Frequently Asked Questions
How fit do I need to be?
Fortunately, Gym Bangarang has the capability to cater to all fitness levels. Through careful consideration, we will place you in a training session that will push you toward the next fitness level. Are you a beginner? We can adjust your activities so you can gradually progress toward the level you want, Are you an experienced athlete? We can push you harder to reach the level you desire. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can provide pre-course personal training tips for your comfort level.
I have a pre-existing condition. Can I still participate?
Upon booking a reservation, you will fill out a health questionnaire. You can provide the necessary details so we can adjust your activities accordingly.
Will I learn anything new?
Absolutely! Guests often tell us that they didn’t expect to learn so many life-transforming things on the course. You will learn a whole new philosophy of movement-one that will enable you to enjoy yourself and be injury free. You will learn a new philosophy of eating-one that teaches you to eat delicious, natural foods that will give you energy, satisfaction and a healthy weight.
How big is the group?
We prefer to keep our class sizes small with a maximum of 10 people.
Do I have time to relax?
The great thing about doing a fitness holiday abroad is being in a beautiful place between sessions! There is plenty of time during the day to chill out and relax – you can’t train all day! It is essential to recover. There are in-room massages available as well as time just to go for a walk or do your own thing. The more intense workouts are usually in the early morning or the evening when it is cool.
Can I bring my family?
Definitely! While you train, your family can relax at the resort or enjoy the tourist attractions nearby. For toddlers, we have a playground on-site with swings, slides, see-saws. If you need transportation, we can arrange scooter or car rental for you.
What is the normal age range?
All Ages. In our boot camp groups we serve primarily ages 21-48. Our Muay Thai program contains all age groups. Any one is welcome to attend any of our sessions, we do not have age caps. As long as you have the willingness to learn – this is all we ask.
Health and travel insurance
It is recommended to procure travel insurance before departing for our destination. Please consult a doctor as well if you have any existing injuries or illness so you know what your limits are while enjoying your time at our facility. We will help you achieve your goals during boot camp; however it is your responsibility to adhere to your doctor’s guidelines or stop if you experience any discomfort or injury. Any costs incurred due to an injury remains your responsibility.
Are all the sessions and activities compulsory?
No, they are not. All sessions and activities are optional. While we encourage you to join in the activities as much as possible, it is your prerogative depending on how you are feeling that day. If you are participating in our bootcamp program, you have the option to join our Muay Thai classes as well.
Is there someone to speak too at all times?
Yes!. On any evening it is very common to find guests chatting and relaxing in the restaurant area. The owner and trainer of Gym Bangarang lives on-site along with his partner Nicky manages the logistics and cooks wonderful food for our guests, so there is always someone with which you can enjoy conversations.
What should I pack for my fitness bootcamp holiday?
After we’ve received your reservation, a confirmation will be sent with a comprehensive list of supplies for your enjoyment of the camp. Here are a few items you will not want to forget:
- Running shoes
- Swim gear
- Small back pack
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun block
I smoke and drink alcohol and caffeinated drinks?
Our Chiang Mai location is isolated from the temptations of smoking and drinking. Obviously it is your choice as to whether you wish to smoke and drink but the course is a perfect opportunity to cut down/give up and detoxify. It will be hard for you to obtain cigarettes and you will not be surrounded by people smoking. We do, however, provide coffee and tea, wine and beer at our restaurant, but these are not ‘on display’ (there is an extra charge if you want unlimited amounts!).
What is a typical day like?
Our boot camp activities vary each day. We always start off the day with light cardio like a bike ride or walk through the rice fields and finish the day with a relaxing massage. During the day we do activities like TRX, kettlebells, pilates, circuit training, cardio, tennis, muay thai, and rock climbing. We also utilize the football/sports field and running track at the resort. As an example, we could cycle to the waterfall and tiger camp, visit the Doi Suthep Temple and then cool off in the swimming pool.
No problem! Go at your pace. We introduce more fun and varied forms of running like intervals, sprints and agility work. However if it really isn’t your thing we have plenty of other options: fast walks, boxing, kettle bells etc.
During the hotter part of the day, we tend to use this time to train in shaded areas. There’s always plenty of water around to stay hydrated as well. The cooler timeframes in Chiang Mai are between October and February, so if you are very sensitive to heat, contemplate reserving a time during these months.
Will I be OK to come on my own?
85% of our guests come alone and make great friends. We ensure everyone feels comfortable and involved. There is plenty of down-time to relax, chat and enjoy the company of other guests.
How to make a reservation?
Click here to complete our booking form. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions by emailing: email@example.com . We require a 10% deposit on all bookings to confirm. Once we’ve confirmed your reservation, we will send you a list of what to bring. For our boot camp programs, you will also be sent a PARQ (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) to complete and return ahead of time.
What is the accommodation like?
Our on-site villas provide a comfortable environment (similar to a bed and breakfast). The private bungalows have free wi-fi, International TV channels, refrigerator, desk, queen-sized bed, shower, wardrobe, powder desk with mirror and a balcony. We a have laundry service on-site.
Do I need a Visa?
For most countries you get a 30 day visa on arrival. You can check visa requirements online here – www.thai-consulate.org
Are beginners accepted and how are they catered for during the group training sessions?
Guests of all levels are welcome at Gym Bangarang. Our group sizes are small which allows our trainers to identify if you need some extra guidance.
What equipment do I need for the training?
We suggest the essential items would be loose fitting shorts and hand wraps. These items are available for purchase at the gym. We have gloves you can use.
Is it ok to come alone?
Chiang Mai is relatively safe. Staying at the gym is very social and It’s easy to make friends. Our fighters often have fights on during the week and we travel together to support.
Can I fight during my stay?
Yes. All guests can represent the Gym after 2 weeks of training. We recommend increasing your cardio fitness. Most fights take place at Thapae Boxing Stadium in town under full muay thai rules.
How much money do I need if I stay long term?
If you spend most of your time at the gym, costs will be minimal. Boxers Restaurant meals average 130-160 baht. Contact us for a monthly rate for accommodation which is more cost effective.