“What size gloves should I buy?” is a question often asked by people starting their Muay Thai or boxing training. When I first started myself, I didn’t even realise that gloves were made in different sizes. I say ‘size’, but I should really say ‘weight’.
I believe that pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is a good thing. That’s why I decided to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the first time this week. In the realm of fighting sports, I had never done any sort of floor work. I had only trained Muay Thai and boxing. Moving onto the mats was a totally different experience, challenging me in new ways.
Recently, I’ve been mixing up my training with cycle classes at United Ride in Richmond. Their classes are a lot more challenging than your average spin class. I used to find traditional spin classes boring with too much emphasis on the quads.
I was first exposed to Pilates during my ballet training when I was a little girl. We would use a number of its movements for stretching and strengthening. These days, I still use Pilates to stretch and condition my muscles. I find that it’s the perfect complement to Muay Thai, which requires a strong, flexible and balanced body.
When I started training Muay Thai just over four years ago, I never expected to fight. I previously wrote about my intentions when I walked into my first Muay Thai gym. I was there simply to improve my fitness. But a funny thing happens to some people not long after their first class: they get addicted.
Earlier this year, I was introduced to a new Australian brand of magnesium oil called Salt Lab. I shot their launch campaign with fellow Aussie model Elyse Knowles and in the process, also got to test out the product.
One of the great things about travel is meeting new people and learning new things. I am often away for work, so I like to take the opportunity to visit new gyms. Training with different people can be useful, allowing you to pick up new skills and gain varied experiences.
It’s always a good day when my work overlaps with the things that I love. Earlier this month, I shot a video for Lululemon that was focused around fight sports training to advertise their their new ‘Box It Out’ sports bra and tights.
As I pulled up into the driveway of Kao Sok Muay Thai Gym in Forrestdale, Western Australia, I was reminded of my training in Thailand. The lines of tyres sitting on the grass out the front sparked memories of bouncing up and down in the heat before shadow work.
As the popularity of boxing is growing amongst the general public, boxing gyms are becoming ubiquitous. They are popping up on every corner here in Australia and the same thing is happening in the United States.
This week, I teamed up with Frank Body to share a few Muay Thai moves that can be performed at home without any equipment to work up a sweat. The moves were incorporated into the “Body Detox” component of Frank Body’s 31 Day ‘Go Natural’ Challenge, which is running throughout August.
There was a time when models simply didn’t eat to maintain their figure. In recent times a more athletic, toned body has gained popularity. For me, this is a welcome change as I prefer to keep my body fit, healthy and well-fueled through proper diet and exercise.
Three days in Western Australia have been full of action.The State of WA is known as one of the two best Muay Thai territories in Australia. While Melbourne has been known as the kickboxing centre of the country, WA and Queensland produce the largest number of Australia’s Muay Thai representatives.
I like to incorporate some weight training into my fitness regime for strength and toning, and I love anything that works my glutes (who doesn't?). I've found that the exercises below target my glutes in the best possible way. Plus they also work my legs and core.
Last week, I had the pleasure of experiencing a spin class at Bodhi & Ride to test out some new Adidas gear. It was an early morning session so I was a bit tired on arrival, but by the end of it I was full of energy and ready to get stuck into my day!
On Saturday morning, I started my day with the killer 'Bayside Booty' class at Total Reformation's health and wellness studio in Brighton, Melbourne. And before I get into the details, let me tell you that 48 hours later my booty is still burning (in the best way!).
Recently, I've noticed that a few little things have actually made a big difference to my fitness. You might think it's all about working out, but a couple of the things actually have nothing to do with exercise. My list is probably blindingly obvious to some of you, but I thought I'd still share my thoughts.
Earlier this year, I travelled to Thailand to spend a month at Por Promin Muay Thai Camp in Hua Hin. It was one of the best experiences in my life so far. Tough? Yes. Rewarding? Incredibly. Not just because of what I learnt (and the increase in my fitness); I also met some great people.
It was 6:15am when I rocked up to Winter Olympian Steph Prem's Premium Performance pop-up Pilates studio to try out her bootcamp class. I'd downed a shot of leftover cold drip from my fridge before leaving the house (too early to show my pillow-creased face in a cafe) and was waiting for the caffeine to kick in. I was feeling pretty tired and stale.