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weeks LDNER is the Founder and Master Trainer of Kick Studio. A place where people go for fitness, yoga and also learn the way of Muay Thai Thai Boxing. Meet Sophie…

Where do you live in London and tell us what is great about the area?

I have lived all over London for 23 years, last year I moved to Essex which is ONLY 30 mins from my business in London and I LOVE it. I moved from the cool up and coming Kings Cross where I love the Grainery Square, bars and restaurants and culture. Essex brings me peace and quiet, greenery and the the sound of owls and wild life that I have swapped for the sirens. I live in a cottage in a field so no noisy neighbours, just fresh air – bliss. Essex is great for walking and thinking and being silly on the golf course and driving fast cars on the air field, oh, and antique places…not mush else you can do there!

Tell us what you do for a living and where you work?

I own my own business called KICK Studio, my studio is based out of London Fields and soon to expand to Worship Street EC2. KICK Studio is a boutique gym offering a lifestyle package for busy londers to keep on track in our hectic lives. We train in Thaiboxing and yoga and we create fitness concepts based on far eastern techniques with massage and oil. KICKASANA and KICK 4 x 4 are our signature class concepts as featured in OK! Magazine and ES mag and many more. KICK Studio is home from home, not your typical gym space, we like to nurture all members and clients.


Do you often go to watch fights/contests or other martial arts?

I went to a super fight at the KOKO night club last Sunday called the Super MTC by Team Tuie, two of my thai trainers fought on the show, great fun.

We know food is important for people in training, any favourties out there as well as decent Thai joints you can share?

Food is the key to good training, being organised if you can to prepare packed lunch for work. Food for the night – protein and steamed veg or salad, treats weekends only, discipline is key. Best thai food, I like it simple so Rosa in Shoreditch/Soho.


Finally, what would be your perfect day in London?

I love the early mornings in the parks (Hampstead Heath) so a small run and some training, Thaiboxing or KICK 4 x 4 circuit classes, followed by my high protein breakfast of Eggs, salad and a cuppa tea. I love the South Bank, so a good brunch and a stroll, galleries and to take in a bit of culture, drinks in Skylon which overlooks the Thames then a nice meal at J Sheeky’s fish restaurant in town before a play or a show. I went to the Royal Opera House last week to see a ballet, sensational. London is full of surprise so I love also Spitalfields, Borough market, Shoreditch to Mayfair, depends on my mood and who I am with.