Joshua will be hoping to be in the shape of his life when he fights Alexander Povetkin on September 22, live on talkSPORT
Anthony Joshua is, without doubt, one the greatest athletes competing in any sport in the world right now.
Currently in possession of the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight titles, the undefeated British boxer is a phenom in the world of sport.
Despite weighing nearly a quarter of a ton and standing at 6″6, ‘AJ’ is capable of finishing a 100 metre spring in less than 12 seconds.
Ahead of the title fight, Joshua spoke to JOE about his preparations for the 38-year-old, who last fought on the same card as Joshua and brutally knocked out David Price.
While much of a training camp will focus on sparring rounds after rounds, the 28-year-old revealed just how he manages to pack such an explosive punch and maintain his Adonis-like physique.
Joshua says: “Swimming is great, it actually builds muscle and also keeps your muscles very active. It’s great for cardio and is not as heavy on the joints and muscles as running.”
Considering the Watford-native will be enduring punishing rounds inside the ring, swimming is perfect for keeping an athletes heart rate up without placing much impact stress on the body.
Getting in the pool also maintains a healthy weight and endurance – crucial for those later rounds against a big-punching heavyweight like Povetkin.
2) Battle Ropes
While Joshua will regularly incorporate high-velocity sprints and sand workouts into his routine, he always tries to work different areas of his body at as high velocity as possible without causing injury.
The idea behind using ropes is because the heavyweight champ is limited by his own force production, i.e. he can be as explosive and powerful as his body will allow him to be without fear of over-working himself as may be possible with a set of dumbbells.
Joshua says: “Heavy rope training is great – it really helps develop power and strength. They’ve really helped with my endurance.”
Using battle ropes are also fantastic for building stability and mobility.
3) Medicine Balls
Medicine Ball exercises are considered the easiest and safest way to train power as it incorporates both key components of force; mass and acceleration.
People assume lifting more will make them stronger (i.e. just by applying mass). However, moving a medicine ball at a greater speed will also increase force and therefore power.
As well as increasing cardio endurance, pushing medicine balls can activate the same muscle groups as the shoulder press, bench press or even weighted tricep dips.
Joshua says: “One great way to develop explosive power is medicine ball training. Lifting the ball above your head then throw it against a wall, or lifting it fully above your head and slamming it to the floor are best.”
Anthony Joshua is set to star in a emotive documentary with Lucozade charting the next step in the brand’s Made to Move™ campaign journey – aiming to inspire one million people to move more by 2020.
Ahead of the Povetkin fight, The Next Move film captures the inspirational moment he met Michael Kuku, an aspiring coach with the South London B Active community sports programme.
The Made to Move campaign started in November 2016 with brand ambassador Anthony Joshua (AJ) leading over 300 people in a flash-mob run. In January 2018 AJ also led an impromptu HIIT workout with 400 members of the public.
Find out more about Lucozade Sport’s Made to Move campaign and how to get involved in the B Active programme visit www.lrsuntory.com/bactive