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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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Jul 25, 2017

At just 15 years old, Naomi Kutin has already established herself in the world of powerlifting gaining her first world record at nine. While powerlifting may not seem the typical sport of choice for a young girl, Naomi has grown up with it. Naomi’s father is an accomplished powerlifter himself and now, after watching Naomi’s success, her younger brother Ari has also taken up the sport, making it a family affair.

Being an Orthodox Jew, Naomi sometimes encounters difficulties with her training and competition, as she can only eat certain foods and cannot travel or compete on Shabbat. Yet, despite these cultural barriers, Naomi has become known as arguably one of the strongest girl’s in the world and gained the nickname ‘Supergirl.’. Naomi can lift nearly three-times her weight and is a force to be reckoned with in her sport of powerlifting.

Naomi holds multiple records and gold medals from competitions. In addition to her academic and powerlifting pursuits, Naomi runs track and works weekly with special needs students. She also loves to spend time with her family and friends.

 

Show notes

  • Being from Jersey
  • How she got her nickname - “Super Girl”
  • Her family - siblings and her parents
  • Competing in competitions with her dad and brother
  • Being active and sporty since a young age - playing soccer, basketball, track and basketball
  • What she liked about powerlifting
  • Her first competition - August 2010 - 8 years old… having to lift with all the men
  • Dealing with stage fright before the competition
  • Breaking world records and going on talk shows
  • Dealing with negativity and the haters
  • Breaking her first world record - at 9 years old
  • Whats going on inside her head when she goes to do a lift
  • Why she tries to keep her mind empty
  • Using visualisation before the competitions
  • Not getting the lifts and finding it difficult to handle
  • What a typical training week looks like
  • Her nutrition… being vegetarian and eating Kosher
  • The documentary and how it came about
  • What should have taken 6 months took 3 years 
  • Filming her from 11 to 14
  • Seeing the movie for the first time
  • What her friends think about it all
  • Her role models
  • The biggest challenges she’s had to face in life
  • How her religion impacts on powerlifting
  • Dealing with injury while powerlifting and the recovery from that
  • The olympics?
  • Her plans for the next few years?
  • Why it’s not all about the records?
  • Where does she get her drive from?
  • Final words of advice and why you should lift!

 

Social Media

Movie Website 

Facebook @SuperGirlNaomi

Instagram  - @Naomi.supergirl

 

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Jul 18, 2017

Tina Muir is a 2:36 marathoner and Great Britain runner who recently shocked the running world by taking a hiatus to focus on starting a family and overcoming amenorrhea.

Tina created the Running for Real Community to foster a healthy mindset around running. This is a space where runners can explore, embrace, and get better from setbacks through inspiring podcasts, videos, and blog posts, and most importantly, sharing thoughts and experiences.

Behind every personal best, there are plenty of personal not-so-bests, from beating ourselves up about just-missed PRs to the injury blues to embarrassing falls.

Running can really hurt, but we don’t have to go through it alone. 

 

Show notes

  • Moving over to America at 18 in 2007
  • Meeting her husband in the States
  • Running when she was younger
  • Doing cross country at school and hiding in the toilets
  • Making the school team and coming 4th in a competition 
  • Deciding she wanted to win
  • Joining a running club
  • Being coached by Brad Plummer in the UK
  • Deciding to leave her family and friends to go to America, but knowing it was the right thing to do
  • How training in America is very different to training in the UK
  • Loving the routine and living the running lifestyle 
  • Running 7 days a week 
  • quantity verses quality in running
  • Training for different race distances from 800m to 10K on the track
  • Learning how to run on tired training
  • Loving the 5k race distance
  • Being emotionally drained while running
  • Where she gets her drive and determination from
  • Wanting to wear the GB Vest
  • How to qualify for the GB Team and the stress behind trying to qualify
  • Achieving her lifetime goals of representing Great Britain 
  • Running 2.36 mins 
  • Running by feel and not looking at her watch 
  • Trying to break the 2.40 barrier 
  • Her favourite part of London Marathon - crossing Tower Bridge
  • Time to Say Goodbye: When You Have Grown Apart From What You Love the Most
  • Falling out of love with running
  • Not having a period for 9 years
  • Her identity and how it was/is tied into being a runner
  • Talking to her husband about her decision and having to make her own decision 
  • Speaking to doctors and experts about her period and not being able to get an answer 
  • Book - No Period Now What
  • Telling the world and being honest with the world
  • Her plan for the future
  • Freedom to decide what she wants to do and looking for joy
  • Deciding to start a podcast and the reasons behind it - Live from April 14th
  • The Running for Real Community
  • It’s not about comparison - it’s about you!
  • Being real about running!

 

Social Media

Facebook Running for Real

Twitter @tinamuir

Instagram @tinamuir88

Blog TinaMuir.com

 

Book - No period - Now what 

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 

 

Jul 11, 2017

Achievements

2013 - Ladies British National Champion at Double Ironman!

2015 - RAAM - 12 days 9 hours and 12 mins to become the first British Women to do so and the 37th women ever! 

