Saudi woman boxer breaks exercise taboo

Halah Alhamrani, 41, runs a gym for women called FlagBoxing - its motto is Fight Like A Girl - in the western Red Sea city of Jeddah, offering fitness classes such as callisthenics, CrossFit, boxing and kickboxing

Halah Alhamrani

Alhamrani is involved in shaping the new public school sports curriculum

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Open-minded parents

As the daughter of an American mother and Saudi father, she enjoyed a privilege denied most Saudi girls, in that her parents encouraged sports from an early age

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Certified boxer

Alhamrani is a certified boxer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in the United States

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FLAG gym owner

She owns an all-female gym called FLAG - an acronym for Fight Like A Girl - in the posh district of Jeddah

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Happy wife, happy mother

Happily married for 12 years to an extremely supportive husband, Alhamrani resides with her 8-year-old son in Jeddah

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