Thanyapura’s scholarship swimmer, 23 years old Niranjan ‘Niru’ Mukund, broke the Asian record at the 2018 World Para Swimming World Series “Internationale Deutsche Meisterschaften Swimming Berlin”, in Germany yesterday (June 7). He finished his 200 m backstroke within 03:16:01, which has made him the newest holder of Asia’s record in this category.
Mukund was born with spina bifida and clubbed feet. As a result, he has muscles weakness in his legs and has undergone 16 surgeries. The swimmer, from Bangalore, India, started his swimming journey in 2003 at the Jayanagar Swimming Pool following his doctor’s advice that he should do sports, such as horse riding and swimming, to strengthen his legs.
From a hobby to get healthier and stronger, swimming has become his routine and career. He swims six hours and does two hours of gym work and conditioning each day because he believes that “Dedication, determination and hard work are the keys to success.”
His strong commitment has built him a path to the world leagues. He won 10 medals in 10 events at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games in Stadskanaal, The Netherlands, and claimed bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea. He was named the 2016 Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Bangalore [SWAB] in India. In 2016, he received the Ekalavya Award from the state of Karnataka in India, in recognition of his performances in Para swimming and was also awarded the National Award for Best Para Sportsperson of the Year in 2015 by the Government of India.
Lately, he received a scholarship from Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, where he met his mentor, Miguel Lopez Alvarado, Head Coach of the aquatics academy, who has gained more than 20 years of experience as a swimming coach at elite level, steering able-bodied and disabled swimmers to great heights.
Miguel’s career is expansive. He has trained Olympians and Paralympians, but at heart it is his pure love for the sport that motivates him each day; a motivation that he passes on his swimmers. Mukund also set his goal to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort was delighted to welcome the Hungarian National Swim Team from 13 January – 2 February 2018
Thanyapura was delighted to welcome the Hungarian National Swim Team back on campus from 13 January – 2 February 2018, who were there to continue their rigorous training programme.
The team are currently preparing for the 2018 European Junior Championships, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and the European Swimming Championships. Güttler Károly, Coach for the Hungarian National Swim Team, shared, “This was the first training camp that we had planned for 2018. It is not easy because we do 8 km of swimming training each day, and 1 ½ hours in the gym. It’s 6 ½ hours per day for the athletes, and training efforts are doubled for medalists.”
Boglárka Kapás, 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Bronze medalist, World Championship Bronze medalist and 6 times European Champion was amongst those returning to train. She shared what motivates her to keep swimming, “I train 16 km per day. It is a lot for me, and sometimes I feel like I don’t want to do it anymore and I don’t want to jump in the water. But I still remember back when I was 5 years old, my dream was to be an Olympic champion and I still hold that dream today. When I feel tired I just remember the reason why I started to swim in the first place, and it always motivates me.”
Kenderesi Tamás, 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Bronze medalist, 2016 European Aquatics Championships Bronze medalist and 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships Bronze medalist, was also part of this year’s visiting team. When asked about his expectations for 2020, he replied, “I will focus for each competition and go step by step. Michael Phelps is my role model. He helped me a lot and I’ve watched his videos since I was 10 years old. I have now a chance to swim with him at the Olympics and it is a very special moment for me. I’m also focused on my own goals, and I really want to break the world record at the upcoming Olympic Games.” When asked about his visit to Thanyapura, he shared, “This is my first time visiting. I really like this place and the temperature is very good for swimming. I am not surprised that most Olympics swimmers choose to come and train here.”
Thousands of athletes frequently choose Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort each year, due to its unique combination of world-class facilities and ideal location – especially during the winter months. Its subtropical environment provides little season fluctuation in climate throughout the year. When asked why the Hungarian National Swim Team continues to choose Thanyapura, Coach Károly replied, “The weather is much better than Hungary (during this time of year). Now in Hungary it is snowing and the sky is very dark and grey.”
The team chose Thanyapura as their primary training ground due to its impressive selection of facilities and features. It offers its members, visitors and guests access to a 50m Olympic pool, 25m training pool, 500m running track, fitness centre and integrative health & wellness centre, along with award-winning all-day dining options. When asked about his most recent stay at Thanyapura, Károly replied, “I cannot find anything bad about this place. This is the fourth time that the team has come to stay. We like it so much here.”
Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort was the primary training ground for the Swedish Swimming from 3-18 January 2018
Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort was the primary training ground for the Swedish Swimming Federation earlier this month, as the national team visited the facility from 3-18 January 2018.
