Fitness Guide to Koh Phangan

4 Jan 2021

Keeping fit and healthy is essential to feel good and with the amazing weather and outdoor lifestyle here on Koh Phangan, there is no better place to get into some fitness. The island has something for everyone when it comes to all aspects of life and that includes fitness. From airconditioned gyms to jungle workouts in nature, you’re sure to find something you love.

Fitness on Koh Phangan

Why should you keep fit?

It's impossible to deny the wellbeing effects of daily fitness and physical activity. Everyone gains something, regardless of age, sex or physical capacity, from fitness. Just a few benefits would be weight control, boosting energy and mental well-being, promoting better sleep, improved sex drive, it’s fun and social! 
Here on the party island, it’s also beneficial to sweat out some toxins from the night before, it will make you feel a lot better and that means you can feel good to enjoy your time here even more!

Fitness on Koh Phangan

Gyms

Koh Phangan’s gym scene has grown over the years and although there are still not as many as other areas of Thailand you will find one in an area near you. We will keep Muay Thai gyms separate for the sake of this article and here you will find the normal traditional western style gyms listed first. Most have personal trainers that you can take advantage of it needed.

 

Podium Gym
Thong Sala

The newest most modern Gym on the island which is one of the only ones with air-conditioning! Very high-quality equipment and machines also with free weights and a protein shake and juice bar. Lots of different courses and trainers to help you.

Podium Gym

Phangan Muay Thai and Fitness Gym
Thong Sala

A traditional Thai gym but possibly the biggest on the island so does not really get over crowded. A popular choice for locals on the island and it’s a gym where you can sweat! It was the first gym on Koh Phangan and they have 15 years experience.

Phangan Muay Thai and Fitness Gym

Evolve Health Club
Sri Thanu

Evolve is Koh Phangan's first elite fitness club that promises professional conditioning and lavish workouts. The gym is open-air with new facilities, customized training and experience. 

Evolve Health Club

Jungle Gym & EcoLodge
Haad Rin

The recently revamped Jungle Gym is based in Haad Rin. It features an extended work out area, including a cardio room with air conditioning. The professionally fitted gym accommodates free-standing piling devices and dumbells up to 50 Kilograms.

Jungle Gym and Eco Lodge

The Press Gym
Chaloklum

A relaxed gym situated in the North with free weights and two floors of cardio facilities. 
Latest Equipment for Aerobic Training, Ample weights free of charge and rope conditioning.

The Press

Fitness Classes

If you want to try a kind of fitness that's a little more creative and possibly with some friends then the island also offers some fitness studios specifically for other activities. Here’s a selection you might want to try.

 

Fitness First Pilates Studio
Mudeauwan

Pilates Studio with a Pilates Trained Coach. Focusing on small groups at any stage. They can help surgical patients and individuals who need assistance with joint, spine, muscle recovery and athletes. Anyone from ages of 5 to 80! 

Fitness First

The Pilates House

A brand new studio located on Koh Phangan (part of Sunny Yoga) where they are committed to having the awareness and talents of consumers to reach their aspirations for satisfied and balanced bodies through pilates.

The Pilates House

Studio NOA - Pole & Dance
Baan Tai

A studio offering pole fit classes and self-practice. Exotic Pole Dance, Floorwork, Chair Dance, Stretching and Studio Rent.

Studio NOA

Bicycle Tours
Thong Sala

Pleasant and insightful island bike adventures that won't be discovered by the regular visitor and also a nice easy day of fitness!

Phangan Bicycle Tours

Muay Thai on Koh Phangan

As a place for travellers to come and learn the art of Muay Thai, Koh Phangan is becoming increasingly popular, it has airy outdoor gyms and highly trained instructors are a major draw for many. When you practice Muay Thai, it is self-protection where you learn the skills to be able to save yourself. You learn it like exercise, because the entire body works out, so that is beneficial for your wellbeing as well. Of course, you can opt to fight in the future after school, and that can be a successful profession.
Muay Thai would probably be number one when it comes to fitness in Thailand. Muay Thai relates to the practice of the eight limbs and uses 8 points on the body that often serve weapons; The weapon is the hands, the shield is the shins and forearms, the elbows are like a hammer and the axe is the legs and knees. It is possible to date the sport as far back as the 16th century.

Muay Thai Koh Phangan

Muay Thai Chinnarach
Thong Sala

Muay Thai Chinnarach was established by Master Chin in 2005 in Koh Phangan. The goal for MTC from the very beginning was to have the highest quality Muay Thai training possible. By 2008, MTC had already been registered by the Thailand Sports Authority. Master Chin has concentrated on Muay Thai practising with the zeal and experience that earned him 2 x World Champion. MTC offers training for first-timers, young people and friends, fans in fitness and elite Muay Thai rivals.

