schedule. Then you’ll have two more weeks to progress and push yourself harder. If you have the opportunity to stay longer do it, you learn so much about yourself, your limits and learn more things that will help you at home after your stay.
I highly recommend the Kombat group! If you want to experience something challenging, train hard and get memories for life, Kombat Group is the perfect place. You will meet wonderful people from all over the world, train with professional trainers, eat amazing food and enjoy the weather. Each day you will become stronger and stronger!
For more information, visit Kombat group´s website
If you have any questions you think I can answer, please leave a comment.