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Matthew Tommasi from the Born to Kick Arse Podcast introduces you to the most fascinating people on the planet - including world-class athletes, adventurers, authors and entrepreneurs.These conversations give you an inside look at their approach, mindset and secrets to success.What are their motivating factors and where do they draw inspiration from? What can we learn from their failures, and what are their secrets to success?Learn the ingredients of greatness that you can apply to your life, so you can take your performance to the next level.These interviews aim to inspire you to take steps towards reaching your own goals – no matter how big or small.My goal is simple: to educate, inspire, motivate and empower you to discover, unlock and unleash your full human potential.Welcome aboard.




#65: Ed Stafford – Walking the Entire Amazon River

Ed Stafford was European Adventurer of the Year in 2011 and holds the Guinness World Record for walking 4,000 miles along the entire length of the Amazon River.

Duration: 01:12:26

#64: Yossi Ghinsberg – Lost and Alone for 3 Weeks Deep in the Amazon Jungle

Yossi Ghinsberg ventured into the remote and unchartered Bolivian Amazon jungle with three other backpackers, in search of adventure. After a series of events and accidents, Yossi was separated from the others and spent 3 weeks alone and lost, deep in Amazon. Yossi was faced with tremendous hardships including almost drowning in white-water rapids and going over waterfalls, starvation, hallucinations, multiple full-body wounds, trench foot, coming face-to-face with a Jaguar at night, being...

Duration: 01:56:18

#63: Peter Thompson – 44 Marathons across 44 European Countries in 44 Days

Peter Thompson from the UK completed a gruelling test of physical and mental endurance by running 44 marathon, across 44 European countries, in 44 back-to-back days.

Duration: 01:11:23

#62: Herbert Nitsch – The Deepest Man on Earth – World Freediving Champion and 33 x World Record Holder

Herbert Nitsch is the current freediving world record holder and “the Deepest Man on Earth”, setting the world record of 253.2m (2012) in the No Limit sled-discipline. Herbert can hold his breath for more than 9 mins and has set 33 world records.

Duration: 01:49:14

#61: Epic Bill Bradley – Grand Canyon 7 x Rim-to-Rim Crossings, Double Badwater and the Joy of Suffering

Epic Bill Bradley was the successful owner of 17 video & gaming rental stores, that eventually went bankrupt in 2005. Soon after, Bill began to regain his identity by pushing himself further and further in extreme endurance events including 7 Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim crossings (World Record) and a Double Badwater.

Duration: 01:38:13

#60: Helena Merten – Confronting Fear, in a Handstand, at the Edge of a Cliff

Helena Merten is a professional cliff diver in the Red Bull World Series and travels the world jumping off cliffs, bridges and monuments - regularly up to 25 meters high. Helena provides some insight into the mindset required to compete at the highest level in diving, and what it takes to confront and overcome fear.. at the edge of an 80 foot cliff.

Duration: 01:27:24

#59: Mimi Anderson – Double Badwater, Double Spartathlon, Double Comrades and Multiple World Record Holder

Mimi Anderson is one of the toughest athletes on the face of the planet who has set multiple World Records, is the first female to have ever completed a double-Comrades and double-Spartahlon, and is the female course record holder for the double-Badwater.

Duration: 01:15:19

#58: John McAvoy – Former Convicted Armed Robber with a Double Life Sentence, to Indoor Rowing World Record Holder and Free Man

John McAvoy was born into one of the most infamous criminal families in the United Kingdom. He is a former convicted armed-robber who was sentenced to a double-life term. Inside prison he went on to smash numerous British and World Indoor Rowing records.

Duration: 01:44:03

#57: Gavin Sanford – The First Person in History to Run a Double (Back-to-Back) Marathon de Sables

Gavin Sandford is an ex-soldier who founded an initiative called "I Can and I Will" to bring awareness to the urgent need for people to join the ’Bone Marrow’ and ‘Stem Cell’ registers - by doing extreme endurance events globally and raising money for charity. Gavin is the first person in history to run a Double "Back-to-Back" Marathon de Sables - one of the toughest ultramarathons in the world.

