The Off the Ropes Podcast

The Off the Ropes podcast is a weekly show bringing you some of the World's most inspiring individuals, but not just those who have achieved enormous success, specifically those who have endured hardship and adversity and overcame their challenges. Plus, interviews with experts in the fields of neuroscience, nutrition, health, fitness and personal development, extracting their wisdom on how to optimise your performance, fulfil your potential and learn how to get your life 'off the ropes'.
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May 29, 2016

In 2011, Steve Bate was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa; a degenerative eye-disease which will ultimately render him blind. 18 months after the life-changing news, and with just a 10% field of vision – akin to looking through a pin-hole – Steve became the first registered blind man to solo-climb one of the world’s tallest rock-walls, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California.


Not content with just the one enormous victory, within a few months of returning from Yosemite, Steve thought his next seemingly insurmountable goal should be the 2016 Olympics; in a few weeks’ time, he’ll hear whether he’s been selected for GB’s tandem cycling team. Adventurer, climber, athlete, champion cyclist: Steve Bate is Off the Ropes!


What You’ll Learn:


  • How Steve came to terms with losing his eye-sight.
  • Why he challenged himself to solo-climb one of the world’s tallest monoliths.
  • How it feels to falls off a rock-face at 700m!
  • How to sleep comfortably on a 3000ft rock.
  • How climbing El Capitan changed his life.
  • Why he challenged himself to compete at the 2016 Olympics.
May 22, 2016

Miles Daisher couldn’t be more off the ropes if he tried! A member of the elite Red Bull Air Force, with a record-breaking 4100+ BASE jumps and a rapidly climbing 7000+ sky-dives, his unrelenting enthusiasm and passion for hurling himself off extreme peaks is palpable and infectious. He animatedly discusses his most challenging jumps and most terrifying; his unbridled motivation for pushing boundaries beyond the realms of perceived possibility, and recounts many an adventure with close friend, the late Shane McConkey. Warning: Listening to Miles may render your life utterly dreary in comparison.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What it takes to be a Red Bull Air Force pilot.
  • How it took 40 years to realise his dream of being a Hollywood stuntman.
  • How Miles assesses and manages the risk of every jump.
  • How it feels to kayak out of a plane!
  • The method in his perceived madness.
  • How to utilise fear to overcome challenges.
May 8, 2016

James Cosmo, known for his larger than life rugged and robust characters from Game of Thrones, Troy, Trainspotting, Highlander and Braveheart (and not forgetting the most convincing Father Christmas ever, in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe!), is an enormously successful, yet humble actor.

Even though he has endured hardship, including sleeping rough on the streets of London, his attitude to adversity is admirable, viewing any struggle as a beneficial challenge to overcome and learn from.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How homelessness didn’t break his spirit or desire to succeed.
  • The importance of ‘meaningless’ work.
  • Why acting still terrifies him.
  • Why he’d love to play a romantic lead.
  • How his role in The Pyramid Texts was his most daunting acting experience ever.
  • Why he supports Lion Aid & Street Child Africa.
May 2, 2016

In 2008, whilst on deployment to Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Michael Kacer became a victim of a rocket attack resulting in severe and life-changing injuries. Yet, even though he lost his left arm, he explains why he believes his life is now much richer. He attributes sport to be his personal saviour and this month, he’ll represent the US at the second Invictus Games in Orlando. If Michael can’t inspire you to step away from the sofa of comfort, no one can.

In this episode, you will learn: Why Michael volunteered for service in Afghanistan; how the events of 18th June, 2008 changed his life for the better; how he discovered his ‘new normal’ after losing his arm; why he believes sport saved him from alcoholism and depression; and how you can overcome adversity to achieve a more fulfilled life.

May 1, 2016

In 2012, whilst setting a new world record for plunging a staggering 252m without the aid of breathing apparatus, a devastating and life-changing error occurred for champion free-diver Herbert Nitsch, resulting in brain damage and a prognosis of being wheelchair-bound. But due to his incredible determination, intuition and remarkable self-discipline, not only did Herbert walk again, but he returned to free-diving.

In this episode, you will learn: How multi-world record holder Herbert Nitsch learned to free-dive; how his extraordinarily disciplined lifestyle enables him to hold his breath for over nine minutes; how a series of errors culminated in his fateful decompression sickness and subsequent brain damage; how he fought his prognosis of being wheelchair-bound vegetable; and why he trusted his own ability to discharge himself from hospital and facilitate his own recovery.

May 1, 2016

Geoff Thompson was once described as Britain’s hardest man who taught for Chuck Norris, and was even asked by Reggie Kray to be his personal bodyguard. Yet, despite a background punctured with sexual abuse, extreme violence and depression, he became a Times best-selling author, playwright, film-maker, mentor and BAFTA winning screen-writer. Learn how Geoff Thompson took himself from factory floor sweeper to revered martial artist and acclaimed author, playwright and film maker; how to stop fear strangling your creativity and a chance for a better life; why you need to ‘kill your parents’; how to identify who you are and discover what it is you’re meant to do; why truth is the only goal worth pursuing; and why Geoff forgave the man who sexually abused him.