Jonny Brownlee is one of the greatest triathletes of all time.
His resume is truly remarkable - Olympic bronze medalist at his home Olympics in London, 2012 then Olympic silver medalist in Rio, 2016… combine that with his 2012 World Championship title, 2010 and 2011 Sprint World Titles and three World Championship silver medals and Commonwealth Games silver medal, and his consistent podiums for over a decade. Truly makes him one of the greatest!
What makes this man’s story even more compelling is that he’s shared his process and his journey with his older brother. Never before have we seen two brothers work together and dominant world sport.
Jonny shares his journey to the top of the world and how his brother Alistair has been such an integral part of his journey. Jonny discusses the importance of family and his home life. He talks about his preparation for heat races and what he learned from his collapse at the 2016 Cozumel Grand Final.
Dan Macpherson describes his journey from wannabe Professional Triathlete to Hollywood actor, Television presenter, and award-show host.
He describes the mental strength he gained from Ironman training and racing and how he was able to transfer that into his pursuit of roles in Hollywood and then optimizing those characters once he got them.
Dan discusses the difficulties of coming out of character after months and years immersed in these roles, and the grounding tools he uses to help himself adjust back into his life. Greg and Dan discuss his family, and living life with intent and so much more.
His work ethic is truly inspirational… he’s been known to work as an actor for 6 days of the week, and then host television shows like “Dancing with the stars” and “x-factor” on his day off, and train for Ironmans in between.
He’s someone that is doing everything he can to uncover his potential. And as a friend of his, it’s been a real joy to watch him pursue his talents both as an actor and athlete.
He knows what he wants, he’s taken control of his life and he’s living with purpose, and I for one take great motivation from watching this man work.
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In this episode of BE with Champions, Greg Bennett chats with, Cliff English. Cliff is a World Champion Triathlon Coach, 4 x NCAA National Champion Coach. Cliff describes his journey and transition from athlete to coach. It took Glandular Fever to end his athletic career and focus on his coaching. Looking back he realizes that coaching was always in his blood. He's a natural teacher. He's patient and has tremendous empathy for all his athletes whether they be World Champions and professionals or newbie beginners. Cliff works with every athlete individually. The initial meetings with each athlete help Cliff determine where their strengths and weaknesses are and where they should spend their time. As much as Cliff has a Sports Science degree and coaching accreditations he describes the ART of coaching and having a true understanding of the practical side is how he really gets results. Greg and Cliff discuss several of their favorite strength sessions. Often using strengths into speed work. Their examples are in the swim using buckets and towels and hill and flats for the bike and run. Cliff describes being an NCAA head coach in an emerging sport. In this part of the episode, Cliff's passion really comes alive as he describes the work he's doing with the young woman at Arizona State University (ASU). Cliff is focussed on building these women into the sport and is not pushing them too hard for results at this younger age. he understands the importance of being patient and thinking about the future.
Richard Murray is one of the great personalities of the sport of Triathlon.
He’s one of the most consistent men on the ITU World Series, rarely out of the top 5 for almost a decade. He’s had his big wins including the ITU World Series events in Edmonton, Hamburg, and Leeds, and the ITU Duathlon World Championships. He placed 4th at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He’s won big money races including the Island House Invitational Triathlon and Super League Triathlon.
He’s never afraid to play it up for the cameras and give us a great show. In this episode, Richard describes the joy of getting back into racing, his unconventional journey into the sport of Triathlon. His commitment to improving his swim and his goal to remain consistent. He discusses his YouTube channel and his 5km and 3km run videos that over 100k views. Richard shares his up and down the year of 2016 where he broke his collarbone early in the year, got disqualified at the Hamburg World Series race, and then placed 4th at the Rio Olympics behind his countryman Henri Schoeman. Richard's time with Coach Joel Filliol (Episode 22 of the Be with Champions podcast) gave him the consistency he needed. He decided to leave Joel and create his own team along with his wife Rachel Klamer (a professional Olympic Triathlete for Holland). Their team comprises of Dutch coaches Louis Delahaije & Jordi Meulenberg. Richard discusses his training and how he focusses on low heart-rate run workouts combined with speed. The Tokyo Olympics in 2021 will be hot, and for Richard, he believes his background in Sth Africa will be suited to the extreme conditions. Ironman and longer distance racing do not interest Richard. He hopes to stay in the short course style of racing and in the future become a coach.
Laura Bennett is a champion athlete with 4 World Championship medals, 4 US National titles, two Olympic Games representations, and a multitude of wins, none bigger than the 2007 Hyvee World Cup and the enormous check that went with it.
She’s someone who cares deeply about helping others optimize their own lives and someone who understands managing human emotions better than anyone I’ve ever met.
Laura describes the importance of managing emotions, the highs and lows, and how emotions can affect our physiology.
Laura shares incredible stories that shaped her career, from sprint finishing against the great Michellie Jones in 2003 to winning the 2007 Hyvee World Cup.
So many great takeaways in this one!
