PODCAST

The Perfect Athlete Podcast

Chris Billam-Smith

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/

Tailored Training & The Perfect Partnership with International Beach Volleyball Players Jess Grimson & Daisy Mumby #S2E2
Uneven ground, blinding sunlight, blistering heat and an unspoken bond between two prime athletes - it could only be the intense sport of beach volleyball that brings all these elements together. Two of England’s finest volleyball players, Jess Grimson and Daisy Mumby, have been playing together since just before the pandemic, and in that time done the groundwork for their shot at the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Speaking on the unique physical challenges posed by a sport where the average rally is less than 14 seconds, Jess and Daisy share their rigorous training regime, the sport’s growing focus on strength & conditioning, how to form the best partnerships, and the creativity that keeps volleyball players on their toes.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/This episode is also sponsored by Forest Fit Clubs who run outdoor fitness classes as an alternative to indoor gyms. Catering for all fitness levels and abilities from beginners to advanced. Get a free 2 week trial with no contract or obligation to sign up afterwards: www.forestfitclubs.com/2weekfreetrialIn this episode we cover:The key differences between indoor and beach volleyball, and their unique physical challengesStrength & Conditioning and nutrition’s impact on the sportRevolutionary ‘K-laser’ tech for injury management Tailoring training and fitness to the short, rapid bursts that come with volleyball ralliesImportance of having reliable equipmentForming a strong bond with your volleyball partner, and keeping a positive mentality together
04-03-2022
58 mins
Performing Under Pressure & Conquering the Premier League with Adam Lallana, Professional Footballer #S2E1
Welcome back to The Perfect Athlete, and to a new series of incredible conversations and tips for performing at your peak.With 34 successful caps for England, a Premier League title and Champions League medal to his name, Adam Lallana has proven himself an invaluable midfield talent at Southampton, Liverpool, and now Brighton & Hove Albion.   He’s played with, and against, some of the world’s most talented footballers, picking up on the physical and mental training regimes that kept Jurgen Klopp’s squad on top of their game for one of the team’s best seasons in years.Adam joins me for series 2 of The Perfect Athlete as we learn how his parents applied the perfect amount of pressure & unconditional support in his early years, how massively a game is affected by individual & team mentality, and what the future holds for Adam with his move to Brighton.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/This episode is also sponsored by Forest Fit Clubs who run outdoor fitness classes as an alternative to indoor gyms. Catering for all fitness levels and abilities from beginners to advanced. Get a free 2 week trial with no contract or obligation to sign up afterwards: www.forestfitclubs.com/2weekfreetrialIn this episode we cover:How parental pressure affects kids’ early years in sportDifferences between working with Alan Pardew, Mauricio Pochettino & Jurgen Klopp as managersCoping with the pressure of the captain’s armbandHow data & technology has advanced strength and conditioning in the gameUsing sports psychologists to improve mental resilience
17-12-2021
1 hr 3 mins
7 pillars of a Champion with George Groves, Former Boxing World Champion #11The power of breathwork with World-Leading Breath Expert and Author, Patrick McKeown #10The 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/Related articles:How to start hydrated and why that's so importantWhat is hyponatremia and how can you avoid it? Links and references at: https://perfectathletepodcast.com/
31-12-2020
58 mins
Healthier habits to maximise performance with Professional Performance Nutritionist, Dr James Morehen #8Military-grade physicality with Jay Morton former SAS operator and mountaineer #7Heart work pays off with PT, PhD student, and elite junior tennis coach, Dean Perkins #6Elite endurance and mental strength with marathon runner Pete Thompson #5Training for top flight football with AFC Bournemouth Winger, Junior Stanislas #4Achieving your body’s peak potential with strength & conditioning coach Daryl Richards #3World-class polo with Global No.2 Champion Hazel Jackson-Gaona #2Three pint performance with darts World Champion Scott Mitchell #1Welcome to the Perfect Athlete Podcast with Chris Billam-Smith
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!Produced and sponsored by Podcast Labs - Podcast production and marketing agency: https://www.podcastlabs.co.uk/
19-08-2020
2 mins