Chaiyo Thomas was born in New York and moved to Houston as a young kid. In his spare time he would always stay active with rock-climbing and skating. As he got older he began to run track and cross country which became a 5-year sport for him. Chaiyo ultimately earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas State, where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry.
Because Chaiyo has always been an active person he decided to turn his love for fitness into a profession. Chaiyo became a Certified Personal Trainer for The Perfect Workout and now trains clients in our Cypress Northwest Studio.
“The best part about working with clients one-on-one is the relationship you get to build with each person that comes in to be trained. Being able to see people regularly and on a weekly basis allows us to build connections that last beyond the studio! I also like being able to give all of my focus to one person during their training sessions.”
One of Chaiyo’s most memorable client relationships was with a senior woman named Mai. Mai talked about how we gave her hope again and a will to live. She struggled with Parkinson’s and it had gotten worse over the years. Even though she was taking medication for it, she still felt like a burden to her family since she’s unable to work and was feeling like they would be better off without her. With hope in her heart, every time she came in for a session, she was giving everything she had. Each week she was making progress and going up in weights on various machines because of her tenacity. Time after time she was impressed with how much weight she could handle and found proud of her newfound strength. As she got stronger, she noticed that she could control her tremors better and even catch herself in moments of poor balance and stop herself from falling!
After running for years and suffering injury after injury personally, Chaiyo knew what it was like to have set backs and chronic pain which has served as one of his biggest motivations to help others recover and avoid that same pain. Since starting his own Slow-Motion Strength Training program he’s gained muscle, all of his weights on the machines have gone up and he noticed that his arms are larger and more defined.
“Training with us includes so much more than physical fitness. When you join The Perfect workout family, you’re joining a support system where you can safely disclose your closest personal aspirations and ambitions as well as safely work toward those goals under professional supervision.”
Matt Hedman is a Master Level Super Slow instructor and the founder of The Perfect Workout, which is the largest privately-owned 1-on-1 personal training company in the United States with over 60 fitness studios nationwide. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. He worked briefly as an engineer in GE, until he found his passion for HIT, and pursued a career in personal fitness training.