Vincent Luis returns to Be with Champions after defending his Triathlon World Championship title in Hamburg, Germany, last week.
Vincent shares his mindset and what was fueling him going into the race and during the race. He describes the race in detail and his past few months of training during these uncertain times.
Vincent tells us why he didn't race the mixed relay world championships that the French team ended up winning and defending their title. He also shares why Jacob Birtwhilstle from Australia could have likely beaten him in this race, had Jacob been allowed to leave Australia to race.
Vincent discusses his preparation for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
In this episode of BE with Champions, Greg Bennett chats with, Dr. Mansoor Mohammed. Dr. Mansoor is a pioneer and a recognized authority in the fields of medical genomics and personalized medicine. Together Greg and Dr. Mansoor discuss how Dr. Mansoor started in Functional genomics. Dr. Mansoor describes what the DNA and the genes represent and how he reads them from person to person. Our genes can be expressed or optimized by our lifestyle choices. Dr. Mansoor dissects Greg's recent DNA results. Greg is a mixed bag... as we all are of incredible genes in some areas and less than optimal in others. Greg's ability to deal with oxidative stress - Greg's glutathione levels are in the top 2% of the worldGreg has a deficit of dopamine Greg not a very androgenized individual Greg scores very well with vascular health and has low chance of dementia and alzheimers Greg neutralizes noradrenaline very quickly, much faster than the normal person Greg is at extreme risk of sub optimal Vitamin D
Siri Lindley is one of the few to reach the top of the world as an athlete by winning an ITU World Championships and two World Series titles and then be able to transition into a multiple World Champion coach.
5.20 Siri describes her recent battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is now cancer-free.
17.30 How Siri found the sport of Triathlon
22.40 - Recognizing some mental and physical ability
30.22 - Doing everything possible to optimize her performance
43.00 - The breakthrough - Lausanne World Cup
51.00 - Edmonton World Championship - How winning world's changed her life
1.04.00 - Transitioning to coaching
1.08.00 - Mental Strategies
1.12.00 - Preparing Mirinda Carfrae for her first attempt at Ironman
1.14.40 - Being open and learning as a coach
1.23.45 - Mirinda Carfrae and Leanda Cave
1.31.30 - Siri and Bek's Foundations -
Believe Ranch and rescue
Horses in our hands
1.33.45 - Siri and Bek's Triathlon club - Team Sirius Tri Club
Bryce Wylde is a Natural medicine expert. He’s a clinician, television host, educator, author, and philanthropist.
His specialty is homeopathy, clinical nutrition, supplementation, and botanical medicine. His focus is routed within functional medicine.
He blends the latest in human biological and genomic screening, science, and technology, and uses new, traditional, and ancient remedies.
In this episode Greg and Bryce discuss -
What is "Alternative medicine"
Covid-19 and what is the real pandemic
The effects of isolation due to Covid-19
Nutrition for endurance sport and exercise
Pre and Probiotics
Overtraining in sport and the effects on the gut
The importance of Glutathione
Mindfulness and mental strategies
Visualizing and the 24hr edit
What is "Grounding"? Breathing techniques
Genetics and DNA
Bryce's Philanthropy and extreme events
Bryce's latest book "Brainspanners"
Hunter Kemper is the most decorated U.S. Triathlete in history.
A four-time member of the US Olympic triathlon team, he is one of only two men in the world to compete in the first four Olympic triathlons (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012). A seven-time US Elite National Champion. He won the ITU World Cup series in 2005. He’s also won the big money events in the US including Minneapolis in 2006 and the Hyvee Triathlon in 2012.
Over the years, he’s been a national spokesperson for various youth triathlon events as well as several children’s Foundations. A father of five, he is passionate about promoting health and wellness to the country’s youth.
He’s one of the best men you could ever meet and he’s been a fierce competitor, peer and friend of mine for over 20 years.
Tim Don has been a fierce competitor a peer, and a friend, for almost 20 years.
He has an unbelievable resume of performances which includes 4 world champion titles, 3 Olympic Games, and a world record in the Ironman of 7.40.23, but this is only one part of this man’s journey.
Three days prior to the 2017 Kona Ironman World Championships, where he was a heavy favorite he was struck by a car and broke a vertebra in his neck. His process in dealing with this incredible setback and his journey back to the top of the world is truly one of the most inspiring stories you will ever hear.
I’m delighted to have on the show one of my favorite people on the planet a great personality in the endurance sporting world.
Dan Lorang is one of the world’s greatest endurance coaches.
He is the first coach in history to coach a men’s and woman’s Ironman World Champion… and also, they both won on the same day on October 12th, 2019. Those athletes were non-other than Jan Frodeno who broke the course record on the way to win his 3rd Ironman World Championship and Anne Haug winning in the third-fastest time ever on the Big Island of Hawaii and improving upon her 3rd the previous year.
He is also the high-performance coach and the head of innovation for the Bora Hansgrohe professional cycling team.
Dan shares his incredible wealth of knowledge and experiences in the world of endurance sport. From Training, racing, and the mental strategies involved in preparing the world's greatest endurance athletes for the big stage.
