Best result: Michele, 50 years old, lost 30 kg in 55 days!
I was born on January 6th 1961 in Belgium; today I am fifty and could write ten books, each of a thousand pages about the experiences of my life.
Almost everything, but I was missing, the sports, oh yes, I’ve never had one minute of time or the desire to play sports, I was in a quiet moment of my life out of a bad story, and finally I took a great decision!
I looked at myself in the mirror: a disaster, 120 kg., a disgusting belly, fat hanging from all sides, double chin, in short “unwatchable”.
A little nervous for the hunger I was smoking 60/70 cigarettes a day and so could not go on, I began to ask to my friends what I could do and what solution there might be to practice a sport suitable for my problem and my age.
Well, I’ve heard all kinds of advice, then I decide to visit a gym where I met the manager, a sort of Mr. Clean (in Italian Mastro Lindo), an incredibly physically inflated, that began to say that in sports there is no age to start and that if I wanted to be like him, that was possible in about 2 years if I followed him seriously, doing everything he said and investing a bit of money for vitamins and other pills because that was fundamental for the diet, when I refused the program of vitamins, pills, etc. needed to become a superman, he sent me to another room where there were about fifty spatial equipment for fitness.
All right. I made the card and began my adventure, starting on a Wednesday from 16:00 to 18:00, they told me to go back on Friday at the same time, I arrived and began with the bike, there were about fifty women, including one close to me that cycling started to tell me about her problems and …. ok in short !!!!! In the evening we went at the restaurant, then disco, alcohol and smoke, going around till 4 am then a sandwich and finally in my bed, the result 124 kg !!!!!
Ok, so I realized that was not right and I was a bit worried “What to do?”
Watching in TV an old martial arts movie I remembered my son who once practiced Thai Boxing and I began to think that when I was a young boy dreamed to be like Bruce Lee, an hero! So I started to do Google searches on the Martial Art Thai Boxing and I found a site: www.kombatgroup.com in Pattaya, Thailand, the homeland of Muay Thai and a light bulb lit in my head.
I opened the site and I was impressed! Christian, an Italian world champion, said: “Come and get in shapes as an athlete, camp life, healthy food, sports, no alcohol, no cigarettes and no distractions.”
Ok, I sent an email explaining my situation, my problems and what I was hoping to get.
My biggest concern was that age (well let’s face it, a man of 50 who has never given nor received a punch in his life) appeared as a mission impossible.
After a few hours I received an email from Christian saying so:
“Mr. Michle Gallo, allow me to reiterate your claim on the mission impossible.
Impossible is just a word spoken by small men who find easier to live in the world that has been given, rather than trying to change it.
Impossible is not a fact, is an opinion.
Impossible is not a rule, is a challenge.
Impossible is not the same for everyone.
Impossible is not forever.”
Wow! I was a bit with bated breath, I felt a great adrenaline that still I can feel on my skin after 4 months from the reception of the message, the mail continued so:
“See Michele, I do not want convince you, but I answer to your questions, put your will and let the rest to us, come here with clear ideas. For your age there is no problem, sport is for everyone but it should be done in moderation, be adapted to the person with the right measure, the important thing is to practice, you say that want to follow our Weight Loss Program, then if you have your head on your shoulders and you’re convinced, at least try it, if it goes wrong you will return home.”
In short, he convinced me, his words have given me peace of mind, the site has inspired me immediately trust, is normal at my age to be a little suspicious for the bad experiences of the life sometimes at very expensive price and especially in Thailand.
Ok, I talked to my son Angelo and leave, I was accompanied by my daughter Concetta to the airport with her husband and the adventure began.
Arrival at the camp, reception and accommodation in the room, the second day, Christian made me take the measurements, weighs 118 kg, programmed my diet, gave me a bit of advices about the place and we started with the training obviously, on the first day I felt like a fish out of water, for me was the first time in a camp I did not even know what to do and looking at all those young people on the ring giving punches, kicks and knee strikes, made me a bit impressed, but Christian followed me step by step, always knew when I had something wrong and was always ready and available for me despite its commitments, a real professional in his work and a serious one, he was able to make disappear all my physical pains!
Wow! Every day a new problem, I was worried and called Christian and he first explained to me what it was and then gave me the remedy, sometimes I was so worried that I called my doctor in Italy, explaining the problem and my doctor told me the same of Christian, really good!
With great patience he coordinates the whole team, trainers, the kitchen staff and the others, a very well organized camp, I have seen many come here from all parts of the world and almost everybody is satisfied, of course, there is always someone unsatisfied thinking that the coaches should teach only the techniques and do not get you sweat to the pads, (Yeah, but then why do not you get a book on Muay Thai, or rather a DVD I say!!!).
Christian try several times to put these characters on the right path, but someone of them is just sunk, and at that point remains the only advise to find other places for train, I never seen a person so committed to others like him, yes here you have to pay but I can assure you that for him the most important are the results obtained by each of us and the well-being of everyone who lives in his camp, I was not easy to manage, I must admit, at my age, a bit my rebellious nature, I must say that the poor Christian had an awkward one, but I can assure you that with his commitment he truly arrived where he wanted and even where I wanted.
Today my weight is 88 kg. and can jump like a cricket, I lost 30 kg. in 55 days of training for about 4 hours daily, under the close supervision of Christian, sometimes I didn’t want to train, but if you miss a workout or if you try to escape when he sees you and begins complaining with its magic words that hit you straight to the heart, so you go back into gear, I was very concerned about the heart because of my age, but thank to God and Christian everything went very well and my goal almost achieved, I have to lose 3 more kg for to say “impossible is not ‘forever”.
Ok, now I can testify that in this world you can still find serious people with a conscience who do not think only of money but have principles in life, I had the desire to quit several times and last time I spoke with Christian, illustrating a problem and he began his work to convince me to stay, told me that if it was a question of money did not want them, but if it was something I could not resolve from there, I could go, I was quite impressed with his answer and asked him for curiosity what was important for him, he said:
Michele, my work is not completed yet and I feel like a sculptor giving the finishing touches to the creature it has created with much love on the marble that goes into fragments.
After this answer come back the will, the strength and courage to go through till the end.
Here’s the professionalism, I was struck by how Christian would have been really disappointed if I had gone without reaching my goal, he wanted me to stay, in that moment I realized that his goal was really to make me happy and it has achieved it.
Today I am an happy man.