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The Physical Performance Show

Why? To inspire people to achieve their physical best performance through candid interviews with the world’s best and most inspiring physical performers. What: We delve into how top physical performers achieve success and the highs and lows of the journey in getting there. Thanks for listening. Please leave a review if you enjoyed the show and share it with your training mates. Twitter: @Brad_Beer Instagram: @Brad_Beer www.pogophysio.com.au running.physio
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Jul 17, 2018

Some of Dick Telford’s formal bestowed recognitions include being recognised with the member of the Order AM for the Australian Honour Systems for Dick’s services to sports and sports sciences. In 2017 Dick was named as the ACT Senior Citizen of the Year. Dick was recently inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Dick was actually the first Sports Scientist appointed by the Australian Institute of Sports (AIS). Dick also worked with the Australian Swim Team and the Australian Canoeing Team in the capacity of exercise Physiologist. Dick left the AIS Physiology to take up distance running coaching role with the AIS Track and Field.

It was from here Dick that would go on to achieve some incredible achievements with his athletes. Dick was then appointed Australian Athletics distance running coach in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. And Dick coached Lisa Ondieki to the Silver Medal in the Women’s Marathon of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Australia’s only Olympic Marathon Medallist to date.

During this episode Dick we focus on distance running and how to achieve your potential through exercise physiology pearls, tapering tips, marathon preparation tips and a whole lot more.

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Jul 11, 2018

Laura Thweatt is a Saucony sponsored athlete who is aiming for 2020 Olympic Marathon representing the USA. Laura was the 2015 USA cross country champion, the 2013 and 2014 USA cross country club champion and boasts an incredible PR for the marathon of 2:25:38. Laura has PB’s across the 10km of 31:52, the 5km of 15:04 and 3km of 8:57. Laura and Brad recently caught up in person on the eve of the 2018 Gold Coast Marathon where Laura was about to run the Half Marathon.

During this episode Laura shares the highs, the lows and the learnings of her running career so far, starting with volleyball in her childhood and making the transition into running.  Laura shares in depth around the psychology of her injury along with meeting and then training with Lee Troop.  This is an episode not to be missed that really gets into the nitty gritty of injury and recovery along with best performance.

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Jul 3, 2018

Kristian Blummenfelt sprung to promise in 2017 with some solid performances including his victory in the Super League triathlon series in Jersey. Kristian quickly followed that up with a win in the 70.3 Bahrain Triathlon overcoming some of sports best names. In 2018 Kristian has taken a podium in the Bermuda leg in the world triathlon series and he firmly has his eyes on a gold medal in Tokyo 2020.

During this episode Kristian take us behind the scenes of his training world, his early years along with the highs the lows and the learnings.

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Jun 26, 2018

In episode 116 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Brad Kahlefeldt - Dual Olympic, Commonwealth Games Triathlon Champion (2006).

Brad Kahlefeldt was a Dual Olympic Games representative competing for Australia in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and also the 2012 London Olympic Games. Following Brad’s short course triathlon career he transitioned to the world of 70.3 Half Ironman Triathlon and during that time included some successful add-ins across the Ironman distance. Brad really excelled though by racing across the Olympic distance 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run.  Of the 90 starts on the World Triathlon Series, Brad podiumed a remarkable 42 times and won 16 times.

During this episode, Brad shares the highs, the lows and the learnings from his incredible professional triathlon career which spans 20 years. He shares around overcoming some serious injuries including stress reaction, stress fractures and even multiple bouts of pneumonia. Brad discusses the start of his career which included the catch up that he had to play with his swim in order to be competitive on the world scene. We also touch on the first road marathon that Brad will embark on at the Gold Coast Marathon in 2018 where Brad will be looking to take out the Kahlefeldt Marathon PB over his six siblings and 2 marathon parents who between them have run 40 road marathons.

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Jun 19, 2018

In episode 115 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Ken Wallace - Olympic Champion, K1-500m Sprint Kayak (2008), OAM.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Ken Wallace won a gold medal in the K1 500m Kayak Sprint, prior to that Ken won a Bronze Medal in the K1 1000m Kayak sprint. This was Ken’s favourite event. Since his Beijing Olympic success, Ken has represented Australia at the London Olympic Games and then again in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he won a bronze medal by pairing up in K2 1000m with Lachlan Tame.

During this episode Ken Wallace takes us through his formative years and discusses growing up in the world of surf lifesaving where he discovered the sprint kayak.  He recounts the story of the first time he went paddling before going on to forge a stellar career in the kayak by taking multiple world titles and of course what’s been numerous Olympic medals.

Ken is looking forward to Tokyo 2020 which will be his fourth Olympic Games and during this episode shares the highs and lows and learnings of his remarkable career to date.

