Michael, from California, LA, spent 11 weeks at Kombat Group Thailand and lost 20kg.

What was your goal when you first came to Kombat Group Thailand?

It was primarily weight loss and fitness. I think the last three years I’ve been working extremely hard, and because of that, I’ve also gained a ton of weight. So when I came out here I wanted a different environment. I didn’t want to have to think about it: what I was going to eat, where I would have to stay every night. I just wanted an all-inclusive type of fitness routine. That’s how I found Kombat Group.

In 11 weeks, I’ve lost approximately 20 kilograms.

What was the mental and physical process that you’ve been doing to achieve a goal that large?

There are several things. A lot of it was learning about my body; learning about how my body reacted to sugar, to carbs, to protein. It was nice because when I came to Kombat Group Thailand, they had all the resources available. They had all the training, the massages, the proteins and food laid out for you.

So it’s just a matter of whether you’re willing to take those resources and take advantage of them. I was very specific with my diet. I was very specific with how I trained. That included listening to the body to make sure I wasn’t over training to prevent injuries. I made sure I was taking protein at certain times of the day, making sure I was hydrated, making sure I wasn’t taking too much carbs or sugar throughout.

It’s been a long and grueling 11 weeks. I’m not going to lie. It was definitely not easy because I was training five to six hours a day for the first eight weeks. Then the last three weeks, I trained almost seven hours a day.

What kind of training were you doing?

I start at 9AM with Functional which is basically like Crossfit. Then I have Boxing from 9AM to 10AM. In the evening, there’s another Functional from 4PM to 5PM and then either Boxing or Muay Thai from 5PM to 7PM. After I got used to those workouts, then I could incorporate more running. I’ve been doing interval training running about an hour a day, either in the mornings or at the end of the day.

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Do you mind telling us a little bit more about the meals?

It’s geared towards your goals. There are fighters here that are training for fights. There are people that are here for fitness and dieting. The meals for me usually consist of protein and vegetables. It really is a matter of how much you want to put into it; how much effort you want to put into it, especially with your diet. You can overload on carbs at night and not get the results you want. I don’t think just coming to Kombat Group is going to give you results. No one’s going to wake you up at 6AM; no one’s going to force you to eat only proteins and vegetables…

But all the resources will be there for you.

Accommodation wise, where were you staying here in the resort?

I was staying towards the pool. So I have air conditioning, which is a must for me, and I have a memory foam pillow. Accommodation is fantastic. They have different price ranges for other people. You could share one room with three fighters which costs less or you could have your own room, Wi-Fi, private bathroom, strong air conditioning, a mini-fridge, hot water, etc.

What would you tell anyone who is hesitant about whether or not to come to Kombat Group?

It really depends on what your goals are. There are a lot of people that come here for just a week just to try it out. I think that’s also a great idea if you are hesitant. It’s for a week. If it’s something that you’re interested in, you should definitely just give it a week. Even a week goes by so fast and for the most part, a lot of people end up extending their stay here.

For me it’s been a great experience with the staff, with the people I’ve met, with the friends and it’s been a great 11 week experience.