Muay Thai Chinnarach

Diamond Muay Thai 
Thong Sala

Diamond Muay Thai is an authentic Thai boxing camp. In a wonderful setting, the gym delivers excellent technical Muay Thai instruction.

Diamond Muay Thai

Max Maverick Muay Thai
Thong Sala

Max Maverick Muay Thai is a gym is 'Not For Profit.' Their mission is to use Muay Thai's beautiful art as a constructive force in the world. Any surplus money is given to organizations for animal care. Live the life of a "Nak Muay" by onsite living and preparation. They have shared student housing with air-conditioned bedrooms and shared communal spaces (bathroom, kitchen, common room). Entry to utilities such as high-speed broadband, washing, and the usage of bikes. Entry to all community exercise preparation activities and use of workout equipment beyond the hours of operation. Students will have privileged access to benefit from their expertise and practice since the teachers and warriors also reside on location.

Max Maverick Muay Thai

Haad Rin Arena
Haad Rin

They have two separate levels of training at the Haad Rin Arena, beginners and intermediate, they can educate kids, and people can either know a lot about Muay Thai or only a little, but at any stage, they can start and learn. The Arena has matches that take place one day before and one day after Full Moon, as well as preparation. Fighters come to compete from the mainland and other islands.

Haad Rin Arena

Jomhod Muay Thai
Baan Tai

Cosy Muay Thai courses meant for beginners, novice, qualified and experienced warriors. 
From holiday-makers, full-mooners, health lovers and military people to experienced warriors and competitors who come to refine tactics and train for world wars and competitions and make more advancement throughout their professions, they welcome all types of fighting experience. 

Jomhod Muay Thai

Sports

Phangan has a few different sporting activities you can take part in to help with your fitness, these are usually the most social and fun! Being an island surrounded by the beautiful ocean it would be silly not to try some watersports whilst you’re here too.

 

In this article, you can read about sports and fun activities on Koh Phangan.

Sports on Koh Phangan

Watersport

Many people come to Koh Phangan for kite surfing, it’s a glorious place to train, learn and play, as long as the wind is good! There are other water activities to try also such as…

 

Paddleboard

Stand up paddleboarding is a common water activity that is reasonably easy for anybody to do, has a low impact and depends on your equilibrium, your capacity to stand upright (or not, you can sit down) and a little paddle power. 
Koh Phangan is a very nice spot to explore the pleasures of paddleboarding. We have a calm ocean, particularly with not so deep water near the beach in the south, but then if you move farther out, you get deeper. As stated, if you want to take it simple, you don't need to be a pro, you can just float around lying down or kneeling. You can have proper paddleboarding lessons where you can be shown the appropriate and safest way to do it, but there are also locations here where you can just hire the paddleboard for a really affordable price and head out with friends or family to enjoy it.

Paddleboard Koh Phangan

Kayaking

Most of Koh Phangan's big beaches have kayaks for hire and it's well worth discovering the stunning coastline in this way. The better places are on the calmer west coast, but if the sea is not choppy, every beach is actually a 'go' place. 

 

Kitesurfing

There are many schools and instructors for kitesurfing on Koh Phangan yet as it is still not a hugely developed sport here you will get a lot of space to yourself where you can also experience great views when kite surfing. It is available to you whether you are a beginner or a pro.

Kitesurf Koh Phangan

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is a comparatively new activity for boarders. The passenger is pulled behind a boat or a cable ski rig, as with water skiing, albeit usually at slower speeds and the rider rides a single board with stationary non-release bindings on each foot, standing horizontally, like on a snowboard or skateboard, instead of using skis. As it is really easy to pick up and gives a large chance for self-expression, the sport is rising massively in popularity. It is encouraged that someone entirely new to wakeboarding books a minimum of six lessons, including training that takes around 4 days to fully master the skills.

 

Thai Style Fitness

The Thai people have it right, they take their exercise very seriously, so you're going to find outdoor gyms all over the place and even free lessons. You may have seen all the ladies doing exercise on the way to Thong Sala and there are even regular lessons by the pier that can be entered by anybody. There is an outdoor gym with equipment near Thong Sala pier and you can find these all over the island. It is not the best spec equipment but it is nevertheless fitness equipment! There are several various pieces of equipment to use, such as cross trainers, cycles and swings, but you would require your own weights, as well as bars and benches. 
There is also a court that can be used in the room for basketball, tennis, badminton or something else you can do, all entirely for free!

Outdoor Gym Koh Phangan

Summary

There is so much choice for fitness on Koh Phangan, even a novice will find something they enjoy. As well as the famous yoga here which we have not even mentioned in this article plus your every day dancing at the parties! Hopefully, with all this information you will leave the island more healthy and fit than you entered.