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Jun 12, 2018

In episode 114 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Nicole Bunyon - Founder Running Mums Australia.

Nicole Bunyon is a mother of three, the founder of Running Mums Australia and an avid runner who has just recently completed the Ultra-Trail Australia Race through the beautiful Blue Mountains.

On this episode you will hear the highs, the lows and the learnings of Nicole Bunyon’s story to date. We talk about how Nicole got started in running and what life was like growing up.

The pinnacle moment that saw Nicole start Running Mums Australia, the origins of the logo, the challenge of overcoming injury and what it is that spurs Nicole on to continue with the Running Mums Australia Network. Nicole also shares around why you should never feel guilty training and that doing something for yourself is a good thing.  Listen in now to this inspiring and uplifting story.

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Jun 5, 2018

In episode 113 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Cam Dye - Professional Triathlete.

Cam Dye is well known in the US and abroad in the world triathlon scene as a specialist none drafting triathlete across the Olympic distance comprising 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km running.

Cam’s resume is impressive and contains many podiums in some of the biggest events in the world triathlon scene including second place in the coveted Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco

During this conversation Cam references how, he would like to have taken the title in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon however it came in just a week short of previous podcast guest Ben Kanute also a US triathlete. During this episode Cam discusses the highs, the lows and the many learnings of his career.  He shares some great stories from his home in Boulder, Colorado as well as his experience in the Super League series.  We hope you enjoy this insightful and fun episode. 

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Kids and sports
  • How Cam started out playing sports
  • Who Cam was inspired by when he first started in Triathlon
  • Highlights on Cam’s triathlon career
  • Most significant racing achievement and favourite story.
  • Cam’s darkest day in his athletic career
  • Start Line Self Talk
  • Focus for the season this year.
  • Super league experience
  • What Cam means by ‘Turn it on’
  • Performance Round
  • Being in the Zone
  • Physical Challenge

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May 30, 2018

In episode 112 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Dr Christian Barton - Patellofemoral 'knee-cap' pain in this Expert Edition.

Dr Christian Barton is a physiotherapist who graduated with first class honours from Charles Sturt University in 2005, from there Dr Chris went on to complete his PHD focusing on Patellofemoral Pain, Biomechanics and Foot Orthoses in 2010. Dr Barton’s broad research disciplines are biomechanics, running-related injury, knee pathology, tendinopathy, and rehabilitation, with a particular focus on what’s known as research translation. Dr Barton has published well over 40 papers in Sports Medicine, Rehabilitation and Biomechanics journals alongside this Dr. Barton is also an Associate Editor for the acclaimed British Journal of Sports Medicine, more recently Dr. Barton was one of the masterminds behind the Trek, translating research and evidence into knowledge, a website and an online forum to help practitioners wordwide do just that take the literature the science and disseminate that into the clinical landscape ultimately for the benefits of the public and patients receiving healthcare.

During today’s conversation, Dr. Barton shares around the key concepts that will help you better manage your knee cap pain if you are suffering from it or be aware of it. We talk about load management, exercise prescription which exercises work best, the number of sets. reps etc. Education and your understanding about this condition. Exercise progression, the importance of being adaptable and patient, how to monitor the irritability of your knee cap pain, what the evidence says works regarding best treatments for knee cap pain, we talk about adjunctive therapy such as PRP. Dr Barton jumped online for a follow up conversation after our initial conversation to answer the question about stretching in the role that it plays in the management and the treatment of kneecap pain. So jump in for this expert edition, if you are a knee cap pain sufferer, a Patellofemoral pain sufferer I hope this conversation with Dr. Christian Barton really helps you. 

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • A general week in overall practice
  • What is Patellar Femoral Pain and where does it come from
  • How common is the injury
  • Physical Pain and Quality of Life
  • Managing the pain and loads
  • What are the main aims of muscle intervention
  • Most common exercises for rehab
  • Biomechanical Studies
  • Focusing on step rate
  • The role of orthotics
  • Taping as an intervention
  • Top mistakes Runners make
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Challenge
  • Stretching program

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May 23, 2018

In episode 111 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Andrew Lauterstein - Triple Olympic Medallist.

Andrew (Lauto) Lauterstein is a Triple Olympic Medallist who won three medals at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. This episode is a great insight into an athlete who dealt with the pressure of expectation and performance very well to claim his three medals. Andrew took silver in the 4x100m medley relay team at Beijing, he also took Bronze in the Australian 4x100m freestyle medley team, but his signature swim of his career was the Bronze medal that he took in the 100m butterfly final in the 2008 Beijing games, he came in behind Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker, the then world record holder.

