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Anthony Joshua Fitness Secrets



Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua fitness secrets – DITCHING weights, infrared saunas, brownies and ice cream

He’s estimated to be worth an astonishing £115million, so it’s not surprise that Anthony Joshua can afford a few luxuries you won’t find down the local gym.

But while most of us won’t be able to shell out for an infrared sauna or lug a weight plate around a swimming pool, a look at the boxer’s incredible fitness regime still reveals some invaluable tips.

This week, the unified heavyweight world champion agreed to a ‘lifetime contract’ with promoter Eddie Hearn until he hangs up his gloves.

It comes ahead of his clash with Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night, where he will defend his three belts and potentially line up a superstar clash with Tyson Fury.

Joshua, 31, signed with Hearn after winning Olympic gold in 2012 and has become one of sport’s biggest – and richest – stars.

But it’s not come without some serious work outside of the ring. Here, we reveal his amazing fitness secrets.

Five hour gym sessions… twice a day
While he used to get up at the crack of dawn, Joshua now sets his alarm clock a little later, waking up between 6.30am and 7am.

“Some fighters get up at 5.00am, which is all good but sometimes I don’t leave the gym until late at night so I need rest,” he told Mr Porter.

“I’m training hard so I need rest to attack the day properly.”

His training schedule can vary, but in an average week he works out twice a day – though each session can last for up to five hours.

Joshua likes to mix up his routines, focusing on a balanced regime of cardio, bodyweight exercises, strength and core work – as well as sparring, of course.

On Saturdays, he has a lighter day based around mobility work, while on Sunday he takes a rest day.

Unusually for a superstar, the boxer trains in a public gym – and has admitted he’s constantly flooded by fans asking for selfies.

“You want to be nice, but you’ve got to be serious,” he told Insider, explaining how he also has to be strict about meeting up with pals after work.

“You’re always in a mental battle trying to keep your mind in the right place.”

Like the rest of us, Joshua had to rip up his routine over lockdown, but still founds ways to make it work.

He focused on skipping and shadow boxing while the gyms were closed, while also continuing his coaching over Zoom.

To recover, the star can sweat it out in his infrared sauna at home, while he also takes the odd dip in an ice bath.

Ditching weights, sandpit sessions and underwater challenge
When it comes to specific exercises, Joshua needs to pack on a lot of muscle.

Weight training has been a staple over the years, with deadlifts, squats and bench presses crucial parts of his routine.

However, one key to his success has been adapting his body for each fight.

Ahead of his tie against Usyk, team physio Rob Madden told the Sun he wanted to have a more slimline figure, which he’s achieved by ditching most of his weight training.

“The weight is always a team decision and effort but I think it has been more of a training adjustment than anything else,” said Madden.

“There is a lot less weight lifting and strength work, he actually gets a lot of his bulk just from boxing itself.

“If you look at his biceps and shoulders, a lot of that comes from the heavy bag and the amount of boxing he does.

“Going into the Usyk fight, you can see now that he is leaner than how heavy he was from Klitschko because he learned how heavy that feels and he personally prefers to hover a bit lower than that.”

As he’s progressed throughout his career, the champion hasn’t been afraid to mix it up – and even takes inspiration from other sports.

Occasionally, he goes down to a sandpit to practise his movements in the sand, inspired by iconic footballers like Pele and Ronaldinho.

“I think Brazilian footballers are much better in the world because they probably play football in the sand, so, they tend to build up strength on an uneven surface,” he told Men’s Health.

“So, if you make things difficult in practice, it becomes easier in the ring. That is really difficult when your feet are in the sand. It’s making things difficult, but learning how to adapt.”

Another quirky routine involves pushing a weight plate across the bottom of the pool.

He explained how he refuses to come up for breath until he’s completed the challenge, which builds up his mental strength in seeing a challenge through in strenuous moments.

“I’m making it difficult to keep under water,” he said. “So it’s building up a mentality that even when it gets tough, you have to stay underwater and I’m going to push that weight across.”

5,000 calories a day – with the odd chocolate brownie
Like any good bodybuilder, Joshua consumes a ridiculous amount of food to give him the fuel to power through training.

Over the course of a day, he revealed to GQ that he regularly wolfs down up to 5,000 calories a day – but avoids cheese and gluten.

When he first gets up, he necks a litre of water to get his metabolism going. He’ll then have a light snack of fruit before heading off to training.

“I’ll then have a proper breakfast, which is what most people have for lunch, because I’m eating at around 11am,” he said.

“Rice, chicken, vegetables, and sweet potatoes. Sometimes I’ll switch it up and have pork instead. If I want a snack, it’ll be either yogurt and honey or meringues.”

After his workouts are done for the day, he gets back for a big dinner, where he’ll have steak or salmon with pasta with grains quinoa and vegetables.

“I do allow myself to indulge every once in a while, even when I’m training,” he said.

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UN chief warns of ‘catastrophe’ from global food shortage



UN chief warns of ‘catastrophe’ from global food shortage

The head of the United Nations warned Friday that the world faces “catastrophe” because of the growing shortage of food around the globe.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruptions caused by climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and inequality to produce an “unprecedented global hunger crisis” already affecting hundreds of millions of people.

“There is a real risk that multiple famines will be declared in 2022,” he said in a video message to officials from dozens of rich and developing countries gathered in Berlin. “And 2023 could be even worse.”

Guterres noted that harvests across Asia, Africa and the Americas will take a hit as farmers around the world struggle to cope with rising fertilizer and energy prices.

“This year’s food access issues could become next year’s global food shortage,” he said. “No country will be immune to the social and economic repercussions of such a catastrophe.”

