Club gives mum her much-needed Muay Thai time

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Emily El­larby. What sports club are you in­volved with? I do Muay Thai – Thai box­ing – classes at The Shanti Academy in Poyn­ton.

Here I en­joy the ladies’ fit­ness classes, the mixed cir­cuit classes and also one-to-one train­ing.

Po­si­tion: Club mem­ber. How many mem­bers are there? Around eight to 14 adults at­tend each class. What do you en­joy the most about your sport? I love that the sport has en­abled me to get fit and toned – the classes have a great buzz about them and I learn new skills ev­ery week. Where and when do you meet? I like to train around three to four times a week.

There are classes in the morn­ings and evenings so I can pick and choose de­pend­ing on what fits in with work, home and my three chil­dren. What is the best thing about Mac­cles­field? You are never far from some lovely walks/runs with great views. What is the most mem­o­rable sport­sre­lated thing to have hap­pened to you? This sum­mer I went to Thai­land and was able to train with a Muay Thai in­struc­tor there.

It was a fan­tas­tic test of the skills I have learned to date and I loved the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Some­thing I never thought I would be in­volved in just two years ago. Any other in­for­ma­tion? At­tend­ing Shanti has been so good for me.

I ini­tially started tak­ing my then four-year-old son to the mixed mar­tial art classes, then my six-yearold daugh­ter got in­volved too and I thought that looks like fun!

As a busy mum it’s a chance for me to have some much­needed ‘my time’ train­ing in this way – short bursts of high in­ten­sity train­ing took a lit­tle get­ting used to but has been easy to build up as I have be­come fit­ter and stronger.

I wouldn’t give it up now for the world, I well and truly have the bug!

Dave Wil­cox Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● Emily El­larby is in­volved in Muay Thai – Thai Box­ing – classes at The Shanti Academy in Poyn­ton. Left, in ac­tion

●● Emily El­larby en­joyed a Thai box­ing ses­sion while on hol­i­day in Thai­land with her chil­dren Harry, six, and Alice, eight

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