I grew up on the Isle of Wight and learnt to adventure in the outdoors with my dad as a kid. He was a former Royal Marines Commando and we used to do a lot of boating and sailing together, and we always loved to climb in all seasons. It was our special time to bond, and scaling the sea cliffs even in terrible weather set the foundation for a love of adventure that has never left me.
I was lucky enough to live on an island that allowed me to be mega active and live a really outdoor lifestyle growing up. I was able to run and explore, tinker around on boats, make things, climb, mountain bike and even paraglide at a young age. It was all a great way of dodging schoolwork!
I took part in most sports at school but was never amazing at any of them. But I got really into martial arts when I was a teenager and worked really hard at that to become one
of the youngest ever-2nd Dan Karate black belts in the UK. That gave me a confidence at a young age that I didn’t always have, and I have kept my martial arts up ever since. I also got the chance to start a climbing club, which endures to this day.
It has to be the full Reverse Push up/Bridge push up. A killer move that challenges my whole body and helps maintain mobility in my spine. After breaking three vertebrae in a parachute accident, spinal health is key to helping me stay mobile and fit for my job!
The military instils, above all, self-discipline and my training with 21 SAS gave me the confidence to look after myself when the chips were really down. The training was obviously very physical but it was geared towards endurance; being able to cross the mountains, in all weathers, day and night, carrying huge weights for long distances. That required a mental resolve and is designed to test your spirit rather than just your aerobic fitness. The SAS require the determined above the super athlete – and one of the key Commando traits is cheerfulness in adversity – that ability to keep positive when it is grim!
I aim to train five days a week for no longer than 30 minutes with two active recovery days. My workouts are intense and I love using express training methods like HIIT, Tabata and density rounds. I use a mix of disciplines including bodyweight, Primal Power Stretch and Kettlebells.
All my workouts start with a great dynamic warm-up and include whole body movements progressing from low-intensity moves, like inchworms, through to higher-intensity moves, e.g. push up
to T-stands. And my favourite workouts are our BG EPIC training Hero workouts [see panel].
I run occasionally but to be honest I prefer to work the whole body in these intense 30-minute total-body circuits that BG Epic do. These hit cardio, strength and flexibility all at once, and
they have become my staple. But every now and again I still run – and running outdoors, barefoot, is always fun.
Probably up and down the 250ft high hill on our small welsh island that we own. It’s a killer!
We run these yoga-inspired workouts called Power Stretch Training that is a real workout as well as giving you all the benefits of yoga. For me they help strengthen and lengthen muscles, improve posture, increase flexibility, increase balance and co-ordination and they activate the core, so for my line of work it is a winner!
Everest was a unique and frightening time. It was a lot of hard work, years of preparation and physically and mentally exhausting. We were on the mountain for over three months and during that time four climbers lost their lives. Two of us from our team finally made it to the summit but genuinely by the skin of our teeth. I had dared to dream it from a young age when my dad had given me a picture of the mountain, and to have achieved it meant so much. My dad died soon after that ascent. I am so grateful to have made the summit, but I feel so blessed to have survived an expedition that had taken the lives of so many that year.
I love it! Our EPIC Training consists of express workouts that will change the way you train and think about fitness. From Primal Power Stretch, Core Survivor through to our Hero workouts, each one is designed to give you maximum results in the minimum amount of time. There is nothing more humbling than receiving letters and tweets about how EPIC is improving individuals’ self esteem, reducing body fat and weight and giving people confidence to go out and live healthier every day lives.
And our children love EPIC too; they love to help design the choreography and moves for the kids’ workouts. In the latest release, Huckleberry, our youngest inspired the Eagle poses for the children’s power stretch; at six he is already a strong natural athlete and he thrives in our BG Kids workouts.
We have just secured eight dream guests for our new season of Running Wild on NBC –so wait out to see these!
When leaving the family for a long stint away filming I am always a wreck!
Scorpions and goats testicles.
Pizza and piña colada! An embarrassing weakness!
When we are actually out there, it is always just so all consuming surviving – it’s like being on 24/7- I always say that survival requires your all if you are going to succeed. But when I am traveling I love to watch movies, listen to music and read mountaineering or boating magazines – oh and send silly messages to the kids!
Greenland – a vast wilderness of unclimbed peaks and mindblowing terrain.