Nicola Adams is a force to be reckoned with. The 33-year-old boxer, who hails from Leeds, smashed records when she became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title in 2012. And, in 2016, she became the reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth Games and European Games champion at flyweight.
But what lies behind Nicola’s success? We caught up the powerhouse to chat all things fitness, confidence, and being a modern woman…
“It’s all about feeling good in your own skin”
“For me, if I can do anything to inspire other women to feel confident in their own skin, then I’ll be happy. We’re constantly bombarded with pressure from social media and TV, saying ‘this is how women should look’. But really, looking after yourself – working out, eating healthily – should be something you do just for you, so you can look in the mirror and think, ‘I look and feel really good within myself’.
It’s one of the reasons I’ve partnered with E45, who have just launched their Straight Up Women campaign, which found that a huge 61% of us don’t like what we see when we look in the mirror. It’s time we stopped seeing our bodies through the eyes of others.”
“My regime is strict – but I love a cheat day!”
“I workout five days a week, twice a day. I’ll either go for a run – usually no more than 3 miles – or do strength training, such as bench presses, squats, dead lifts, press ups, or pull ups. In the evening, I do a boxing session. On my days off I also enjoy bikram yoga as a way to stretch my body out and mentally recharge.