#83 - What I Wish I'd Been Told as an Intern

#83 - What I Wish I'd Been Told as an Intern

1. We don’t have it all figured out. Those that claim they do are ones who will damage you long term.

2. There is not one method to achieve a task. Don't be afraid to think outside the box and ask 'why' to conventional methods.

3. Communication skills are invaluable. Verbal and non verbal. If you nurture these skills opportunities will open up in front of you.

4. Listen, smile and ask questions. Care about people.

5. Life is not linear. Expect failure and don’t think that there is going be one clear route.

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#82 - What Fitness Should Mean to You with Connor McManus Coach

#82 - What Fitness Should Mean to You with Connor McManus Coach

Always a pleasure to speak to someone with passion, emotional intelligence and drive! Connor has all three in abundance. Lovely bloke as well.

Connor is on a journey to bring inclusivity to health and fitness. It should be so much more than calories and six packs… Fitness should be used as a vehicle to learn things that life is going throw your way. Connor has a very clear idea of where fitness should fit into your life and, like every time I speak with him, it was very refreshing to hear. This episode is fantastic. Get stuck in.

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#81 - My Motivation is Back Baby

#81 - My Motivation is Back Baby

Motivation is a unique ting to absolutely everyone. What I’ve found is that if I have a clear motivation it gives me that hunger and drive to get up and go everyday. 

When I look back on anything I’ve achieved as far I can always see that I’ve pulled on my intrinsic and extrinsic sources of motivation to keep me in line with the direction i am going.

There will always be periods in your life where you notice that drive is not there. That excitement to get out of bed in the morning is not present. The fire in your belly just isn’t flaming. I’ve had this recently.

This episode is a result of me taking a step back from what has happened the last 16 months.  A lot has gone on and I made the mistake of not taking a step back and reviewing where my motivation should be directed. For a long time I was in the mindset of keeping my head above water.  So much so my clarity of mind and motivation became blurry.

Listen in to understand what I did and how I went about flipping my mindset and motivation in the right path once again.

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#80 - Sex and Love! Bridging the Gender Gap Between Them with Catriona Boffard, Clinical Sex Psychologist

#80 - Sex and Love! Bridging the Gender Gap Between Them with Catriona Boffard, Clinical Sex Psychologist

Catriona Boffard is an accredited Clinical Sexologist, Psychotherapist, Sex Researcher & Educator and Author.  She is a globally recognised authority on sex, and has delivered her expert advice on TV, radio, corporate and public platforms. She is an expert in the field of sexual behaviour and well-being, with a particular interest in helping couples reinvent their sexual intimacy and empowering women to embrace their sexuality. She also assists individuals in dealing with general mental health concerns, such depression or anxiety.

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#79 - Double Crossed - Brian Wood, Military Cross, Best Selling Author and Public Speaker

#79 - Double Crossed - Brian Wood, Military Cross, Best Selling Author and Public Speaker

Brian Wood was awarded the Military Cross, one of Britain’s highest awards for gallantry in combat, by Her Majesty The Queen II, following his courageous leadership under enemy fire in Iraq.

In the heat of a lethal close quarters battle, fighting outnumbered, he seized the initiative, taking a split-second decision to lead his men into the teeth of enemy fire in the first bayonet charge by British soldiers in 25 years. Leading from the front, he put his own life in great danger. Under his command, Brian’s men defeated the enemy without sustaining any serious casualties themselves. Their actions that day saved many other soldiers’ lives.

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#78 - Changing Prosthetics Forever - Nate Macabuag and Ben Lakey, Co-Founders of Mitt Wearables

#78 - Changing Prosthetics Forever - Nate Macabuag and Ben Lakey, Co-Founders of Mitt Wearables

Nate Macabuag and Ben Lakey are co-founders of Mitt Wearables (www.WearMitt.com) which was started at Imperial College in 2017. Over the last two years the two have been developing a new type of prosthetic limb. They are following a user-centred design process and our goal is to create what people have told them they desperately need - comfortable and affordable prosthetics. Their vision is to create a global impact product that is accessible to everyone that needs prostheses.

