Ben Coomber Radio (general)

Instagram has blown up fitness, but is it all positive? Does it paint a good enough picture of being strong, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally?

Zanna Van Dijk is the perfect person to talk about this with, a fitness blogger and instagram celeb who co-runs the Girl Gains movement. Zanna and I discuss where and how Instagram is playing a role in young people finding fitness information, what messages need to get out there, where to start if you are just getting into fitness, the art of self love, and why everyones journey is different and we all need to find our own level of personal balance. 

Oh and her book is out, and it looks awesome: 

Find Zanna here: 

And for all her social profiles, search for: Zanna Van Dijk 

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I invite Phil Graham for a 2nd interview on the podcast and this time we discuss diabetes, something that is very close to Phil's heart. In this interview we discuss the differences between type 1 and 2 diabetes, how to optimise it, the role of insulin, the importance of exercise, things you need to be aware of, optimising body composition with diabetes, health considerations, training considerations, micronutrient considerations, and more. I also delve into Phil's transition out of bodybuilding and into the normal world of training for health and performance. An excellent show with a knowledgable and humble guy, and if you haven't got a copy of his book, get one! 

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Are you ready for hard work? Many Aren't. So we put the ball in your court with some tough love while discussing the state of the fitness industry right now and how I hope it changes in 2016 towards the purpose in which it was originally created. 

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The world of fitness is changing, question is, are you going to change with it? Since myself and Rachel have been coaches, much has changed, our goals, our plans, our education, our journey, and we have changed and flexed with it, and had many life realisations. Mainly that life is more than fitness, that we are a sum of many more things, and this is how we now live an AWESOME life, are you ready to do the same? Are you ready for an AWESOME life? 

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Jason Ferruggia joins me on the show to get real with why and how we do things in life. Why do we train the way we do, why we eat the way we do, why training 3 days a week is best, why eating 'clean' is best but life is for enjoyment, why stress is crippling our minds, why life is about living - which many of us are not doing, why your mind is the stumbling block for everything we attempt to achieve, and why the expectations of the fitness industry have been holding people back for years in living to their true potential. This is an EPIC show. 

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Food toxicity, vulnerability, and responsibility are the focus of this weeks show alongside an epic ramble from myself on how our approach to our own issues and lifestyle factors now needs to be taken by the horns by the only person in power to change it, us! Alongside this we discuss having vision, a plan, how to be critical, positive affirmations and much more on nutrition and optimal human performance. 

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Ollie hit rock bottom during a career in semi-pro rugby while running a night club, burning the wick at both ends, training hard, playing hard, and trying to earn money all at the same time. This lead him to adrenal fatigue and a 2 year path to rehab. Learn from Ollie's mistakes, learn what helped him the most in his path to optimal health and wellness and why he now runs saviour sports tea.  

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George Bryant has been through more in his life than most. Raped at a young age, developed eating disorders, enrolled into the military and got so muscular in his down time that he got compartment syndrome which meant his legs blew up, gained and lost 100lbs, developed the mindset to conquer his fears, and now lives a life of positive balance and peace. Will you accept George's challenge? 

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What do you do when you're not reaching your goals? Do you have a plan B? Do you know how to quantify your goals into the situations you are facing? Do you know when enough is enough and you need the help of a coach? When all else fails, stick to the basics. We also cover BCAA supplementation, cutting water before a fight, metabolic damage in fighters, magnesium supplementation and getting the s**ts, and much more. 

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How do you get more willpower and motivation? What stops us from sticking to our plans, and do the things we need to to be successful? What is willpower? What is motivation? How do we find meaning in what we do? How do we set short term and long term goals, and stick to them? How beneficial is self-talk? Are you mindful about your choices? Is just 'turning up' half the battle won? Michelle Segar, Phd joins me on the show to discuss her work on how we think and the choices we make. She also has a book 'No Sweat' available now on Amazon. 

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Losing weight is great, but does it leave us with permanent damage both physically and mentally? Rachel Guy and I delve into the mental side of losing weight, how you can look at yourself differently, feel different, but it is yet to be a positive change in all areas of your life, still puting pressure on your relationships and thought process. If you look in the mirror and still don't see the person you want to see, you must listen to this episode! 

