The High Performance Podcast

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The High Performance Podcast brings you an intimate glimpse into the lives of high-achieving, world-class performers who have all excelled in their field with first-hand experiences and lessons to share. Find out what non-negotiable behaviours they emp...

  • 19 minutes 4 seconds
    EXCLUSIVE: Damian reveals how Gareth has created a winning culture at England

    In this special episode, Jake and Damian reflect on Englandโ€™s iconic Euro 2024 journey so far, revealing insights into the work Damian has conducted with the England team as part of their tournament preparations.Damian shares the details behind the conception of Englandโ€™s penalty shootout โ€˜buddyโ€™ system, highlighting how the support of other players was critical to creating a safe environment for each penalty taker to succeed.Using moments from our conversations with Ollie Watkins and Gareth Southgate, this episode explores the true mentality of the England squad and their attention to detail throughout their journey to International success.


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    12 July 2024, 2:00 am
  • 53 minutes 41 seconds
    Dr Rahul Jandial: The Science Behind Bad Sleep & Dreaming (E271)

    Discover profound insights into the workings of the brain and how we can optimise its functions, with this conversation with neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Dr Rahul Jandial.


    In this episode, Rahul discusses the dynamic nature of the human brain, comparing neurons to floating jellyfish and highlighting our ever-changing emotional and behavioural states. He explains how understanding brain pathways can help manage anxiety, stress, and emotions, drawing parallels to the challenges faced by astronauts and athletes.


    Rahul reflects on his transformative experiences conducting hundreds of brain surgeries, revealing the beauty and complexity of our brains. He also shares how to reach the perfect flow state, where mastery and creativity blend seamlessly, allowing individuals to perform at their peak by trusting their instincts.


    Drawing from his extensive experience with patients, Rahul offers a unique perspective on resilience and high performance, urging us to see the brain as an evolving ecosystem capable of constant renewal.


    This episode provides a fascinating look into the brain's workings, and offers practical advice on achieving high performance and emotional regulation through understanding our most powerful organ.


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    11 July 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
    Joleon Lescott Exclusive: From Near-Death Experience to Premier League Champion (E270)

    Jake and Damian welcome former footballer Joleon Lescott to High Performance, discussing the highs and lows of his career, the influential people in his life and the challenges he faced on and off the pitch.


    Joleon Lescott is best known for his time at clubs including Everton and Manchester City, contributing to City's Premier League triumphs in 2012 and 2014 and earning numerous caps for England.


    In this conversation, Joleon opens up about the resilience instilled in him by his parents and the intimidating environment of his early football years. He discusses growing up after a life-changing accident as a child and how football helped him to handle taunts about his scars.


    Moving to Manchester City, he talks about his initial reluctance to discuss the transfer and the feeling of stepping into a squad filled with top-tier players. He also recounts his mixed relationship with managers Mark Hughes and Roberto Mancini, and praises coach Glenn Hoddle for getting the best out of him as a player.


    Reflecting on Man Cityโ€™s dramatic Premier League victory in 2012, Joleon expresses his happiness and gratitude in the moments that followed. He also addresses criticism faced by the club since he signed, emphasising the dedication and teamwork behind their success.


    This episode provides an unfiltered view to the challenges and triumphs of a Premier League and International footballer, highlighting the significance of perseverance and personal growth both on and off the field.


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    8 July 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 1 minute
    Keir Starmer: Getting Personal with the New Prime Minister

    In this episode, we revisit a compelling conversation with the new Prime Minister, Sir Keir Starmer. We explore the man behind the politician, and what heโ€™s learned about leadership throughout his career


    Reflecting on his journey from barrister to party leader, Keir opens up to Jake and Damian about his formative years, the challenges of his legal career, and the profound impact of his mother's resilience in his life.


    From his passion for football and lessons learned from following Arsenal, to navigating the adversarial world of politics and his vision for reform, Keir shares insights on leadership, decision-making, and staying true to our principles.


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    5 July 2024, 3:00 am
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    Dr Chris Van Tulleken: Why We Crave Junk Food

    Renowned doctor, researcher and advocate, Chris Van Tulleken joins Jake and Damian for a candid conversation on the impact of ultra-processed foods on our mental and physical health.


    He shares his insights on how certain foods not only harm our bodies but also mess with our minds, leading to anxiety, depression, and a lack of control. He explains his own 30-day junk food experiment and its effects and describes the physical and mental toll of such diets, highlighting their effects on sleep, mood, and digestion.


    Chris expresses the urgent need for systemic changes, such as warning labels on food and removing financial ties between the food industry and government committees. He shares how his book โ€˜Ultra-Processed Peopleโ€™ aims to empower readers and spark a grassroots movement for better food policies.


    He offers practical advice for families looking to make healthier choices now, without waiting for policy changes. This episode encourages us to channel our frustration with the food system into activism and policy change to create a healthier future for everyone.


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    1 July 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 3 minutes
    Joe Hart: The truth about why I retired, and my love for Celtic (Part2)

    In part 2 of this episode, Joe Hart opens up to Jake and Damian about the challenging yet transformative period in his career when he moved to Torino.


    Despite facing setbacks and being sidelined at times, Joe emphasises the importance of staying present, enjoying both good and tough times and finding clarity in difficult situations. He also reflects on his stints at West Ham, Burnley, and Tottenham, and how those experiences shaped his perspective on football and life.