A number of distinguished athletes were part of the visiting swim team; Michelle Coleman, a 2016 Olympic finalist, EC medalist & WC medalist, and current national record holder for the 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke; Sophie Hansson, 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC medalist; Simon Sjodin, 2008 & 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC medalist; Erik Persson, 2016 Olympic swimmer and EC finalist; Sara Junevik, WC for Juniors medalist; Hanna Rosvall, EC for Juniors medalist, Björn Seeliger, EC for Juniors medalist; and Jannah Bronzell, EC for Juniors medalist. The team was accompanied by Coach Carl Jenner, named Coach of the Year in 2016.
The team chose Thanyapura for a number of reasons. The trip marked the first time the Swedish National Swim Team had visited the resort, but they had heard many positive things about it; in particular the facilities, the food, and the location. The team is now starting to focus more of their training trips to locations within Far East, in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games due to take place in Tokyo, Japan. They will be looking to improve their training whilst acclimating in more humid conditions. The team mentioned that it is also a great way get back together and kick off 2018’s training programme – and, afterall, January weather is far warmer in Thailand than back home in Sweden!
Thanyapura’s unique mix of world-class facilities, including a 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool, 500m running track, extensive fitness centre, integrative health & wellness centre and award-winning dining options, and its ideally located position within subtropical northern Phuket, makes it a highly sought after training facility for sportspeople around the world. Athletes that are looking to continue their training during the winter months frequently return and stay at the sports resort, either to acclimate and prepare for upcoming competitions, or simply keep their performance up during the low season.
Sajan Prakash, a talented young swimmer who represents India, clocked his best time last month when he competed in the Singapore Swimming World Cup 2017. He came in fifth in the 200m Butterfly with a time of 1:54.49. He also broke a further 3 national records during the event in the 50m Freestyle (00:22.77), 50m Backstroke (00:26.25) and 100m Butterfly (1:54.49). When asked about his competitors, he replied, “I respect their commitment to the sport and they are my inspiration at this level of swimming. It was great swimming next to these legends. They motivate me to do many things for my country.”
Cherantha de Silva, another impressive young swimmer, represents Sri Lanka and also holds a FINA sports scholarship to train at Thanyapura. He broke 3 separate national records at the recent 7th Singapore National Short Course Swimming Championship 2017 in the 100m Freestyle (00:49.29), 100m Butterfly (1:57.99) and 50 Butterfly (00:23.48). He is recognised as the country’s top swimmer and hopes to be the first Sri Lankan ever to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Sajan Prakash (23) is from Kerala, India. With the support of his mother, a professional athletics competitor, he tried out a few different sports before turning to swimming. After winning state and national competitions, he began training internationally and has broken a number of his country’s national records. He has been training at Thanyapura in the FINA programme since 2015 and sees the programme as vital for supporting swimmers in countries that lack Olympic-sized pools and suitable training centres. His ultimate goal is to be a swim coach and help raise swim standards back in India.
Cherantha de Silva (20) is from Columbo, Sri Lanka, and began his professional career aged 7. He has trained in Sri Lanka, the USA and now Thailand, and has previously taken wins at the South Asian Games (SAG). He was awarded a FINA scholarship to train in Thailand in 2015, which has been renewed again this year. He speaks of head coach Miguel Lopez fondly, “Miguel’s like a second father to us. He’s always there for us, for everything we need. It’s not just in the pool; anything about life, he’ll be there.”
Both young athletes train at Thanyapura Sports and Health Resort under the guidance of experienced head coach Miguel Lopez. Thanyapura has been a fully certified FINA training centre since 2015.
For more information on FINA, visit their website.
When many of us think about aqua fitness, we either envisage long, arduous hours of swimming endless lengths or having a splash around in the kiddies pool with our families whilst on holiday. In reality, aqua fitness is an incredibly diverse sport, and its positive effects are celebrated by physicians, personal trainers and people of all ages and abilities around the world.
Individuals that train in water experience a much more effective workout compared to that of a similar routine on land. With water being 800 times denser than air, jogging in the pool can burn up to 11.5 calories per minute, compared to the 8 calories that would be burnt on dry land. An intense aqua aerobics class can burn up to 680 calories in an hour.
When we are submerged up to our shoulders, water places an upward force on our bodies and reduces our weight by up 50-90%, making aqua fitness a great option for those that need a low-impact workout. Individuals that are recovering from injury, or pregnant, benefit greatly from water-based exercise. The versatility found in the world of aqua fitness also means that many of the workouts typically done in the gym, including weight lifting, can be effectively replicated in the pool.
The natural resistance water provides enables us to build up our cardiovascular stamina, strength, and flexibility. The buoyancy and cooler temperatures of the water lower our heart rate, and allow our body to burn fat through an increase in blood circulation.
