The Unit 27 Team

The Unit 27 Team

Our Instructors are the best in the business when it comes to Strength & Conditioning training, they are qualified fitness experts that are here to work hard for you & to make you work hard when training with us at Unit 27.

Qualified & Friendly instructors

Unit 27 Instructors are always polite, professional, helpful and highly motivated to work with you to achieve your most sought after fitness goals. Our Instructors are English speaking, western qualified, always approachable and guarantee to meet you with a smile! If you have trouble during a session, we will coach and encourage you to achieve the very best from yourself through positive reinforcement, form correction, motivational methods and prioritization of your standards and training goals.

An elite selection of fitness experts


Rob Hallam out front of his gym Unit 27 in Phuket, Thailand

Rob Hallam – Co-Owner & Founder

Rob previously served a number of years in the British Army deployed globally as a Commando Forces Soldier, Recruit Instructor & Operational Bomb Disposal Officer. Upon leaving the Army he worked as a Civilian Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operator in challenging environments such as Mozambique, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq until he formed Ubique Solutions (www.ubiquesolutions. [...]

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Dayle Hallam – Co-Owner & Founder

Dayle moved to Phuket, Thailand to open Unit-27 in 2013. Since then Dayle has been the influence behind the entire programming and designing of classes that are held daily at Unit-27 as well as the design of the facilities. Not only being the primary developer of the programming at Unit-27, he was heavily involved in the designing of systems and processes across all businesses, including Troop [...]

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Ryan Fryer at Unit 27 gym, Phuket, Thailand

Ryan Fryer – General Manager

Ryan moved from Cape Town to Phuket 10 years ago and has worked in the leisure industry in Thailand since his arrival, some valuable local insider knowledge has been gleaned during this period. Ryan has always been within the fitness group, having competed to a high level in Mountain Biking to all adventure sports he can find the time for, including Spearfishing as a main interest. With [...]

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Lizel Birkenstock – Media Manager

Lizel Birkenstock comes from Durban South Africa . She studied for her BCom marketing and business management Degree at Stellenbosch University which is in the wine lands of Cape Town , and therefore always happy to enjoy a glass of Pinotage with some friends. Lizel has always been very involved in fitness and beauty and being a 400m and 800m National sprinter as well as playing Tennis and [...]

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Jibby Nichapha - Instructor at Unit 27 gym Phuket, Thailand

Jibby Nichapha – S&C Instructor

Originally from Surathani, Jibby relocated to the paradise known as Phuket in 2003. She wasn't always in the great condition she is now and used to be inactive before deciding to make a change in her life making a complete transformation in body and mind through her own personally applied training and nutrition systems and we are incredibly proud with how far she has come. With this first [...]

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Adrian Allen at Unit 27 gym, Phuket, Thailand

Adrian Allen – S&C Instructor

Adrian's journey into the Health and Fitness Industry start just over 3 years ago and by chance happened to be one of the very first clients in though the gate of Unit 27 when it opened back in 2013, returning every year without fail. Originating from Co. Kerry Ireland, Adrian having always had a keen interest in Irish sport and played what is mostly only known in Ireland as Hurling, Gaelic F [...]

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Jason Dimio, Phuket, Thailand - Unit-27

Jason Dimio – S&C Instructor

Jason is a qualified personal trainer and specialises in Strength and Conditioning at Unit-27. He is a friendly and passionate coach who’s soul focus is to help each client achieve the goals they set for themselves. Coming from a sporting background and working within the fitness industry across a number of demographics Jason is an incredibly competent coach that has a number of testimoni [...]

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Sarawut Ounin instructor at Unit 27 gym, Phuket, Thailand

Sarawut Ounin – S&C Instructor

Sarawut Ounin, also know as Oh or Mr. O is our longest standing Thai member of the team. Hailing from Sakolnakorn, Esan, he relocated to Phuket in 2008 to chase his bodybuilding dreams and in turn we were luckily enough to capture Oh from one of the local gyms. Throughout his time with us he’s blossomed into what can only be described as an outstanding gentleman and member of the team. Wi [...]

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Nick Darun 3 at Unit 27 gym, Phuket, Thailand

Nick Darun – S&C Instructor

Nick was born, and grew up in Phuket. He started playing badminton when he was 5 years old. At 9 years old he became a member of his school badminton athlete team. Nick continued playing sports as he grew older with his main focus being in weight training, Crossfit and marathon running. From 2016 he decided to follow his passion for fitness and changed his career stream from IT to s [...]

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Nathalie Bruynooghe - CrossFit Coach - at Unit 27 gym, Phuket, Thailand

Nathalie Bruynooghe – CrossFit Instructor

Nathalie started Judo at the age of 5. She already learned to live a disciplined and healthy lifestyle at a young age. Being part of the Belgian Olympic Judo team she competed around the world for a decade. Being at school, the rest of her days were filled with strength and conditioning, judo and nutrition. But after she got several knee and shoulder surgeries though, she decided to say the ta [...]

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Pearl at Unit 27 gym, Phuket, Thailand

Pearl – Yoga Instructor

Pearl's love affair with yoga began in 2006 and she started to practice in earnest from 2007 onwards. It has changed her life making her feel great in every way. This naturally has inspired Pearl to want to teach it as a way of sharing the same benefits with others and giving them a way to find happiness in their lives. That part of the journey began with a 200 hour Hot Yoga training [...]

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Fitness Phuket

Unit 27 commits itself every day to providing quality strength & conditioning and advanced fitness training here in Phuket, Thailand. With that in mind we also have a wealth of first class fitness, weight loss, conditioning, training and dietary advice available from our specialist instructors and coaches.

Check out the Unit 27 fitness Phuket blog for training tips, diet advice, weight loss, upcoming events and of course up to date news on what is going on at the Unit and other Unit 27 group facilities.

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10 Lean Habits!

Lean, strong, fit and healthy people share these common habits. It’s not luck or genetics, it’s just a series of daily choices. These choices, once integrated with your lifestyle develop into a subconscious habit which in turn keeps you lean. Pick at least 8 of these habits below and practice them daily to get lean and (most importantly) stay lean. Getting lean can be easy. You can follow a boring, restrictive meal plan for 8-12 weeks, with little understanding of how or why you’re getting leaner. Then when the diet ‘finishes’ you go back to your previous habits and with it comes the weight gain. Sound familiar? Read [...]

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Island Battleground Competition

Tiger Muay Thai held the IBG (Island Battleground Competition) last month, February 16th and 17th 2019, and we had 6 individuals from Unit-27 CrossFit Phuket attend and fly the black and white flag of Unit-27 and man did they do well: Adrian Allen & Natalie Bruynooghe Ryan Fryer & Jibby Nichapha Tamika La Toya & Wayne Simcoe Over the space of 2 days Unit-27's team went and competed amongst an elite level of athletes. With an array of workouts including complex movements from pistol squats to double-unders and max efforts on Ski Ergs and Wall Balls, all athletes that competed were pushed to their absolute limits, [...]

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5 top tips to get the most out of training at Unit-27!

One of the common mistakes keen trainees make when arriving on the Soi is thinking more is better. We understand you want to maximise your time here, but your training is only as good as your ability to recover from it. Remember during the workout is not when we are making progress, just creating the stimulus for progress to be made, it’s when we get outside the gym, we start the recovery progress and make the positive adaptions we’re looking for such as improved fitness, strength levels, muscle mass etc. From a calorie burning standpoint more classes will burn more calories initially however try to look at the week as a whole not an [...]

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