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Not for those who don’t like getting sweaty, Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai, is a hardcore workout.

With eight points of contact, expect to learn punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes. It’s serious cardio, strength and flexibility training.

Women often steer clear of martial arts although, arguably, knowing some basic self defense should be a priority.

To get girls punching and kicking Muay Thai-style, Stars Gym is running a two-day females-only workshop with 11-time world Thai boxing champion Julie Kitchen and reigning world champion (and Stars Gym trainer) Alexis Rufus.

The workshop will take place on September 24-25 and is designed for women of all levels of fitness. It will include Thai boxing, circuit training, running and yoga. Fitness boost guaranteed.

If you’re a fella, or if you’re a woman but can’t make those dates, don’t fear: Stars Gym runs regular Thai Boxing classes.

In-house pro trainer Rufus, who visits Thailand to brush up her skills, says: “I am a firm believer that if the mind is strong, then the physical possibilities are endless.”

Albion Riverside Building, 8 Hester Road, SW11 4AX 
Tube: Sloane Square 
Train: Battersea Park


Class of the week: Thai boxing
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