I woke up today with the familiar sound of the rooster crowing but my body felt like it was in a car crash. Everything was sore. My back, legs, hips, even my hands and feet were sore. That’s how hard they’ve been pushing us in training. Despite that Regan and I headed out for the morning run. We shuffled along our route until we completed the task and made our way back to the gym for the familiar morning training routine.
I had been a little concerned about my weight because I figured that I would lose lots of weight training in the heat of Bangkok, but for the first few days of trainin I actually gained weight. A lot of weight, over 3kgs. I had mentioned to Kru Cheng that I was going to start my diet today so luckily for me when I arrived back at the gym he greeted me with a smile and a sauna suit top.
Now if you thought training in Bangkok heat was tough, trainin with the sauna suit was even worse. It felt like there was a power of a thousand suns shining down on me inside the suit and I would sweat profusely just sitting down, let alone the cascade of sweat created when I was hitting pads. Despite that, Kru Chemg pushed me as hard as usual for all of our pad work and even worked in a few new techniques.
We finished the morning session, grabbed some food, and rested. Some of the MAS team were fighting in the afternoon on a big WMPF card outside of Bangkok so the afternoon session was uncroweded. The Thai fighters joined us in the front part of the gym to skip but all of us ended up watching the fights as one of the Kaewsamrit fighters was opening up the tv card.
I put on my track suit and thought it would be a good idea to go for a run instead of skipping. By now the Bangkok heat was in full force and it didn’t take me long to start pouring out sweat. I had managed to lose 2.5kg in the first session alone, despite eating a massive breakfast and drinking a lot of water so I was curious as to wear I would finish the afternoon sessions. Since there weren’t as many people we only did 4 rounds on the pads, and 5 rounds on the bags instead of the usual 15-20. Which was a nice change since most of us were dying.
We finished up with the regular routine and that was it. Sadly our training at Kaewsamrit has come to an end. I really enjoyedy time here as I felt like the Thai trainers pushed us as hard as they so the Thai fighters. I had heard horror stories of foreigners training at gyms and the krus doing nothing to help them improve. I would definitely recommended Kaewsamrit to anyone looking to train somewhere in Thailand. We said our goodbye to Kru Cheng who wished us luck in the tournament and he told me not to forget the elbow technique we had worked on all week. It was used by the fighters on TV multiple times and he made a point to tell me every time saying left is good! He even showed me an adapted version to use in the clinch as well so hopefully I’ll have a chance to use it.
For the evening nobody had any energy left so we just packed up and went to our respective rooms to wait for the buses which will shuttle us off to our next destination in the morning.
I have no idea if there will be internet but I will continue my daily blogs and upload when I can.