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Any idea what ART is and how it can affect your movement & pain? In this episode I am joined by Tom Feeney as we discuss why people are in pain, treatments available to people, the benefit of taking time to understand your biomechanics, the importance of mobility, how to find a good practitioner to help you, and the benefits of ART. 

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If we're not happy, is any of this health and fitness talk relevant? We can talk about any theory or technique, but if our mind and mental well-being is not sound, then nothing is worth it, the mind must come before anything else. In this episode we explore the health of our mind, and use some users examples to crack this topic clean open. 

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Dr Jacob Wilson joins me to discuss the science of building muscle. In this episode we talk about his journey, what the science says about building muscle, whether to include strength work in your hypertrophy training, whether to include hypertrophy work in your strength training, the principals of mechanical overload, time under tension and activation, and much more. 

Check Dr Wilson out at:

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Myself and the Fox get railed by a ton of topics and rant for 45 minutes solid, including fake tan use, my favorite decaf coffee at the moment, whether people need coffee in the morning and how caffeine in general effects the body and mind, listening to your body and autoregulatory training, losing your gainz, and much much more. Be warned, explicit show, I get a few F bombs out as things get heated. 

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Fitter Food, aka Matt Whitmore and Keris Marsden the authors of 'The Paleo Primer' join me on the show for food related chat. We discuss Matt and Keris personal journeys in the fitness and health world, what we are missing from the food we eat, the power of food and the connection we have with it, what paleo means to them, Keris battle with PCOS, and what they are enjoying teaching others about nutrition right now. Grab at copy of their book The Paleo Primer HERE

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Dr Jade and I delve into the world of not being able to lose weight. Why this might be, how our metabolsim plays a key role, and how the regulation of our food intake and our hormonal health supports this. We also discuss why people don't have the will power they want, why we need more minimalism in our lives, why we need more honest people around us, why our mindset is key, and whether you are actually ready to diet. 

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Dave joins me on the show for the final time to discuss post cycle therapy (PCT), insulin use, synthol, the difference with taking high dose testosterone or low dose stacked testosterone, using hormones to kick start your own function, using anavar, is steroid use drug abuse, maintaining mass when only going on a short cycle, and why we never consider what we are actually asking our body to do. 

Watch Dave's film at: 

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Rachel and I get stuck straight into your questions this week, no messing about as we discuss fine tuning the body of someone who is very young, the fine line between getting toned, building muscle, and losing fat and more calorie and macro perspectives, how to retain your muscle mass when marathon training, is training body parts once per week or twice per week better, what can you do when TDT isn't sold in the US and Canada, and adrenal issues within a diet context. Enjoy. 

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Everyone has an opinion these days, but who is really in a position to talk? This is the best way, thats the best way, weight training is best, cardio is best, zumba is best, when did we lose the ability to read the situation? We also rant about lots more and chat about my recent nutrition and training over the summer, and discuss assessing IBS, the contraceptive pill, tendon and ligament recovery alongside sports specific training, and some random banter, of course! 

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Dave Cripps, ex Leicester Tigers Rugby S&C coach joins me to discuss how to be an incredible coach, what it takes to understand people, what happens in the elite level rugby world, how to manage clients, the character traits of a good coach, and the importance of understanding people. 

Check out Dave's gym:

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This episode took a turn, we got on to a rant, and it never stopped. We now live in a world clouded by the past, always looking to the future, and never living for the moment. In this episdoe I share my recent revelations in therapy, my training progress, and what I have learnt from others in recent months and how this has changed so much for me. I'll be honest, this episode could change your life... 

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Health Delusion author Aidan Goggins is on the show as we discuss his journey into the field of nutrition, his struggle with auto-immune issues, what it means to be a pharmacist and a nutritionist, what should we and shouldn't be taking as healthy individuals when it comes to supplements, his stance on common deficiencies, and much more. 