    Reflecting on his time at Celtic, Joe describes the joy of becoming central to a team again and the deep connection he feels with the club and its supporters.This episode highlights the importance of resilience and embracing both the highs and lows in one's career.


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    27 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 54 minutes 9 seconds
    Joe Hart: Leading from the back, how I overcame disappointment to retire at the top (E268 Part 1)

    In the first of this two-part episode, we welcome former England goalkeeper Joe Hart to High Performance, discussing his remarkable career and the mindset that has driven him to success.


    Best known for his time at Manchester City and the England national team, Joe is a multiple Premier League FA Cup winner, and has played in some of the most memorable matches of the 21st century.


    Joe discusses his time at Manchester City, including his relationships with teammates and the pivotal moments that defined his career. Joe also shares his perspective on being dropped by Pep Guardiola and how he dealt with the frustration of not fitting into the new vision for the club.


    Reflecting on his England career, Joe talks about the pride and the criticism he faced, especially after the 2016 tournament. He emphasises the unique pressures of being a goalkeeper and offers advice on handling setbacks and maintaining a strong mindset.


    This episode provides an in-depth look into the highs and lows of Joe Hart's career, revealing the determination and resilience that have made him one of English footballโ€™s standout goalkeepers.


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    24 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 57 minutes 41 seconds
    Laura Kenny: The Price of Gold for Britain's Most Successful Female Olympian (E267)

    Jake and Damian sit down with Olympic record-breaker Laura Kenny to discuss the highs and lows of her illustrious cycling career, and the personal challenges she's faced along the way.


    Legendary British track and road cyclist Laura Kenny made her mark as a five-time Olympic champion and the most successful female cyclist in Olympic history. In this episode, Laura opens up to Jake and Damian about the intense pressure of competing at the highest level, and what led to her retirement this year.


    Laura openly shares her experiences of the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, recounting the overwhelming nerves she felt and the unique mindset required to overcome such immense pressure. She also reflects on the invaluable support and lessons from her father, emphasising the importance of constructive feedback over harsh criticism.


    Laura talks about the emotional toll of her struggles with conceiving and the impact it had on her mental health. She bravely shares how speaking out about her miscarriage and the pressures of being a top athlete helped her cope and heal.


    This conversation provides important insights into managing pressure, fostering supportive relationships, and the crucial role of communication in overcoming personal challenges.


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    20 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 17 minutes
    Tim Spector: Debunking the myths around exercise and nutrition (E266)

    In this episode, Jake joins world-leading nutrition expert Tim Spector to dive deep into the myths and truths about diet and health.


    Tim Spector is a renowned epidemiologist, geneticist, and author. Known for his work on personalised nutrition, he explains why calorie counting often fails in the long term. Emphasising the importance of food quality over quantity, Tim points out how ultra-processed foods can sabotage our health despite being low-calorie.


    Tim breaks down the complex relationship between diet, exercise, and mental health, sharing insights on why exercise alone isn't enough for weight loss and how our food choices impact our mood and mental health.


    He also talks about the transformative changes he'd make to our food systems, like ensuring real food in all institutions, stressing the interconnectedness of diet, exercise, and sleep for optimal health.


    With practical tips on how to improve your diet and lifestyle, this episode provides trusted insights from one of the most respected experts in the health and wellness field.


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    17 June 2024, 2:00 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Gareth Southgate: Using fear as our fuel

    In this episode, we revisit our insightful conversation with England Manager Gareth Southgate prior to Euro 2020. Gareth reflects on his journey, including leading the Three Lions to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, and his ambitions for future tournaments.


    Gareth shares stories from his distinguished playing career; earning 57 international caps and playing in four major tournaments with England, and how these experiences shaped his outlook on management.


    As England aim for Euro 2024 glory, discover Garethโ€™s insights on leadership and development, from his experiences traveling across Europe to observe other coaching methods, to the lessons heโ€™s carried forward from his own playing career.


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    13 June 2024, 1:00 am
  • 58 minutes 33 seconds
    Ollie Watkins: From Non-League to the Champions League, how I climbed football's most competitive ladder (E265)

    In this episode, Jake and Damian sit down with Premier League footballer Ollie Watkins, discussing his staggering journey from non-league football to reaching the Champions League.


    England and Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins joins us on High Performance after a breakthrough season, achieving the most assists in the Premier League. Ollie opens up to Jake and Damian about his route to the top, discussing his rejection from Exeter City at age nine, struggling with concentration, and his determination to prove people wrong.


    Reflecting on key mentors and moments throughout his career, Ollie highlights the impact of High Performance culture, emphasising the importance of humility and consistency instilled by coaches such as Unai Emery. He advocates for breaking down the stigma around mental health challenges among athletes.


    Ollie also recalls the pressure of scoring his first goal for Aston Villa, highlighting the memorable feeling of a weight being lifted from his shoulders when his aim became a reality. He shares a defining moment against Arsenal, where his goal and celebration asserted his belonging in the Premier League.


    This episode uncovers the remarkable journey of one of England's most promising footballing talents; from Ollieโ€™s humble beginnings, to his Premier League success and Champions League aspirations.


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    10 June 2024, 1:00 am
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