A thirty-year old chef from Denmark, Masa is spending seven months at Tiger to lose weight, discover his fitness and drastically improve his health. Having worked as a chef for the past ten years, his past culinary jobs have included the prestige of the hotel industry and excitement of a wakeboarding cable-park. Early last year, he joined his friends in Bangkok for a wakeboarding holiday and fell in love with Thailand. His least favorite exercises are burpees and lunges, but he says that he’s starting to really enjoy jogging. This is his story.
How did you first hear about Tiger?
I Googled “Muay Thai” on the internet and Tiger was one of the places that came up. I decided to either train somewhere else in Chang Mai or at Tiger in Phuket. I chose Phuket because my family wanted to go on vacation as well. It ended up being a great decision.
What motivated you to come?
Well, I wasn’t exactly a small boy when I arrived at camp, so weight loss was definitely one of the main goals. Also, I came to really just to change my life. I was tired of being so unhealthy and feeling bad all the time.
How long have you been here?
I arrived the 22nd of October and I’m here for seven months.
Have you set any goals for yourself to work toward while you’re training?
I set a goal of losing one KG every week. In my first two months here, I’ve lost 16 KGS. I started at 154.6 and now I’m down to 138.3. I don’t have a final weight goal in mind; I really want to just see how things go.
I hear you have something coming up that you’re excited about?
I’ve challenged a fellow guest at Tiger to fight in the March BBQ Beatdown, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’m starting to train Western Boxing and Muay Thai now to start getting ready. I have only been doing fitness classes and yoga up to this point, but now I need to start learning Muay Thai technique.
Have any advice for someone who might be thinking about coming to Tiger?
Jump into it. Just do it. Buy the ticket and get out here. The only other advice I would give is to do some prep work. I should have taken a month to build up my fitness, which would have been a good idea.
Has anything surprised you about Tiger?
The people here are really awesome. I’m usually quite a social person, but when I came here, I closed up a bit. After a while I was able to open up. People are really friendly; high-fiving you during workouts, telling you what an awesome job your doing. It’s really cool. It doesn’t matter who you are, what size you are, anything like that… everyone is motivating you. It’s really awesome.