Peter Lee Thomas
SPECIALITY: Martial Arts, Boxing, HIIT
Peter holds a Full Instructor ranking in Muay Thai "Thai Boxing" under Master Ajarn Surachai Sirisute, founder of the Thai Boxing Association U.S.A. He has a Silver Glove in Boxe Francaise Savate under Professor Nicolas Saignac, won the 2006 National Kickboxing Championships, and fought for Team U.S.A. in Paris, France. Peter has had the privilege to study with the world-famous Ramon Dekkers and Rob Kaman and incorporates Dutch Kickboxing into his training. Peter is also a student of Guro Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee's closest friend and disciple) and holds a ranking in Jun Fan Gung Fu- Jeet Kune Do Concepts. In addition, he has credentials in Filipino Kali, Silat, and Krav Maga. Currently, he is mentoring under the official Cus D'Amato Boxing Trainer Billy White (current head trainer to Mike Tyson).
Meet Peter Lee Thomas
I'd like to demystify the notion that you need top of the line high tech equipment to get strong and get a good workout. Sometimes less is more.
When did you decide that you wanted to be a PT?
In Martial Arts, we were taught to teach one another and our younger classmates at a young age. I always felt that by teaching, you learn something twice. I love to see someone retain something, especially an empowering life skill set like Martial Arts. Personal training was a natural progression that coincided with my Martial Arts practice. I decided to train others while I was simultaneously competing as a fighter professionally. It was my way of giving back and perpetuating the teachings of all of my teachers, trainers, and coaches. I wholeheartedly believe that our service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Planet Earth. Each one, teach one.
First thing you do when you wake up?
Kiss my daughter and say thank you. Thank you for the greatest gift, for another day. In gratitude for yet another breath.
Is there anything in the fitness industry you’d like to change, and why?
I'd like to demystify the notion that you need top of the line high tech equipment to get strong and get a good workout. Sometimes less is more.
What advice would you give someone just discovering fitness?
Don't beat yourself up. Small victories add up, take your time, do it right, find something that you resonate with.
What would you like to be remembered for and why?
I want to be remembered for being a kind, compassionate person by helping others. It's the only valuable currency we have.
What are you hoping people will get out of your rē•spin workouts?
Resourcefulness. All you need is right there in front of you.
What does your pre/post-workout meal consist of?
Green Drink and a handful of pre-digested aminos. After, I have an omelette with avocado and yoghurt with wild blueberries.
How do you feel you’ve rē•spun your life?
I come from a rough upbringing surrounded by drugs and abuse and have accomplished the unimaginable. Martial Arts saved me.