#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!

#63 - Be AWESOME - Ben Coomber - Nutritionist, Educator, Speaker, Writer and All Round Bloody Hero

#63 - Be AWESOME - Ben Coomber - Nutritionist, Educator, Speaker, Writer and All Round Bloody Hero

I was absolutely ecstatic to do this episode today!  I have listened to Ben Coomber for a very very long time.  I have stepped in and out of several podcasts over the years but Ben’s is the only one that I have always stuck with. I have taken so so so much from what he has said over the years and still do to this day.  Ben has interviewed some very very high profile people over the years, CT Fletcher, Phil Learney and Phil Graham being just a few, but in all honesty it’s his personal 10-15 minute episodes I always tune in for as his mental clarity and knowledge is extremely infectious on everything to do with mental and physical health

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#62 - How to Fuel a World Cup Winning Team - Matt Lovell, World Renowned Sports Nutritionist and Founder of Aminoman

#62 - How to Fuel a World Cup Winning Team - Matt Lovell, World Renowned Sports Nutritionist and Founder of Aminoman

Matt Lovell was the sports nutritionist for that team.  So when I got the chance to speak with him I jumped all over it!  When Matt came down to the gym we really got stuck in to a few topics based around nutrition, it was very obvious when I was speaking with him that I was talking to somebody who was at the top of their field.

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#61 - MUCH More than Just a Sex Party - Emma Sayle - CEO off Killing Kittens, Wife, Mother, Liberator and Feminist

#61 - MUCH More than Just a Sex Party - Emma Sayle - CEO off Killing Kittens, Wife, Mother, Liberator and Feminist

Emma is one of the UK’s leading ‘sex-entrepreneurs’. She made her name launching the elite global adult-party brand Killing Kittens in 2005, which now has over 80,000 members having launched events across the US, Australia and Europe.

The popular press have pronounced her a leader at the cutting edge of the new dawn of female sexual liberation. She has appeared in national and international media from TV shows to broadsheets to radio debates and corporate talks.

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#60 - Four Splendid Chaps Talking Through some Serious Sh*t - The 3 Dumbbells, Matthew Carter, Seb Johansson and Freddie Ray

#60 - Four Splendid Chaps Talking Through some Serious Sh*t - The 3 Dumbbells, Matthew Carter, Seb Johansson and Freddie Ray

This was such a bloody good fun episode to record!!! Loved every second. The 3 Dumbells run their own podcast that is doing very very well and it was great to talk through some BIG topics in the fitness industry that play around in our heads on the daily. Great Lads and a really great listen this one! Tune in if you want a laugh a minute.

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#59 - A Lesson in CRUSHING Life - Shaun Stafford, Former WBFF Pro Champion, Owner of City Athletic Gyms and Family Man

#59 - A Lesson in CRUSHING Life - Shaun Stafford, Former WBFF Pro Champion, Owner of City Athletic Gyms and Family Man

Where do you start with Shaun Stafford?

Well you will hear it all in this episode. From Shaun going to Oxford University, through all of his WBFF Pro competition years, opening a gym (which was fascinating for me to hear) to doing something massively outside his comfort zone in running the Everest Marathon. It was an unbelievably fascinating

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#56 - Finding Your Purpose - George Bettany Co-founder of Sanctus

George Bettany, co-founder of Sanctus alongside James Routledge, has become a dear friend to me. One of the many fantastic relationships I have built off the back of this podcast. I first spoke to him on this show in October of 2017 just before I did the Wadi Rum Ultra. It was Episode 7 of The Inspiration Space and it was one I was very eager to do since starting.

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Sanctus is a company that is doing some unbelievable things in the mental health scene, The work they do in changing the perception of mental health is massive. They are doing unbelievable work within the corporate companies they work with and I hope that it continues at the rate it currently going.

George and James are also best mates who have opened a company together. George talks about the importance of communication in business and general life circumstances…. We also talk about some other more difficult reflective topics:

  • I ask George about his biggest success in 2018.

  • I ask George about his biggest learning curve in 2018.

  • I ask George about his biggest failure in 2018.

  • Where Sanctus is going in the next 12-18 months. What direction are companies going in that operate in mental health?

#55 - The Pressures of Being a Professional Athlete - Sam Billings, Professional Cricketer, Mr Kent and F45OC Chief Janitor

#55 - The Pressures of Being a Professional Athlete - Sam Billings, Professional Cricketer, Mr Kent and F45OC Chief Janitor

I’ve know Sam Billings for a long time. From the days where I watched him at school making a mockery of other teams to watching him throw on the England jersey i’ve always had a huge admiration for him. I always associated Sam with an absolutely relentless competitive drive in the sporting arena. Where that competitive drive comes from is something that I was always fascinated about.

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#54 - Let's Talk About Sex Baby - Catriona Boffard, Clinical Sex Psychologist

#54 - Let's Talk About Sex Baby - 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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#53 - Depression and Anxiety in Your Early 20's - Alex Manzi, Host of The Dreamer's Disease

#53 - Depression and Anxiety in Your Early 20's - Alex Manzi, Host of The Dreamer's Disease

Firstly, Alex Manzi is a stand-up bloke who is going to be big big news. 

Secondly our podcasts, The Inspiration Space and The Dreamers Disease, share a lot of values and have run down very similar time frames.  

Thirdly Alex and I both struggled with mental health in our 20’s and share some very similar thoughts on the topic.

And lastly, it’s the first time I’ve done a podcast when we have both been interviewing each other.  Which was a fantastic experience.  This episode was a little bit longer but it’s because we really delve into each other’s backgrounds and try and get to the bottom of some very common thoughts and mental paradigms of people in their mid 20’s.

