"This lockdown has been difficult on everyone mentally. The way I coped with it was realising how lucky I am. My family and I, we’re healthy, and I’ve still got work. A lot of people don’t have those things.” We got the lowdown from Alex Dilmaghani about his daily routine and how he’s training for his first post-lockdown fight.
What do you eat on a typical day?
So day-to-day, I always tend to eat healthy, even outside of camp. Outside of camp, I get to eat more because weight doesn’t restrict me. Training-wise, when I’m in camp, I like to start my day off with oatmeal and some protein powder, whey isolate with some multivitamins and some Omega-3. I think the Omega-3 really helps with my joints.
For lunch, I’ll normally have some rice, salad, and fish like tuna with some avocado. For dinner, again, I’ll have the same sort of thing: rice with vegetables, and salmon. I tend to stay away from meat as much as I can – I have it once or twice a week. Meat sits in the stomach for too long, and when I eat fish, I feel more healthy.
What is a typical day of training like for you?
Every day, I get up, and I run in the morning on an empty stomach. It helps with both conditioning and also burns fat easier, I find. Normally at noon time, I go to the gym. I hit the bags, pads, I spar. If it’s closer to the fight, I spar harder, I spar more rounds. Maybe a week before, I won’t spar much because I need to save all the energy for the fight itself.
The last week, I also switch my sleep schedule because I fight at 10pm. It makes no sense to get up early, and run when I need to be awake for the night.
What do you do to keep your mind healthy?
I like to take care of myself through talking to friends, switching off, and realising that work is work. Boxing is very physically demanding but it’s also mentally demanding. You’re tired, and each day when I’m tired, I have to remind myself why I’m doing it, who I’m doing it for, what motivates me. I feel that really helps me get through the next day and start each day with a hunger.
This lockdown has been difficult on everyone mentally. The way I coped with it was realising how lucky I am: my family and I, we’re healthy, I’ve still got work. A lot of people don’t have those things. Through appreciation alone, I managed to cope well.