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Numan Talks with Isaac Chamberlain

By Emily Cameron

“I think everybody fails in life at one point in their career, but us athletes fail with the whole world watching.” As a part of our Numan Talks series, we caught up with Isaac Chamberlain, up-and-coming professional cruiserweight boxer, about his diet, training and mental health.

What do you eat on a typical day?

My diet on a typical training day changes depending on what kind of training session I’m doing. So I’ll wake up at 6am and go for a run. After I come back, I’ll have porridge, some bananas and cinnamon and some orange juice.

Then I’d go to the gym for around 10/11am and I’ll have a meal replacement shake before then and some fruit. After training I normally have some pasta, chicken, and avocado – simply because I'll have training in the next couple hours again.

I normally have something small like an oat bar and bananas just before my weight training session, and then for dinner I just have sweet potato, chicken and vegetables – not many carbs.

What is a typical day of training like for you?

My training plan consists of waking up at 6/7 in the morning to go running, and then I train again at 11am. I'll do boxing, sparring, pad work, hit the bags as well as sit-ups and neck exercises. Then I train again at around 5.30/6pm which is strength and conditioning. I'll do deadlifts, squats, and explosive exercises or go to the running track in the evening.

The weight class that I compete at is cruiserweight, which is under 91kg or 200lbs. The training that I do to compete at this weight category is mostly based on agility, mobility, and explosiveness. The guys that I'm facing, most of the time, are very slow, and very flat-footed at that weight. I try to maximise my speed and my explosiveness, so I always have an upper hand at that weight.

What do you do to keep your mind healthy?

I stay on top of my mental health by listening to music, meditating, and reading books. I really focus on the now instead of looking too far into the future or looking back. I like to seize the day, seize the opportunity, and take one day at a time

Of course, there have been some times where it’s been very hard for me, suffering setbacks like losing my first ever professional fight headlining the O2 arena. I think everybody fails in life at one point in their career, but us athletes fail with the whole world watching. That was a very difficult time for me and I’m just grateful that I bounced back. I just kept grafting, I kept working. That was really testing but I pulled through it and it just showed the character and the strength that I have.