Congratulations to Anthony Ogogo who’s been selected for Team GB!

The British Olympic Association (BOA) selected Anthony, silver medallist at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and Men’s Middleweight (75kg) to be part of Team GB’s largest ever Olympic boxing squad.

We presented Anthony with a POWERbreathe to help him quickly improve his breathing strength and stamina following a period of inactivity as he recovered from a sports injury. Anthony will be keeping us updated with his training progress, which understandably will be ad hoc as he obviously has more pressing matters to think about.

Rob McCraken, Team GB Boxing Team Leader and British Amateur Boxing Association Performance Director said of Anthony,

“Anthony really deserves this after everything he has been through. He has had to overcome some terrible luck with injury and it is great to see that his dedication, hard work and determination have been rewarded. He is a top class boxer who has proven he can beat anyone in the world on his day.”

Anthony’s pride shines though in his response to being selected for Team GB,

“It is an amazing feeling to know I am going to the Olympics after all the challenges I have had to overcome. I have had so much bad luck with injuries but I never lost faith in myself and have had some amazing support from the coaches and all of the back-up team that have helped me to get over my shoulder injury and make it to London. It will be a dream-come-true to represent Great Britain in a home Olympics and I cannot wait to walk out in that Arena in London.”

Good luck from us all Anthony, and we’ll keep following your news on your website.

And keep checking back for POWERbreathe training feedback from Anthony, on the POWERbreathe Blog.

Anthony Ogogo – first experience of training with my POWERbreathe

Firstly I want to thank the guys at POWERbreathe for sending me a POWERbreathe to aid me in my training block leading up to the Olympic qualifier. It was very kind of them.

Training three times a day like we do on the GB Boxing team, I wanted something that could help me with my breathing and my general fitness but without physically exerting my body any more than the three gruelling sessions. So my friend advised me to try a POWERbreathe.

In typical Anthony Ogogo Ultra competitive fashion I put it on a level 7, thinking that as I was an elite athlete I’d already be good at it. I was wrong. I was surprised how hard it was maintaining a good technique and so started at level one. I did manage to get up to level 6 and 7 in the 4 weeks I was using it leading up to the qualifier, whilst maintaining a good technique. Something that I was nowhere near being able to do the first time I used it, which shows my breathing capacity definitely got better.

Thanks again POWERbreathe, Anthony.

You can read about Anthony’s victory in European Olympic qualifier in Turkey in our previous blog.  You can also read more about Anthony on his website , follow him on Twitter or visit his YouTube channel.

 

Anthony Ogogo – Victory in European Olympic qualifier in Turkey

A big POWERbreathe shout goes out to Anthony Ogogo who reached the quarter finals of the European Olympic qualifiers on Monday 16th April.

Anthony beat his contestant in the last 16 of the middleweight category in Trabzon, Turkey.

Anthony has always strived to secure a place in the London 2012 Games and is progressing well towards his goal, with just two wins away from fulfilling his Olympic dream.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this 23-year-old’s performance, as will many others, and when he finds time away from his training and competing, Anthony will be letting us know how his POWERbreathe training is going. But for the meantime he needs to focus and concentrate all his efforts on his goal. Follow Anthony’s progress here.

So please join us in congratulating Anthony and leave a comment here.

Anthony Ogogo – No. 1 Middleweight for Team GB, and POWERbreathe

Britain's No. 1 Middleweight for Team GBAnthony has his Olympic qualifier in approximately 5 weeks’ time in Turkey where he hopes to qualify and represent Great Britain at the Olympics.

Anthony is currently on the mend from 5 months out due to a shoulder operation which naturally has resulted in a period of inactivity as he tries to recover from his sports injury.

Despite training really hard since, Anthony’s ‘boxing fitness’ hasn’t quite reached where he’d like it to be. Fortuitously Anthony was having a chat with his friend who’s a long distance runner and who brought Anthony’s attention to POWERbreathe. His friend swears by it and suggested it may help get Anthony’s respiratory system back in shape in the short space of time he has before the qualifier.

So Anthony contacted us to see if we thought POWERbreathe could help him. We did, as it would certainly help strengthen his inspiratory muscles that have become weaker following his injury and subsequent inactivity. So to help Anthony with his incredible journey and goal of qualifying, we’re going to be sending him a POWERbreathe Plus Medium Resistance, and Anthony is going to keep us all updated with his progress…you too!

So please could all our POWERbreathe friends join us in wishing Anthony all the best for his qualifier, and wish him well in his training.

You can read Anthony Ogogo’s news on his website or follow him on Twitter. You’ll also be able to follow him here and on the POWERbreathe Facebook and Twitter pages.

Alternatively, if you have a message for Anthony, please leave a comment here.