Check Aidan out at:

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I ask the question of Mike "whats the best..." on many subjects on this podcast, including training to get in great shape, food, supplements that are needed and not needed, why he's chosen this path in the fitness world, what his values and methods are, why he started a supplement company, why he wrote his two books, and much more. 

Check Mike out at:

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Legend Adam Richman is on the show to talk food, Man Vs Food style. We discuss what he's up to right now, his regime leading up to and following a big eating challenge, what kind of health testing he gets done, how he keeps fit, how he eats now, how he ate when he was doing all the challanges, what other exciting things hes working on now, and more. Adam is an amazingly humble guy and it was epic to get him on the show, do make sure you check out his new book 'Straight up Tasty' on Amazon. 

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Rachel & I hit you with a BIG Q&A show discussing why and how you train for fat loss and what variables you need to consider, whether cravings are a legitimate thing and whether they can be changed, how to increase adherence to training and nutrition, how to ask hard questions of yourself, how to alter someones metabolic set point after years of competing in figure competitions, as well as the usual tangents. Enjoy. 

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Adventure racing mad man Luke Tyburski is on the show as we discuss his background and rationale behind all the crazy events he does, how he fuels for such events, what important supplements he takes to aid him, what his macronutrient and calorie intake is like, why he does it, how heat and other elements affect him racing, and why his next race is his biggest challenge yet, and much more. 

Check Luke out at:

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Rachel Guy and I rant for a good 45 minutes solid this episode. Sorry we didn't get to any of your questions, but we had a lot to get off our chest including my thoughts post body power, contest prep and all the irresponsible coaches running around the industry, people holding themselves AND their coaches responsible for their results, paleo foods and there misconceptions, and much more... 

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Dave Crosland is back on the show for part 2 as we delve into the world of steroids. In Part 2 we talk about the difference between oral and injectable steroids, whether steroids are appropriate for the average gym goer, how you can tell if someone is on steroids, medicines people have to take due to the side effects, monitoring blood work, what pro-hormones are, whether people really only take one cycle and whether you can retain your acquired mass from one cycle, when someone should consider taking steroids, and I ask what Dave things of non-natural athletes posing as natural athletes in the world of fitness. 


Watch Dave's film at 

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The steroids debate is a strong one, in this no holds barred interview I ask Dave Crosland, one of the UK's leading voices on steroid use and abuse, what types of steroids exist, why people take them, the affects of them, whether steroids have a place for the average gym goer, the cost of taking them - both financially and medically, how to know what good quality is, and for more you will have to listen to Part 2... 

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This week we delve into the world of training for a purpose. The body building split has been around for donkeys years, and everyone is doing it, but is it enabling you to reach your goals? I also ramble about dog food and the comparisons to human nutrition and health, eating when in difficult situations, and why your answer is often in your question. 

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We expand on podcast 131 and delve deeper into body image and depression. Gary Turner is back as we ask the questions, where does a faulty body image perception come from, why visualisation is key, how food intolerances play into the 'chemical imbalance' theory, the root cause of many issues, and why images, videos and gym culture are compounding these issues we see. 

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Rachel and I wage in on the clean eating debate and look at the evolution of clean eating, and whether it has been a negative or positive influence in the world of health and fitness. We also discuss productivity hacks, I read a story about porn, respect that exists in fitness today online, food guilt, how to structure training when you work a week of night shifts, getting the pump in training, and many other rants. 

Check Rachel out at: And me at 

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Kamal Patel joins me to discuss the fitness industry and it's wrath of bogus supplementation. What should people be taking, why, how, where the future lies for supplements, and the journey that Examine has been on to be a go to resource on supplement science. Let this show be a definitive guide on using supplements that work, and avoid ones that don't work. 

Check out Examine at:  

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Depression gets the better of many people, in this show we explore the root causes of shifts in your mental health and answer many questions you will have. I talk to Will Barton a personal trainer from Manchester who was a past sufferer of depression, and contextualize his story with the scientific basis with the help of Gary Turner. We talk about why, the initial anxiety people experience, the pressure we put on ourselves that leads to a negative mindset, how this becomes a catch 22 scenario, and strategies to resolve this pattern. 

