We sat down with former Bantamweight Professional Boxer, Lee (AKA Kombat Clayton). With 13 years experience training fitness newcomers to professional athletes, Lee certainly knows his stuff when it comes to planning fitness journeys that motivate and inspire.
Where did it all begin for you, Lee?
I have been competing in many different sports since the age of 6 or 7 years old but the fat loss journey to enable me to make weight for fights started at 21 with me embarking on my boxing journey.
So, why was fat loss a keen goal for you?
To enable me to compete at the correct weight in boxing. Holding more fat would have made it much harder to compete at the elite level as I would have been up against much bigger guys that carry more power. It would also have affected my fitness which was always my biggest asset. To be fair I didn’t mind the six pack too!!
Who was your inspiration?
Ricky Hatton. I think being from Manchester and seeing the support he used get inspired me to be in the best possible shape I could be, giving me the best opportunity to succeed in my boxing career. I think him being a City fan helped too!
What motivates you?
Competition. Losing has never been an option for me. If I was competing against someone or had a goal that I needed to achieve I would do everything in my power to succeed. My wife tells me I am way too competitive. God help my daughter on sports day..
Toughest challenge you faced along the way?
The temptation of straying away from healthy eating for a takeaway or chocolate. I really do have a sweet tooth so going 10 weeks without even a piece of chocolate whilst boxing was always such a challenge and one I know people of all levels struggle with. The key is to keep your eyes on the prize.
Top training tip?
Find something you enjoy and stick with it. Consistency is always a key factor when it comes to reaching your goals so it is as simple as if you enjoy it, you are more than likely going to continue with it.
Favourite cheat meal?
Pizza, definitely!! I have to admit I can’t resist a Dominos.
Where do you spend most of your gym time?
I love training in a group environment. The social aspect plays a huge part in training for me. Since retiring from boxing I have to say I always enjoy taking part in classes at the gym. Spin is probably my favourite.
Probably running. Mainly because I am good at it! I'm also a big fan of everyone else’s nemesis... BURPEES
Best advice you've ever received?
Never overtrain. I should probably pay attention to that more often.
Top training track?
Eye of the tiger. Without a doubt. You can’t beat a bit of Rocky for motivation.
Something not many people know about you?
I didn’t start boxing until I was 21 years old. I had never put a pair of gloves on up until then. Everyone always thinks I have been doing it since I was a kid.
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