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Steve Ingham, performance scientists, leader and author, explores the science, art, purpose and origins of high-performance. Steve interviews and discusses these concepts with the people who have been there and done it, whether it's achieving at the highest level, been the driving force in making remarkable performance happen or those who have explored and researched aspects of human performance in real-depth.

Supporting Champion‪s‬ Steve Ingham

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Steve Ingham, performance scientists, leader and author, explores the science, art, purpose and origins of high-performance. Steve interviews and discusses these concepts with the people who have been there and done it, whether it's achieving at the highest level, been the driving force in making remarkable performance happen or those who have explored and researched aspects of human performance in real-depth.

    082: Daniel Lieberman on evolving to exercise

    082: Daniel Lieberman on evolving to exercise

    This week’s guest is Harvard University Professor of Biological Sciences, Dan Lieberman. If you’ve heard of Dan it will probably be in connection with his work around whether we are born to run, i.e. that a number of specific evolutionary adaptations that we as a species have acquired over time have enabled us to be really rather good at running for long distances. This hinted that our survival was aided by our ability to hunt by wearing animals down, known as the persistence hunting.
    Dan has a new book out called Exercised, which as Dan explains is cutely entitled because so many people are so exercised about exercise, I expect you can think of many people that have opinions that are so specific and adamant that one way is the best way. The book takes a broader view, reminding us of our biological origins, why we do sports and exercise, what we’re good and not so good at and Dan takes aim at a few current myths like sitting being the new smoking, step counts and how much exercise is enough - in so doing Dan widens our perspective to a healthier, compassionate view of physical activity. 
     
    Show notes:
    Pigs on treadmills.
    Research trip to Sierra and finding an older equivalent of the Ironman
    Exercise is abnormal, if just for the sake of health and fitness
    Why the Tarahumara Native Americans are famous for their long distance running
    No-one evolved to run as fast as possible from A to B 
    We have become exercised about exercise
    Is there an optimal form of exercise?
    Running fast
    Proactive aggression
    The benefits of endurance as hunter gatherers and the feats we care about most now are more recent in our history
    Links
    Website for Dan's new book
    Dan is delivering a seminar for the University of British Columbia on 24th March 2021, titled 'Are we born to rest or run?' Register here (and a big thank you to Prof Rob Shave for this).
    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Clubhouse @steveingham
    Supporting Champions on;
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions
     
    UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY
    Pre-register for our upcoming 'Applied Performance Practitioner' programme and the Pro membership starting in April 2021 here
     

    • 43 min
    081: Ama Agbeze on belief

    081: Ama Agbeze on belief

    This week’s guest is Ama Agbeze, former England Netball captain. Ama Led the team to perhaps the England Teams's greatest success, winning the Commonwealth Gold medal.
    I was keen to ask Ama about her leadership of the team, what was different in the lead up, the preparation and in the moments of performing under the pressure of playing the hosts in 2018. I was also intrigued by Ama’s own individual style as the leader, what were her expectations and influences and how has Ama coped after the high, and coping with lows of missing out on selection from the team altogether last year. A situation that affected her mental health.
    Ama is strikingly candid, open and frank as well as curious and insightful about her experiences. It struck me that these qualities were assets that enabled her as a leader in bringing people together and empowering her team to move forward. But in experiencing moments where she struggled but has been active in communicating that - I expect she’s doing exactly the same - connecting and empowering others to move forward.
     
    Show notes
    Ama’s move from New Zealand to England temporarily stopped by COVID
    Background to Ama’s netball career
    Natural ability helps but hard work gets you there
    The difference is sport participation across countries
    Having faith in your ability to win as a team
    Talking fitness, strength, playing matches internationally and beating them & confidence
    How to create belief
    Ama’s style as a leader
    The selection/deselection process
    The effect of deselection on Ama
    Which techniques have helped Ama?
    The importance of routine
    Factors that allowed the team to take the gold medal
    The shock of winning
    Looking forward
     
    Links
    If you want to follow Ama on twitter or instagram
    https://twitter.com/amaagbeze
    https://www.instagram.com/amaagbeze/
    Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Supporting Champions on;
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions
    If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/
    If you’re studying sport or you’re looking to carve out a career in sports performance then you might be interested in our membership courses www.supportingchampions.co.uk/membership to sign up.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    080: Alan Murchison on Michelin star performance

