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Your visit to the Fresh Start Thailand retreat is delivered by a team of dedicated professionals.

Fresh Start Founders Richard and Louise are responsible for the design of the Fresh Start Thailand retreat programme. 

You will have two Fresh Start trainers exclusively with you for the duration of your retreat. They will give you fitness and nutritional advice and training all day, every day. We also have outside instructors taking you for individual classes who are experts in their field.

Ask us which trainers and teachers will be at your Fresh Start healthy holiday in Chiang Mai Thailand.

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Yapat Thutsanamahachot is the Thai owner of Fresh Start and Co-Founder with Louise.

Yapat studied Sport and Fitness in Thailand and has a certificate to teach adult exercise. She is also a model and mother to 4 children. To keep herself fit and healthy Yapat likes to take part in the Fresh Start programme and helps with the selection of the Fresh Start team.


Richard is the designer of the Fresh Start fitness and active sightseeing programme. An ex-British Royal Marines Commando Physical Training Instructor, he has used all his experience and knowledge to build a unique, exciting and diverse fitness and health retreat. Moreover, he is a qualified tactical medic, unarmed combat instructor and Personal trainer. Richard is a qualified sports coach with the National Coaching Federation. He holds NVQ level 3 in sports coaching and instructing adults exercise and Fitness and active IQ level 3 Nutrition and weight management adviser. He has also completed a Level One Cross Fit Coaching Course.

After leaving the Royal Marines, Richard became a Commercial oil rig diver and later a Police Officer in the UK, training as a Tactical Fire Arms Officer and Medic. 


Louise is one of the co-founders of the Fresh Start Thailand retreat and designer and host of the women’s wellness retreat She has a long and successful career spanning over 35 years in health and wellness, running her own successful companies in both the UK and Asia. Louise started her own aerobics business ‘High Energy’ in the UK when she was only 22 years old. She soon had a huge following, was the Founder of ‘Supple strength’ Yoga and pilates. Louise and her partner made it to the finals of the TV show ‘Body Heat’, where they were crowned one of the fitness couples in the UK. Furthermore, Louise also appeared on the reality show ‘Global E-missions’ which her team won after completing 11 missions in 11 countries around the World. Louise also made it to the finals of Fitness Instructor of the year in ‘Health and Fitness’ Magazine.

Louise has a BA Honours degree in Leisure and Sports Studies and RSA exercise to music level 3. She has a British wheel of Yoga diploma and OCR level 3 advanced Pilates certificates. Louise teaches kettle bell, Yoga, pilates and has qualified as a back and pelvis correction therapist. She is also a certified meditation teacher with the British school of meditation and a sound therapist. 


Weena looks after our enquiries, confirmations and answers any questions you might have related to our holiday or coming to Thailand. She also books our activities and helps with the smooth running of the boot camp and our web site. She is onsite 6 days a week to help our guests. 

Weena is a native Thai national with excellent spoken English language skills with a friendly bubbly personality and always ready to assist before and during your stay with us. 

Weena was formerly the manager of the Residents area at the resort.

She lives close to the resort with her daughter Bipai.

Anton is as enthusiastic about fitness as he is about nature and the environment. When he is not taking the bootcamp you will find him him hiking through the mountains , trails and our lush Asian countryside.
Anton is from the Ukraine and is an accomplished master swimmer, fitness instructor and unarmed combat trainer. He is also an accomplished Muay Thai trainer who takes great pride in helping our guests get to grips with the Muay Thai moves. Guests remark on Anton’s creativity and there is never a dull moment on his boot camp weeks.
Anton will help you achieve your fitness and health goals. Using his professional and motivating manner he will make your boot camp holiday a fun and rewarding experience.

Mathee is a Muay Thai trainer and professional fighter and worked at KC’s Muay Thai gym in Chiang Mai for 6 years. He has taught Muay Thai in China and India.

He is a very popular trainer here at Fresh Start. Methee studied philosophy for 4 years at Seangtham college in Thailand.

Methee came from the hill tribes in the Mae Jam of Chiang Mai. Also, he has a very outgoing and supportive personality and is a very popular trainer here at Fresh Start!


Tawun is a former professional football player having played for Bangkok United and JW Rangsit in Thailand. He has also taught soccer to kids clubs and is first aid trained. Tawun graduated from Prem International school with an IB diploma. He also has a Degree in Ecology from Bournemouth University in the UK and has a love of the outdoors.

Tawun has completed his Personal Training certification with ISSA , the International Sports Science Association.

He is from England and Thailand and has spent time in both countries.Having grown up in Chiang Mai he has a good local knowledge and speaks both English and Thai.

In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, surfing, weight training and cycling.

Tawun is a fun, enthusiastic and motivational instructor and will help you push a little harder.

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Jo is from Belgium and speaks 4 languages including French, English and German. Jo is a super motivator and comes from a strong gymnastics and climbing back ground. A qualified first aider, circuit training coach, Bootcamp instructor certificate holder, nutritional advisor and adult exercise instructor.

Jo will help you achieve your fitness goals In a happy and friendly environment.


