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Joe Sugg, author, actor, business owner, musician and strictly finalist, is out stomping in the beautiful, and very hilly, Sussex countryside with Dr Alex this week. Since rising to fame with his YouTube channel, Joe has lived a very public life which was exacerbated by coming second in Strictly Come Dancing, with his dance partner and now girlfriend, Dianne Buswell. In this episode, Joe opens up about the difficulties that come with living a life in the public eye, why nature has become imperative to his health and wellness and the reason for him and Dianne making the move out of the city, and into the countryside. You can pick up a copy of Joe’s new book Grow here and Dr Alex’s A Better Day here.
While stomping around Sussex, Joe Sugg and Dr Alex discuss the importance of finding a balance in our personal and professional lives.  Joe shares the variation in his career to date and how he’s changed throughout the last 10 years, how to make it big on YouTube and how his new book, Grow, was born out of his phone addiction. You can pick up a copy of Joe’s new book Grow here and Dr Alex’s A Better Day here.
As the stomp draws to a close, Dr Alex and Joe Sugg reflect on Joes time on Strictly Come Dancing. In part 3, Joe speaks about how he was approached for the hit show, how he dealt with nerves and being outside of his comfort zone and why for him strictly was a blessing and not a curse. Joe also shares his advice on making a career change and why he lives by ‘your tribe being your vibe’. You can pick up a copy of Joe’s new book Grow here and Dr Alex’s A Better Day here.
SAS: Who Dares Wins team member and Sunday Times best-selling author, Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham, is putting Dr Alex through his paces on a stomp through the hills of Malvern this week. Billy had an 18 year career in the military and is a highly decorated SAS soldier. He’s completed missions in both the UK and some of the most hostile countries in the world, which has earned him an MBE and the Queens commendation for Bravery. Billy shares with Dr Alex how he coped with fear while on tour; what it’s really like to serve and survive in environments like the jungle; how a soldier's sixth sense becomes finetuned while in survival mode and why you should never take the easy route…. You can follow Billy here and pick up a copy of ‘Survive to Fight’, his new novel that’s based on his life and career.
In part 2 of this stomp, Dr Alex asks Billy about life as a soldier in the armed forces and the challenges he faced when readjusting back to civilian life. Billy shares with Dr Alex how his family had to deal with the uncertainty of his tours - recalling the time when a 10 day tour became a 9 month tour without any form of contact or communication, and why his daughter felt like she didn’t ‘know’ her dad until she read his books. Billy also discusses the treatment of veterans of the British Armed Forces and how we can better support those who have served and their families.  You can follow Billy here and pick up a copy of ‘Survive to Fight’, his new fiction book that’s based on his life and career.
Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sir Michael Caine, Jude Law, Kate Moss and Tom Cruise are just a handful of names who have employed this week’s guest, Billy Billingham, as their bodyguard.  In part 3 of this stomp in Malvern, Billy shares how his career pivoted from being an SAS soldier to a bodyguard, and then from being a bodyguard to being a member of Channel 4’s hit show SAS: Who Dares Wins. Dr Alex also asks Billy about his childhood and upbringing as well as his literary work as the author of 2 novels, based on his life in the military, and his autobiography. You can follow Billy here and pick up a copy of ‘Survive to Fight’, his new fiction book that’s based on his life and career.
Michelin-star chef, Tom Kerridge is stomping with Dr Alex this week in Marlow, home to many of his restaurants, namely The Hand and Flowers, the only pub in the UK to be awarded two Michelin stars. During part one of this stomp, Tom and Dr Alex talk about why he thrives in environments he describes as ‘controlled chaos’; how he continued to serve the local community during lockdowns as well as the impact Covid had on his businesses and how he overcomes the hurdles that come his way in both life and business. Follow Tom here and grab a copy of his new cookbook, Real Life Recipes, here.
After coming to the realisation that drinking was taking up too much space in his life, Tom decided to become sober - a subject Tom openly speaks about in this part of the stomp. Tom opens up about how he's managed his battle with alcohol and his sobriety, as well as how, regardless of how much weight he has lost or gained, he’s always remained comfortable with his body image - an important mindset he is instilling into his son, Acey. Follow Tom here and grab a copy of his new cookbook, Real Life Recipes, here.
When Tom Kerridge received a call from one of his chef’s, known as one of his ‘pirates’, he never expected it to be news of his first Michelin star - which went on to become two. But what was Tom's route to success? How did he become such a talented chef and what does it take to earn the prestige of a Michelin star? And how does he deal with all the pressure and stress his job comes with? As Tom Kerridge’s stomp with Dr Alex draws to a close, their conversation focuses on Tom’s career, how he manages his restaurants and TV work as well as, of course, his personal and family life. Follow Tom here and grab a copy of his new cookbook, Real Life Recipes, here.
