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In this blog post series, "About us", you have the chance to learn more about the people behind Thailand’s premium studio for personal and semi-private training - HAUS No3,
This week we had a chat with one of our talented coaches at HAUS No3, Picha (Pete) Panichevaluk.
Read below too find out about his first mentor, his most exotic (and random) pets and how he would like to see the fitness industry in Thailand to develop in the future.
Hi Pete, please tell us a little bit about yourself, where you grew up and how you got to where you are today.
Pete: "I was born and raised in Thailand as the second son to my parents. I went to an International school here in Bangkok and later on continued by studying agriculture at University.
It was during my high school years that I first started to lift weights, mainly from being chubby and feeling a little bit bullied and left out. My grandpa was a former bodybuilder so he got me started by showing me some exercises to build muscle.
I dabbled with bodybuilding for a while but later discovered callisthenics (bodyweight) training and was more drawn towards that style of training. Training definitely helped me get in better shape and lose some excessive body fat at that time.
During an exchange program stay in Japan I was first introduced to functional training using free weights, and later CrossFit as well as Powerlifting (deadlift, squat, bench press). During my final years in University I made the decision to complete a personal training certification (ACE) and to puruse my dream of working in the fitness industry. And here I am today, at HAUS No3, following my passion and loving every moment to help people and to share my knowledge and experiences."
When it comes to being overweight and feeling bullied - do you have any advice to give people that have been through the same journey as you have?
Pete: "Do some research and find a person that actually knows what they are doing. Don't try to figure everything out yourself, it will take a long time to learn by trial and error and chances are that you will make a lot of unnecessary mistakes along the way.
How would you describe your own current training routine?
Pete: "I enjoy calisthenics (bodyweight) training a lot. Mainly because it's so simple to do, requiring zero to very little equipment and you can make you really strong. However, lately I've been adding more strongman and barbell training in to my training as well and that mix feels great for me at the moment."
What is your other hobby apart from training?
Pete: "I love to keep animals, especially reptiles and fish."
What is the most unique animal/pet you have?
Pete: "Me and my family have a lot of cool animals (haha). We have around 20 different animal species; such as a snow owl (from Sweden!), a black swan, Tarantula spider and a few monkeys.
We also have 17 dogs. But most of them stay in Chiang Mai so they have plenty of space to run around."
Do you have a key value in life that you live by?
Pete: "Give your best effort in everything you do. Perhaps you won't see a direct return all the time but as long as you give 100% it means that you maintain a standard and you will never have any regrets that you could've worked harder or done better."
Tell us something that people in general don't know about you.
Pete: "I collect and sell vintage clothes and bags. This is another hobby of mine. So if I'm not working or training myself, chances are that you find me at a vintage market somewhere in Bangkok."
If you could pick any destination in the world to travel to, where would you go?
Pete: "Brazil. The Amazon jungle really intrigues me."
What is the most important things you look for when you train a guest at HAUS No3?
Pete: "I always look at how people move (form and technique) as my main priority in training a guest. I think it's very important that the people I work with first learn and understand fundamental movement patterns before moving on to more complex exercises."
So, if you could give any advise to fellow Thai personal trainers, what would you tell them?
Pete: "Be open minded and constantly look for and explore new knowledge. And one more thing; don't play with your phone when training a client (haha). Always be present and focus on the person in front of you."
From a coach's perspective, what do you think is the biggest and most common mistake that you see people make in the gym?
Pete: "I see a lot of people that miss out on a proper movement prep (warm up) before they start a workout and an appropriate cool down after the session.
Another thing I've noticed is people trying to do crazy, high skilled movement without having the strength or prerequisites to perform the movement. No one can escape the need for proper progressions to do things well and to stay injury free."
As a coach at HAUS No3 - there's no doubt to us that you are one of the leaders of the new generation of personal trainers in Thailand. With this in mind, are there any myths or beliefs surrounding fitness, nutrition or health that you would like to see disappear in Thailand?
Pete: "Many people believe that the deadlift is a lower back exercise. If you do it correct, the deadlift is rather a full body exercise, challenging total body stability and strength (hamstring, lats, glutes, back, etc).
There is also a common belief that jogging is sufficient training to develop leg strength. This is of course, in my opinion, far from true. You would need a very different stimulus and a far greater range of motion to train your leg strength than what jogging can provide.
Another common myth that I hear a lot is that supplements is absolutely necessary in order to gain muscle. Although nutritional supplements might help in some cases and situations, I believe that most of the time, supplements supposed "necessity for muscle gain" is mainly a manufactured claim by the supplement companies themselves. As long as you eat a well balanced diet, train consistent and get enough recovery, you can gain muscle without taking any additional supplements what so ever."
As a guest at HAUS No3, what can I look forward to experiencing when training with you?
Pete: "When you train with me, first I will fix your form as needed and make sure that you move correctly. But with that said, my goal is also to make you sweat a lot, too. Having that balance is important for me."
Do you have any mentors or people working in the fitness industry that you follow, read or study?
Pete: "Yes, for sure. I read and watch from many different people; Chris Duffin (strength athlete), Evan Osar (movement specialist) and Daniel Vadnal (calisthenics). But I have to also mention the guy who first inspired me to start calisthenics training - "Hannibal For King" - he is a real YouTube legend."
If you could only do 3 exercises for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
Pete: "Pullups - it's a great pulling movement for your upper body.
Pushups - not only does it train your push pattern but done well it also requires a great deal of core and total body stability.
Clean and jerk - this is an explosive, compound lift consisting of a lift from the ground, a front squat and an over head movement."
We hope you enjoyed to read some opinions and thoughts from Pete; one of our coaches at HAUS No3.
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