So as i'm sure you're all aware by now, we have our Koh Tao Fitness Retreat coming in June this year, and it got me reminiscing about the time that we spent on the island, and most importantly the time that we spent in the gym. So i thought i'd write a blog on our favourite gym on the island "Koh Tao Gym & Fitness".
Ina and I have travelled a fair bit, and with us being in our profession there is one thing that we ALWAYS look for when researching areas to go..........A GYM. Yes I know it's a sad state of affairs that we can't have a nice trip away without worrying about whether we're going to get a workout in or not, but training is our drug. It's something that we genuinely really enjoy to do and a holiday without training to us is not a holiday. So some people look for the nearest bar, others need to be somewhere that they can get a good Sunday roast (Now i'm sorry but THAT is sad), others like to have the biggest possible pool to hang out at and we like to have a gym at hand, simple.
So when we travelled to the little island of Koh Tao (which if you look on a map you'll actually struggle to see it), we did not hold out much hope of finding a decent gym, but knew there was "something", and to us at that point "something" was definitely better than "nothing".
As we arrived on the island we immediately started our search for some sort of training facility, and after a bit of asking around we eventually found out that there was a gym not far from where we were staying, but nothing could prepare us for the gym that we would find. Now, bear in mind that the gyms we had come across up to this point were..............basic (to say the least), so expectations were very low. Below is kind of what we had in mind.............
As we walked through the door i could immediately see a flat bench and a decline bench, so i was already satisfied that I would manage a decent enough workout, but as i peered round the corner I caught a glimpse of a dumbbell rack, a very large dumbbell rack at that, and as I investigated further I saw that the dumbbells actually went up to 120lb! Well lets just say a little bit of wee came out at that point and I was throwing my money at the front desk.
Upon full inspection of the gym they had a full Matrix cable crossover, Lat Pull Down, 2 Seated rows, a smith machine, flat, incline & decline barbell benches and a whole host of other gear. Lets just say I spent the next 2 hours grunting away at every piece of kit I could get possibly get my hands on!
Morgan the owner (and now a very good friend of ours) is one of the nicest (and slightly crazy) people you'll ever meet. After a short conversation with him we could tell that this guy was super passionate about business and the gym, and we told him that we were on the look out for opportunities that could take us out to Thailand. What came next was a complete shock to us both..........he offered us a job! This guy, after meeting us for around 45mins was prepared to offer us jobs, and when I say jobs I mean real jobs, with work permits and everything, which if you know anything about working in Thailand you'll know is very rare!
I could explain about the fact that we went back to the UK to think things over and Blah Blah Blah, but long story short is that OF COURSE WE SAID YES! One month later I was boarding a plane and relocating to the beautiful island of Koh Tao, to work in the best gym in Thailand!
Well that was a couple of years ago now, and the awesome little gym i worked in, has now expanded BIG TIME. Morgan has gone all out to get the best plate loaded Hammer Strength equipment possible, as well as knock a big fricking hole in the wall to pretty much double the gym space! There's now a sealed off studio upstairs for classes, and a new area opening up for Muai Thai training. Koh Tao Gym & Fitness really is your one stop shop for training. I'll be updating with some newer photo's of the full refurb very soon!
So if you're reading this and thinking about going to Koh Tao, get your asses to Koh Tao Gym & Fitness and make your holiday complete with a killer workout!