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#51 - 7 Things I've Learnt From 2018.... Was a Big One!!!

What a year. Plenty to work on in 2019. Plenty of things to improve on…. But overall 2018 has been the best, funnest and most chaotic I’ve ever had! The relationships i’ve built, the experiences I’ve had and hopefully the positive impact i’m having on others is something I am delighted about!!

Therefore I thought i’d release a short episode on 7 things I’ve learnt about myself in 2018 and what I’d like to improve on in 2019.

1.   You can work harder than you ever thought possible.

2.   It is important to keep life perspective and always remember the big picture.

3.   The no sleep / burning candles at both ends is a pile of shit.

4.   The importance of communication.

5.   Perfection is also a pile of shit.  And not claiming to be perfect can work in your favour.

6.   In moments on huge anxiety it often means a BIG decision has to be made.

7.   I stopped learning - The balance between consumption and action.

#50 - My Father and Biggest Inspiration - Paul Elliott, World Renowned Theatre Producer

My 50th every episode of The Inspiration Space is not any normal one. I recorded this one on the stage of the Phoenix Theatre with my biggest inspiration… my father. Paul Elliott has been in show business, a notoriously cut throat industry, for over 60 years. He is best known for being a producer and has had shows all over the world and with some of the biggest stars.

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The theme of his career, which can be read in his memoirs 'Keeping My Balls In The Air’, is really about never ever giving up. As he quotes in this episode ‘What separates the men from the boys is the ones who never stay down on the canvas…’

As an individual who battled with mental health for prolonged periods in my early 20’s, all I ever had to do was look at the incredible example he has set for me. His work ethic has been, and still is, exceptional. However what sets him apart in my eyes is intensity for what he does, his passion and enthusiasm is infectious. This was one of the best 45 minutes of my life because it encapsulated all of his brilliance. Also doing my 50th ever episode with the person that was heavily responsible for getting me to start it was a special feeling. It is only a small victory getting to my 50th episode but what is life you can’t celebrate the small wins.

What this episode has in store for you:

  • A brief insight into his childhood… was all this instrumental in leading you to a 60 year career in show business?

  • I ask him about his work ethic and get up and go attitude. Where on earth it came from? 

  • The timing of this episode was huge as he has just released his memoirs and had his “Retirement Party”, the latter being a complete lie. I ask him about the segment below that was in the first chapter of his memoirs. I ask him what those words mean to him….

    “My ambition was always to try as hard as I could to be an entertainer - to take an audience into a world outside of their own and to have them leave a show that I had been involved in creating, with a feel good factor and a spring in their step.”

    He talks us through the importance of this statement and why specifically that was something he always wanted to do? He explains the beauty of doing that to someone - taking them outside of their lives into a different world for a short amount of time.

  • He tells me a little bit about what the 60’s and 70’s like in show business.

  • In his memoirs he talks about one of the lowest moments he had in show business / his life - 1959 New Years Eve.  He was 26.

  • He talks about his business partner of 50 years+, Duncan Weldon. He tells us a little bit about the dynamic of their partnership and why it worked so well.  

  • About you which must be mentioned is that you have operated in show business for 60 years.  You’ve managed this with multiple technological changes and also a change of how things have been done on a day to day basis - you used to do deals with a handshake... for example.

  • One of the most amazing things about him which must be mentioned is that he has operated in show business for 60 years. He has managed to adapt along with multiple technological changes and also a change of how things have been done on a day to day basis - he used to do deals with a handshake... for example.

  • He has had some mind blowing setbacks in his 60 years yet has ended out on top!? He explains this mindset to us - how he has always managed to bounce back.

  • Who has had the biggest impact on his and why?

  • The most unbelievable performer he’s ever worked with and why?

  • The best piece of life advice he has ever been given?

  • I asked him the following question - If you could tell your 20 year old self something about life what would it be?

This is a phenomenal episode. if you would like to watch it live via my Youtube channel then please click the link below. Not one to miss.


#49 - My Darkest Day and the Build Up to My 50th Episode

#49 -  My Darkest Day and the Build Up to My 50th Episode

This is my 49th podcast episode and ahead of my 50th episode I just wanted to say big overall thank you!!

I want to thank a lot of people here quickly.  Firstly Justin Parker,  my psychotherapist who I saw regularly during the darkest year of my life. He is the person that encouraged me to start my own podcast after I went to him with an idea to start one for somebody else…. He gave me the confidence to back myself and trust my own abilities.

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#48 - Getting Cut Out Of A Deal With Conor McGregor & Battling With Apple - Alex Crockford & Fitness Freddie

#48 - Getting Cut Out Of A Deal With Conor McGregor & Battling With Apple - Alex Crockford & Fitness Freddie

Absolutely awesome episode! After nearly 6 months of working together on the Podcast we have finally got round to co-hosting one together!

In this episode myself and Haydn talk to Freddie & Alex, two friends that have been through the wringer. From Freddie about the close a huge branding deal with Conor McGregor only to have his business partner cut him completely out of the 2 year deal! To Alex battling with Apple while building his app.

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#47 - Overcoming Addiction - Lauren White, Amy Whitehouse Foundation Motivational Speaker

#47 - Overcoming Addiction - Lauren White, Amy Whitehouse Foundation Motivational Speaker

Fascinating episode with Lauren White today.  Addiction is such an interesting topic in our society and it was incredible to speak to Lauren about her journey to date.  

To hear what she went through and to see where she is now is amazing.  If you know anyone that has had addiction or is going through it currently this is an episode for you to get stuck into.  She is certainly one to watch….

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