1. Hit the Pool
“I work on three-minute rounds,” says Froch. “I do six lengths – three breaststroke and three front crawl, then a minute of recovery. I’m used to it from boxing, so I know I can recover. I do seven rounds of that.”
2. Use Your Own Weight
He’s always done high-rep sets of press-ups and pull-ups but working on gymnastics, Froch says, hugely improved his core strength. If a handstand press-up’s too much, start with the “pike” version: feet on the sofa, body at a right angle. It’ll shift the pressure to your shoulders and work your abs.
3. Keep Runs Short
For a pro boxer, weekly 10K runs are the order of the day. Now? Not so much. “I still run, but over shorter distances,” he says. “Look at sprinters – they’re in great shape.” Six sets of 400m with 60 seconds’ rest takes less than 15 minutes, but it’ll build road-warrior cardio.
4. …And Reps Low
Froch focuses on full-body moves like the deadlift and bench press, which prompt your body to release growth hormone and testosterone. Five is the magic number: do five sets of five reps, increasing the weight each set until you can only just manage the last one.
5. Eat Red Meat
“I’ll probably have red meat a couple of times a week,” says Froch. “I’ve got a good farm shop where I live so one of them will be a top-quality steak.” It’s worth the expense: grass-fed steak has more omega 3s and CLA, which give you energy and help to burn fat.
6. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
The occasional Snickers isn’t a diet-wrecker, and focusing on things you can’t have will only make you crave them. If chocolate’s a problem, tell yourself “Not now, but later,” when you have a craving – studies suggest you’ll feel less tormented than if you try to resist temptation entirely.
Photography: Steve Neaves
Stylist: Hayley Lawrence
Grooming: Laura Tucker