Lovlina Borgohain: A Champion’s Training Manual

Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain. (Picture: Instagram)

Olympic medalist Lovlina Borgohain explains how she prepares for big events.

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  • Last update:February 22, 2022, 09:35 IST

It goes without saying that boxer Lovlina Borgohain has made history after her Olympic medal-winning performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Borgohain, who is only 24 years old, is currently training for an intense sports season that is coming soon.

The pugilist, who is represented by Adidas, says that since winning it has been smooth sailing for her training-wise. For those wondering how it goes, the Olympic medalist, in an interview, revealed how much physical and mental well-being goes a long way in extracting a winning performance.

Here’s the champion explaining her fitness routine in her own words:

The mindset of an athlete

  1. Training was different before and after the Olympics. The first step is to control the mental state.
  2. There was a certain obsession with the tournament. It got to me so much that I started to feel that even if I go out of my training center for something, I will lose my training.
  3. But that turned out to be minor things for me because I went through so much initially. After that with Covid-19 there was a pause. Add to that the many injuries we suffered. These things make you mentally stronger.
  4. It instilled discipline in us. Once you are able to control your mind, everything will follow.
  5. People think discipline is only about eating habits. It’s not true.


The training manual

  1. To free my mind, I first started training alone. I decided on my own training routines so that during the first few days I got used to training. It is very important to have free flowing energy. You shouldn’t feel locked in a gym.
  2. We now have the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Games and the World Championships coming up. Before the Olympics, there was a little less stress while I was training. I don’t know why, but I feel more free and confident now.
  3. I train twice a day now. The timing differs, sometimes I start at 7am otherwise at 9am. But I train for two hours in the morning and in the evening.
  4. It’s a mix of strength and cardio.
  5. And then there is the diet. Since there are weight classes in boxing, you can’t eat whatever you want. You have to watch what you eat.


Sweat like a champion

  1. The second most important thing for an athlete like me is protein intake. I usually consume protein after training for recovery.
  2. I always carry a vial of electric powder with me. I think it’s very important to have this when you’re doing heavy training. You sweat a lot while working out, so it’s important to conserve your energy.
  3. For us athletes, blood tests are important because they tell us if there is a deficiency in our body – proteins, vitamins, iron, etc. With this, we can know what we are missing.
  4. I trained at home with a gas bottle and water bottles.


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