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

Our Instructors are always polite, professional, helpful and motivated to work with you. Our Instructors all speak English and are 90% expatriate, all are qualified and always approachable. We 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, correction on form, motivational methods and prioritisation of your standard and goals.

An elite selection of fitness experts


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

Rob Hallam – Owner

Rob previously served 16 years in the British Army deployed globally as a Commando Forces Soldier, Recruit Instructor & Operational Bomb Disposal Officer. On leaving the Army in 2000 he worked as a Civilian Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Operator in challenging environments such as Mozambique, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq until 2010 when he formed Ubique Solutions (www.ubiquesolutio [...]

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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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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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Danae Barwick at Unit 27 gym, Phuket, Thailand

Danae Barwick – S&C Instructor

Danae grew up in a talented sporting family and had the values and benefits associated with living a healthy lifestyle instilled in her from an early age. Danae played high level netball and volleyball and competed in athletics until a broken leg sidelined her for several months. Danae utilized resistance training during her injury rehabilitation and hasn't looked back with her own training si [...]

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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, marathon running and boxing. Last year he decided to follow his passion for fitness and changed his career stream from IT to som [...]

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Helen - - Instructor at Unit 27 gym Phuket, Thailand

Helen De Cesare – S&C Instructor

Born and raised here in Phuket Helen packed her bags when she was 13 to pursue her professional tennis career and travelled around the world playing at international level working with some of the top tennis and fitness coaches in the game. After 15 years representing Thailand around the world Helen recently gave up her tennis career due to health reasons, having spent a lot of her career help [...]

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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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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.

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