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A first in Southeast Asia

The first high end functional training studio in Southeast Asia in here in Phuket at RPM.

By Dalia Hilmi

Sunday 26 July 2015, 09:19AM

Royal Phuket Marina’s health club is positioned as a luxurious private retreat for like minded people who recognise their common interest towards a long term approach to staying healthy in order to live life in Phuket to its fullest.

And their brand new state-of-the-art high end functional training studio which recently opened up is designed to motivate people and get them exercising in a way they’re not used to.

The Phuket News recently visited the new fitness centre to speak to club manager Hayden Rhodes, to find out more about what makes it so special.

Hayden explains that the majority of people who go to the gym will always feel defeated: “The gym always wins”.

It’s with the help from personal trainers, specialised nutritionists and first-class coaches that help with the determination and motivation needed in order to get and fit and healthy.

The studio includes various training equipment as well as a large area for classes and personal training. Guests have the option to work out with a range of exercise balls, weights, trampolines, as well as a few punch bags.

Hayden explains, “There’s nothing like this in Southeast Asia. This is unique. From the flooring, to the equipment, the trainees, the qualifications, to the classes we run.

“In the future, we will be setting up retreat holidays so that guests will be able to stay close by or potentially in a hotel here. So either individuals can come on their own, or in a team. They might be coming to achieve a healthy body or mindset, healthy environment, or how to beat a disease.

“Either way, plans will be set to hopefully put that in place. That’s the future, as well establishing ourselves further.”

Hayden himself started off as an athlete. After undergoing intense physiotherapy, he then studied physical education and anatomy. After years of travelling, surfing and snowboarding his way through Europe, Asia and Indonesia, he put a lot of effort into organising sports and adventure groups in places like Japan. After coming to Thailand, he joined Seara International, and within a few years had started working on the RPM project, along with regional manager, CJ Prieur.

With Hayden’s solid background in nutrition and psychology, personal development and performance, it makes him an ideal manager as he truly understands the needs of those looking to change their lifestyle.

“There are more and more chemicals in our environment and luckily more people are now aware of this. The options that we have are drugs, surgery or behavioural change. People are starting to realise that wellbeing and lifestyle are indeed important.

“Health is the new cool,” said Hayden.

While The Phuket News were on site, they were fortunate enough to meet Mr Akarasate (Geng) Jivavisitnont, a prime example of someone who came in with an injury but ended up completely transforming his lifestyle and weight.

Geng said, “I wasn’t even looking for a workout, I just wanted to fix my knee. But within three months I could walk a lot better. I was 12kgs lighter.

“I started working out a lot with the team here, and soon enough I got into shape and started training more frequently and concentrating on my diet and nutrition.”

Hayden explained that Geng’s testimonial highly demonstrates that if he can do it, anyone can.

“He’s worked hard, but now he really enjoys working out,” Hayden added.

Not everyone on the island is aware of the various health cafés and fitness centres on offer, so when people come to train at RPM, it’s a testament to the level of professionalism the trainers and the club offers.

RPM consists of members from around the island. Over 51 per cent are Thais, but the rest consists of expats. It has an intimate, yet stylish boutique feel about the place and it’s evident why so many people choose to train there. Membership prices are also no higher than other gym memberships on the island.

The surroundings of the club make it an ideal place to train. Huge windows, stunning views of the marina and a handful of trendy restaurants and bars to hang out in after an evening work out.

The gym itself is a showroom of all new products, offering guests the most advance environment to train in.

Whatever you require, whether that may be weight loss, personal development, or if you simply want to improve your diet, RPM are guaranteed to help.

For more information, call +66 (0) 76 360 885-6 or visit the Facebook page.



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