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Get a move on at group workouts fit for beginners

Get a move on at group workouts fit for beginners

Exercise can be easily avoided in the drive-happy capital. Luckily, there are plenty of classes on hand to encourage you to get a sweat on. Chelsea Chapman checked out some of the most popular

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If watching the Brazilians celebrate at the World Cup has left you inspired to dance, this is the place to do it. Booty-shaking, hip-thrusting and finger-snapping, this intense workout is straight-up sassy. Designed for both men and women, the classes incorporate a variety of easily learned dance moves, which change each time a new song comes on. High energy levels required.
Mondays 6pm, Rose Garden Clubhouse, Block 252 Norodom Boulevard, $10

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Swing might have grown up in the old school dance halls of the 1920s to 1950s but it’s still filling floors in the 21st century. Accompanied by jazz music, the family of swing dances taught at Code Red includes the Charleston and Lindy Hop. The sociable classes are followed by an open dance session, where beginners practise their moves or sit back and watch the masters do it.
Thursdays 6:30pm, Code Red opposite Naga World, $5

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Dating back to pre-Angkorian times, this ancient style of martial arts is not only a gruelling workout but a preparation for the battlefield. Lessons focus on a variety of techniques including punching, kicking and striking using your elbows, knees, hips and more. Fighting until submission – or, historically, death – this sport is definitely not for the faint of heart. Classes are open to all ages and experience levels, with regular tournaments held.
Weekdays 7pm until 8:30pm, Street 135 between cross streets 454 and 456, $10

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“If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball”, or so the wisdom goes in 2004 comedy Dodgeball. After a few minutes weaving through Phnom Penh in rush hour, then, anyone should be ready to play. A new sport to the city, the club draws a social group of all experience levels. A fast and vicious game that leaves the arms aching, the only rule is that there are no head shots allowed. The round robin structure gives you enough time to rest between games and study up on tactics.
Tuesdays 7:30pm until 9:30pm, #55-57 Street 123, $1.50

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Sociable, sensuous and pretty sexy (if you’re good at it), salsa will not only give you a great workout – it’s a great way to meet people too. These classes, taught by a Russian couple who move like they could dance on water, are slow-going, giving students a chance to get to know their partners before changing to a new one. Stick around after beginner and intermediate classes for dance sessions designed to give experts the chance for a fiesta.​
Tuesdays (intermediate) and Wednesdays (beginners) 8pm, The Groove, #1C Street 282, $5

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Intended as a focus on breathing and stretching, yoga can be a calming way to wake up, break up the day or unwind in the evening. These classes cater to all skill ranges, whether you’re already able to balance on your head or can’t even touch your toes. There are special classes for pregnant women. Fittingly, the search for internal balance is accompanied by the soothing tones of Bjork.
Several classes every day, visit for times, Phnom Penh Yoga, #39 Street 21, $8


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