    080: Alan Murchison on Michelin star performance

    In this episode I speak to Alan Murchison. Alan currently runs a business called the Performance Chef, providing support to a host of sports, teams and executives in providing their food, their fuel and flavours. Alan does this from a unique stand point of credibility as he is a chef, a Michelin starred chef - in fact in his heyday he ran the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group, where he oversaw four Michelin starred restaurants. This is where we centre the discussion on entering into the world of fine dining, the talents required both in the chef and the chef training the chefs. We discuss the standards and meticulous preparation required, and whether the old fashion rollocking is fair game in the heat of a kitchen. Alan discusses the pursuit of the Michelin star, how he approached it, and without describing it here and now an intriguing section about what happened after he was awarded it.
    There is an intensity to Alan’s approach that seems perfectly aligned to the getting stuff done, setting the bar high and driving others to success and what you might expect from some of the portrayals you would have seen in the media about the dynamics of operating in an elite kitchen. At the heart of my feelings during this conversation - I could feel Alan’s energy, compulsion for better that I (and it might be my inclination) but I can completely see why he led others to excellence. A fascinating discussion - but it made me a bit hungry so have a snack or two on hand.
     
    Show notes
    Alan discusses his background and where he started washing pots in kitchens from the age of 14
    The familial atmosphere and vibe of a kitchen - it escalated!
    A trial at a Michelin star restaurant, tough, hard work, no fun - it was all about excellence.
    What is the progression from pot washer to chef
    Culinary biomechanics!
    Diligent creativity is a rare quality but important for a Michelin chef
    Alan discusses his vision of excellence
    Alan discusses his ideas of non competition & everyone being a winner!
    What does Alan define as excellence?
    The vagaries surrounding gaining a Michelin star
    Alan realised he was unemployable
    Utter focus on perfection and then falling out of love with cooking
    Michelin star or nothing Food that is fit for athlete and fit for purpose
    Developing online nutritional content for the athlete
     
    Links
    Follow Alan on Twitter https://twitter.com/AlanMurchison
    And on instagram https://www.instagram.com/performance.chef/
    And his website is http://www.performancechef.com/
     
    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Supporting Champions on;
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions
    If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.
     
    If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/
    or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    079: Dan Cable on being exceptional

    079: Dan Cable on being exceptional

    This week I spoke to Dan Cable. Dan is a Professor Organisational Behaviour at London Business School specialising in research and teaching focus on change, organisational culture, leadership mindset. Dan has a new book out called Exceptional, which I must admit was my favourite read of 2020. You might assume from the title and from Dan’s background that the book is about aspiring, goals, striving higher - which I admit was why I got in touch with Dan to speak to him. But the book is so much more than that, for starters Dan begins by sharing his experience of fighting and overcoming cancer, how this propelled him to ask more fundamental questions about his existence and how we can all back ourselves, building on what we have experienced, recognise our inner strengths rather giving ourselves a hard time.
    I loved this conversation and I hope it is just the tonic for starting off 2021. Dan is so full of energy, enthusiasm, wisdom and knowledge about how we can all flourish.
     
    Notes
    Dan discusses his motivation behind writing the book
    Post traumatic growth and the harsh insight that something like cancer can give you
    Life highlight reels
    Being energised, self efficacy and being noticed
    Re-humanising the workforce
    Meta processing
    The stories we tell ourselves about who we are have a way of coming true
    The interrelated structure of reality
     
    Links
    Give Dan a follow in Twitter
    https://twitter.com/DanCable1
    Dan’s website where you’ll find details about his book.
    http://dan-cable.com/
     
    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Supporting Champions on;
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions
    If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.
     
    If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/
    or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

    • 44 min
    078: Lizzy Yarnold on talent, ownership of performance and team

    078: Lizzy Yarnold on talent, ownership of performance and team

    This week I speak with Lizzy Yarnold. Lizzy is double Olympic Champion in that chilled out sporting event Bob Skeleton. Lizzy was spotted through a talent identification scheme, selected to be part of the development team for skeleton racing and rose to competitive on the world stage, World Cup winner and took the Olympic gold in Sochi in 2014.
    Lizzy discusses the journey towards that gold, how she was able to channel some of the talents she already had, how she could focus under pressure and take the step to the highest heights in the sport. 
    She also discusses burning out, needing to take time out from the grind of the sport to orient herself to what is important to her and so refresh herself to take a different approach to trying to win again in Pyeongchang in 2018, which she did, but with a flurry of physical and mental challenges.
    Lizzy is thoughtful, fun, softly spoken, ever recognising the collective contribution of those who supported her to perform - but what's always present is a steal, grit, commitment to being a student of her craft her event, and a fiendish ability to compete.
     
