If you’ve not heard of Orla Deacon yet, you soon will have. She’s a 17 year old elite amateur boxer from Liverpool, who will turn professional on her 18th birthday in September this year. Orla has been practising martial arts since she was just four years old and pushes herself hard to be the best she can be.
With college to finish and a gruelling training regime which sees her pull on the gloves six times a week, Orla has to look after herself.
“There are some things I’m religious about when it comes to maintaining and improving my performance.” Said Orla. “Of course, my social life suffers, but it’s worth it.”
She has set a world championship in her sights and is passionate about shining a positive light on female boxing. It’s inspiring stuff.
As an athlete about to turn pro, with a punishing training schedule, Orla is serious about wellness. Keeping her body and mind in peak condition is vital to her career.
“If I’m tired, it’s harder to box my best. There’s nothing worse than feeling sluggish in the ring, so I do everything I can to ensure that never happens and I’m in a position to perform.”
- Get plenty of sleep
- Take your nutrition seriously
- Never skip meals, even if you train late – a protein shake is a good, quick alternative
- Consider introducing supplemental oxygen to your training environment – great for an energy boost during sports and recovery at the end of a session
- Get your head in the game – you can’t win without it
- Listen to your body – if you need to rest, do – you don’t want to risk long-term damage
You can find out more about Orla here.