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My Favourite Podcast

When you listen to as many podcasts as I do, being able to say that you have a no 1 favourite podcast is quite a statement. 

To be fair up until Friday 29th Jan 2021 I would not have been able to pick a favourite podcast. 

I arrived at this conclusion when I listened to the Tim Ferris podcast with Michael Phelps and Grant Hackett .

For those who don’t know, Tim Ferris is best known for being a New York Times multiple best selling author. He’s written the books, Tribe of Mentors, Tools of Titans, The 4-Hour Body and others.

In addition to this he’s a successful entrepreneur, speaker and angel investor. He has many strings to his bow.

Since 2016 he has donated over $2 million in psychedelic research which is pretty freaking awesome in my opinion being the phychonaut that I am. 

The reason that I identify with Tim is his openness about his mental health challenges, his anger and his times battling suicidal thoughts. 

Michael Phelps

Michael Fred Phelps II is an American former competitive swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, winning a total of 28 medals.

Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events. He has an estimated net worth of $80 million.

For 6 years he trained 7 days, 40 hours a week, while eating 10,000 calories a day. 

He’s renowned for his BEAST mode mental attitude towards his training.

Out of the pool Michael Phelps does work with his foundation. The Michael Phelps Foundation‘s mission is to promote water safety, healthy physical and mental health and the pursuit of dreams through various campaigns and events.

Michael Phelps best friend is Grant Hacket.

Grant Hacket

Grant George Hackett OAM is an Australian swimmer, most famous for winning the men’s 1500 metres freestyle race at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. This achievement has led him to be regarded as one of the greatest distance swimmers in history.

So the 3 of them are exceptionally mentally and physically strong and super successful men in their given fields and in their own right.

To be perfectly honest, I’m a bigger fan of The Joe Rogan and the London Real podcasts and I’m not that in to swimming or athletics.

Philip Arnold Quote

So then why am I proclaiming that this is my favourite podcast of all time? 

Listening to them talking about what it takes to be at that super elite level of athleticism was great and insightful. They really are super human when it comes to mental focus and physical prowess. 

The bits I loved the most about this conversation was when they laid themselves bare, being vulnerable and sharing about their battles with anxiety, self harming, and depression. 

There are dark clouds

Their struggles due to lockdowns and how they managed their mental health by opening up, sharing and using therapy.

For me hearing two men with their backgrounds showing the courage to share openly like that is powerful listening. Especially when there is still stigma in society about men being vulnerable and sharing their feelings.

Mental health quote

I’m always open about my own struggles and what life is like living with a mental illness. Like these men I believe there is way too much stigma around this that will only go away if we all open up more. So if you’re experiencing mental health challenges right now, I urge you to share with those close to you. I guarantee that it will help

“Strength for Life”


Davie McConnachie

Davie McConnachie is Scotland’s leading health and wellness coach, multi-award-winning gym owner, motivational speaker and the founder of DMC Fitness, a fitness education facility known as the premier choice for 1-2-1 personal training. He has inspired thousands of people to fall in love with fitness – his true purpose and mission in life.

Diving into the world of fitness and wellness has helped Davie to deal with his own trauma and inner demons. He, overcame many dark times using his own unique methods to continue his cycle of healing.