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Tough Girl Podcast

The Tough Girl Podcast is all about inspiring and motivating YOU! I will be interviewing inspirational women from around the world, who’ve faced and overcome difficult challenges and situations, they will share their story, their knowledge and provide advice and essential tips for you to overcome your own personal challenges. Please check out the Tough Girl Challenges website - www.toughgirlchallenges.com and follow on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL
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Now displaying: November, 2015
Nov 24, 2015

Elin Haf Davies got into sports later on in life. When she moved to London, she started with rugby, and for 9 years her life was all work and rugby, until she got dropped by the rugby team and divorced. All of this happened at the same time and massively impacted on her confidence and took her to a dark place. 

She decided she had to move on and change her life and this is when her love of challenges and adventures started.

During this podcast we discuss:

  • Her Inspiration - “Rowing it Alone” by Deborah Veal
  • Rowing across the Atlantic in a pair
  • Raising funds for Metabolic Research
  • How she approached the preparation for the Atlantic row
  • Not getting on at school but going back to academia to get her degree, masters and PHD. 
  • Learnings from the Marathon Des Sables where she failed to finish
  • Rowing across the Indian Ocean in the first female crew
  • What life was like rowing every day - sleep deprivation, rowing in shifts, the drive and motivation
  • Why you row naked!
  • Mental preparation before and during the race. - “Were the mind goes, the body follows”
  • How to deal with negative thoughts and turn them to your advantage - “Don’t let other people kill your dreams.”
  • The challenges she faced rowing the Indian Ocean 
  • Why she decided to sail the Pacific instead of rowing across
  • How she first started in sailing at 32
  • Tips for working in a male dominated environment
  • Advice for getting into sailing 
  • Becoming a 2 handed sailor
  • Women and getting sponsorship 
  • Role models for women

If you’ve enjoyed this episode then please send Elin a tweet @ElinHafDavies. I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

Thanks so much for listening! New episodes are coming out every Tuesday at 7 am - #ToughGirlTuesday. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review!

Nov 17, 2015

During this podcast Amy talks all about her love of fitness and how she came to take up the sport of powerlifting. To put this in context, Amy had never done any weight training before and had never even picked up a dumbbell! Five months later she had entered her first powerlifting competition. 

Amy shares her journey from entering local competitions and progressing to the British Championships before taking on the European Championships where she gained the European Junior Bronze Medal.  

Amy talks about the following:

  • What powerlifting is
  • What happens in a competition
  • How to overcome nerves and focus on what you're doing
  • Why having goals are important to helping you achieve
  • The difference between weightlifting and powerlifting
  • Why powerlifting isn’t recognised as a sport
  • Competing in the European Championships
  • How she overcame her nerves
  • What goes through her head when she lifts
  • How “mind over matter” works in powerlifting
  • Breaking the British Junior Record Squat
  • Training cycles
  • Rest & recovery
  • Nutrition- chicken & broccoli?! 
  • Coping with training and university life
  • Why women should lift weights
  • Raising money to go to international competitions - Bake sales & selling t-shirts
  • Joining the Amy Army!

“Don’t be scared of lifting weights!”

If you’ve enjoyed this episode then please send Amy a tweet @AmySpencerr. I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

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Nov 10, 2015

I first noticed Ali on twitter, as she’d just completed a 24 hr endurance running race!  I was really interested in the whole event and wanted to understand more about it. Plus I thought it would make an awesome episode for the tough girl podcast!

In this episode we talk all about running, whether it’s 800 m sprints, 5K park runs, trying to break the 3 hr barrier for the marathon as well as ultra running races, such as the Marathon Des Sables and Endure 24. 

Ali is a personal trainer and certified running coach and has loads of top tips. 

She discusses: -

  • Goal setting
  • Training
  • How to run faster
  • Different runs you can do
  • Ultra running

This episode will make you want to go for a run! 

So put your trainers on, download this episode and go for it!

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If you’ve enjoyed this episode then please send Ali at tweet @AliJYoung. I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL

Nov 3, 2015

Boxing has always been a part of the Copeland Family. Stacey’s father was a professional boxer and her granddad has been involved in the family gym, which has been teaching boxing for over 40 years. 

Stacey was brought up at gym and spend many happy hours down there from a young age learning how to box, and she would happily spar with the boys not knowing any different. It was only as she got older, she was made aware how unusual her passion for boxing was. She’d wanted to take boxing to the next level, but because boxing was illegal for women, she had to put her dream on hold and instead decided to follow her other passion, football, and after playing for her country at under eighteen, she then became a professional and headed off to play football for clubs around the world. 

After twelve broken bones, it was time for Stacey to retire from football and at 29 she decided she was going to follow her dreams and see if she could make it at boxing! 

Although many people said at 29 Stacey was too old to take up a new sport - especially boxing. Stacey knew, she would not be stopped, she was going to at least try.

During this podcast, Stacey shares with us the hardships and challenges she faced and how she persevered and was able to prove all her doubters wrong and went on to win two ABA national titles, as well as four Boxcup tournaments in Europe. 

I loved recorded this episode, there are so many learning points, and for me, it really does show no matter what happens, its never to late to go after your dreams and with hard work, commitment and focus you can make it happen and you can achieve amazing things. You just need to go for it.

If you’ve enjoyed this episode send Stacey a tweet she’s @Staceyspongebob I’m also on twitter @_TOUGH_GIRL as always it would be great to hear from you. 

Don’t forget to subscribe and to tell your friends about the Tough Girl Podcast. New Episodes every Tuesday morning at 7 am!

See you next Tuesday for another awesome episode when we speak with Ali Young a “non runner”, who’s just completed a 24 hr endurance race!

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