This Victoria’s Secret Model’s Muay Thai Workout Will Leave You Drenched

I got my ass kicked by a Victoria Secret model
Photograph by Men’s Health

You’ll work your abs in ways you never have before

Right now, she’s a smoking-hot Victoria’s Secret supermodel. But one day, Gracie Carvalho just may try something else.

Why? Because her passion lies somewhere else far more violent. As it turns out, this supermodel would rather throw kicks and punches instead of walking down the runway.

Carvalho, 27, has spent the last three years staying in shape by practicing Muay Thai fighting a few days a week—a workout that could easily leave most guys a sweating, worn-out mess.

“I love it,” she says. “It’s my passion. It’s what I really want to do.”

Carvalho recently showed Men’s Health exactly why at the Renzo Gracie Academy Gym in Manhattan, New York, where she demoed the basics of Muay Thai fighting, then took us through a workout that proved its fitness value.

It turns out that a Muay Thai sparring session with a Victoria’s Secret model is a calorie-burning, sweat-fest. And having the heat cranked up at Renzo Gracie Academy only drove that point home.

In the video above, Carvalho takes you through how to do seven basic Muay Thai moves—jabs, crosses, hooks, tips, knees, kicks, and elbows.

The first three you’ve seen at your average boxing class and every single Rocky movie. But the next three moves—all different types of kicks—will challenge your abs and hips more than you’re expecting. As Carvalho demonstrated, these hip motions are part of what make Muay Thai kicks work.

Just for good measure, she showed us an elbow, too, and you’ll twist with your abs on this move more than you think. (For more killer workouts that’ll shred your core, check out Anarchy Abs from Men’s Health.)

Toss all this into a workout on the heavy bag at your gym, and you’ll wind up drenched in sweat after a solid total-body cardio session.

This may be a changeup workout for you, but for Carvalho, it’s part of her routine.

Since being exposed to Muay Thai three years ago, she’s fallen completely in love, occasionally at the expense of her modeling career. A few months back, she hid from her agents for a few days because she’d gotten a “little cut” from a jiu jitsu workout.

And every so often, she can’t help thinking about stepping into the ring for a real fight.

“I do want to compete,” she says. “But it’s a thing for later on. Not now.”

We’ll definitely be at her first match.

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