An amazing and rich conversation with world champion Thai Boxer Rachael Mackenzie. Eating disorders and anorexia, stereotypes around women, self-belief, the importance of mindset and performance behaviours and so much more is covered. There is truly a takeaway for everyone who is looking to become the best version of themselves and overcome some barriers and limiting belief.
Rachael is a World Thai-Boxing champion, neuro physiotherapist, sporting ambassador and mother of twins.
She started Thai-Boxing in 2000 whilst at University. In 2006, she topped the Women’s Thai-boxing world rankings in 2 weight categories (50kg and 52kg). Rachael has also taken 2 British titles – both by knockout – and a European title.
She later became the first European Woman to compete in traditional bare-knuckle Thai-Boxing in Thailand and the first woman to fight under Full Muay-Thai Rules in the UK. Throughout her career she has had to overcome prejudice from people who do not believe women should compete in contact sports.
Following a knee injury, Rachael made the switch from Thai-boxing to Boxing, taking silver at the National Championships in her first season.
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Success Quote or sayings:
Mindset is everything
Control the controllables – especially the small things
Your conversation with yourself determines your outcome
May my deeds outrun my words
Quick fire questions:
The books that you would recommend are?
The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM by Hal Elrod
The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5 Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
What is the most useful and or valuable Technology you use (apps, equipment etc…)?
Apple Watch as it measures heart rate variability through the night
My fitness pal great for nutrition
How do you relax and re energise yourself to enable you to perform at your best?
Great sleep is number one!! Getting in to the habit of your routine giving you restful sleep
If you won the lottery…
Invest in youth charity
In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?
It is alright to fail… and be brave enough to try…!
Who has made a big impact on you?
My great Uncle Bernard (He was a wrestler and really forward thinking)
Mr Gilcrast – Primary PE Teacher
My Thai Boxing Coach
Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?
Steve Brown (Currently on Country File!!)
Coaching questions I would like to pose:
What are you running away from and how could you use this positively?
How are you stepping into your day to day life and what can you control?
Rachael Jones Mackenzie