On today’s episode, Andrew shares around the highs, the lows and the learnings from his remarkable career.  Post swimming Andrew is now the co-director of Engine Swim and also co-owner of New Wave Swim School in Melbourne, Victoria. We do talk about Andrew’s transition out of the swimming pool into his professional life and the early days of Andrew swimming to become a National Champion at just 16 years of age and a great story where Andrew stood on the podium at the Nationals by himself with neither the second or the third-place getter there. Andrew shares around as a Junior why he didn’t set a goal to become an Olympian.

Andrew outlines the Beijing Olympic experience seeing the Chinese cube swimming pool for the first time, the magnificence of that and also the incredibly large dining hall of the Olympic games. Andrew details in a great story about coming up against the mighty Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly semi-final. Michael went from receiving his Olympic Medal in an event just prior to the 100m semi-final to jump into the pool and setting the world record. Andrew also shares a great story around Michael swimming in the 100m fly and what it’s like to feel his presence in the pool and why Andrew went from being quite cool, calm, collected and excited on the blocks for the 100m butterfly final at Beijing with the 25,000 strong crowd to being petrified and shaking within a moment and why that happened.

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Growing up in Victoria
  • Playing footy and swimming
  • Who Andrew most admired growing up
  • Moving from Backstroke to Butterfly
  • Training rhythm
  • Being on the starting blocks
  • Racing Michael Phelps
  • Winning his first medal
  • Dark days during career
  • Training and Preparation in Melbourne
  • Performance Round
  • Pain Association
  • Best Advice
  • Listener Questions
  • New Wave Swim School and Engine Businesses
  • Physical Challenge: 8 hours sleep and a 7 minute hang from a bar.

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May 15, 2018

In episode 110 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Stephanie Rice - Triple Olympic Gold Medallist.

Stephanie Rice took gold in three events, her only three events in Beijing, the 200m IM, the 400m IM and then was part of the Australian 4x 200m freestyle relay winning team. Not only did Stephanie win 3 gold medals across the one week of swimming but every time she took to the pool in Beijing she broke a world record. Leading into the Beijing Olympic Games at the Australian swimming trials, Stephanie had broken the world record in both the 400 and the 200m individual medley. However her American nemesis Katie Hoff had bettered the mark at the US Olympic Trials just before the Olympic Games.

During this episode Stephanie shares how she handled the pressure despite her coach’s instructions to not break the world record. We talk about how Stephanie managed to pull herself together after winning her first gold medal which was also incidentally Australia’s 400th Summer Olympic Games Gold Medal and the first Olympic Gold for the 2008 Australian Team. To recover from being unwell to then get ready for the 400 IM. We discuss why Stephanie knew that she wanted to be an Olympian from the age of 3 years, how Susie O’Neill inspired Stephanie. We talk about what it took leading into Beijing, 4 years of grind and hard work plus all the years before that and then the 4 magical days in Beijing. Why Stephanie was not interested in working with a sports psychologist, why getting up at 4:37am was the perfect time. And then we talk about the tough years following Beijing for Stephanie after she underwent shoulder surgery and leading into the London Olympic Games preparing for that with just half of the swimming volume she would have done. We talk about how Stephanie manage that and explore Stephanie’s life beyond the swimming pool and what the last 6 year journey has included. There’s so much in this interview and Stephanie Rice is an Australian sporting legend.

 

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Mindset
  • Discussing how important habits are.
  • How Stephanie first got started in Swimming
  • Coming from a sporty family
  • Favourite Achievement
  • Using a Sports Psychologist
  • Setting the world record
  • How Steph stays motivated
  • Steph’s challenges during her career
  • Steph’s struggle with injury and the three surgeries
  • Racing against the men
  • Performance Round
  • Mantra
  • Being in the zone
  • Best Advice
  • Magic Mentoring Program
  • Physical Challenge – Have a meat free/vegan day once a week and exercise five days a week.
  • Meeting Susie O’Neill

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May 9, 2018

In episode 109 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer and Lewis Craig have a conversation with Matt Fitzgerald - Best selling Author 'How Bad Do You Want It?'

Matt has authored numerous books including ‘The Runners Edge’, ‘Iron Wall’, ‘80/20 Running’ and also ‘The Runners Body’ and is also an avid endurance runner.  Matt has also authored the book ‘How bad do you want it’ where he brings together the science as well as brilliant examples of elite performance including athletes featured Sammy Wanjiru, Jenny Simpson, Greg LeMond, Siri Lindley, Cadel Evans, Nathan Cohen and Joe Sullivan, Paula Newby-Fraser, Ryan Vail, Thomas Voeckler, Steve Prefontaine.  Matt brings together the science as well as the practicality of elite performance.  Matt has a long history of competing in endurance events.  Matt is also an acclaimed endurance sports and nutrition writer and also a certified sports nutritionist as well as being a regular columnist.