Check out Gary's work at 

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Paul Chek was the reason I got into the fitness industry, and now I have the honor of interviewing him. As a young and impressionable person wanting to take charge of their health I am so glad I was led down my path by Paul, a shining light in the world of holistic health and performance. We chat about the power of your inner self, his work and how it has evolved, people and being in pain, infant development, the power of food on whole body health and performance, metabolic typing, vegetarianism and why paul tired it, his book 'Eat more and be healthy', what his teaching aims to teach others, and much more. 

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Do you want to change? It's a key component in making the changes in your life that you need to, to get to where you want to be. In this episode Rachel and I discuss more components of the change battle that people encounter when wanting to change, we discuss the danger of traditional slimming clubs in the UK, what to do when the situation you are in is unchangeable, my answer to "I've hit a plateau, please give me just a few quick tips", and what to do when you embark on the adventure of travelling the world but still want to stay in shape. 

Check me out at & Rachel at

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I am joined by Personal Trainer Development Centre owner Jon Goodman, a man of many talents and life stories. In this episode I talk to Jon about fear, progression in life with your goals, his journey in fitness, how he injured his back trying to impress a girl, his two books he has written to help personal trainers, and much more. 

Check Jon out at: 

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Rachel & I are back with a Q&A packed show on your hot topics discussing alcohol consumption and balance, the importance of knowing how to be flexible with your diet, achieving balance in your life, Jamie Oliver's stance on Paleo and why I think it's the right thing to do, why and how to allow happiness into your life, why testing can be paramount in finally sorting any health issues, why no one should be eating 1500 calorie if they are a high exerciser, and many more rants! 

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I've gone into therapy, and in this episode I tell you why alongisde getting to your questions. We talk about mental strength and the many aspects of it, reversing rheumatoid arthritis via diet alone, why it's important to do what you want in life and follow your passion, how to help young trainers in the gym avoid all the BS in the fitness industry and be steered on the right path, and many more tangents. 

Check out Rachel at: and myself at: 

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I've been a big fan of Dan John ever since reading his book 'Never Let Go'. In this episode I chat to Dan about training simplicity, why his methods have become so popular, how he has evolved his training over the years, what movements in the gym are truly bang for buck exercises and where nutrition fits into his methods. 

Grab his book if you have never read it HERE 

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Dr McGuff joins me on the show to talk about high intensity training and myokines. As an emergency room doctor and exercise researcher Doug expands on why we should all be doing HIIT. But, as well as knowing HIIT can be good, for how long and how should we do it. 

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A Q&A packed show with myself and Rachel Guy, this week we discuss the importance of eating more for optimal performance and how to do this, the use of BCAA's and whether they have any strength or performance enhancing implications, what to do if you are an inspiring sportsman or fitness professional, why it's important not to follow any dogma when building yourself a training program, why you should never live you life with a label, and what to do if you suspect a dairy intolerance from whey protein. 

Check Rachel out at: and myself at: 

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This was meant to be a big Q&A show, BUT Rachel and I took the show on a completely unplanned tangent and delved deep into the world of personal confidence, our drive and motives to do things, the influence of our social environment, why focus is misplaced without confident and planned direction, and ask a lot of questions of you to look deep into your own personal values, reasons, and motives, and thus the choices you make with your journey. I feel it's another deep and powerful show, delve in and enjoy... 

Check out Rachel:  and myself at 

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A me and the microphone show once again, this week focusing on the year ahead. I address focus, drive, motivation, goal setting, vision, values, and how to contextualise all this for more success in your life. I also talk about parts of my personality, childhood, and what shaped me as a person growing up. This is a deep show, but one I hope you get lots of value from... 

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When it comes to BIG change, where do we start? If we have a lot of weight to lose, a big journey to embark on, where do we start? Do we start with diet, food, sleep, calorie counting, exercise, alcohol? This can often be an overwhelming journey, standing at the bottom of a mountain that seems too big to climb, well, today's show is just me and the microphone, a solo show, all about where to start when it comes to big change and making the 1st steps to a new you. Please share this show with someone that is currently overwhelmed with their journey ahead of them.... 

