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Fields’ star studio that has been putting the kick back into exercise. You can’t help but notice the number of kickboxing classes that have sprung up across London in recent years. And it’s no surprise, really. The benefits that one kickboxing class can have on your body is astonishing. Aside from a cardio-intensive full body workout that burns more calories than you can shake a stick at, while working your core, it’s the mental wellbeing advantages that really seal the deal. And this, friends, is where Kick Studio steps up.

Having recently re-located to London Fields, Kick Studio approaches fitness and lifestyle from a unique perspective. Devised by former Muay Thai Boxing Champion Sophie Pittway, the studio harnesses a holistic approach to wellbeing, helping its members work their bodies while balancing their minds. As well as bespoke personal training plans, it offers exclusive classes ranging from yoga, Muay Thai boxing and intense circuit training, through to Kickasana – a signature fusion of yoga, martial arts and ballet.

On entering Kick, you are instantly met with an air of calm and peacefulness. Not something that you would normally associate with a kick-boxing studio, right? Forget the stereotypical macho images of sweaty, run-down Rocky-esque boxing haunts, Kick’s overall image syncs with the Borough’s creative vibe, offering a space where members can both train hard, as well as relax with a coffee and a good book.

The centre is fitted with an airy fitness studio, a wide selection of free weights and punch bags and, of course, a professional-sized boxing ring. There’s also a roomy chill-out area with rustic-chic leather sofas, shelves packed with books spanning all genres and a drinks bar serving–up mugs of steaming coffee, freshly pressed juices and even shots of charcoal, the latest detoxification craze. Oh, the fads we follow…

From Kickasana to Muay Thai boxing, our first Kick Studio experience certainly got our pulses racing. Both classes are steeped in traditional Thai exercise, beginning with aromatic oil massages and ending with structured breathing practices. There’s also a lengthy warm-up of press-ups, skipping through to endless squats.

With all classes, precision training is king. And when you are not learning how to high-kick, hold your fists for combat or perfecting the often-overlooked stretch movements, you are reminded of the benefits of what kick-boxing training – and all its variations – can bring to your everyday life. Instructors emphasise transforming fear, doubt and anxiety into courage, determination and stillness. And while it may sound all a little hippy, after one round at Kick, you may very well be hooked.

Kick Studio, 274 Richmond Rd, London, Hackney E8 3QW