I’m currently writing this as of the 4th of Feb 2019 after having just returned from Fitness street in December 2018
If you haven’t heard of it already, it’s referred to as Soi Taied (or “Fitness street”) — a very long street in Phuket, Thailand that boasts some of the best martial arts and fitness training centres in the world.
And before you switch off and declare that I am speaking direct to a martial arts crowd. Think again!
There are thousands of people from all around the world that come here — from pro MMA athletes representing their country — to the Average Joe (me!) that works a corporate job back home wanting to shed a few kilograms. Yeah, completely opposite ambitions but everyone sweats on the same mats under the same roof at any number of training facilities along Soi Taied.
In the past two months, I have spent 4 weeks training on Soi Taied. Meeting people from Spain, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Dubai, and the list goes on.
It is so easy to meet people and make friends here. You just rock up to any group class knowing nobody and… by the end of the class… everyone is figuring out where they are going to drink protein shakes together. Well, most people! 🙂
My Typical Day (“Day in the Life”)
It begins with waking up at 6.30 am and preparing for my first Muay Thai class for the day, the 8 until 10 am class. The Muay Thai classes that I did were at Tiger Muay Thai (on Soi Taied.) Watch the fun beginner class here.
You’ll likely be doing the class with some familiar faces from the days or weeks prior, and usually people from all over the world.
After the morning Muay Thai class, it is typical to go and enjoy a protein shake from a protein shake bamboo hut on Soi Taied street. It will set you back about 60 to 80 Baht. That’s about $2–3 AUD.
This is what a protein shack on Soi Taied looks like!
And don’t freak out because it doesn’t like anything like a Boost Juice! However, all of the protein shake huts on Fitness street produce some of the freshest protein shakes and smoothies you will find. Myself and many others that train here drink from these protein shake huts and have never encountered any issues whatsoever. They use bottled water to make these protein shakes!
Here is a photo of another protein hut made of bamboo and it costs 60 Baht for a protein shake, also on the popular Soi Taied. And by the way, you can select any of the tropical fruits on the counter to be added into your protein shake.
You’ll have several hours of rest before doing your next fitness class. It might be a CrossFit class at Unit 27 (watch vlog) or it might be a BJJ, MMA, or Dutch kickboxing class at Tiger Muay Thai, or somewhere else.
By the way, there are about half a dozen Muay Thai training centres around Soi Taied. Tiger is the largest.
There are a number of fitness camps on and around Fitness street. I’ve trained at most of them, and filmed vlogs at most of them (which I will link to below).
Here’s a quick summary list. I’ll link the camp to a vlog that I may have filmed there.
Some people stick to spending their time on Soi Taied at one fitness centre — such as Unit 27 — which is a CrossFit centre that often pushes their attendees out into the nearby hills, in the hot Thai sun, as part of their conditioning training.
Here you’ll see a bunch of people charging out of the doors of Unit 27 and into the street.
Personally, I have never trained at Unit 27 as I’ve come to Soi Taied to learn Muay Thai. And I’ve chosen Tiger Muay Thai to achieve that desire.
Typically after a Muay Thai training session with Tiger, I would go back to my accommodation at Cocoville and have an oatmeal pancake. Seriously. At 20 grams of protein per serve, it was hard to not include them into my macros on a regular basis!
In reality, it looks like this but tastes amazing!! You have to try this if you ever stay at Cocoville (walking distance from Fitness street)
After 4 Hours Of Training
It is very common to come across people that do the morning and afternoon Muay Thai classes, which are 2 hours each. I know! It’s totally insane!
When I first arrived onto Soi Taied, I thought everyone was crazy for over-training. But it turns out that if the pro fighters are training 4–5–6 hours a day then there must be some method to the training madness. And although I have no plans to become a Muay Thai pro fighter, I’d like to at least make the most of my time here and extract as much value from my training package as possible.
So after a few days of realising that one Muay Thai class per day was not enough to earn respect here, I’d do at least the morning and afternoon Muay Thai classes. If I felt really courageous, I would throw in a private session for good measure 🙂
After a 4-hour training day, I was completely wiped out and ready to get “fixed” by my favourite massage parlour.
Wanissara: The Best Thai Massage on Fitness Street
Getting a Thai massage on Fitness street is not an option, but a serious consideration. At only 400 Baht ($17 AUD) for a 1 hour session — I couldn’t think of a better way to recover from a hard day of getting thrashed in class.
According to people that live in Phuket and have been training on Soi Taied for months, there is only one massage place they recommend — Wanissara.
This is what it looks like if you are walking down Fitness street.
This place was always busy and you’ll find it right next door to a Fight Store (on Soi Taied, of course!)
If you are currently budgeting a trip to train on this street then here is the price list for this massage place. I’ve been there several times and I loved it.
Use Google to convert Thai Baht into your own local currency. For me, 400 Baht is around $17 AUD. In Australia, the same massage costs around $70 AUD. That’s why you should include a Thai massage as part of the “recovery” from your training sessions.
Also, the ladies often work with Muay Thai fighters so are particularly abreast of common injury areas (shins, etc). And if you start moaning from the pain of the massage… they’ll often joke with you and say “no pain no gain.” 😛
My Fitness Street (Soi Taied) Vlog Series
If you are really interested in what my typical training days on Fitness Street (Soi Taied) are like before you come here, feel free to watch some of the daily vlogs I created from the playlist below. I will be heading back to Soi Taied so let me know if you plan on heading there and we could possibly meet up.
I can guarantee you that once you come here, you’ll never want to leave. And when you return back to your desk job after tasting this slice of fitness paradise, you’ll be quickly planning your return to Fitness street.
Have you been to Fitness Street in Phuket?
If you are planning a fitness vacation of a lifetime to Fitness street, then let me know in the comments below 🙂