Pump is an experienced group exercise instructor and teaches Body Pump and Body Combat. He is currently a gym instructor at Platinum fitness centre in Chiang Mai. He was also a manager at Kawee Power Zone gym for 6 years and a personal trainer at Harris fitness centre.

Pump is an inspiration to our guests as at age 16 he was 130 kilos, he changed his diet and started to exercise and has completely changed his body shape. His simple advice is to have small goals and manageable steps.

Pump’s interests are mixed martial arts and brain training to help performance and a positive mindset.

Pump is a warm and friendly fitness assistant who loves to inspire our guests to become fitter and healthier.


Dave is from Ireland and living in Chiang Mai to study Muay Thai boxing and yoga. His passion for fitness is boundless and a life time ambition.

Dave is a Level 3 Reps ‘Premier’ trained personal trainer, qualified kettle bell, circuits , aqua and Muay Thai instructor. He also has a ‘Premier’ working with communities to promote and support healthy lifestyles award and is First Aid trained by Qualsafe.

Dave is a very friendly and motivating trainer who will make your stay with Fresh Start an amazing one and help you to achieve your health and fitness goals.


Mel is from the UK but has relocated to Chiang mai Thailand. Mel is a licensed and experienced group exercise instructor, who teaches interval training workouts and also dance fitness classes. She is currently a group exercise instructor in a number of fitness facilities in the Chiang Mai area.

In her free time Melinda enjoys cycling and salsa dancing.
She has a friendly and outgoing personality, which will make you feel right at home and a positive and encouraging attitude that will show you how fun fitness can be!


Neil is a devoted yoga teacher who regularly visits India for training and to immerse himself in all things yoga. Neil is originally from the UK but has been based in Chiang Mai for over 10 years where he teaches and hosts yoga retreats and events.

Neil is a qualified Vinyasa yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Through a variety of poses Neil helps our guests to build strength , flexibility and balance. Neil’s classes are a very popular addition to the bootcamp program and it’s the perfect way to finish a boot camp day.


La De came to Thailand in 2007 from Japan. He now works as the head of the tennis department at Traidos International School; he runs a fun cardio tennis class, which is always loved by our boot camp guests. His class is for any level of tennis player, from total novice to intermediate. The class focuses on fun and cardiovascular improvement, all too some great music.

La de became the No. 1 ranked player in the Shan State of Myanmar in 1994. He is voted the best junior level tennis player in the nation by the Myanmar Tennis Federation, he then became the No. 1 ranked player on the Myanmar Junior Davis Cup Team.

Because of Myanmar’s political instability, he was unable to play tennis in his home country and moved to Japan in 1988. There, he qualified and worked as a Tennis coach at the Top Indoor Stage Tennis School in Tokyo. He taught team elite students and adults for over 8 years. While in Tokyo, he won the Rookies Cup Tennis School Companies tournament.

In addition, La de studied at Shukutoku University, Japan where he gained a Bachelor of Business and Environment degree. La de can speak Kachin, Burmese, Thai, Chinese, English and Japanese.


Anne has been with the Fresh Start Boot Camp since its beginnings way back in 2010. A qualified personal trainer with the European Institute of Fitness, Pilate’s teacher & Aqua aerobics teacher (Aquatic Professionals Association). Anne is also a qualified sports coach. Anne has coached such diverse sports as Field hockey, athletics, squash, horse riding and cross-country running.

Also, Anne is a qualified Maths teacher from Zimbabwe, and when not working as a fitness instructor she teaches students at a local international school in Chiang Mai.


Supak T. Harris has been practising yoga for more than 3 years. This passion has led her to search out her own personal development throughout the world.

This quest has brought her to contact with many different schools and masters in places like Dubai, London, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Samui in Thailand.

Her first Yoga Alliance registered teacher training in Samui, Thailand. She brings her wealth of experience and history with yoga into her teaching approach during classes. Some of them include asana practice, some guided meditation techniques, pranayama/breathing exercises and chi-gong elements, all combined for the maximal effect and efficiency of the practicum. Though a beginner, it can be interesting for practitioners of different levels, since many techniques are implemented and used together.

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Pong started training in Muay Thai kick boxing at the age of 10 and is a veteran of over 150 professional Muay thai and boxing fights. He is a former 54 kg North Thailand national champion and has taught the art of Muay Thai at gyms in China, Spain and Norway.

Pong is head trainer at the KC Muay Thai gym in down town Chiang Mai. KC’s gym is one of the newest and best training gyms. They are dedicated to teaching and training the art of Muay Thai kick boxing. Hence, our training sessions with the Kick boxing team at K.C.’S are always one of the highlights of our boot camps. A great fun training session for all abilities and fitness levels in an authentic professional kick boxing gym.


Our cycle days are run by a professional bike tour operator, Spiceroads. It’s the most renowned, fully licensed cycle company in Thailand.

Your tour guide will be Mr Winn, who has graduated from the professional Asian Tour Guide association. He is a qualified bike mechanic, fluent English-speaking and always there to help you with any bike related questions.

Mr Winn is excellent with the less confident riders and can teach you everything you ever wanted to know about cycling in a fun and relaxed manner.

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