 

Show notes

  • Growing up on a farm and not being sporty or outdoorsy, but getting use to cycling as she had to cycle everywhere
  • Taking up football when she went to university
  • Moving to London and trying to fit in health and fitness at the same time
  • Jumping straight into triathlon from football
  • Liking to challenge herself
  • What she liked about triathlon
  • The Double Ironman! With ENDUROMAN
  • Times for Ironman
  • Becoming the Ladies’ British National Champion in 2013
  • Dealing with sleep deprivation 
  • The finish of Enduroman and why it’s special
  • The 24 hour time trail and not realising the significance of the event
  • Why she would never do it again
  • Qualifying for RAAM - Race Across America
  • Why her strength is endurance and not speed
  • Her mental strength to just keep on going
  • Growing up knowing there was nothing she couldn’t do and why she doesn’t believe in “can’t”
  • Being inspired by her dad
  • Still dealing with doubts
  • RAAM - 2014 - time trail - Racing from the West coast to the East coast of America
  • The worlds toughest supported cycle race
  • 3,000 miles in 12 days and 21 hours for women  - 232 mile a day for women
  • Preparing herself for RAAM and why only 5% of the race is to do with cycling 
  • Sleeping less than 2 hours a day for 12 days
  • Falling asleep on her bike, coming off her bike and breaking her collar bone 
  • What she learned from the 2014 race and how she applied it to her 2015 race
  • Preparing for the trans continental race in Europe for 2017
  • Being able to emotionally detach while cycling
  • Listening to music, podcasts and listening to audio books (The millennium Trilogy)
  • Being inspired by stories from climbing mountains 
  • Swimming from the UK to the US!! (The 3k Virgin Island swim)
  • Loving running when she should be cycling
  • Running in Cyprus and why she loves trail running
  • Liking sleep and going for 8 hours a night
  • Feeling drained, which she think is linked to her diet
  • Making the change from vegetarian to vegan 
  • Her final words of advice and why you should go an crew for someone doing a challenge
  • Being Crew Chief for Jasminjn Muller LEJOG attempt
  • How she met Jasmijn!

 

Social Media

Twitter - @shupillinger 

Website - http://shupillinger.info 

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 

 

Jul 4, 2017

Despite roots in one of India’s most conservative rural Haryana state notorious for its skewed sex ratio in favour of boys, Nungshi and Tashi Malik, by 23 years old had achieved several global gender iconic milestones. 

They are the world’s first siblings and twins as well as youngest persons and the first South Asians to complete the ‘Adventurers Grand Slam’ (scaling highest peaks in all continents including Everest, and skiing to North and South Poles). Guinness World Records has already featured them for several of these including ‘first female twins to scale Everest, first twins and siblings to scale the Seven Summits and youngest person to complete Explorers Grand Slam’.

Popularly known as ‘Everest twins’, Nungshi and Tashi dedicated their adventure mission to Indian girl child with the motto ‘Gender Equality Now: Fight Female Feticide’. They use their climbing as metaphor for the ‘invisible’ mountains of gender discrimination, exclusion and denial of basic rights that millions of girls in India have to climb daily.

Last year they started ‘NungshiTashi Foundation’ with the twin objectives of promoting Outdoors Leadership and girl empowerment through Outdoors.

 

World Records

•First female twins to scale Mt Everest (Climbed at 21 years of age)

•First siblings & twins to climb ‘Seven Summits’ (highest peaks in all continents)

•First siblings & twins to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge

•Youngest persons ever to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge

•First twins to reach South Pole on Skis (last degree)

•First twins to reach North Pole on Skis, (last degree)

 

National/Regional Records

•First South Asians to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge

•Youngest and Fastest South Asians to complete Adventurers Grand Slam & the Three Pole Challenge (two years and a month)

•Youngest South Asians to scale the ‘Seven Summits’

•First Indian women to climb all ‘Seven Summits’ in first attempt (overall 2nd Indian women and third Indians)

•Youngest and fastest South Asians to reach North & South Pole on Skis (completed in less than 4 months)

 

Show notes

  • Where they are based at the moment
  • Where they were brought up
  • Travelling a lot when they were younger, 
  • Growing up as girls in India
  • Being trend setters and where it came from
  • How their mum helped to support them with their goals
  • Their 3rd sister
  • Dealing with fears and what drove them
  • Not understanding the desire to fit in within the group
  • Why they wanted to be the best version of themselves
  • Where the love for the outdoors came from
  • Developing leadership attributes and self awareness through mountaineering
  • When mountaineering turned into a passion
  • Planning and climbing their first 19,000 ft mountain
  • Who first mentioned Everest and why it was a calling from the mountain
  • How they made their dream a reality
  • Why to achieve your goals it comes down to commitment
  • The struggles to achieve their goal over 4.5 years
  • Getting the go ahead from their mum!
  • Being labelled as fragile!
  • The challenges and struggles they faced to achieve their Everest dream
  • Funding the challenge
  • How they trained to get in the best physical condition possible before the challenge
  • The historic moment on the summit
  • The journey back to basecamp 
  • Deciding to do the 7 summits!
  • Getting home and taking the time to celebrate
  • Dealing with the adventure blues..
  • Losing friends in the mountains
  • mission2for7
  • Completing the explorers grand slam at 23 years old
  • What they’ve learned from doing these challenges
  • Why exploration has become a spiritual journey 
  • Why they strike a steel plate on the summit of every mountain
  • Nungshi and Tashi Foundation which aims to empower girls
  • Heading to study in New Zealand
  • Final words of advice to motivate and inspire you

“With passion and commitment, miracles do happen”

 

Other Everest Episodes you can listen to on the Tough Girl Podcast

 

  • Cathy O’Dowd
  • Masha Gordon
  • Squash Falconer
  • Jo Bradshaw
  • Tori James

 

Social Media

Website - http://nungshitashi.org

Facebook 

Instagram @twinclimbers

Twitter - @NungshiTashi

 

Feeling inspired week after week? 

You can do 3 easy things to help me continue to grow the podcast!

  1. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you won’t miss a single episode
  2. If you’re loving the podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes! I read every single comment!
  3. Share the podcast with your friends, especially if you think it could help them, and spread the #ToughGirlPodcast love. 

Your support helps me continue to grow the podcast and do inspiring things in this space! Already done all 3? You’re a rockstar! Thank you!

Want to do more?

Please become a Patron and donate a small fixed amount every month to help fund the runnings costs. 

 

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