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#77 - CBD OIL! How Good Is It? - George Kruis and Dom Day, Professional Rugby Legends and Co-Founders of FourFive CBD

#77 - CBD OIL! How Good Is It? - George Kruis and Dom Day, Professional Rugby Legends and Co-Founders of FourFive CBD

CBD oil seems to have come from nowhere. Naturally there is a stigma around it as it is extracted from the cannabis plan. A lot of people initially view it as a something that gets you high and sloppy rather than something that can benefit you in ways that positively support a busy and stressful day to day work life. On this episode I spoke to Dom and George about their company FourFive CBD and how the product has helped them in their professional rugby careers.

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#76 - From Prison to Purpose - Michael Maisey, Actor, Author, Business Coach and Awesome Bloke!

#76 - From Prison to Purpose - Michael Maisey, Actor, Author, Business Coach and Awesome Bloke!

Michael Maisey grew up during the late nineties on the Ivy Bridge Estate in Isleworth, west London. Abandoned by his father and abused by his uncle, scared and wanting to feel as if he belonged, he fell in with a local gang. He started drinking, taking drugs and shoplifting. By the time he was fifteen he was an armed robber. When a poorly planned raid on his local corner shop went wrong, he was sent to the infamous Feltham Young Offenders Institute. Michael's first stint in Feltham left him hardened.

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#75 - Unleash Winning Body Language - Mark Bowden, #1 Body Language Expert Worldwide, TEDx Talker and Keynote Speaker

#75 - Unleash Winning Body Language - Mark Bowden, #1 Body Language Expert Worldwide, TEDx Talker and Keynote Speaker

Mark Bowden is the keynote speaker for organizations and associations worldwide whose people, leadership or sales teams need to stand out, win trust and gain credibility every time they speak. His highly interactive keynote presentation takes everybody on an informative, exciting and laugh-out-loud journey to understanding how, with the right body language “It’s often not what you say—but how you say it, that gets you extraordinary results!”

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#74 - Blood Glucose and BOOMBOD with Matt Carter, Fitness Professional, Type 1 Diabetic and Absolute Legend

#74 - Blood Glucose and BOOMBOD with Matt Carter, Fitness Professional, Type 1 Diabetic and Absolute Legend

On this show I got to speak with Matt Carter who is somebody I have a great deal of respect for. Matt uses his large following to promote positive messages on body image and how people should view fitness as a whole. I wanted to speak to Matt predominantly about Diabetes as he is a type 1 but we got stuck into a few other interesting topics as well.

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#73 - Imposter Syndrome! Own Your Success! - Dr Vanessa Moulton, Psychologist and Founder of the Mindflex Group

#73 - Imposter Syndrome! Own Your Success! - Dr Vanessa Moulton, Psychologist and Founder of the Mindflex Group

What is ‘Imposter Syndrome’? Impostor Syndrome is characterized by the conviction that you don't deserve your success. It is the feeling that you're not as intelligent, creative or talented as other people seem to believe you are. It is the suspicion that your achievements are down to luck, good timing or just being in the right place at the right time. And it is accompanied by the fear that, one day, you'll be exposed as a fraud.

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#72 - My #1 Non Negotiable

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It took me a long long LONG time to realise this but after 24 years it was apparent that the best thing for my mental state was to factor in a non negotiable period of alone time into my life. It is normally frowned upon or greeted with concern by others, which I now find funny, as being alone normally is an indication of being lonely and depressed. Like Vanessa Moulton talks about on episode #67 of the Inspiration Space…. Yes if you are constantly spending time by yourself it can indeed be an indication of depression, however In our busy lives in a society that never stops the presence of factoring in alone time or at least downtime is essential for our psychological well being. Listen to this episode to hear my process and why/how it helps me. Also read this article below to understand some of the long term benefits.

#70 - The Transition of Fitness - Steve Orton, MD of BODYPOWER

Taken with Steve at Bodypower.

Taken with Steve at Bodypower.

