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Eddie Hall is the strongest man in the world. He current holds the title of World’s Strongest Man and is the only man to deadlift 500 kg (1,102.3 lb) under strongman rules. Hailing from England, Eddie stands at colossal 1.91com (6ft 3in) tall & weighs 186kg (410lb).

In this episode Keith & Matt met Eddie at the Dubai Muscle Show recently and had the pleasure to talk to him about his background, the last 12 months of his career, his training regime, his sacrifices, his philosophy on what it takes to become the worlds strongest man and what his future may potentially hold. A truly humble and very intelligent athlete, it was a great pleasure for the guys to have the opportunity to sit alongside one of the greats of the strength world, we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts subjects from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Science, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one place to share their knowledge and expertise on a truly global platform.

Ben Siong is one of Australia’s leading body composition specialists, and the founder of Australian Strength Performance. Born and raised in Singapore with over 17 years experience in athletic development, sports psychology and physique conditioning he is also a certified Sports Nutrition Specialist.

During his career, Ben has coached athletes from state to Olympic level in over 16 different sports. He also works extensively with competitive bodybuilders and fitness models, including the 2011 Miss Universe Australia and 2012 Miss Malaysia Universe. Ben is also a sought after international fitness speaker and author, and regularly contributes to fitness magazines such as Iron Man Australia and Mens Health magazine. It is this expertise that has earned him the signature title of Body Composition Specialist.

In this episode Mat joins late as Keith and Ben talk shop while he was in Dubai presenting during the Mefitpro Health Summit along with his approach to training, programming and balancing his business and family life.

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Science, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one place to share their knowledge and expertise on a truly global platform.

Jay Cutler is a retired bodybuilder and four-time Mr. Olympia winner (2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010) and four-time Arnold Classic Winner 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006. He became the third Mr. Olympia in history (after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu) to win the title in non-consecutive years after defeating Dexter Jackson in 2009. In 2010, he won his fourth Mr. Olympia title, defeating the now seven times back to back winner and current title holder Phil Heath.

Kai Greene is a professional bodybuilder, personal trainer, artist, and actor. His most recent victory was the 2016 Arnold Classic. He came in 2nd place at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Mr. Olympia competitions. He features in the 2013 documentary “Generation Iron” currently on Netflix, detailing the lead up to and events of the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition, along with the sequel “Generation Iron 2”. Kai has turned his focus currently to acting and following some feature length roles, Kai played the role of Funshine in “Stranger Things” season two.

The guys had the privilege of meeting both Jay and Kai when they were in Dubai for The Dubai Muscle Show and enjoyed listening to some very experienced words of wisdom from two humble gentlemen who have enjoyed many successes and failures along the paths of their illustrious careers.

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Science, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Danny Bartlett is the Senior Master Instructor at TRX Training, Master Coach at TWIST Performance + Wellness and Global Educator at ViPR. With over twenty years in the industry Danny has a vast array of experience coaching the human body to move in three dimensional movement patterns with a variety of scientifically tested and proven equipment.

In this conversation Danny and the guys discuss the often unknown benefits of training with a TRX and ViPR and how while many coaches may snub various equipment they are unfamiliar with, there are often many hidden gems of exercises amongst the variety offered by these unique tools of training. A very charismatic and entertaining guy, it was a pleasure speaking with Danny and listening to his words of wisdom so we hope you enjoy.

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Science, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Anna Holmes is a pre/post natal specialised personal trainer working in Dubai. The guys caught up with her at the Mefit Pro Summit when she was giving a presentation on the hormonal and anatomical changes during pregnancy. Hailing from Essex, in the UK, Anna has a background in cheerleading stunting and has also competed in physique competitions.

A really fun and lively conversation, Anna and the guys discuss the the pre and post natal changes females go through and how they can best maintain healthy levels of activity and fitness to give both mother and baby the best chance of success before and after birth. As the guys are admittedly no experts in the the female pregnancy cycle, we hope you enjoy this very informative podcast with Anna Holmes.

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Science, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Roberta is a very experienced a pink ribbon certified practitioner for cancer survivors, and she discusses her experience with helping cancer survivors get back to the best fitness levels possible post treatment along with elderly and those suffering from scoliosis and females pre and post natal.

Roberta owns her own pilates studio, living in Bahrain now for nearly 19 years, she talks to the guys about her experiences with the injury rehabilitation benefits of pilates training, sling suspension training, inversion tables, decompression techniques, free form boards and yoga classes.

A very enjoyable conversation with a super interesting, educated and experienced professional.

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Science, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

 

Dr. Emily Splichal is a leading global expert in barefoot science and rehabilitation, originally trained as a podiatrist, human movement specialist and is now a global leader in educating the topic of barefoot science and rehabilitation.

Keith and Matt delve into the science behind walking and training barefoot and how the nervous system reacts to different surfaces with Dr. Emily. She also explains her high tech barefoot science training mat developed to stimulate the nervous system and improve neural pathways. Dr. Emily is one of the most inspiring experts the guys have had the privilege to speak to on the podcast so far, a very educating insight in her world of expertise, we hope you enjoy.

