Muay Thai has been an icon of Thai culture for centuries, but only recently has it been seen not just as a sport or entertainment, but an amazingly effective way to firm up and shed kilos. On Instagram, everyone from celebrities to ordinary teenagers post pictures of themselves doing Muay Thai as an exercise. Chain fitness centres now offer kickboxing classes, and new boxing schools have popped up all over Bangkok to cater for this spike in demand.
Level: Beginner to advanced
Duration: 90 minutes
Available at: Krudam Muay Thai School (www.krudamgym.com), Sukhumvit Soi 24
Main muscles worked: Stomach, arms and upper legs
Estimated calories burned: 800 calories per class
Dam Srichan, owner of Krudam Muay Thai School, said that at his school the students range from four years old up to grannies, and the majority are female.
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