On today’s episode Lewis and Brad with Matt explore why it is you have to endure to get the most out of yourself. Why the lynch pain to successful endurance performance is a perception of effort. Why you must brace yourself for the worst in order to race at your best. The two ways that you can alter your perception of effort and therefore improve your performance. Why endurance athletes perform better when they are chasing such of effort. Why you must brace yourself for the worst in order to race at your best. The two ways that you can alter your perception of effort and therefore improve your performance. Why endurance athletes perform better when they are chasing something. Why it helps to stay focus on external stimuli when you are racing. Why sitting yourself up to expect more will allow you to achieve more and why A race is like a fire walk. So if you are ready to explore your true physical potential to master the psychology of mind over muscle then jump in with Lewis and myself, Matt Fitzgerald, author of how bad you want it and let’s see how it’s done.

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Matt’s backstory
  • Coming back from disappointments
  • Maximising performance based on psychology
  • Perception of Effort
  • Inhibitory Control to stay focused on your goal
  • The effect of Music, Anxiety and Caffeine on perception of effort
  • A Race is like a Firewalk
  • Practical tips to push Physical Performance
  • Time Goals
  • Achievable targets and goals
  • Turn anxiety into excitement
  • Being present and staying focused
  • 80/20 Training
  • Physical Challenge for the Week: Make a rule to do something every day

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May 1, 2018

In episode 108 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer brings you an expert edition and has a conversation with Prof. Stuart McGill - Biomechanist & Lower Back Pain Expert.

In this episode we get very practical, we talk about what lower back pain actually is and what other common conditions that we can experience across the lifespan with our spines. We discussed why assessments need to be thorough for back pain suffers. Professor McGill debunks the many lower back pain myths including is stretching of the hamstrings of any use.  We discuss the concept of core stability and Professor McGill gives us a true and accurate definition and why he believes it is fundamental to human movement in an absolute non-negotiable for athletic best performance. Professor McGill refers to examples of stifling athletic development through not allowing rest. We discussed the 2 and half year rehabilitation of Brian Carroll Champion weight lifter who succumbed to a very serious lower back and sacral injury and how Professor McGill helped Brian return to competition and how he became the first man to squat more than 50 times in competition a weight greater than a thousand pounds. It's an incredible example of a very nasty injury, it should give anyone listening hope that they too can look forward to enjoying pain free best performance from their lower backs no matter what the degree of injury is that they may have been incurred. We touched on what is important for lower back pain sufferers to determine if they able to have a good day in amongst the bad days.

Professor McGill shares with us his big 3 non-negotiable exercises, the McGill curls, the Bird Dogs and the Side Planks. Finally we talk about why Professor McGill does not believe that drawing in activating transverse abdominous is of any use when it comes to creating stiffness of the spine and finally if you are sit up or a crunch lover for your abdominals we discuss why it is fundamentally doing you harm if you are performing crunches for your spine that is. 

There is a whole lot in this episode as we speak with this incredible connoisseur of knowledge when it comes to all things lower back health and ultimate performance of the spine.

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Studying at university
  • Back Pain 101
  • The use of MRIs
  • Back conditions that are prevalent
  • Movement of the disc
  • Myths about Back Pain
  • Restoring careers of high level Athletes
  • Bone Callusing
  • Back Extensions
  • Spine hygiene
  • Spine Stability and Core Stability
  • Unpacking Sit-ups
  • Advantageous Exercises
  • Back Fit Pro – Book
  • Back Stiffness and variations

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Apr 26, 2018

In episode 107 of The Physical Performance Show, Brad Beer shares a conversation with Eloise Wellings (2x AUS Olympian) & Julius Achon (2x Ugandan Olympian) 

Eloise is a dual Australian Olympian.  Julius is also a dual Olympian representing Uganda in 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games in the 800m and 1600m. Following Julius’s professional running career, Julius went on to become a pacer with Alberto Salazar’s Nike Oregon project.  It is really Julius’s back story that will give you perspective though.

During this episode we reflect on the Commonwealth Games including the poignant act of sportsmanship moment which Eloise found herself in international spotlight.  Julius also shares his background in Uganda, his running and experience on the Commonwealth Games as well.  Listen in to this inspirational story that will really give you some perspective on our lives.