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Ben Esgro is todays special guest as we dive into the world of training periodisation. For years body part splits have been the norm, but should we be doing something different? Ben and I discuss the pros and cons of lifting for strength, and lifting for hypertrophy, and where the line is drawn for different people. We also discuss Ben's journey, programming for Layne Norton, getting blood work done, the differences between males and females lifting, training twice per day, occlusion training, and what to do when at a powerlifting meet. 
Check Ben out at and me at 
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The man behind Stop Chasing Pain, Perry Nickleston, joins me to talk about movement, pain, stability, and why we live for years with the same issues we've always had. We talk about Perry's journey, what 'Stop Chasing Pain' is all about and it's core message, why the term 'movement never lies' is so important and why movement needs to be our assessment tool, his assessment process, how to train stability when there is no mobility, the inclusion of mobility in training programs, and getting over the mental side of injury. 

Check Perry out at 

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The podcast gets a change of pace this week with me being interviewed by Will Foster, The Happiness Coach. Will delves into everything that I do, my story, my journey, my opinions on various different areas of health, nutrition, performance, dieting, the socialisation of food, the influence of others, inner strength, the benefits of sport, why people are angry so much, why you need to be more selfish, mindset and how to have a big and meaningful life. I thought a change of pace would be welcomed, so I hope you enjoy the show. 

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Aggressive dieting is the top topic this week as me and Rachel Guy grace your ears again for another bonza Q&A style episode. We also talk about testosterone supplements, menstrual cycles, when coaching is appropriate in someone‚Äôs dieting journey, the problem with eating too many vegetables, pimping your health with an unlimited budget, and more. 

Find me at   

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Why can't we change? What holds us back? We know what to do, but we just can't quite do it. Kori Propst joins me on the show to talk about the in-built psychological barriers that we as humans have that stop us reaching our goals. We find solutions as to what you can do to turn this around, breaching topics of binge eating, goal setting, knowing why you are doing something, the practicalities of motivation, and being in control. 

Check out Kori at and me at 

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Nake Miyaki is this weeks special guest as we discuss the many areas of health, performance and bodybuilding that are hotly debated. We discuss Nate's work and history in the industry, his methods as a coach, what he thinks of the 80/20 rule, the importance of calorie and macronutrient targets, losing strength while dieting, is there such a thing as a bad carb, benefits of flexible dieting, low carb dieting and whether it's necessary, and whether paleo nutrition and bodybuilding nutrition should be seperate camps, or can we learn ideas and prinicpals from both for better results. 

Check Nate out here: 

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Steroids in the fitness industry is a big problem, it's more widespread than people realise, and many coaches are claiming they are not using steroids when they are, so what results can people honestly beleive in? We rant about steriod use in the fitness world, get jiggy with peoples calorie intakes in a sports nutrition environment, close the door on IBS, the price of fresh vegetables and nutritional value, when is the right time to start chasing your dreams, and the antioxidant benefit of decaffeinated coffee. 

Check out Rachel at: and me at 

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A common argument in the fitness world is that you cannot train for endurance and power / strength at the same time. Alex Viana is my special guest on podcast 107, a man showing you that it can be done as he and his clients are living proof. We talk about programming for concomitant endurance and power training in any given week, nutrition and supplementation around this, the biggest mistakes people make, a journey back from injury, suffering from an eating disorder, and achieving big things. 

Check alex out: 

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The Minimalist's are my special guest today, two men preeching a movement of streamlining your life so only the important things are in it. We discuss what Minimalism is, how the movement came about in Ryan's world, how this relates to you being fit and healthy, how to acheive more balance in your life, why everyones goal is to be a millionnaire yet it's often a mountain too high to climb, and how to bring more happiness into your life for more friends, family, and the things that matter. 

