Former Premier League footballer and now super-middleweight boxer Leon McKenzie has chosen to prepare for his upcoming fight against John McCallum in October using the facilities at Perform at St. George’s Park. The now boxer, who is undefeated in his seven professional fights will be supported by Perform at St. George’s Park over the weeks prior to his British Super-Middleweight title eliminator at York Hall. Following a day of testing at the high-performance facility giving a taster session in to how the National Football Centre works, the expert team of Sports Scientists will provide McKenzie with a meticulous programme to fine-tune elements of his training. McKenzie will be using Perform’s Altitude Chamber for his boxing sessions, whilst also using the world-class strength and condition equipment and the High Performance Lab for assessments. McKenzie said: “It’s been a really good experience coming down to Perform at St. George’s Park and being put through my paces. “Boxing is all about performance where the finest details can make a big difference, so the tests I’ve done will be influential. “The team are experts in their own fields and have been able to fine-tune my body so that I’m in the best shape possible going into the fight, being able to use the hydrotherapy pool after sessions will make be big difference in my recovery. It’s a perfect mashup of the well-devised controls of the iphone version with the immersion of the larger screen of the ipad. “Being a former footballer, to be able to train in this environment is an honour, I know I am in the best hands possible in terms of preparation. ”

The day included a series of Sports Science evaluations from Elite Sport Scientists Dr Carls Wells and Ian Aylward. The tests taken were to measure hydration and functional movements as well as assessing lactate profile and VO2 max. Sports Science Lead, Dr Carl Wells said: “It’s great to have Leon working with us today, Perform are always excited to work with professional athletes and help contribute to their success where possible. “We’ve had great experience in the past working with boxers, we helped James DeGale in his IBF fight in America and we’re hoping to replicate that success with Leon. ”

  • During the 2015 Rugby World Cup Argentina and Ireland have been using the facilities at Perform St George’s Park as their training base for the duration of the tournament.

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