 

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Introduction to Eloise and Julius
  • Learnings from recent Commonwealth Games
  • Eloise on the impact of waiting at the finish line for the final finisher
  • Eloise on the recent race.
  • Julius on growing up in Uganda
  • Julius on running so that he could get a scholarship to school.
  • Running for the first time in spikes
  • When Julius met Eloise.
  • Why Julius quit running.
  • Forming the Love Mercy foundation
  • Sponsorship of children and cents of seeds
  • Starting the maternity ward for safe birthing
  • The small impact on future lives
  • Eloise on running for a different purpose
  • Unity with the Commonwealth Games
  • Julius’s learnings

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Apr 17, 2018

In episode 106 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer brings you an expert edition and has a conversation with Dr Hal Rice Radiologist (MBBS, FRANZCR) Sports Injuries & Imaging.  

Dr. Hal Rice obtained his medical degree at University of Queensland in 1992, followed by his residency at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Hal then went on to complete specialist training in diagnostic and interventional radiology at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital before undertaking advanced specialist fellowship in diagnostic at interventional Neuro-radiology at the world famous Mt. Sinai Medical Centre in New York.

On returning to the Gold Coast, Hal then co-founded QScan radiology clinics, which today has more than 30 locations across Australia, treating more than 430,000 patients annually. Hal also established the interventional Neuro-radiology service at the Gold Coast Hospital and this service is now regarded as one of the premier sites in Australia for the endovascular treatment of life threatening brain aneurisms and acute ischemic stroke. Hal has worked as a diagnostic and interventional neuro-radiologist in the Gold Coast Hospital since 2003. Hal has a major academic interest in obviously diagnostic and interventional neuro-radiology. But also Hal's special interest in sports medicine imaging and musculo skeletal imaging and non-invasive pain management and all fields of advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  QScan is the provider to Swimming Australia, Triathlon Australia and Cricket Australia here in South East Queensland.

Hal himself is also a very keen runner and as a Junior, Hal ran in an incredible 2:38 when he fell in love with the Gold Coast Marathon, a race that he won the Junior Category in 3 years in a row, so Hal lives and breathes muscular health and all things medicine.

During this episode we discuss the world of diagnostic imaging and interventions for athletes, the importance of getting and establishing an accurate diagnosis of injuries. What that means for the prognosis of the outcome of your injury. We discuss common conditions and common imaging types such as ultrasound, plain film Xrays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and also Hal touches on some of the new muscle fibre typing technologies that brings interest to recreational and elite athletes.   Let’s hear from Dr. Hal Rice of QScan Technology.

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • How Hal started in Medicine
  • Imaging Technology
  • Hal’s change of specialty
  • Running 2:38 in the Gold Coast Marathon
  • QScan business
  • How imaging helps with diagnosis
  • Bone Health
  • Bone Density Tests and Stress Injuries
  • Diagnosing Tendon Injuries
  • Suffering from a tear or injury
  • Working with Back Pain and Neck Pain
  • What is cortisone and when is it appropriate
  • Trends in radiology
  • Bone Muscle Fibre MRI
  • Research on Fast and Slow Twitch fibres
  • Working with professional sporting teams.
  • Physical Challenge

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Apr 9, 2018

In episode 105 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Gwen Jorgensen - 2016 Olympic Triathlon Champion.  

Gwen’s triathlon resume is unlike very few female triathletes, it is incredible. Gwen won the world triathlon series championship in 2014 and 2015, has been named the USA Triathlons 2013 and 2014 female athlete of the year, has been a dual Olympic US representative in the sport of triathlon in 2012 and obviously gaining 2016 where Gwen took the Olympic gold medal ahead of Nicola Spirig. 

In 2016, Gwen’s 13 streak consecutive winning spree from the world triathlon series came to an end on the Gold Coast but no female triathlete has ever done that in the history of sport. In 2016 after the Rio Olympic games Gwen made an announcement where she declared that she was shifting her focus from the sport of triathlon where she had enjoyed so much success to go after gold in the Women's Marathon in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We covered that today in this conversation,

During this episode, Gwen shares about the bold declaration, the reason behind it and why it is such a driving force forher as she now works to the 2020 Olympic Games in the marathon. We discuss what her adaptation as she transitions from 40 mile running weeks in triathlete to the now required 100 plus miles per week consistently. Gwen shares about what she has been learning and experiencing running with recent new York marathon champ and multiple US Olympian Shalane Flanagan, running at altitude in Boulder.  We discussed Gwen’s adding in the New York marathon in 2016, the same year Gwen took Gold in the Olympic Triathlon and what it was like running through the ever supportive streets in New York and Manhattan.

We touch on Gwen’s 'AllIn' YouTube video series. Gwen shares some great tactics, strategies and practicalities around training, strength training, heart rate training, rest recovery and also the habit of journaling. This is an episode that is 'AllIn' especially being that Gwen is just the second Olympic Gold Medallist we’ve featured on the Physical Performance Show.