    Show notes
    Sharing her experience through the selection process for skeleton via Girls for Gold 
    Trying to fit in and get her foot in the door with Skeleton
    Lizzy can switch on her competitive focus
    The bleakness of training
    Lizzy discusses her winning run in Sochi
    The support team and how they were paramount to her success
    Lizzy discusses her burnout as an athlete
    Becoming more than ‘an athlete’
    The critical review and ownership of training
    Life after skeleton
     
    Links
    Lizzy on Twitter https://twitter.com/lizyarnold
    Lizzy's website https://lizzyyarnold.com/
     
    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Supporting Champions on;
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions
    If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.
    If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/
    or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.
     
     

    • 1 hr 25 min
    077: Stuart Worden of the Brit School on performance environments

    077: Stuart Worden of the Brit School on performance environments

    This week’s guest is Stuart Worden, Principal of the Brit School. The BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) School is a performing arts and technology school in Croydon, South London and free to attend. But this is no ordinary performing arts school. The alumni read like a who’s who of music, dance, film and production;
    Singers - Adele, The Feeling, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, Jessie J, 
    Actors - Cush Jumbo, Tom Holland, Cleve September, 
    Dancers - Twist and Pulse, 
    Youtube comedians - Percelle Ascot, Joivan Wade
    Many more students come through the school who we wouldn’t know, but are the people that set the lighting for concerts or stage shows, write poetry that maybe we haven’t yet read or adapt screen plays that we have yet seen.
    So how does a performing arts school support the talent that comes through its doors? How do the school teachers select people to attend? 
    In this discussion with Stuart, he shares the values, philosophies, challenges that he and many of the incredibly talented teachers create. What lies at the centre of the discussion that you’ll hear is about environment and how the very sense of a place and what it lives for how it feels - can be a force for the development of incredible performance and people who want to make a difference in this world.
    This all against a backdrop of the arts being profoundly undervalued in educational systems around the world and under great threat during the restrictions on gatherings with the coronavirus pandemic.
    Stuart has such passion and conviction, his approach seemed to me to be deeply caring about how we should support young people. I found his outlook and insights enriching, as I could feel my worldview being enhanced with every answer he gave. By the end of the discussion I was genuinely enlightened. 
     
    Notes
    How well the students have responded to the strange times
    Exploring specialisation or exploring the whole creative process
    The process of applying to joining the Brit School
    Artists fundamentally need to be able to display empathy
    The importance of activism
    What do the Brit School look for in people?
    Working hard and realism
    Advocacy and mentoring of students
    How non-uniform reduces barriers
    Rules and regulations
    Alumni such as Tom Holland, Tuwaine Barrett enjoy returning and meeting the current students 
    The Alumni of the Brit school and how they still contribute to the school
    The destination and results are not as interesting as the journey
    Stuart’s ambitions for the Brit School and the future
     
    Links
    https://twitter.com/Stuartworden
    https://twitter.com/TheBRITSchool
    https://www.instagram.com/thebritschool/
    Contribute to the school
    https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/11242
     
    Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve
    Supporting Champions on;
    Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
    Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
    Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions
    If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/
    or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.
    If you’re ambitious to work in sports performance, and you realise that there’s no golden ticket to the chocolate factory – that you have to learn and develop and build a network of collaborators to get there – then sign up for our Graduate Membership today – go to http://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/ and enrol. We’ll look forward to connecting with you there.
     

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

iona.fitliving ,

Great Podcast!

I’ve been listening to the Supporting Champions podcast for a while now and I love how every episode brings something different - it’s a great listen for anyone wanting to maximise their own potential and that of others. So much knowledge to be gained here, definitely recommend!

The Dance Mama ,

Supporting us all to be our own champion

Dr Steve Ingham’s podcast brings together so many exceptional human beings that inspire us all to maximise our potential. With a fantastic array of guests in sport and beyond, each episode showcases the tenacity of the human spirit to strive for excellence. Particularly during the pandemic we all need a boost, and this certainly is mine! Essential listening.

Apled123 ,

Excellent

I listen to a lot of sports and performance podcasts and this one is excellent. The spread of guests is so wide and the length of the episodes reflects the depth of detail dedicated to the guests and subjects. It is clear that a whole pile of work goes into the making these - and there is so much knowledge imparted - thank you.

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