Anthony Yarde developed his strength and power by avoiding the gym’s weight room.
The British boxer is days away from a fight with Artur Beterbiev where the WBC, WBA and IBF light heavyweight belts will be at stake at Wembley Arena.
But despite facing off against a man whose record stands at 18 wins and 18 knockouts, his fitness regimen is surprising.
In an interview with Coach in 2021, Yarde said: “Some people try to complicate things but, for me, doing old-fashioned long runs works well. Sure, different things work for different people, but I don’t really dabble in the weights — it’s mostly exploding bodyweight stuff.
“Most of the time, I just run with my dog! What should I say to people who don’t like this part of the training? Well, if you want the results, you have to do the work. This applies whether you’re training for a fight or running a business.
“Legs are so important in boxing. It’s about being explosive and agile, and you also want to avoid being static in the ring.
“I do jump squats at the end of my sessions. They are just bodyweight, but the intensity is total effort. I also do explosive push-ups, which help with punching power.
He also shared his nutritional information and how he recovers after training and fights to stay in peak shape.
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“I have changed my diet a lot over the past few years. Now I work with a nutritionist through Maximuscle and the biggest difference I see is in my recovery.
“I was always used to dealing with post-workout pain – but now, with more attention to detail in my nutrition, I recover faster.
“A big thing for me is to use BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) during training and then in my post-workout shake. I also have sweet cravings and find the flavor satisfies that, which which means it helps regulate my appetite.
Beterbiev vs Yarde is live on talkSPORT from 10pm on Saturday January 28