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Working around a new baby
  • Rehabilitation of injuries
  • What is Gwen learning with Shalane
  • Retiring from Triathlon and declaring working towards
  • Marathons
  • Why Gwen chose Marathon
  • Genesis of #allin
  • Rio Olympics
  • Women’s Health
  • Strength training
  • Use of heart rate monitoring
  • Journaling
  • Performance Round Questions
  • Hardest Workout
  • Highs and Lows of career
  • Best Advice
  • Physical Challenge

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Apr 2, 2018
Episode 104 is a special Commonwealth games preview episode. The Commonwealth Games 2018 are happening this week (April 2018) and what better way to usher in the Commonwealth Games then to speak to the many athletes that will be competing over the next two weeks.
 
Over the last several months Brad Beer has taken the opportunity to catch up with several of the athletes who will be competing amongst the six thousand athletes at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  During the episode we discuss what it is they have been focusing on during training, what it is that they are excited about with the Commonwealth Games and also what's left to do in their final preparations. We hear from some previous guests of the Physical Performance Show in terms of athletes and we also have a couple of fresh voices in the mix also. Tune in now to this inspiring episode.

Listen in as we speak to the following athletes:

  • Eloise Wellings – 10,000m
  • Genevieve Lacaze – 3000m Steeple Chase
  • Ryan Gregson – 1500m
  • Jess Trengove – Marathon
  • Pat Tiernan – 10,000m
  • Dane Bird-Smith – 20km Racewalk
  • Jordan Williams - 1500m
  • Luke Mathews – 1500m
  • Ben Treffers – 100m Backstroke
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Mar 26, 2018

In episode 103 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Nathan Friend - 242 Games NRL Player.  
Nathan Friend is a former Australian professional Rugby League Footballer who played for the Gold Coast Titans, the Brisbane Broncos, Melbourne Storm, and also the New Zealand Warriors. Nathan’s position was a hooker, Nathan was born and raised in Toowoomba and “Friendy” as he is affectionately known started playing rugby league at the tender age of just 5 years. Nathan joined the Melbourne Storm in 2003 and then in 2005 he announced that he would be one of the founding members of the Gold Coast Titans in 2007. Nathan went on to play a remarkable 100 games with the Gold Coast Titans before he headed across the ditch to New Zealand to join the New Zealand Warriors from 2012 – 2015 season. Nathan then returned to see out his professional rugby league career at the Gold Coast Titans playing a further 21 games in the year 2016.

It’s a remarkable career and in today’s episode Nathan shares around the highs, the lows and of course the learnings from his incredible career to date. We talk about longevity, we talk about food intake, we talk about some funny stories from the playing shed, from the field and also some memorable moments that really defines Nathan’s career to date. So let’s take to the field with Nathan 'Friendy' Friend talking us through his remarkable career of 242 NRL first grade games.

Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Growing up in Toowoomba
  • Junior Development in Rugby
  • Moving from Brisbane to Melbourne
  • Becoming a founding member of the Titans
  • Being well conditioned and committed
  • Completing a Nutritional Course
  • Suffering from Injury
  • Technique and Muscle Memory
  • Reason for wearing the head gear
  • Moving to NZ
  • Not being renewed for another contract/season
  • Stepping back into the Titans
  • Moving from professional sport back into a trade and Finance
    Brokering
  • Imperfections business idea
  • Performance Round Questions

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Mar 19, 2018
In episode 102 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Craig 'Crowie' Alexander – 5x World Champion, 3x Ironman Triathlon World Champion.  

Craig Alexander or Crowie as he is affectionally known is a 5 times world triathlon champion in the 2006 and 2011 world 70.3 or half ironman triathlon champion and then also his historic Hawaii Ironman world champion victories in 2008, 2009 and then again in 2011. Not to mention his debut in Hawaii picking up a silver medal with that tussle with previous broadcast guest Chris “Macca’ McCormack.

During the episode we cover Crowie’s highs, his lows and the many learnings from his incredible athletic career to date.  Crowie is articulate, he’s meticulous and is a professional so get ready for a deep dive where we talk about the early days of Craig’s career, his first love with soccer, falling in love with the sport triathlon. Working through the formative years, the break through performances that came and why that was special to Crowie.  The challenge around naming an athlete that he most admires, the training principles and practicalities that of course everyone wants to know about from Crowie, and then Crowie lays down his physical challenge for the week.

 
Listen in as we delve into the following:
  • How Crowie started in triathlon
  • Falling in Love with triathlon from the first race
  • Winning Hawaii Ironman
  • Entering first half ironman
  • Seeing the improvement to keep going
  • Key conversations with people during the harder times
  • Attracting sponsors and keeping sponsors
  • Winning the lifetime fitness race
  • Having a long lay off with Chicken Pox
  • Darkest day in career to date
  • Performance Round Questions
  • Sponsors
  • Physical Challenge
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Mar 12, 2018
In episode 101 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Lee Troop - 3x Olympic Marathoner, former 5000m AUS record holder.  