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Science, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

In this episode Keith and Matt recap the weekend at the Mefit Pro Summit and discuss what they each enjoyed and learned from both attending some of the presentations and recording upcoming podcasts with some of the smartest people in the industry. They offer some teasers to upcoming guests on The PTC Podcast.

The guys also discuss Matt’s very own presentation on General Adaptation Syndrome, and how stress can change the body’s immune system and performance.

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Medicine, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Ian is the founder of SHP and in charge of the development of the SHP System. He holds a Dr. of Naprapathy degree from the Scandinavian College of Manual Medicine in Stockholm and numerous licenses and certifications within the field of strength and conditioning.

Ian is a head teacher at the Academy for Personal Training and lecturer for Nike Sweden. He has vast experience from professional athletes and organizations and has worked as a medical team assistant for Chelsea FC and Leeds United.  Furthermore, he is also the creator of the iPhone application “iCommit”.

In this episode Keith flies solo for the first time as he caught up with Ian at the Mefit Pro Summit while Matt was delivering his very own presentation. Ian explains how he got into the profession of Naparathy  and together they discuss theories on why Scandinavian athletes succeeded at strength orientated disciplines and also how people can benefit from grasping a better understanding of 3D training.

As always, this episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Medicine, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Ben Coomber is a performance nutritionist, public speaker, multiple business owner & writer. He is also host to the #1 rated health & fitness podcast in the UK ‘Ben Coomber Radio’. He writes for Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Train, MMA Uncaged, SFN Magazine, TSN Magazine and The Daily Telegraph.

He presents internationally on a variety of topics in the health, fitness and human performance field, as well as motivation, mindset, marketing, social media life progression, which is how Keith & Matt caught up with him on his recent speaking event in Dubai at the Mefit Pro Summit.

In this episode the guys talk about his background, his battle with weight as a young man, nutritional hot tips and misconceptions, supplementation and the recent What the Health documentary.

This episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Sports Medicine, Female Development, Yoga and Pilates, Strength and Conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Alya Alhamad comes from an anthropological and environmental education background. She currently practices and teaches yoga regularly, and enjoys both the open water, kitesurfing, or hiking in the mountains.

After a decade of desk work she wanted time away from her computer to spend more time in her body actively experiencing the natural world. Alya decided to put her 9-5 on hold and take 12 months off to travel and explore some of the most beautiful oceans and mountains of the world. She dedicated the last year of her life to a somatic lifestyle, combining hiking, kitesurfing and completing yoga trainings and workshops. She joins Keith and Matt on the other side of that year to discuss how it has benefitted her and breathed a new lease of life into her body.

Alya has also teamed up with Keith to create a unique laid back yoga experience offering fundamental and essential yoga movements and practices delivered through everyday language in an unthreatening environment for those unsure if yoga is for them.

 

This episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, sports medicine, female development, yoga and pilates, strength and conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Chris Bryan is an Irish International Open Water swimmer and PhD researcher in Psychological Resilience in Work and Sport. Recently published a research paper called

He is top 8 finish in World championships as well as multiple European cup wins and podiums. Currently living in Dubai and working as an aquatics coach and personal trainer. Chris delves deep into the world of competitive open water swimming, the challenges recreational athletes face when swimming and describes his interest in the psychological realm of mental resilience and the human brain’s ability to bounce back from adversity.

Stressing the relevance of resilience: A systematic review of resilience across the domains of sport and work

This episode is brought to you by A Life Of Education.com. A Life Of Education.com is the UAE’s only dedicated health and fitness educational website teaching health and fitness enthusiasts content from a variety of sections of the health and fitness world.

With talks and lectures in the areas of nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, sports medicine, female development, yoga and pilates, strength and conditioning and The Business Of Fitness and more to be added in the future.

ALOE’s mission is to bring the leading experts from around the world of health and fitness together on one platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale.

Sophie Hollingdale is a Personal Trainer and Adidas Runners coach in Dubai. Originally from South West London, she moved to Dubai having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical and Sport Education from St. Mary’s University in London. Sophie enjoyed a lot of success after university competing in international Bikini Competitions. She won her pro card in two federations, placing first at the Miami Pro, third place in Pure Elite and 5th place in the WBFF worlds.

In this episode Sophie offers an honest and revealing insight into the world of female aesthetic competitions and the huge sacrifice she had to make to achieve the “perfect bikini body”. From the highs of being on stage showing off the results of her hard work and dedication, through the physiological stress of extreme dieting and dehydration, to the psychological strain and self doubt that competing at this high level inflicted on her, in particular, the night before one of her competitions.

We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast with Sophie Hollingdale.

Dan Lawrence is a Strength & Conditioning coach working primarily in boxing. He is the UK Head of Education for the Elite Performance Institute.

Dan discusses his reasons for being in Dubai, some of the training methods he uses, his experiences in boxing and how he feels about Mayweather vs McGregor.

