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Hi, I'm Chris Billam-Smith, AKA The Gentleman. I'm a professional boxer, and the current Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion. This is my brand new podcast, The Perfect Athlete. I'm always striving to be the best and perform better in my sport and I'm constantly experimenting with new technique within my training and lifestyle to find that extra 1% or 2% difference to make me stronger, faster or mentally sharper than my opponents. I'm on a mission to find out what makes the perfect athlete, how constantly striving for perfection can make you better and how the measure of perfect might look across different sports and environments. In this podcast I'm going to be talking to world-leading experts across a range of fields and world-class athletes from every sport. We'll explore their techniques, hacks and debunk any myths when striving for perfection and explore the breakthrough's in science and techniques that push the limits of what is possible. We're going to look into everything from the obvious such as nutrition, hydration, training methods and treatments to the more obscure including psychology, holistic approaches, breathing techniques and beyond. I'm really excited to get started on this podcast journey with you, you can sign up to be the first to hear about the launch of the podcast over at https://perfectathletepodcast.com/ and reach out to me via my instagram page with any questions https://www.instagram.com/perfectathletepod/. I'll see you soon for round 1!Sponsored and produced by Podcast Labs: https://www.podcastlabs.co.uk/

The Perfect Athlete Podcast Chris Billam-Smith

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Hi, I'm Chris Billam-Smith, AKA The Gentleman. I'm a professional boxer, and the current Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion. This is my brand new podcast, The Perfect Athlete. I'm always striving to be the best and perform better in my sport and I'm constantly experimenting with new technique within my training and lifestyle to find that extra 1% or 2% difference to make me stronger, faster or mentally sharper than my opponents. I'm on a mission to find out what makes the perfect athlete, how constantly striving for perfection can make you better and how the measure of perfect might look across different sports and environments. In this podcast I'm going to be talking to world-leading experts across a range of fields and world-class athletes from every sport. We'll explore their techniques, hacks and debunk any myths when striving for perfection and explore the breakthrough's in science and techniques that push the limits of what is possible. We're going to look into everything from the obvious such as nutrition, hydration, training methods and treatments to the more obscure including psychology, holistic approaches, breathing techniques and beyond. I'm really excited to get started on this podcast journey with you, you can sign up to be the first to hear about the launch of the podcast over at https://perfectathletepodcast.com/ and reach out to me via my instagram page with any questions https://www.instagram.com/perfectathletepod/. I'll see you soon for round 1!Sponsored and produced by Podcast Labs: https://www.podcastlabs.co.uk/

    7 pillars of a Champion with George Groves, Former Boxing World Champion #11

    7 pillars of a Champion with George Groves, Former Boxing World Champion #11

    With a wealth of championship titles to his name, George Groves has experienced the pain of having to rebuild, and exhibited physical, mental, and emotional strength throughout his illustrious boxing career. 

    For episode 11 of The Perfect Athlete we finally hear from a world champion in my own profession. This feature-length deep dive covers every step of George’s journey - every trainer, every injury, the landmark bouts, right through to the motivations for calling time on his boxing career. 
    George also shares his 7 pillars - a series of ideas which form a cyclical ethos that can be applied to sport, work, and life in general - and the experiences that taught him the importance of each pillar. 
    This episode of Perfect Athlete is sponsored by Precision Hydration who help athletes personalise their hydration strategy using their sweat tests and electrolyte supplements. 
    Get 15% off first orders with discount code PERFECT15 or book a 1-2-1 call with one of the sweat experts here: https://www.precisionhydration.com/book-a-sweat-expert-call/
    In this episode we cover:
    George’s transition from kickboxing to boxingHis support network and parental pressureCoping with losses and feeling self-assuredAdapting his boxing style with different coachesThe 7 traits/pillars of a championPhysical, mental and emotional abilityDealing with various injuriesGeorge’s exit plan from boxing

    • 2 hr 6 min
    The power of breathwork with World-Leading Breath Expert and Author, Patrick McKeown #10

    The power of breathwork with World-Leading Breath Expert and Author, Patrick McKeown #10

    One of the greatest performance enhancers we can control is an action we all do around 20,000 times a day without a second thought - breathing. Respiration is a key factor in developing physical fitness, and influencing our mind and our sleep, so to perform at our best on any level, we should understand and improve how we breathe.
    Sharing his decades of experience researching, teaching and experimenting with breathwork on this episode, Patrick McKeown explains the best techniques for mastering oxygen intake, the benefits of nasal breathing for our sleep and alertness, and how reducing chemosensitivity can improve our fitness even before we take a single step.
    This episode of Perfect Athlete is sponsored by Precision Hydration who help athletes personalise their hydration strategy using their sweat tests and electrolyte supplements. 
    Get 15% off first orders with discount code PERFECT15 or book a 1-2-1 call with one of the sweat experts here: https://www.precisionhydration.com/book-a-sweat-expert-call/
    In this episode we cover:
    The effects of asthma on breathing habitsMouth vs nasal breathingBOLT scores and breath tests to indicate fitnessReducing CO2 chemosensitivityThe role of nasal breathing in trainingBreathing with masks on - both generally and as a training methodA breathing exercise to clear a congested nose

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The hidden science of hydration with Sports Scientist and Co-Founder of Precision Hydration, Andy Blow #9

    The hidden science of hydration with Sports Scientist and Co-Founder of Precision Hydration, Andy Blow #9

    *TRIGGER WARNING* - This episode does include a mention on attempted suicide at 44:38.