Guterres said U.N. negotiators were working on a deal that would enable Ukraine to export food, including via the Black Sea, and let Russia bring food and fertilizer to world markets without restrictions.

He also called for debt relief for poor countries to help keep their economies afloat and for the private sector to help stabilize global food markets.

The Berlin meeting’s host, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, said Moscow’s claim that Western sanctions imposed over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine were to blame for food shortages was “completely untenable.”

Russia exported as much wheat in May and June this year as in the same months of 2021, Baerbock said.

She echoed Guterres’ comments that several factors underlie the growing hunger crisis around the world.

“But it was Russia’s war of attack against Ukraine that turned a wave into a tsunami,” Baerbock said.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted that Russia has no excuse for holding back vital goods from world markets.

“The sanctions that we’ve imposed on Russia collectively and with many other countries exempt food, exempt food products, exempt fertilizers, exempt insurers, exempt shippers,” he said.

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Bandits release Zamfara wedding guests after payment of ransom



Bandits release Zamfara wedding guests after payment of ransom

Local and federal highways in the North-west have become vulnerable as bandits continue to ambush and abduct travellers.

The gunmen who abducted 29 people returning to Zamfara State from Sokoto State where they had gone to attend the wedding of colleagues have released them after the payment of an unspecified ransom.

The victims, who were mostly dealers of mobile phones and phone accessories at Bebeji Communication Market (Bebeji Plaza) in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State were abducted in Sokoto 13 days ago.

Secretary of the GSM Dealers Association in the state, Ashiru Zurmi, confirmed the release of the victims but didn’t give details.

One of the victims reportedly died in captivity.

Though the amount paid as ransom to secure the release of the hostages has not been revealed, Abdullahi Lawal, whose brother was among those abducted, said their relatives were asked to make donations. He said his family raised N33,000 while the phone sellers’ association “provided the remaining money.”

“Every family was told to gather N400,000 while the members of the plaza and their colleagues in the state provided the remaining money. Some family members were able to raise the money in full, but we couldn’t. I took the money to the plaza and I was told that they were still negotiating with the bandits” he said.

He said he didn’t know how much was given to the bandits “but I’m happy that my brother is okay,” he said.

From N5m to N700,000

A phone accessories seller, Sharhabilu Muhammad, told PREMIUM TIMES over the phone that the officials of the phone dealers association negotiated with the bandits to reduce the ransom they originally demanded to release the captives.

“You know that the initial money they said was N5m for each of the captives but our officials kept negotiating with them (bandits) until they reduced the money to N700k,” he said.

When asked about the person who reportedly died in captivity, Mr Muhammed said his identity has not been revealed.

“We don’t know because even the bandits didn’t tell but we’ll surely find out when they (captives) arrive at Gusau tonight,” he added.

The police command spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, didn’t respond to calls and SMS sent to him on the development.


PREMIUM TIMES reported that the wedding guests were abducted when bandits opened fire on the two buses they were travelling in a few kilometres after Bimasa in the Dogon Awo junction, Sokoto State.

They were returning from Tambuwal town in Sokoto State where they had attended the wedding of a colleague, Jamil Umar.

The captives were travelling on a Toyota Coaster bus belonging to the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and another bus owned by Gusau Local Government.

The bandits had demanded a ransom of N145 million to release the 29 hostages.

Bandits have been terrorising North-west states and a part of North-central Nigeria, killing and displacing hundreds of people and rustling domestic animals.

Travelling on federal and local highways is becoming dangerous as bandits block roads, abduct and kill motorists.

Major federal highways including Abuja-Kaduna, Gusau-Sokoto-Birnin Kebbi, and Birnin Gwari-Kaduna have become travellers’ nightmares with attacks and abduction or killing of travellers becoming a daily occurrence.

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Reps demand review of public officers’ salaries, allowances



Reps demand review of public officers’ salaries, allowances

A motion seeking the intervention of the House of Representatives in the conflict between the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad, and Justices of the Supreme Court, over issues bordering on welfare and working conditions suffered a setback on Thursday.

While the House called for a general review of salaries and allowances of all political office holders and public servants, the members were divided over which committees should handle the task.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Onofiok Luke, had moved a motion to seek the intervention of the chamber in the crisis rocking the apex court and better welfare package for judicial officers across the courts.

Luke, who moved the motion titled, ‘Need to Address the Deteriorating Working Conditions of Judicial Officers,’ prayed the House to urge the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to upwardly review the remuneration of judicial officers in line with present economic realities.

The lawmaker prayed the House to urge the Federal Government to increase the budgetary allocation of the judiciary for the upcoming fiscal year and provide special intervention funds for the development of the arm

He further prayed the House to mandate the Committee on Judiciary to ensure compliance and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.

While the lawmakers were making amendments to the prayers, the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, called for an upward review of the welfare package of all public office holders.

Wase, who stated that he appreciated the memo from the Justices to the CJN, noted that only the RMAFC had the responsibility to review remuneration of government officials.

The Deputy Speaker made reference to a part of the motion that read, ‘The remuneration of judicial officers was last reviewed in 2008 by the RMAFC when the official exchange rate was N117.74 to $1, whereas the naira has considerably depreciated.’

Wase partly said, “I think this particular element does not affect just judicial officers, maybe because they cried out now. I don’t think it is right that we have to wait every time until people write letters of complaints and there is protest before we begin to do the right thing.”

Rephrasing Wase’s proposed amendment, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said: “The DSP’s amendment is that we should not isolate the Judiciary and all those enumerated constitutional bodies and public office holders. They should be reviewed; a comprehensive review based on all the things that Hon Luke said – the exchange rates and this and that.”

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