For those that suffer from chronic illnesses like arthritis, water-based exercises have been known to improve the use of joints without worsening their symptoms. Regular aquatic exercise has also been shown to have a positive effect on an individual’s mental health by decreasing anxiety, improving mood, and improving self-confidence.
SPECIALITY NEEDS-BASED CLASSES
Individuals who suffer from aquaphobia are reassured through a series of techniques designed to overcome anxiety, associate water with positive emotions, and develop swimming skills.
Classes include mild hydro massages that are beneficial to the skin, helping to avoid varicose veins, cellulite and stretch marks. The classes focus on strengthening back, pelvic and abdominal muscles.
Swimming stimulates the brain and can help individuals to increase their strength and mobility, improving their balance and enabling them to become more adaptable when faced with new activities.
The goal of these classes is to help the individual’s body adapt to different physical activities, relieving mental and emotional tension. Exercises are catered for the individual, helping them to rebuild muscles, sooth injuries, and alleviate pain.
Targeted exercises help the body to absorb nutrients, and can aid the individual with exchange and excretion.
Slow, incremental activities focus on improving the activity levels and overall health of the individual.
Targeted exercises help the body to rebuild and return to optimum function.
Hydrotherapy is used to improve elasticity and firmness, whilst improving blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
AQUA FITNESS TIPS
Spend a few minutes in waist-deep water stretching, walking and swinging your arms before you begin your workout. Gradually increase the intensity of movement until you are warmed up and ready to begin.
Explore different workouts
From aqua jogging to kickboxing, Zumba to tai chi, aerobics to yoga, versatility is key to aqua fitness. If you find that you do not enjoy a specific class or activity, try out a few different ones to discover which one works for you.
Drink water before, during, and after your workout to ensure you stay properly hydrated. Due to the lower temperature of pool water, it can be difficult to know if you are in danger of dehydration.
Spread out your workouts
Dividing workouts evenly throughout the week will build up endurance more effectively than compressing your fitness programme into a day or two. Exercising too long or intensely can increase the risk of injury.
Take your time and enjoy yourself
Exercising in the water is fun, but it can be difficult to know if you are overexerting yourself at the beginning. Build up your stamina gradually, listen to your body, and stop before you feel sore or extremely tired.
The wonderful thing about aqua fitness is that can truly benefit everyone. If you are interested in finding out more about its positive effects, or would like to enquire about one of our classes, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Records at 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest
Budapest, Hungary – Five young athletes from Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort who train in Phuket under the FINA Scholarship Programme broke national records for their home countries at the 17th FINA World Championships held from 14 – 30 July 2017.
Ayman Klzieh (Syria): 200m butterfly
Michael Rasolonjatovo (Madagascar): 100m, 200m and 4×100 freestyle
Emily Muteti (Kenya): 4x100m freestyle and 4×100 I.M. mixed relays
Tem Strickland (Cook Islands): 50m and 100m freestyle
Tisa Shayka (Nepal): 100m breaststroke
Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort is a FINA-approved training centre for aspiring swimmers training for the FINA World Championships and the Olympic Games. The FINA Scholarship Programme provides funding and training to each country’s top swimmers. Scholarship recipients work with top-level coaches at world-class Aquatics facilities to reach their full potential. The programme reaches out to swimmers and national federations with the greatest needs in FINA’s six aquatic sports.
Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort offers swimmers with professional coaches such as Miguel Angel Lopez Alvarado, who has a proven track record of leading his athletes to break national records in the last two decades.
Like most aerobic activities, swimming has many physical benefits including increased endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. However, swimming also offers several mental benefits to the athlete that make it an excellent workout for both the mind and body. Here are 6 of the many benefits you can get from swimming as your chosen sport:
1. Low Impact – Swimming is a unique form of exercise because it allows the athlete to reap the health and fitness benefits of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance training without putting high amounts of stress on the joints and bones. This makes swimming an especially valuable form of exercise for people with disabilities, recovering from injuries, or who have various medical conditions, such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
2. Excellent Cross Training – Along with decreasing blood pressure and heart rate, consistent swimming leads to increased tidal volume (the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs during normal respirations), making it excellent cross training for runners, bikers, gymnasts, soccer players, and more (CITE swimswam). In fact, a study by the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine in Science and Sports found that swimming with controlled breathing resulted in a 6% improvement in running performance after only twelve sessions (Lavin, Guenette, Smoliga, & Zavorsky; 2013).
3. Heightening Cognitive Functioning – Levels of a neurotrophin called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), are increased through high-intensity activities like swimming. BDNF is crucial to the proper functioning of the brain and peripheral nervous system by playing an essential role in the maintenance of neurons, neurogenesis, synaptogenesis, and supporting cognitive functioning. Low levels of BDNF are correlated with Alzheimer’s disease, poor neural development, depression, and neurotransmitter dysfunction (CITE).
