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Badass Celebrities Who Will Inspire You to Take Up Martial Arts

Gina Rodriguez

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A few months ago, the Jane the Virgin actress took a trip to Thailand to train in and learn all about Muay Thai, which is the national sport of Thailand. (Curious about it? Here's why you should give Muay Thai a try.)

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Ellie Goulding

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Goulding gets into beast mode on the reg when she exercises, and her forays into boxing and MMA fighting are no exception. Plus, she's been at it for a while so she's basically a pro now. As for why she loves it, the songstress told Marie Claire back in 2015: "Boxing is very animalistic, and there's a lot of adrenaline in it. It has helped my stamina. When I'm onstage, I feel like I could go on forever."

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Gigi Hadid

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We know that Hadid is all about staying healthy, both mentally and physically, and one of her favorite ways to do that is by boxing it out. (If you want a taste of what her workout is like, check out this Gigi Hadid workout for when you want to look—and feel—like a supermodel.)

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Demi Lovato

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Lovato's new boo is an MMA fighter, so it only makes sense that she'd learn how to beat him at his own game. Plus, the look on her face when she realizes she's won this match is pretty adorable. While some have raised concerns that her routine of spending four hours in the gym a day is too much, she seems to be loving it.

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Karlie Kloss

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We know that this supermodel has some crazy impressive fitness skills, so it makes sense that boxing is one of the many ways she stays fit.

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Paula Patton

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Patton has been open about how tough things have been following her split from Robin Thicke, but it looks like she's channeling all that energy into a new, majorly stress-relieving hobby. The actress told People that she went through two and a half hours a day of combat training for her recent movie, World of Warcraft, so it's pretty safe to say that by now she's in fighting shape.

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Adriana Lima

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It's no secret that models work hard in the gym, but we didn't know just how hard Adriana Lima trained until we checked out her Instagram. In addition to regularly experimenting with all kinds of fighting workouts, she also gives 110 percent, as evidenced by this amazing video of her working out with her trainer. (BTW, when she's not in combat mode, Lima is one of the many seriously strong celebrities who love to lift heavy.)

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Photo: Instagram/@adrianalima

Ashley Graham

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Graham is one of our favorite body positive models and also one of our best workout inspirations. While she really does it all in the gym, this model definitely gets her game face on in the ring from time to time. (For more, check out these 12 times Ashley Graham showed us what fitspo was really about.)

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Photo: Instagram/@theashleygraham

Shay Mitchell

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Not only does the Pretty Little Liars star have killer workout style, but she also spends some serious time in the gym. The evidence? Her custom-made metallic gold boxing gloves—doesn't get much more committed than that.

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Gisele Bündchen

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Bündchen has been open about how she likes her workouts to be stress-relieving, and when she's not impressing us with her perfect yoga poses, her MMA workouts definitely serve that purpose.

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Photo: Instagram/@gisele

Khloé Kardashian

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Kardashian hits the gym hard, and her martial arts workouts are no exception. Even though she deals with her fair share of fitness haters, she's still going strong on her workout journey. And we totally admire her for that.

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Photo: Instagram/@khloekardashian

Minka Kelly

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Minka Kelly's speed bag skills are pretty mesmerizing, TBH. Working with one of these guys is all about getting the rhythm right, and she's totally got it down.

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