Today’s guest is a brilliantly inspiring man - one guaranteed to always put a smile on your face.
Bevan James Eyles is one of the real OG trainers of Les Mills - sharing his passion and taking packed Christchurch classes since 1999.
He’s also a pretty outstanding triathlete, Ironman and runner.
But he describes his younger self as a "dropkick" and shares a fascinating story of how he changed his life in his early twenties.
We talk about Bevan's new book I Will Make You Passionate About Exercise and I honestly reckon hearing him talk will be the motivation anyone needs to find the love for exercise - in whatever form it comes!
Today’s guest is south Taranaki dairy farmer Kane Brisco.
Kane has just released “Tools for the Top Paddock - Lessons from life on the land” - a book which is pretty open and honest about his upbringing, his struggles with depression, and battles on the farm.
But also, how he’s turned it all into something pretty remarkable. Including Farm Fit - his fitness bootcamp for the rural community.
Kane's learnt some pretty valuable lessons through his struggles, and it's a really bloody insightful chat.
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When we talk about the achievements of this person, it’s actually mind-boggling they are 22 - and I don’t say that in a patronising way either.
Shaneel Lal’s relentless passion and dogged determination was monumental in conversion therapy being banned in Aotearoa. They have recently been in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list for social impact.
And Shaneel leaves no stone unturned when it comes to fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
Today’s guest is someone who has had an absolutely incredible career as a broadcaster since the 1980s.
And really, there is nothing Kerre Woodham cannot do.
She lights up the airwaves whilst navigating talkback callers on Newstalk ZB, she has written best seller books, run marathons and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro.
More recently, she twinkled-toed beautifully through Dancing with The Stars - she’s also a very dear friend, and has been a mentor to me for a big chunk of my career.
Today’s guest is one of the most ridiculously talented sportswomen in our country and one of the greatest cricketers in the world.
Suzie Bates has been playing top level cricket since 2006 and is just about to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games which is super exciting. Not bad for someone who also represented New Zealand at the Beijing Olympics for Basketball. Suzie is a true sportswoman and a wonderful role model and tells a great yarn.
Today’s guest is one of the coolest multi-sporters in New Zealand in my humble opinion.
Not only because he’s awesome and one of the best in the country, Sam Manson is literally the people’s coach.
If I had a dollar for every hour he puts into coaching others, through Top Sport Kayaking, I’d be loaded. I’m always intrigued as to how he fits in all his training for the Coast to Coast, while he’s helping so many others, so let’s find out!
Today’s guest is the hilariously talented broadcaster Bree Tomasel - host of ZM's Drive Show and TVNZ's Celebrity Treasure Island.
She came to Aotearoa a few years back and has really made a home for herself and is absolutely a wonderful part of the furniture - we are lucky to have her!
This a really awesome, fun, long, wild chat, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Today’s guest is a delightful soul I had the pleasure of getting to know when I was last living down in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Lou Heller is a personal stylist, fashion commentator, writer and buyer.
Lou is pretty damn talented at helping people fall back in love with their wardrobes - a job she feels extremely passionate about - I'm sure you'll hear it!
Already planning a date for her to come sort my wardrobe out...
It's great to be back!
I took a bit of time off this podcast while I was involved in Dancing with the Stars, but I'm stoked to rip into it again.
Today’s guest is fellow podcaster, Dom Harvey host of Runners Only!
Before that, he hosted The Edge Breakfast show for 20 years, he’s written three best seller books, AND he’s run all 6 of the major marathons - New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin, London and Boston.
Plenty to chat about with Dom that's for sure!
Bit of a special episode this week given as you listen to it I would’ve embarked on my first weekend of live shows on TV3’s Dancing with the Stars!
After weeks of training and trying to learn to dance I thought it would be really cool to get one of legends of the show, Nerida Cortese on to have a chat all things dancing.
Nerida has represented Aotearoa on the world stage, and now is the show’s choreographer and dance producer so a good chance to pick her brain as to how it all works...
Today’s guest is a very smart, very funny, very talented young woman. Grace Palmer is an actor, and a writer and quite frankly she's also one of the funniest people on Instagram.