Love Island star, Tasha Ghouri, joins Dr Alex for a stomp around London’s Greenwich Park. Until Tasha had her cochlear implant fitted when she was 5, she was completely deaf and therefore unable to hear or speak.  In part 1 of this week’s stomp, you’ll hear Tasha share how she’s been feeling since leaving the villa and why she believes her deafness is a gift. You can follow Tasha here. Find the transcript for this episode here.
Born completely deaf, Tasha Ghouri, had her cochlear implant fitted when she was a child and until going on Love Island, she had never faced Ableism for her deafness. Tasha shares with Dr Alex what life with a cochlear implant is like, how she found her confidence through her passion for music and dance and how it felt to be trolled and bullied for the way she speaks. You can follow Tasha here. Find the transcript for the episode here.
As we round up the stomp this week, Tasha speaks to Dr Alex about how she’s finding life after leaving the villa and her relationship with Andrew as well as what she hopes her legacy will be. Tasha also talks about why she went on the show, her impact as a disabled model after one of her photoshoots went viral as well as how she still views herself as the girl from Thirsk, despite her new found fame. You can follow Tasha here. Find the transcript for this episode here.
Esther Abrami moved to the UK when she was 14 and couldn’t speak a word of English. Despite the language barrier, she studied music in an English-speaking school and has gone on to become a well-respected violinist, as well as a popular online personality on social media and her YouTube channel.  This week, Esther joins Dr Alex for a wander around London’s Hyde Park where they talk about: Esther’s journey of leaving Marseille and being accepted as a student at Manchester's prestigious Chethams School of Music; how she was approached by and signed exclusively to record lable, Sony Classical, and what it truly takes to become a world-class violinist. Follow Esther here and watch her YouTube videos here.
As a teen, Esther Abrami was told she was ‘too ambitious’ and aiming ‘too high’ in her dream of becoming a world-class violinist; however by the age of 25, she was performing her debut solo at the Royal Albert Hall, proving her professors wrong. In part 2 of this conversation, you’ll hear Esther reflecting on her childhood in the south of France, learning to play the violin; how she dealt with negativity from her peers and what it’s like to be a young person building a career that intersects her online, modern-day work with the more traditional classical music industry. Follow Esther here and watch her YouTube videos here.
Despite months of setting 5am alarms for practice, and endless amounts of grit and determination, Esther shares how when she was 17, her preparation for a prestigious competition simply wasn’t enough however her failure to win has led her to some of her greatest successes today. In the final part of Dr Alex and Esther's stomp, you’ll hear them chat about how Esther dealt with self-doubt after failure, the importance of having her family as her support network and how she now prepares for important performances. The Mozart Effect Health Fact of the Week. Follow Esther here and watch her YouTube videos here.
This week, the nation's favourite PE teacher, Joe Wicks, takes Dr Alex on a stomp around the beautiful Virginia Water Lake. Having recently had baby number three, Joe shares how he and his wife, Rosie, hope to grow their family, why getting outdoors is paramount to his happiness and mental health and why he’s calling for a change in the narrative around fitness.   Follow Joe Wicks here and pick up a copy of Dr Alex’s new book A Better Day here.
Whilst meandering around Virginia Water Lake, conversation between Joe and Dr Alex flows through the highs and lows of Joe’s career and how his purpose drives every decision he makes. Joe opens up about the importance of being emotionally vulnerable with his team and the working relationship he has with his brother, what it meant for him to receive his MBE and why his gratitude comes from his focus on the small things in life. Follow Joe Wicks here and pick up a copy of Dr Alex’s new book A Better Day here.
In part 3 of this week’s stomp, Dr Alex and Joe Wicks take their conversation into Joe’s toolkit for life and the mindsets he adopts in order to keep his mental and physical health in check. While approaching the end of the stomp, you’ll hear Joe also sharing how he approaches fatherhood and keeps watch of his children's mental health as well as how he and Rosie still find time to unwind amongst the chaos of raising their three young children. Follow Joe Wicks here and pick up a copy of Dr Alex’s new book A Better Day here.
This week fashion-guru and Author, Susannah Constantine, is stomping with Dr Alex through the beautiful woodland of High Beeches. Famed for being one half of the trendy duo, ‘Trinny and Susannah’, Susannah has spent a large part of her life on screen, helping turn people’s confidence, and wardrobe, from drab to fab. But what happens off screen is where the story lies in this episode.  You’ll hear Susannah open up about her alcoholism, her mothers bipolar and her time spent having intimate, royal dinners with none other than Princess Margaret. You can follow Susannah here and order her book ‘Ready For Absolutely Nothing’ here.
Welcome to part 2 of this stomp with Susannah Constantine. The conversation flows into vibrant anecdotes from Susannah’s book, Ready For Absolutely Nothing, her story of alcoholism and her path to recovery. She also shares incredible anecdotes about her close friendship with Princess Margaret and her time spent with the Queen and Margaret Thatcher at Balmoral. If you can relate to Susannah’s story of loss and bipolar, you can find support from Bipolar UK here. You can follow Susannah here and order her book ‘Ready For Absolutley Nothing’ here.
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