It’s no secret that competing athletes have to work hard to be in with a chance of winning a medal. But just how much do they need to train to get to that level? We talked to boxer Cheavon Clarke about everything from rigorous workout routines and proper nutrition to smart recovery tactics. Here’s what he had to say about how to train like an athlete and how David Lloyd Clubs is helping him achieve his goals.

Taking training on the road

Most athletes, including boxers, have a home gym or facility they use for most of their training. But the key to training like an athlete is staying consistent, even when you’re away from home. “Having access to David Lloyd allows me to be consistent in my training and recovery,” says Clarke. “I use the club whenever I am away from the world class facility at GB Boxing. The club has all the equipment I need to assist with my training especially with the strength and conditioning part.” Clarke uses the facilities at David Lloyd Clubs for everything from full body strength and conditioning sessions and power-building cardio training to stretching and recovery.

The importance of recovery

No matter your goals, incorporating recovery time into your training regimen is essential for making gains and avoiding injury. “When I have a heavy week, I like to go to the gym to use the bike to warm up and do a full stretch as part of my active recovery,” says Clarke. “I also use the pool and cold plunge pool to help recover and in turn prevent injuries.”

Yoga can also be a good way to slow down and focus on stretching out your muscles and promoting flexibility. “When I have time, I use the yoga classes to help with flexibility which also helps prevent injuries,” says Clarke. “My training programme is built around peaking at the right times, so we’re not overworked.” Sticking to a workout and recovery schedule is an essential part of training—both for your body and your mind—so counting on the facilities at David Lloyd Clubs has helped Clarke avoid falling behind in his training when he’s unable to use his home gym.

In addition to active recovery, prioritising quality sleep to make sure you get the down time you need, is another important facet of any training regimen.

Fuelling your body

You can get the most out of an intense training session if you have a diet designed to support it. Eating intentionally is about both the food you choose and when you choose to fuel up. Ask any athlete and they’ll tell you how important protein is for repairing and refuelling your body after an intense workout. As an athlete on a plant-based diet, Clarke says. “David Lloyd Clubs food menu facilitates my needs when I do need to eat [after a workout]. My favourite thing to have is a shake after training.

How to stay motivated

One way to get motivated is to be constantly challenging yourself to reach new goals. Trying a new class, learning a new skill, increasing your weight training, or beating a personal best are all great reminders of what you’re capable of when you push yourself.

Other than that, focus on developing the discipline to stick to your routine—no matter how hard it is. “Boxing isn’t a sport that you’re able to do half-heartedly,” says Clarke. “I’m a very driven individual so I’m constantly motivated to be the best in my field. I always want to reach the next level every day which is why I always say Level Up.

If you’re interested to find out more about how David Lloyd Clubs can help you with your routine, make an enquiry and one of our friendly team will get back to you. Or, if you’re already a member, why not speak to our in-club team next time you visit?