Duration: 01:09:07

#56: Martin Frey – Climbing the 7 Summits and Sailing the 7 Seas

Martin Frey is the first person in the world to have climbed the 7 Summits (the highest mountain on every continent), and sail the 7 Seas. In this episode Martin shares some insight into the mind of one of greatest adventurers of our time.

Duration: 01:13:02

#55: Nathan Farrugia – CEO, Leadership, Flowstate and Running 27 Marathons, in 27 EU Countries, in 27 Days

Nathan Farrugia is a CEO, entrepreneur, TEDx and motivational speaker, philanthropist and ultra-endurance athlete. In 2011, Nathan completed a world first by running 27 marathons, in 27 days in each of the 27 European Union countries.

Duration: 01:14:06

#54: BethAnn Telford – Brain Cancer Survivor and the World Marathon Challenge (7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents)

During the Marine Corps Marathon in 2004, BethAnn Telford heard a loud pop in her head. Not long after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The next year BethAnn had the tumor surgically removed - but it wasn't without consequences. In time, BethAnn's fighting spirit saw her running again and in 2017 she completed the unimaginable, the World Marathon Challenge - 7 marathons, in 7 days, on 7 continents.

Duration: 01:22:01

#53: Catra Corbett – From a Crystal Meth Addiction to Conquering 260+ Ultramarathons

Catra Corbett used to be a crystal meth addict until she was arrested for dealing. Catra has since gone on to conquer over 260 ultramarathons, 120 of which are 100 milers.

Duration: 01:22:12

#52: John Van Wisse – 483km Enduroman Arch-to-Arc Ultra Triathlon (London to Paris)

John Van Wisse is also one of only 24 people in the world to have completed arguably the toughest ultra triathlon on Earth - the Enduroman Arch-to-Arc. The Arch-to-Arc starts with a 140km run from London's Marble Arch to Dover, then continues with a 34km swim across the freezing English Channel, then finishes with a 291km ride from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Duration: 01:27:06

#51: Drew Manning – Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75lbs on Purpose

Drew Manning embarked on an experiment where he went from being extremely fit, to eating as much junk food as possible with the sole aim of putting on as much weight as he could in 6 months. He then documented his return to to health in the next 6 months, by following a strict and healthy diet. Over the course of a year, Drew gained, then lost over 75lbs (35kg).. on purpose.

Duration: 01:04:35

#50: Andy Turner – Winner of the 270km Amazon Jungle Marathon

Andy "Snake Man" Turner is an Australian Adventure Racer won the 270km Amazon Jungle Marathon, which was voted by CNN as the world's toughest endurance race. This self-supported race see competitors endure temperatures of 40C with 100% humidity, with swamp and river crossings filled with anacondas, caiman and piranhas.

Duration: 01:32:20

#49: Laval St Germain – Summiting Everest without Oxygen, Solo Atlantic Ocean Row and Boeing 737 Captain

Laval St Germain is a Canadian adventurer who has summited Everest without oxygen, rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean from Halifax in Canada to Brest in France, and is a Boeing 737 Captain for Canadian North Airlines.

Duration: 01:29:19

#48: Jonathan Albon – Multiple Time OCR World Champion

Jonathan Albon is regarded as the best obstacle course racer in the world. In this episode, Jonathan gives an insight into one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and what it takes to become a multiple time World Champion.

Duration: 00:55:13

#47: Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer – The Winningest 100 Mile Runner on Earth

Karl "Speedgoat" Meltzer is an elite ultramarathon runner, who has won more 100 mile races than any other human on Earth - currently at 38. Karl recently ran the Fastest Known Time along the 3,500km Appalachian Trail in 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes. Karl is the all time winner of the Hardrock 100 with 5 wins and has his own line of shoes - the Hoka One One Speedgoat.

Duration: 01:27:46

#46 – Steven Callahan – 76 Days Lost at Sea on a Life Raft

Steven Callahan's boat the Napolean Solo capsized in the Atlantic Ocean. Steve spent the next 76 days in an inflatable rubber life raft and shares what it was like facing starvation, extreme hunger, exposure and the over-whelming desire to fight for survival.

Duration: 01:06:11

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