lifestyle Travel

Thailand, MMA Fighting & How To Keep Fit

An insight into the life of Alexis Rook, an amateur MMA fighter.

Sometimes opportunities provide us with the most interesting stories, gives us chance to speak to people we wouldn’t usually.

This week, I was lucky enough to speak to Lexi Rook, an inspirational woman about her recent experiences during her career, as well as her travelling adventures.

TRB: So tell me a little bit about yourself? Who is Alexis Rook?

AR: I am an amateur MMA fighter aiming to turn professional and make a career out of fighting and competing. So, at the moment I am working alongside training full time until I can reap the benefits of being a professional full time paid athlete. I am currently working three different part time jobs to fit into my crazy training schedule.

Wow that’s intense! What makes you excited to wake up in the morning?

Life in general makes me excited to wake up. I live with my family so waking up to them every morning is a blessing. Knowing I get to train every morning, afternoon and evening also motivates me to jump out of bed everyday!

So I’ve heard that you’ve recently come back from Thailand. What was it like there?

Yes I have been back from Thailand just over one week now. It was absolutely incredible over there! I cant even put into words how brilliant it was. I stayed in Pattaya for six weeks.

I travelled to Bangkok to compete on one of the weekends I was there.

Unfortunately, I was not able to travel to any other parts or islands of Thailand as I was on a tight training schedule/regime. However, I explored as much as I could.

Pattaya is known as one of the not so picturesque parts of Thailand but it was still beautiful in it’s own way. There were the usual grotty side streets that you get in every town but there was also a beautiful long sandy beach that ran the whole length of the city. The weather was amazing, hot, sunny and blue skies everyday with the occasional downpour (it was monsoon season!).

Thai people are the nicest people I have ever met also! They can’t do enough for you, always happy and smiling, very welcoming and just genuinely happy to help.

The food is one thing I miss alot! So much fresh, delicious fruit and I ate a lot of seafood, all freshly grilled and seasoned, and SO cheap!

So you’d recommend visiting?

I strongly recommend visiting Thailand if you can! It is a life changing destination and there is so much to see and do there. The temples, floating markets, nightlife and food! There is so much of Thailand I am dying to go back and visit next time, especially the little islands you can get boats out to and I had some friends who stayed in Phuket who said it was beautiful, just like the pictures!

Do you have a favourite memory from your time abroad?

The whole experience was amazing and being there solely for a training camp made it very different to your normal holiday or backpacking trip. If I had to pick my favorite memory though I think it would be the weekend trip to Bangkok.

Our fight team went to Bangkok to compete in a jiu-jitsu competition and we all smashed it! Then we went onto watch a fellow team mate fight for the world title in K1 kickboxing and she also won! The atmosphere in the stadium was breath taking! There must have been about 30 of us all screaming at the top of our lungs, waving blue glow sticks in the air!

I was miles away from my family and hadn’t seen my family for six weeks but the team were so supportive and welcoming I felt like I was with my family the whole time. It really was an incredible weekend!

Also, Bangkok is just crazy,whizzing around the city on a tuk tuk laced in fairy lights!

The Roam Blogger is a blog aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of its readership so I wanted to ask whether you had any advice on keeping fit?

I am extremely passionate about the fitness industry and being someone who has been through a very unhealthy/unfit stage of my life I am always advising my friends and family to stay fit! I have lots to say about how to keep fit but my main piece of advice would be to be your own motivation.

Never compare yourself to anyone else.

It is very easy in this day and age with so much social media influence, to look at other people and compare ourselves to their level of fitness, health or aesthetics. Work on yourself every day. Pick one thing that you would like to work on and focus on that one thing at a time. For example, maybe you want to improve your fitness and be able to run for thirty minutes. Start with running for 5 minutes. Then the next time you do it, add another three minutes and keep adding each time until you can run 30 minutes.

Don’t worry if Mrs perfect on the treadmill next to you is running for 45 minutes, we don’t care about her.

Focus on yourself.

Last question: Do you have any advice on how to keep calm in difficult situations?

How do I stay calm in difficult situations is a question that honestly, two years ago I would not have been able to answer because I never used to know how to be calm in any situation.

Since I began training in martial arts I have learnt how to control my emotions and stay calm in any situation, especially in difficult situations.

Everyone is different, but for me, I find it best to take a mental step back from the situation and analyse it before I act upon it. Most of the time we overreact and regret reacting so quickly.

Most situations can be diffused and handled pretty well. Take a few breaths and work it out. Life is too short to be getting frustrated in situations that aren’t worth it.

Thank you Lexi for such an interesting conversation.

Lexi can be found on Instagram for more motivational fitness, travel & lifestyle posts.

I hope you enjoyed this short interview and can take away something from it, even if it’s something as simple as where to visit in Thailand, or the short fitness tips. I personally thought Lexi had such enthusiasm for her craft and it provided rejuvenation for my own.

Until next time.

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