Bodypower is the biggest fitness expo in the UK and is in the midst of changing from a strictly 'Bodybuilder' influenced event to an event which appeals to everyone along the broad spectrum of health and fitness.  Steve has been involved for the entire journey, of 11 years, and has been a major influencer in pushing the event back into the middle ground.  Health and fitness should be personal to you. There is not one specific way.  Whatever makes you happy should be the route for you.

#69 - The Unquestionable Power of Meditation - Will Brown, Co-founder of the Active Vegans and Close Friend

#69 - The Unquestionable Power of Meditation - Will Brown, Co-founder of the Active Vegans and Close Friend

Meditation. What is it? How can benefit us and how can we easily execute it? In a day and age when there is so much going on around us it is seriously easy to be become unfocused, stressed, anxious or even depressed. By taking as little as 10 minutes a day meditating you can streamline your mind. However like all good things it takes practice and dedication to get the most out of it. Will talks us through why we should be meditating, how it can benefit us and which world class achievers have included in their daily routines.

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#68 - Sort Out Your Body Language

A topic I have become seriously interested in is non-verbal communication. I watched a TedX Talk done by Mark Bowden recently, tap the button below to watch it, which was incredible. He talks about how we categorise individuals in one of four criteria upon first meeting them….

  1. Predator

  2. Friend

  3. Sexual Partner

  4. Indifferent

People will only engage with what you are saying if you have managed to get them to categorise you as a friend. Non verbal communication / body language is at the source of this. This video its very very very awesome!!!! Watch it!

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#66 - Passion and Perseverance - Dr Vanessa Moulton, Psychologist and Founder of The Mindflex Group

#66 - Passion and Perseverance - Dr Vanessa Moulton, Psychologist and Founder of The Mindflex Group

The continuum of ‘Psychology Wellbeing’ spoken about with Dr Vanessa Moulton is a conversation that has changed my thinking around mental health. Why should we simply just focus on the mental ill health end of the spectrum? We should also be focusing on all the areas of our psychological fitness at the top end of the spectrum and how we can optimise our mind at all time. You don’t stop at the gym when your body is getting into good knick? Think about that.

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#65 - Let's Be F*cking Honest People - Personal Rant, Bonjour!

#65 - Let's Be F*cking Honest People - Personal Rant, Bonjour!

i am going to be doing lots of these solo episodes now over the coming months. Today’s episode is about the importance of being more honest with yourself in regards to your job / business and personal life. We are all accustomed to hide behind this bravado that we are all killing it. It’s exhausting. Listen in to hear a bit about what’s going on in my work life to hear the reality behind it. Yes on the whole it IS going very well but it is extremely challenging both mentally and physically and by no means does it all go our way!

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#64 - NEAT UP 24/7 - Diren Kartal, Neat Up 24/7 Creator, Coach and “Charismatic Turk”

Diren Kartal is one of my favourite guys in fitness! He speaks the truth. He simplifies everything down to the basics and most importantly he lives his life the fullest. No chicken and broccoli for this guy!! Diren has an interesting life path and a great day to day mentality that is definitely worth listening in too! This guy is on course do some amazing stuff!

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Diren has developed and is implementing the NEATUP 24/7 community!!!! Such an exciting project and it is going to take off in a huge capacity.

What we spoke about……

  • Why Diren got involved in fitness, his journey through his early footballing years and why he ended up going to Australia….

  • We talk through a couple of cracks in the fitness industry.

  • How Diren’s life took on a new direction after making a HUGE decision.

  • A rollercoaster 24 months alongside his close friend James Smith. I asked him…

    • What’s been his most memorable moment.

    • The biggest lesson he’s learnt.

    • The biggest mistake he’s made.

  • How and why Diren and James have become social media influencer ‘Vigilante’s’.

  • Diren talks us through ‘Neat Up 24/7’. How it has developed as a concept and where it is going!!

  • Diren tells me which book has shaped his thinking more than any other!

  • What’s his party trick.

  • How he eats a kit Kat.

  • What he is working on over the next 12 months and why it excites him!