Diet, training and recovery all key for Watford fighter ahead of taking on Ukrainian fighter Wladimir Klitschko
JAMIE REYNOLDS plays a huge role in getting Anthony Joshua ready for the ring as his strength and conditioning coach.
He says his heavyweight is the product of great genes, smart training, a super-healthy diet and quality recovery time…
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Joshua eats when he feels hungry during training for a big fight and definitely puts it away.
Before he has even had breakfast, the Brit fighter will have already polished off a large smoothie made with fruit, yoghurt and porridge oats.
Breakfast is FIVE EGGS served with wholemeal bread, smoked salmon, avocado and apple juice.
At lunchtime he will devour two large chicken breasts, with green vegetables, sweet potato and brown pasta.
Then in the afternoon AJ’s team will give him protein shakes and bananas to keep his energy levels up ahead of sparring sessions.
Dinner usually consists of salmon fillets, with yet more veg, brown rice and fresh orange juice — followed by Greek yoghurt, nuts and honey.
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Joshua trains twice a day, with a longer session in the morning, recovery in the afternoon and boxing later in the day.
There is a lot of work on his lower body, as the the power for a knockout punch comes from the glutes, hips and legs.
He also does sprint sessions on an indoor bike trainer and rowing machine for cardio conditioning — combined with 40-minute canal runs.
Joshua often works on foot speed in a sand pit because it is better for the joints as it softens the impact.
And he also practises eye-hand co-ordination by avoiding or catching tennis balls.
Joshua’s physio uses massage and acupuncture, where needles are placed about 5cm into the muscle to help prevent injury.
Many athletes soothe their aching bodies in ice baths after intense training sessions — but Joshua is not a fan.
Instead, he uses a hi-tech recovery machine which pumps compressed air on to his muscles and has a similar effect.