Dan’s experience includes working with boxing’s WBA champion George Groves, English champion John O’Donnell and this season has trained amateur fighters to win the junior ABA’s, National Amateur boxing championships, 3 nations championships, LFC lightweight champion (MMA) and works with a number of other professional boxers. We really enjoyed speaking with Dan, he’s a great guy and a great coach, we hope you enjoy listening.

In this episode Keith & Matt discuss decision making and the ooda-loop decision making cycle and how stress impacts the body and how to effectively manage it, when to reduce stresses and when to sleep, when to increase training overload.

With what we hope will be an informative and eye opening podcast, please enjoy and once again, any and all feedback is welcome to improve our fledgling production

In this episode Keith & Matt get a little bit more technical than usual and discuss common causes, effects and solutions to one of the most common postural problems people are confronted with, an anteriorly tilted pelvis. People spend hour after hour sitting throughout the day whether be on the commute to work, at a desk or every time they eat and as you will learn, that commonly leads to back pain, hamstring injuries and reduced performance output with multiple movements. With what we hope will be an informative and eye opening podcast, please enjoy and once again, any and all feedback is welcome to improve our fledgling production.

Alex Lee is a sports scientist and strength and conditioning coach for the U.A.E. armed forces. On this episode of the podcast, Alex discusses his background playing rugby as a teenager in the North of England, the influence playing rugby in South Africa had on him, his time in the Royal Marines and his work in professional rugby with London Welsh. As fellow graduates of St. Mary’s University the guys joke about their time at university together, some of the work they each used to do as students and graduates, before each moving to Dubai to originally work together for FAST Athletic Training. We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast with our good friend and very experienced highly professional coach, Alex Lee.

Eighteen months ago Caroline shattered both her feet, her pelvis and her spine when she fell 7 metres unharnessed from a climbing wall after the peg she was holding onto gave way. In an inspiring episode, this gifted yoga instructor joins Keith & Matt following her recent thirteenth major surgery to put her broken body back together. Listen to Caroline’s fascinating story as the guys only scratch the surface in what they hope will be the first of many episodes with Caroline as she nears the end of this life changing period of her life. To connect with Caroline in response to this episode and can see some of the images relating to her accident, check out her Instagram @caroline_d_leon and read her blog www.alifeofenergy.com/health-guide.

**Apologies for the volume bugs and random sound changes in this episode following some microphone issues. Aside from one cut out around 12 minutes, nothing in the episode has been edited out or intentionally omitted.**

Meet The PTC’s newest new team member and Strength & Conditioning Coach, South African born Roan Kotze. Keith & Matt get to know Roan and discuss his background and how he found his way from playing professional rugby in Johannesburg to working as a personal trainer in Dubai via University in South Wales. The guys discuss some tricks of the trade and how new developments and tools used in professional rugby can transfer into screening and monitoring non-professional gym-junkies and youth athletes in Dubai. With the 2017 Crossfit Open happening at the moment, the guys delve into the good, the bad and the ugly of Crossfit. Enjoy

Keith & Matt catch up after the fresh start to 2017 and recap how the new year has gone so far. Matt explains his new lease of life and explains the benefit he has found from eating only one meal a day and aswell as giving his body an extended break from lifting weights. The guys talk about the sudden affect of the recent poor weather in Dubai and discuss why they think people tend to fall ill around the same time. It’s been a while since our last Podcast so the guys also talk about future guests they hope to have on and promise to release more more frequently. We hope you enjoy The PTC Podcast.

Listen to Keith & Matt chat with Tommy Wingrove (from IFA Sport and Adastra Sports Academy) and The PTC youth development coach Kris Greene about the work both are doing developing young football players and athletes in Dubai to compete in the highest leagues and competitions around the world. Tommy explains the challenges that young boys and girls face when travelling to professional sports colleges and clubs in the US & Europe to continue their careers. From growing up without jumpers for goal posts in the desert oasis to becoming successful footballers and students at Division 1 Colleges in the US. Kris highlights what to look for in adolescents as they mature to maximise their potential and rise their baseline abilities. We hope you enjoy.

Join Keith & Matt again as this time they meet with Adventurati-Explorer Fadi Hachicho. Fadi is the founder of Adventurati Guided Tours, an activity based tour company that takes amateur explorers and adventurers hiking, climbing, camping, canyoning and back to nature to rediscover the outdoors in a region of the world predominantly associated with being a barren and dry wasteland. In this episode of the podcast Fadi discuss’s with the guys what lead him to make the change from a desk job to risk his life in sink holes in Alaska, learn to live off glacier melt water only to then return to the desert. Listen to him share his expertise and knowledge to expose his guests to nature’s beautiful characteristics for coast to coast around The UAE & The Sultanate of Oman.

Join Keith & Matt as they talk to fellow PTC founder Nic “Coach Nic” St-Maurice about his background, growing up in Montreal and his journey from running track at McGill University to Men’s Health Middle East Cover.

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