She's always an absolute delight to chat to, and hearing about her successes and challenges along the way has been really interesting. A lovely lovely chat!
Today’s guest is Newshub presenter and journalist Oriini Kaipara, of Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Rangitihi descent.
Oriini is an award winning, bilingual journalist and is committed to the revitalisation of Te Reo and Māori customs and values - a passionate wahine toa I’m really honoured to chat to.
Today’s guest is physiotherapist and breath coach Emma Ferris - owner of The Breath Effect.
We have a fascinating chat about how important it is to look after our breathing - you can bet your bottom dollar I was focused on it this entire episode!
Emma is also a woman you may have heard of for her own podcast, Conning the Con. It tells the story of how she experienced her very own Tinder Swindler.
We discuss how conman Andrew Tonks Thomson ripped her off - and the remarkable way she got a good chunk of her money back.
Emma is an amazing woman!
Today’s guest is a very very dear friend of mine, Casie Bowry. We grew up doing surf life saving together, our Mums grew up doing surf life saving together - we've been friends a very long time.
Casie was a top water polo player representing New Zealand for many years, and was fast becoming a very well respected police officer. In 2018, life was ticking along nicely.
But in March of that same year Casie fell very ill, and was diagnosed with an extremely rare autoimmune disease, NMNDA Encephalitis. Essentially, her body was attacking her brain.
Casie was in hospital for over two years - including one whole year in ICU.
I, at times, did not think she would survive. And even when I thought she just might, I didn't think she would ever get her life back. She was so sick.
But Casie was so tough and so strong, and through determination and grit she made a extraordinary recovery. Her story is astonishing.
Today’s guest is exercise physiologist, nutrition scientist, author and former triathlete Dr Stacy Sims.
Dr Sims is constantly looking to revolutionize exercise nutrition and performance for women.
She has directed research programs at Stanford, AUT University, and the University of Waikato, focusing on female athlete health and performance and pushing the dogma to improve research on all women.
She so rightly points out that "Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one."
We’re going to go deep with this week's guest (ok ok bad dad joke) who I’ve always been absolutely fascinated in watching.
William Trubridge has been repping Aotearoa as a world champion free diver with a massive 18 freediving world records since 2007.
Such a fascinating conversation about how William does what many of us can't quite get our heads around, or breaths for that matter!
Today’s guest is Silver Fern number 149 Sulu Fitzpatrick.
Sulu had an absolutely stonking 2021 with the national side and led the Mystics to an historic maiden ANZ Premiership title, AND took out the Dame Lois Muir Supreme Award - unreal stuff!
Sulu chats with me about how important her family and support network has been over the years, and how sport has helped her be proud of who she is. It hasn't always been easy but we discuss how she's got to a happy place today.
A lovely yarn with a beautiful young woman.
Today’s guest is an old work colleague of mine...now a father of three, published author, public speaker and of course, Central Otago farmer.
Matt Chisholm and I had the pleasure of being TV reporters on the new look “Seven Sharp” back when it started in 2013 and it would be the same year it, and all of those involved copped an absolute flogging…ah the memories!
A lot has changed for Matt since then and what’s actually been quite amazing to watch from the sidelines is how openly he has shared his mental health struggles in such a public space and in doing so, helped a great deal of people along the way.
WARNING: this episode includes discussions around suicide.
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In his own words, Dave Letele's story is "from rags to riches, back to rags, and hopefully back to riches, but riches for me means different things now, it's not just about money."
The man who can comfortably sit in a board room, deal with the Government but also go to a gang pad is making massive changes to people's lives through Buttabean Motivation, or BBM.
BBM has become a hugely important organisation by helping better the lives of those that society has left behind, to give them a push-start to get back on track.
The work Dave and his crew do is absolutely remarkable, and so is his story.
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the iconic Coast to Coast, it would be rude not to get the man behind it on for a cracking yarn.
Robin Judkins set the first 79 athletes away on Kumara Beach back in 1983 and since then there's been over 20-thousand athletes from all over the world scrambling for a spot in the 243km event from the west to the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
He's a legend, his race is a legend and I promise you, even if you have absolutely no intention of doing it, you'll still enjoy the story!