4. Vitamin D – The outdoor pools like the beautiful 50-meter Olympic pool and 25-meter pool at Thanyapura gives swimmers great exposure to the tropical sun. Increasing time in the sun has also been shown to elevate BDNF levels (CITE), increase bone strength by inducing calcium deposition, elevated muscle functioning (CITE bodybuilding), and not to mention, give swimmers a great tan while they cool off!
5. Anxiety and Stress Management – Studies have shown that swimming significantly reduces anxiety on a level comparable to practicing yoga (CITE). It also reduces sensitivity to stress and most find the repetition and silence of swimming quite relaxing.
6. Antidepressant – Swimming also plays a multifaceted role as an antidepressant. Group classes provide a social experience for participants, while also giving them an uplifting sense of accomplishment upon completing a difficult set. Additionally, endorphins and neurotransmitters like serotonin, are released during long-term cardio exercise. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, but raising these levels enhances mood and social behaviour (CITE).
Practice all the methods of increasing BDNF with us right here in the tropical paradise of Phuket. Swim at our beautiful outdoor 25 and 50 meter pools where you can enjoy tropical sunshine which provide Vitamin D, and not to mention great tans while providing an escape from the heat! A healthy diet low in refined sugar and saturated fats is available with culinary flare right here at our DiVine restaurant as well as the Booster Bar.
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If you’re in Thailand and want to take up swimming lessons Phuket is the perfect place to do it. With over 35 beaches, the island boasts beautiful sceneries and an array of fun water-based activities.
You can take a walk on the wild side and go white-water rafting or simply enjoy the sunset disappear into the sea whilst taking a relaxing swim. Wait a second. Relaxing swim? If you’re anything like me, the words relaxing and swim should never be put in the same sentence.
I would like to tell those of us who would love to learn how to swim but have never invested the time or effort in doing so, you’re not alone! I’ve met several people over the past months who agreed with me on the above statement. It turns out a lot of people aren’t confident swimmers but wish they were. If you are one of them, don’t procrastinate any longer. You are in the prime environment weather-wise to do lessons regularly. You’ll also find when doing swimming lessons Phuket offers access to some Olympic class pools and extremely talented coaches.
There’s heaps of benefits to learning how to swim. Here’s a few of them;
Peace of mind: Keep yourself, your family and others safe, especially when in open water.
Great for kids: Studies have proven that children who swim regularly can avoid health issues like diabetes and obesity whilst improving their cardiovascular health.
Great for adults: This low-impact sport that gives your body an all-round workout. Swimming boosts your heart rate without stressing the body; it increases your strength, endurance and cardiovascular health plus tones everything!
So if you’re in Phuket, now’s the chance to really get a feel for the water so you can start enjoying all that swimming has to offer.
Where to swim in Phuket
If you’re in the north
To the north of Patong you will find Kamala Beach, Surin Beach, and Bang Tao Beach. If you are in these areas, the best swim club to go to would be in Phuket Town:
Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club is a swim club founded by a retired Thai swimmer. Torwai, the club’s founder and teacher, is a retired Thai long-distance freestyle swimmer. With his Olympic experience, you’ll be able to learn some fantastic methods to kick-start your swimming.
Open daily from 8:30am, the PPAO Sports Club Swimming Pool in Sapan Hin has 8 lanes and is 50 meters long. The facilities and pool are basic but if you’re in the area it’s a good place to get some extra practice in! Coach merit arranges swim meets and lessons on a weekly basis. Find out more information on their facebook page.
If you’re in the south
Staying near Rawai, Karon, Kata, Kata Noi or the Chalong areas? If so, check out this swim club:
For more information you can see their Facebook page
If you’re staying in the center of Phuket
Find yourself in Kathu or the surrounding areas? This is the prime location to be as you are right in the centre, geographically speaking, of the entire island. The best options for locating swimming lessons are:
Thanyapura has Olympic facilities and world-class trainers to offer you comprehensive training. Our Learn How to Swim program offers lessons for new swimmers of all ages, from babies to adults, providing a wide range of skills to ensure safety and confidence in the water. You will be swimming like a pro in no time when you take regular lessons with our expert Aquatics Academy coaches.
For more information, check out our Learn How to Swim page.
The British International School has the Flying Fish program. Any age and ability is welcomed and you will receive high quality tuition on the best techniques. On the BIS grounds you’ll find an Olympic sized 50-metre outdoor pool and a 25 metre outdoor pool making it a great location to begin your swimming venture.
Address: 59 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Road, T. Koh Kaew, A. Muang.