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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Jun 25, 2016

Can you possibly begin to imagine how it must feel to physically restrain six accelerating Harley-Davidson motorcycles with your arms and a few tow straps? Probably not. American multiple record-breaking stunt-woman and Olympic gold medallist, Juli Moody, explains not only how it feels, but why she is dedicated to pushing herself to such extremes.

Listen to Juli animatedly explain how and why she performs death-defying stunts, how she overcomes fear and doubt, and why she believes more women should pursue such challenging pursuits.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Explore the mindset of a death-defying stunt-woman
  • How it feels to restrain six Harley-Davidson motorcycles with your arms.
  • Why Juli visualizes success prior to her stunts.
  • How she measures the risk of every performance.
  • How she silences the doubters.
  • How she counters feelings of fear.
Jun 19, 2016

At first glance, this Off the Ropes podcast episode seems incredibly disturbing and distressing. It features Claire McFarlane who was brutally beaten and raped in a Paris side-street in 1999. Yet, despite the trauma, distress and subsequent 16-year arduous battle for justice, Claire has used her horrendous experience to bring the conversation of rape out of the shadows.

In July, she’ll commence her 3-year endeavour to run 16km on almost every beach in the world -184 in total - not only for her own catharsis, but also to raise funds for, and awareness of, victims of rape.

This is a tough listen, but her determination and resilience represent the core attributes of being ‘off the ropes’. To have suffered, physically and mentally, as much as Claire, but not to give up hope or the chance for a happy, fulfilling life is utterly humbling.

If you feel unable to hear the details of Claire’s ordeal, please skip ahead to 20.54 where Claire shares the details of her exciting and incredibly impressive run around the world.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How Claire convinced her attacker to let her go.
  • Why it took 16 years for Claire to move on from the trauma.
  • What book saved her life.
  • Why Claire wants to instigate a worldwide conversation about the stigma of rape.
  • Why she created ProjectBRA to support worldwide victims of rape.
  • How she prepares for her 3-year global beach run.
  • How you can support Claire on her journey.
Jun 12, 2016

Could you climb seven of the world’s highest mountains? Walk to the North Pole and South Pole unsupported? Could you tackle such challenges without a leg, arm or optimal vision? Martin Hewitt, a former commissioned officer with the Parachute Regiment, shares his story of resilience and endurance on the Off the Ropes podcast.

Following injury during his service in Afghanistan, and his subsequent medical discharge, Martin founded the Adaptive Grand Slam, a series of extreme and record-breaking endeavours specifically for disabled ex-service personnel and civilians; inspiring and enabling those with disabilities to lead a life without limitation.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How Martin survived being shot in the chest.
  • Why a paralysed right arm would not deter him from leading an extraordinary and fulfilling life.
  • Why Martin wanted to support fellow injured ex-service personnel and establish the Adaptive Grand Slam.
  • Why defeat on Everest would not prevent him from returning.
  • How vertigo affects his ability to climb.
  • How to strengthen your mindset, the most essential attribute in overcoming adversity.
  • How to participate in the Adaptive Grand Slam.
Jun 5, 2016

Do you have the resilience gene? No? Well, worry not. Executive Coach & TED speaker, Elizabeth McCourt, shares with us her practical and straightforward tips for cultivating greater resilience and tenacity. Learn how to bounce back from adversity; how to silence your inner-critic and discover how one simple pose can transform your confidence. (Let’s meet Elizabeth McCourt.)

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to embrace failure
  • The importance of small wins.
  • Why to express gratitude.
  • How to identify your Jabba the Hut.
  • How to silence your inner-critic.
Jun 2, 2016

On this week’s Off the Ropes podcast, US entrepreneur, Bobby Edwards. Creator of the Squatty Potty, Bobby and family revolutionised the way the world poops. The ‘stool for better stools’ became a multi-million dollar device designed to help the world unkink their colons and poop more freely. His enormously successful viral advert featuring the ‘pooping unicorn’ received 70 million Facebook views and resulted in a 600% rapid increase in Squatty Potty online sales. Let’s meet the man who found gold in poop.


In this episode, you will learn:

  • How constipation fuelled the journey to Squatty Potty success.
  • Why Bobby ignored advice from his Shark Tank investor.
  • Why he was convinced a rainbow-pooping unicorn puppet would catapult their success.
  • The importance of gut instinct in decision making.
  • (And, why you’ve been pooping incorrectly all your life!)