Check them out at 

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Cystic Fibrosis is today's talking point as I talk to Ben Mudge, a CF sufferer who has defied the odds and become a personal trainer and physique competitor. We talk about Cystic Fibrosis, what it is, how he manages CF while being in incredible shape, what his diet is like and how he trains, and ultimately how all this enables him to manage his CF far better. 

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Mark Coles of M10 Fitness in Nottingham is this weeks guest. Mark and I go deep into the world of personal and client psychology, the mindset you need to cultivate a winning physique and a successful fitness business, building a successful personal training business, the pros and cons of owning a gym, where he started his journey, how it evolved and where it took him, how to find and get the best out of hiring personal trainers, and why thinking budget means average in life. 

Check Mark out at 

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Rhonda Patrick Phd joins me on the show for a knowledge heavy episode on micronutrients and there role in health and disease. We talk about vitamin E, Vitamin C, magnesium, energy production, the expression of cancer, gene expression, cellular metabolism, the mitochondria, and how the science if often a confounding issue. You can find Rhonda's work at and mine at 

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CT Fletcher joins me on the show for an uncensored, raw and honest show on his journey in the world of weight lifting. We talk about his past, what motivates him, his opinions on the world of fitness today, his inspiration, what fuels negativity online, how his diet changed after heart surgery, his intuitive approach to training, is there such a thing as over training, and 'what does Junior Miles say'? 

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Ali Jawad is today's special guest, an inspirational guy with bags of knowlege and humour. Ali is the world record bench press champion in his weight class, <59kg. He is on the road to Rio and talks to me about his journey, how he bench presses with no legs, the tips that get him such a big bench, how he got into powerfilting, why he had to quit judo, how getting diagnosed with chrones changed everything, how adversity has affected him, and what his diet looks like now. Check out Ali and his workshops at 

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Serene Husseini is my special guest this week. Serene is a gym owner and contest prep coach. Serene and I talk about the issues with female dieting, the dangers of low calorie diets, whether to do cardio or HIIT training, how to set up a diet, reverse dieting into a competition, how her training differs throughout the year, how her diet changes when coming up to a competition, and what her plans are for the future. 

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Emma Storey-Gordon is this weeks special guest, we talk about what training she personally does, how she operates as a coach, what got her into the industry, what is fitness to her, her degree in fitness, and what kind of cuppa she likes. 

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Matt Miller is today's special guest. Matt is the hit of UK TV series 'Fat Fighters', and an all round hero in the fitness industry. Matt and I talk about his journey over from California, what fitness means to him, his involvement in the Olympics legacy, a lesson in life and business with his fitness edge at The Gym Box London, why the fitness industry is always chasing its tale, and why we love what we do. 

Check Matt out at:

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Me and Rachel are back with a Q&A packed show, we talk about changes in bowel movements when you change your diet to be healthier, what to eat when on an endurance challenge like the 3 peaks and how to fill lose skin. 

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John Kiefer is today's special guest on the podcast, we talk everything Carb Back-Loading. We explore the merits of CBL, what it is, the proposed physiology behind it, how to use it, whether fasting with CBL is optimal for muscle building, if junk food is still a mainstay in the protocol, how old fat cells respond in over-feeding, and the use of caffeine post workout. Check out John's work at 

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#74 - Michael Heppell - Success coach

Michael Heppell is today's special guest. We talk about success and how to cultivate it, what is holding you back, the mindset of being someone brilliant, and why it is important to ask for help. Michael has worked for major companies such as Microsoft, IBM, O2, Pizza Hut and the BBC. Visit Michael's website to find out more and enter his freebie we talk about: 

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Today is mine and Anna's last show together, before we say goodbye to Anna as she heads off to carry on her Kapowcast we hit a massive Q&A. We talk about my coffee addiction, or lack of now I am caffeine free, what rep range to train in when on a fat loss program, what to do when injury holds you back, the root cause of sweet cravings when dieting, no responders with ergogenic aids and whether to take whey protein or BCAA's. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm UTC