    Get 15% off at https://www.precisionhydration.com/ with discount code PERFECTATHLETE 

    We all know that we need water to survive, but beyond the classic rule of thumb to drink 8 glasses a day, there’s a world of science behind hydration that most of us don’t realise affects everything we do. With experience in maximising performance from elite Formula 1 drivers like Mark Webber and Jenson Button, Precision Hydration’s Founder Andy Blow understands the power of proper hydration. 
    This fact-packed episode of The Perfect Athlete sees myths debunked and popular hydration solutions challenged, from the early days of isotonic drinks such as Gatorade, to the potentially critical health risks that come from an often-underlooked scenario - overhydration.
    In this episode we cover:
    The dangers of overhydration and hypernatremiaSafely making weight for sports with weigh-insWhen and for whom isotonic drinks work bestF1’s focus on hydrationThe myths surrounding urine colour and water consumptionCalculating how much you should drinkMauro Prosperi’s 9-day survival in the Sahara DesertRelationship between sleep and hydrationPerfect Athlete is sponsored by Podcast Labs, full-service podcast production and marketing agency. Find out more at https://podcastlabs.co.uk/

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    Links and references at: https://perfectathletepodcast.com/

    • 58 min
    Healthier habits to maximise performance with Professional Performance Nutritionist, Dr James Morehen #8

    Healthier habits to maximise performance with Professional Performance Nutritionist, Dr James Morehen #8

    Extracting every ounce of performance from our bodies takes a measured approach to nutrition. Working with data, analysis, and an understanding of both good and bad habits all form the basis of understanding how best to fuel the body.
    As a professional performance nutritionist who’s worked with me for a number of years now, NutritionX’s Dr James Morehen has observed first-hand the need for a personal approach to nutrition. He weighs in on making gradual changes to habits as opposed to imposing sudden ‘diets’, and the risk that comes with top athletes relying on CBD products.
    In this episode we cover:
    The personal approach to nutritionSustainable dietsGradual shifts in habitsHow traditionally ‘unhealthy’ foods can actually be healthyAdapting the nutritional approach to the demands of different sportsCalculating how best to lose weight and increase muscle massThe best supplements to take right nowPotential pitfalls for CBD productsPerfect Athlete is sponsored by Podcast Labs, full-service podcast production and marketing agency. Find out more at https://podcastlabs.co.uk/

    Links and references at: https://perfectathletepodcast.com/

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Military-grade physicality with Jay Morton former SAS operator and mountaineer #7

    Military-grade physicality with Jay Morton former SAS operator and mountaineer #7

    The level of intelligence, physicality and resilience required to be a member of the SAS and SBS is almost unparalleled. There may not be such a thing as a truly Perfect Athlete, but those who serve in the special forces could be considered the closest thing to it.
    One such man with 14 years of service across the SAS and Parachute Regiment, two Everest summits to his name, and now taking on the challenge of wrestling high performance racing cars around some of the UK’s fiercest tracks, is Jay Morton.
    This episode of The Perfect Athlete delves into how Jay’s approach to intelligence consists of more than just IQ, but also EQ and AQ, and the unique tests he’s faced scaling some of the toughest terrain in the world.
    In this episode we cover:
    Academic, social, and adaptable intelligence (IQ, EQ and AQ)The makings of a great team leaderEffects of early life experiences on physical and social developmentImportance of planning and preparationLearning perseveranceThe hidden dangers of mountaineeringPerfect Athlete is sponsored by Podcast Labs, full-service podcast production and marketing agency. Find out more at https://podcastlabs.co.uk/

    Links and references at: https://perfectathletepodcast.com/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Heart work pays off with PT, PhD student, and elite junior tennis coach, Dean Perkins #6

    Heart work pays off with PT, PhD student, and elite junior tennis coach, Dean Perkins #6

    Welcome to the most in-depth science lesson you’ll ever have, on something that we all share in common - the heart. It’s well documented that training in a variety of sports at youth level improves coordination and dexterity, but is there a danger to the cardiovascular health of young athletes from training them a particular way?

    Dean Perkins is a Personal Trainer, elite youth tennis coach, and currently completing a PhD which looks at heart adaptations in children and adolescents. In this episode of The Perfect Athlete, we learn from Dean’s in depth research and experience the effects of endurance and interval training, suitable training methods for young athletes, and debunks some myths about how the heart responds to certain types of training as a child.
    In this episode we cover:
    Dean’s fitness journeyThe effect of endurance training on the heartCapabilities of cardiac screeningLong term effects of training at youth levelPushy parents of sports kidsAdjusting training to suit young athletesCommon training myths and mistakesPerfect Athlete is sponsored by Podcast Labs, full-service podcast production and marketing agency. Find out more at https://podcastlabs.co.uk/

    Links and references at: https://perfectathletepodcast.com/

    • 49 min

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