I fuel my workouts with a strong black coffee. During the week, I tend to train in the early afternoon, so will fuel an hour before with a Roam bar and a black coffee. On the weekend, I exercise first thing in the morning, so it’s just a black coffee. Post-workout, I’ll always have a protein shake. It’s the easiest way to get a decent serving of protein into the body to kickstart muscle recovery.
Fish oil and magnesium feature in my supplement routine. My supplements aren’t overly complex, but I do make sure I take vitamin D in the winter months. It’s important to look for a vitamin D supplement that also contains K2, which aids absorption.
Four workouts a week is my sweet spot. If I’m busy, sometimes it’s three, and on other weeks it’s five, but I feel best when I consistently get four quality workouts in. Typically, three of these sessions are focused on resistance training and the fourth is something different, like yoga or boxing. I know the gym floor like the back of my hand, but there’s something refreshing about being a beginner at something, learning a new physical skill and making progress. This is precisely why I fell in love with boxing. Plus, nothing beats the atmosphere of a traditional boxing gym.
For me, fitness is about feeling strong. When I was younger, I was only motivated by aesthetics and trained to get lean and have more muscle. Today, it’s about feeling strong and mobile – and enjoying my training.
It’s important to understand how your body moves. Building and maintaining muscle is important, but I make sure I include time for corrective exercise throughout the week. Corrective exercise encompasses stretching, strengthening and neuromuscular retraining – the aim is to improve any movement dysfunction, correct any imbalance or improve joint mobility. It’s about working on your foundations.
Recovery has never been more on trend. The importance of taking a rest day is well established, but exciting developments like ice baths are taking recovery to the next level. I try and have either a sauna or an ice bath a couple of times a week, both for the recovery and health benefits. I have my eye on a Brass Monkey ice bath – it designs the best ice baths in the world.
Nothing beats a deep tissue massage. If you train three or more times per week, a massage is essential to support recovery. I try and have one as often as I can, especially when travelling. I’m also into fascial stretch techniques. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and organs, and when something is out of sync, it can trigger pain and problems in other areas.