Dr Tom O'Bryan is this weeks special guest and it's an incredible show. We go deep into gut health, Dr Tom's personal journey and why he got so interested in Gluten, disease, optimal health and toxicity. Enjoy some story telling, some hard facts, some incredible knowledge, and ultimately learn off an incredibly intelligent guy. Dr Tom will also be over in the UK this spring with some talks, head over to: 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:29pm UTC

Today's show is a big mix of topics, first I talk to a cancer survivor and learn how diet played a key role in beating his cancer, then I make a few key announcements, then finally I talk about how myself and Ben Gray plan to reverse the issues surround diets and create a new slimming club like weight watchers with our new venture Ditch the Diet by talking to one of the women from the original pilot group. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm UTC

Rachel Guy is back on the show, another one for the ladies. Today we talk about training to stay small and lean while weight training, why women are very unlikely to get bulky lifting weights, why both cardio and HIIT are importnat, is creatine safe for women to use, and a whole host of important info for women looking to get in the best shape of their lives. 

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Martin Rooney is this weeks special guest. I had this show all planned out and that crazy ass dude turned it all on it's head, in a good way. I had a list of questions for Martin and we went off on a beautiful tanget about life, his journey with the iron, business, motivating others, warrior training, a thing called the 'Mantathlon' and loads of other cool talking points. 

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Chris Kresser is this weeks special guest. I have been a big fan of Chris's work for some time, blending nutrition and medical science together to help people on a very specific level. In this episode we talk about cholesterol & heart disease, gut permiability, strategise for optimal health, and then explore the reasons why he wrote his new book 'Your Personal Paleo Code'. You can grab a copy of the book at: 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:44am UTC

This show is our Xmas present to you, we take the podcast off in a tangent and talk about some random topics, largely mine and Anna's business's and how we have developed and grown them and what we have learnt on the journey in the fitness industry, and what we would do differently. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:49am UTC

It's a gut and optimal health special today with guests Wilde Performance. Cliff and Martha share their stories on what got them so interested in the gut via their personal circumstances. We talk the gut, food, inflammation, probotics, symptoms, leaky gut, gut periability, and making yourself feel AWESOME. 

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Layne Norton is back on the show for part 2 ahead of releasing our UK tour dates. I talk to Layne about his PHAT model of training for increasing performance and body composition. I am a big fan of PHAT training having done it a lot in the past, so to interview Layne on this template was awesome. To see all the details of our UK tour visit: 

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Special guest Rachel Guy aka the Athletic Fox is on todays show for a female focused show. We talk about her journey, why she does what she does, the differences in eating for fat loss and muscle in gain in women, fat loss training programs, the pros and cons of cardio and the different types, her favorite lifts and foods, and I release my international seminar tour with Phil Learney. Rachel's links: and 

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Elliott Hulse is todays special guest. Me and Elliott take a trip down the rabbit whole and go metaphysical. We talk about, what the mind can do, what people stop themselves from doing, the essence of life and the way we are moulded by society and its effect on EVERYTHING we do, identifying weakness and building stronger, what elliots 3 year goals are, and why it's important to play.

Find out more on Elliott at and hook him up on his awesome youtube channels: 'Strength Camp' and 'Elliott Said what' - get on Elliot's facebook and twitter, oodles of awesome content. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am UTC

A kick-ass episode with me and Anna in full force on your questions. We rant about the fitness industry, re-visit the use of coconut oil in Alzheimers Disease, talk about vegetarianism and fasting, getting back to training after sciatica, Amennohrea and why, children and gastric band surgery, can paleo help diabetes, ketogenic fasting and fat adaptation. 

Links to AD research as promised: Paper 1 - Web URL info - Dr Mary PDF Review

Visit me at - Visit Anna at

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England rugby star James Haskell is back on Ben Coomber Radio. We have a laugh and chat about freezing your leg, James new diet, eating for recovery, individualised nutrition, his top 3 supplements, benefits of coconut oil, red trousers and skinny jeans, marriage proposals and his pre game meal. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:59am UTC