Lee Troop has a remarkable distance running career to date.  Lee has been an Australian Olympic representative three times in the marathon for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Lee takes us through the preparation, the racing and the wash up of what in Lee’s view was three disappointing Olympic outings and all the learnings that he took in retrospect from each of those Olympic games campaigns. Lee broke Ron Clarke’s 33 year old national record in the 5000m made in his 1999 running a blistering quick 13:14:82. One year later Lee turned his energies and attention to the marathon and Lee takes us through those formative years breaking that record, including significant voices and mentors that Lee had in his camp including the legendary Steve Moneghetti. Lee’s running PB’s are remarkable 10,000 made in 27:51 set in 2003, 10 kilometres on the road 28:51, the half marathon 101 flat set in Tokyo in 1999 and the marathon 209: 49 set in Japan in 2003. Lee then went on to run at 2:17 Marathon at the age of 40 years, we touch on that today.

During this episode Lee shares with us the highs the lows and the learnings of his remarkable distance running career to date.  He lays down a physical challenge, shares his best marathon tips and best advice.  Lee mentions towards the end of the episode that he was off to a memorial for one of his young runners who tragically took his life from the Boulder Track club which Lee founded and how that has impacted him and the club.  This is an episode full of insights, commitment and heart.

 
Listen in as we delve into the following:
  • Lee’s early years growing up in Geelong, Victoria
  • Scholarship opportunity in USA
  • Training with Steve Moneghetti
  • Breaking Ron Clarke’s record
  • Leading into Marathon
  • Suffering an injury before the Olympic trials
  • Athens Olympics
  • Using Sports Science leading into Beijing Olympics
  • Being caught up in the bombings in Beijing
  • Closing the book on running with the New York Marathon in 2014
  • Training Laura Thweatt
  • Making peace with age
  • Boulder track club
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Mar 5, 2018
In episode 100 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer, Alistair Day (Ep 1) and Matt Morby take you inside the story behind The Physical Performance Show.  Brad shares the philosophy and inspiration behind the show.  How and why the show got started including the mechanics of recording a podcast each week. 
 
During this episode there is a surprise visit from Asada to perform a drug test on Alistair Day.  Brad then goes through to unpack a much of the journey in bringing you 100 episodes, along with some key learnings from the guests and then Matt and Ali take Brad through his own performance round of questions.  100 episodes is cause for celebration and this is a jam packed episode.
 
Listen in as we delve into the following:
  • Introduction to Alistair Day and Matt Morby
  • Live drug test with Ali Day
  • What was the inspiration behind the show?
  • Philosophy behind the show
  • Filming that first episode
  • The Physical Performance Show being a top Podcast
  • Introduction of Expert Episodes
  • Who would Brad like most to see on the show
  • Having Brad Bevan on the show
  • Some of Brad’s biggest takeaways on the show.
  • Ali’s Days best tips
  • Mechanics behind shaping the episode
  • How an intro and outro is recorded
  • Sponsorship / Partners for the show
  • How Brad got into sport
  • Brad’s early days in Physio practice
  • Ali Day tweaking his calf going into Coolangatta Race
  • Light bulb moment for Ali
  • What advice would you give your younger self
  • Performance Round Questions with Brad
  • Brad being in the Zone
  • Greatest Fear
  • Athlete that Brad most admires
  • Best Training Advice
  • Brad’s Bucket List
  • Brad’s Physical Challenge
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Feb 27, 2018
In episode 99 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Nathan 'Carnage' Corbett - 11x World Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion.  

Nathan ‘Carnage’ Corbett started Martial Arts with karate as a young teenager and this lead him into boxing followed by Muay Thai. Nathan rose to international promise and from there he went on an absolute dynamite role. Nathan has an incredible record, 44 total knockouts, 59 wins, 15 decisions, 5 losses and 1 no contest.

During this episode Nathan shares the highs, the lows and of course the learnings on what has been a remarkable career. We start at the start with Nathan in the school playground and we traverse his journey right through to current day where Nathan is currently managing some of the niggles, strains and pains associated with his professional Muay Thai kickboxing career.  

Listen in as we delve into the following:
  • Starting in Martial Arts
  • Dealing with increased expectations
  • What drew Nathan to Martial Arts
  • Gökhan Saki Fight
  • UFC Boom in recent years
  • How Carnage became a Nickname
  • Using Elbows as a fighter
  • First Amateur Fight
  • Injuries and recovery
  • The void after finishing competition
  • Healing from Bone Spurs in the Hips
  • Performance Round
  • Focus these days and moving to USA
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Feb 21, 2018
In episode 98 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Ben Kanute - Olympic Triathlete, Silver Medallist 70.3 World Triathlon Championships.  