Dr. Tommy Wood blows my mind with his academic prowess.
He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, a medical degree from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience from the University of Oslo.
His passion is human health, performance, and longevity. He’s a Research faculty at the University of Washington (UW) in the Department of Pediatrics. His research focuses on ways to increase resilience and treat the injury of the developing brain.
He has enormous experience in coaching and being a competitor in rowing, CrossFit, powerlifting, and ultra-endurance racing.
And He has a down to earth approach to optimizing human performance. He’s been a great sounding board for me over the last few years.
Chrissie Wellington had one of the most impactful Triathlon careers in the history of the sport.
Becoming a professional Triathlete in 2007, she went onto win 4 Ironman World Titles and smashed world records at the Ironman distance seemingly every time she raced.
A five-year career that left a mark on the world of endurance sport like no other.
Her resume is incredible:
She won the Ironman World Championship, on three consecutive years (2007–2009).
Winning The 2007 IM World Championships on debut, a feat that’s almost unheard of.
She wasn’t able to start in 2010 due to illness but regained her title in 2011 after crashing her bike only 2 weeks previous.
She lowered the IM distance world record each time she raced Challenge Roth, her fastest time there being 8hr18mins – that was 32minutes in front of 2nd place.
An incredible athlete and remarkable human.
Phil Liggett is a very special guest.
A man who has played a significant role in bringing bike racing out of Europe to the rest of the world.
For almost 55 years he’s been a cycling and Olympic journalist and commentator. For 47 years straight he’s been commentating the Tour de France… in fact, this is the first year in all that time he has been home for the month of July.
But he’s more than a journalist and a commentator, he is someone who has followed his passion, turning it from a hobby to a career and you can hear it in his voice… he loves the bike racing, he loves the athletes, he loves the scenery and he loves the history, he loves the team that surrounds him, and each moment of every race he sees something unique and special.
I’m a Triathlete and that has always been my passion. But my love for bike racing is because of this man. There is something comforting about his voice…
This was an honor and a privilege to chat with Phil. His stories are colorful and entertaining.
Jan Frodeno is an incredible champion a close friend and an occasional training partner who I’ve known for over 15 years
He’s arguably the greatest Triathlete of All-time? He’s certainly a strong contender for this conversation.
A few highlights:
Olympic Gold in 2008.
Three-time Ironman World Champion with a course record in 2019 of 7hr51min13sec
Two-time IM 70.3 World Champion, with his win in 2018 as one of the greatest performances I’ve ever witnessed only matched by his race win in Kona in 2019
A world record in the Ironman distance of 7.35.39 at the Challenge Roth event in Germany. And a list of victories that just keeps piling up.
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing… He’s had incredible setbacks but again and again, but he rebuilds, refocuses and gets himself back onto the top step of the podium.
This was a wonderful conversation with a wonderful human being.
Katie Zaferes has stepped herself gradually, systematically up in the Triathlon world rankings… you seriously couldn’t have scripted it any better.
5th in the 2015 World Championships, 4th in 2016, 3rd in 2017, 2nd in 2018 just narrowly missing the win… but it wasn’t her time. Her time was 2019 where she showed dominating form, incredible bravery, and tremendous grit to take her first ITU World Championship and win the Grand Final in the process.
She has trained herself to have no weaknesses.
A fierce competitor and an incredible human being.
Hamish Carter is one of the greatest triathletes of all-time.
Three-time World Championship medalist, Xterra World Champion, Commonwealth Games silver medalist, World Cup series champion in 1998 and the pinnacle of his career the Olympic Gold at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
I raced this man for 15 years. When he stepped on the start line, you knew it was on from the gun. Man, he made it look easy.
A phenomenal athlete and an even better human being.
Hamish shares his wealth of knowledge about High Performance. Focussing on the process, the preparation and the controllable's. His execution of the Olympic Gold performance in Athens was clinical and technical with no emotions on the outcome.
Kate Courtney is one of the world’s greatest mountain bikers.
The last few years have been incredible:
In 2017, at 21 years old, she won the U23 world cup series. A year later she won the elite world championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
And in the following year in 2019, she won the elite world cup overall.
She’s Intent on getting what she wants and is doing everything she can to make it happen.
She’s surrounded herself with an incredible team to help on her journey. Including her family, Scott-SRAM racing, and many other supporters.
Her will-power to do something great is next level. This episode is entertaining, informative, and above all, inspiring!
Joel Filliol is one of the most successful endurance coaches on the planet.
Producing Olympic medalists and World Champions consistently in both the men’s and woman’s categories.
I’ve had several of his athletes on Be with champions including Simon Whitfield, Mario Mola, and Vincent Luis… and all sang his praises and praised the incredible team culture that he has created.
I’ve been eager to get him on the show, to get a better sense of the why, how, and what of his training culture.
He’s been a mate of mine for almost 20 years and I’ve watched him develop to one of the all-time brilliant coaches.