Welcome to Tiger Muay Thai’s weight loss and fitness blog. I’m your host, Aaron Rowland. I’m a 27-year-old writer from Los Angeles, California. I’m at Tiger to lose weight, improve my fitness and have the adventure of a lifetime. I’ve been here nine months so far and I’m staying indefinitely. My favorite exercises are the bicycle crunch and the medicine ball slam. Tire flips, suicide planks and burpees give me nightmares.
Tiger Muay Thai & MMA and Atmanjai Wellness Center are now working together to offer combined programs for those interested in detoxing at Atmanjai prior to the beginning of their training (or after their training has finished!) For the next seven days, I’ve started participating in a week-long cleanse at Atmanjai to help get a better understanding of the services they offer and discover how a cleanse might just be the perfect way to accelerate the weight loss process!
What Are My Goals For Detoxing?
I have three main goals participating in this detox. The first goal is to clear my system of unhealthy toxins. As a result, I will hope to train and diet more effectively. My second goal is to reduce unwanted cravings. I don’t have much of a sugar tooth, but I have to resist strong temptations when I’m around salty or oily foods like pizza and nachos. I’m hoping by detoxing and avoiding unhealthy foods, that I’ll be able to reset or refine my palate away from salt, sugar and fat. My final goal is to continue to lose weight, as I have been the last nine weeks. Individuals on the “Eat Well” detox have been known to lose up to 1KG (2LBs) a day, but as I’ve been eating healthy and avoiding toxic foods, I’ll be very happy if I lose half a KG per day (1LB) while detoxing.
Who Would Benefit From A Detox?
After having only spent a few days at Atmanjai, it’s already my belief that everyone who comes to train at Tiger would benefit from a detox. There are countless health benefits; you feel lighter and a strong sense of clarity whilst on the detox, and luckily the negative side effects from toxin release have been minimal. Some fighters or fitness enthusiasts might be reluctant to detox, but I would encourage them to do some research online about how a simple seven day detox can assist in rebuilding your body and mind into a better and more effective machine.
Day three is finished, and I’m feeling great. I was greatly concerned about feeling headaches, dizziness, cramps and other symptoms often associated with detoxing for general wellness. I’m on the Eat Well programs, which includes small salads and other raw vegetable meals as part of the program. Some of the other clients at Atmanjai are part of the Ultra Cleanse program, which allows you to only consume supplement shakes and teas, no solid food at all. Not to mention colemas twice a day. One of the girls currently staying there is on the Ultra Cleanse program for a full twenty-one days! Needless to say, that makes me value and enjoy my veggies and salads even more. Three days down, another four to go.
Check back on Monday for my latest weigh-in and to see how the rest of my detox goes. Also, check back during the next few weeks to find out about the exciting packages Tiger Muay Thai and Atmanjai are working together to develop!
Before coming to Tiger Muay Thai MMA Training Camp, I was into power lifting. I started power lifting at a young age of 15 and did it for 10 years. It made me gain a lot of weight due to the diet I had to follow. It is completely different from Bodyfit and Crossfitness, I was used to training in low repetitions.
I started gaining more weight and it lead to depression. I had a period of low self-esteem and was afraid to speak with new people, especially women. I was shy and didn’t like the way I looked or was. So I needed something to change my life for the better, a journey.
I started that journey one month before by training MMA in Sweden. I wanted to do something new and was bored with the life I was living. I started to like MMA, but I needed to see something new, do something new, change the way I was. If you don’t like your life you have to change it so I looked up Tiger Muay Thai.
My goal was first to get healthy, lose weight, look good, and learn to fight. Started with Muay Thai training and the fat just poured off of me. I wanted to learn the standup fight so I can pursue MMA as a goal. As time went on, I started to look good so I began lifting weights and do a lot of CrossFit-style training. I accomplished one of my goals when I fought Muay Thai at one of the BBQ Beatdowns.
Now I just want to be healthy in the mind, healthy in the body.
I extended my trip two times since I was suppose to be here for just three months. I came here on the 16th of May, 2012 and planned to leave in August of 2012. I ended up leaving this December of 2012.
The people I’ve met here, they motivate me and gave me new perspective in life. They gave me inspiration, to see the beauty in people. I’ve met people from all over the world. Especially Orlando, Osyka, James, Wiktor and Keenan. They all helped me out and motivated me. Everybody here wanted to improve in something, improve in life, fighting, want to be a better person, so that inspired me. Everybody is hungry, everybody is nice.
Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand is a great place to get motivated and meet great people. Here I gained some friends for life.
I came here to fight but I ended up learning about life, happiness, and a new way of seeing things. Time flies-by here. In Thailand, there are lots of temptations and you need to be strong. I am very motivated in what I’m doing. When you have those lazy days you can go to the beach or to party or train more – what do you want to do?