Ben has had some break out performances in 2017. He took out the Silver Medal in 70.3 World Triathlon championships in 2017, Ben then went on to take out the Island House Invitational Triathlon series in the Bahamas with a sprint finish with Terenzo Bozzone. Ben is a regular face on the World Triathlon series and also has featured in the Super Triathlete Series.

During this episode Ben shares the origins of his sport, his love of triathlon, insights into his training, performance round as well as the highs and the lows of his burgeoning career to date.

Listen in as we delve into the following:
  • Introduction Ben Kanute
  • Triathletes that Ben looked up to.
  • Keeping the patience
  • Racing on the Gold Coast
  • 70.3 World Championships
  • Running Pace and Wattage
  • Racing against Terenzo Bozzone
  • Studying Physiology at University
  • Working with a coach
  • Darkest Day in competing
  • Performance Round
  • Funniest thing Ben has seen while training
  • Strength Training
  • Best Advice
  • Physical Challenge
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Feb 14, 2018
In episode 97 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer has a conversation with Ben St Lawrence - AUS 10,000 Record Holder & Dual Olympian.  

Ben St Lawrence’s career is impressive, he is the fastest Australian ever over 10,000m.  He is also a dual Olympic representative for Australia in the 10,000m.  Ben has raced two world Cross Country Championships, 2 World Athletics Championships and 2 Commonwealth Games.

During this episode we unpack Ben’s junior running years, his emergence into his university years, the partying and drinking and the turning point.  We discover what it took to go from spectator to Commonwealth Games Representative and Olympian.  The recovery required after surgery for a Hamstring injury.  We also touch on Ben’s involvement and passion for Runcrew as well as the Highs and Lows of what is a remarkable career to date.  There is so much gold in this episode that should not be missed.

Listen in as we delve into the following:
  • Running Personal Bests
  • Growing up in the Blue Mountains
  • Getting into serious running
  • Where the running genes came from
  • The Party years and hitting Rock Bottom
  • Getting Healthy again
  • From being a fan to racing next to idols
  • Qualifying for Olympic Games
  • Running a Personal Best
  • Struggling with Injury
  • Performance Race Highlights
  • Performance Round Questions
  • Run Crew Coaching
  • Transformation Story from Run Crew
  • Running too hard during a marathon
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Feb 6, 2018
In episode 96 of The Physical Performance Show Emily George sits down with Lori Forner - Physiotherapist for this exclusive Women's Health Edition.  Lori is a physiotherapist with a passion for pelvic health.  During this episode Lori unpacks in detail explaining pelvic health, abdominal separation, exercise during pregnancy, running during and after pregnancy and some of the common symptoms that many women suffer from that they may not need to.  This is an episode not to be missed discussing everything pelvic health.
 
Listen in as we delve into the following:
  • How Lori got started in Physiotherapy
  • Pelvic Floor Explained
  • Connective Tissue
  • Changes to the Pelvic Floor during pregnancy
  • Pelvic Floor exercises during pregnancy
  • Running throughout pregnancy
  • Abdominal Separation
  • How activities can affect abdominal separation
  • Managing abdominal separation after birth
  • Returning to exercise after baby
  • Common symptoms
  • Running guidelines after birth
  • Tips for a speedy pelvic floor recovery
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Feb 1, 2018
In episode 95 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer sits down with Curtis McGrath - Paralympic KL2 Champion, 6 x World Champion Paracanoe (OAM). At age 24 years in 2012, Curtis tragically lost both legs after stepping on a homemade improvised explosive device in a blast in Afghanistan while on active duty as a Combat Engineer. 

This is an inspiring story where Curtis went on to become a Gold medallist in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games 200m KL2 sprint canoe (4 years to day post incident), he is a Paracanoe world champion (5 years to date of injury) and Invictus Games Ambassador.

 
Listen in as we delve into the following:
  • paddling with sharks in the lake
  • growing up in Queenstown as a teenager
  • moving to Australia
  • exiting the military after 12 years
  • the first introduction to kayaking and developing a respect of the water
  • enlisting in the AUS military in 2006 and the first deployment to East Timor
  • the rigours of jungle training
  • leaving a legacy of East Timor with humanitarian work
  • deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 as a Combat Engineer in the Australian Defence Force
  • an incident in Afghanistan that resulted in Curtis losing both of his legs
  • being the paramedic for himself-telling mates how to put tourniquets on legs
  • extent of injuries
  • declaring that his mates would see him in the Paralympics in the green and gold
  • Performance Round and so much more
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