We are one year old, episode 52, WooooHOooo! Me and Anna celebrate with a hip hip HORAAH and then get our teeth stuck into your questions and have a giggle. In this episode we talk about calories and the dangers of going too low with marathon training, how to train and eat in the off season for rugby when trying to gain muscle, MTC fats in alzheimers and inflammatory conditions, how to get rid of asthma, what to do if you are not gaining muscle, and what is peri workout nutrition.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:48am UTC

Special guest Rehan Jalali is on the show. Rehan is a trainer to the stars in Hollywood, but also one of the industries more credible guys and insanely knowledgable. He's been around a while and in that time consulted and built more bodies and supplements than most of us put together. He's one celebrity trainer who get's my respect. We talk about hollywood, Rehan's career, body composition, supplements, body building, all sorts, its action packed and I revel in Rahan's awesome humour.

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Me and Anna are back with an action packed show. Although we intended for this to be a big Q&A show we pick up on a good topic that is important to us both and ended up discussing for a while, the importance of body image, self belief, and confidence and its connotations in the fitness industry. We do eventually get to some questions, but not many, we rant for too long. Check me out at and Anna out at 

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Want to know what Layne Norton thinks of poor coaching, nutrition and metabolism? Layne Norton is my special guest this week. I am a huge fan of Layne's work and it was a pleasure to delve into his history and his views on nutrition and health. We talk about metabolic damage, living lifting as a lifestyle, the issues with females dieting, clean and dirty food, body building, and the whole contest prep scenario. Check all Layne's work at 

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Big fan of todays guest, I speak to John Meadows aka 'The Mountain Dog'. We talk about his growth in the sport of body building, his story, then we talk training, nutrition, suppplements, recovery and all the things a hardcore gym goer needs to consider in the journey to asthetic design. 

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Today I talk to special guest Andy McKenzie, aka Iron Mac Fitness. Pre warning, this is an explicit show. Andy is a strength coach that I highly respect and love his take and perspective on training and life. We talk about training variables, the importance of developing a base from body weight training, earning the right to progress, ideal program structure, have a piss and a moan about issues in the fitness industry, and look at his personal road back from a major back injury. Another epic show with an epic guest. 

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During a trip to Northern Ireland I collar Phil Graham, competitive body builder, for an hours nutrition, health and fitness chat. Phil was a fascinating guest. At only 25 Phil is one of the go to trainers in Ireland, and runs one of the best gyms I've ever been to, Rockpit Fitness. We talk about Phil's journey, being a body builder with type 1 diabetes, the sport, peoples perception of what it takes to get in great shape, his diet, the benefits of ketosis, how to get big, and of course we atempt to be funny along the way. 

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Special guest James Haskell, England rugby star joins me on the show. This show is knowledge and banter packed, me and James chat about his rugby career, what it takes to be a rugby player in the modern game, the importance of nutrition, how we should structure weight training in season when you play sport, how to manage your recovery, and some behind the scenes gossip. Find James on twitter at @JamesHaskell and online at And for more rugby nutrition help I have a free rugby nutrition ebook over at 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:13am UTC

Special guest Scott Baptie is in the house, a humble yet knowledgable scottish tone and a man defintely with better abs than me. Me and scott talk about his journey in the fitness industry and as a fitness model, business, zombies, nutrition, being realistic and flexible with your diet, enjoying life around your diet and training, and address some of scotts fans questions. 

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Special guest James Clear joins me on the show. James is an all American baseball pro, coach, photographer, entrepreneur, and all round awesome dude. We talk about pro sport in america, tackling your goals in life like a pro athlete, how to build your life to be the way you want it, nutrition protocols and their individual merit, habit change, intermittent fasting, changing the variables when it comes to chasing optimal body composition, lifestyle design, all with a healthy dose of international banter. 

Want more, James made a unique link for listeners of the show with some awesome content:

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:19am UTC

Welcome to Ben Coomber Radio, the UK's #1 rated Health & Fitness podcast. Now as I write this I am currently recording show #303, so the show has evolved a lot and come a long way, in episode #1 I'll talk to you about the show, why it exists, what you will learn, who I am, and set the tone for your future listening of the show. Welcome, you're gonna learn a lot, I'm excited your with me, enjoy! 

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