IN THIS SERIES of Super-A the Journey podcasts, we explore if learning through movement, rather than pure intellect, will inspire people of all ages to adopt a healthier lifestyle. For the 40-plus every year is a goal to defy age and achieve the ultimate looks victory – to become a Super-Ager when nobody can guess how old you are. Let’s foster changing the face of fitness together.
Fred Busch is the director of Miami Yoga, and a Leader in the field of Human Nutrition.
She helps her client’s to resolve a host of complaints and health conditions…
Numerologist Bonni Southey regards numbers as symbols, each with a deep significance.
Most 30-year olds under -estimate their potential – if only they knew!- well here is the evidence.
Professional light-heavyweight boxer Charlie Duffield has a self-effacing…
Dr. Adrian Woolfson
Geneticist Dr. Adrian Woolfson has over a decade of biopharmaceutical experience…
Helps you to transform your health and body to not only look amazing but als feel amazingl!
Marcus Bankes Consultant Hip Surgeon BSc (Hons), FRCS (Orth) says the tennis…
Lilias Ahmeria has been at the forfront of wellness for over twenty years.
Wayne Lèal is the creator of the SUPER-AGEING Wellness concept and hosts the SUPER-AGEING Wellness radio talk show. He is a testament to what he has achieved: published author, magazine publisher, designed the livery for an international airline, winner of a small businessman of the year award, property developer, senior Yoga instructor, and taught at some of the world’s top spas. Notwithstanding injuring every major joint in his body.
By-invitation-only access his London studio is an intimate workout space without a treadmill or the usual gym equipment. The only real evidence of its existence is the sweaty bodies posted on Instagram. Few programmes can claim to have reached the world’s best spas and be used by world champion athletes and Captains of industry – without any advertising: all by word of mouth. It is not about the latest butt-sculpting workout for glutes of steel, or being at a Health Club where royalty and A-list celebs are members. The distinction is the adopted Guru/Student yogic teaching approach that dates back thousands of years.
The Studio is a hidden gem that encompasses Coaching, Teacher Training, and Workshops. People with the most enviable lifestyles seek advice not only on health and fitness, but how to live their lives – placing responsibility for their whole wellbeing in the philosophy of ‘The Secret Studio’
The art of interpreting the meanings of numbers is called numerology. In ancient civilisations numbers were used to see connections and patterns throughout existence. Numerologist Bonni Southey regards numbers as symbols, each with a deep significance. This is the basis for her
She trained initially as a fashion illustrator, and clothing designer, with a corporate retail buyer role background it is the more therapeutic world of the healing frequency of energy and colour which drew Bonni’s professional interest, and is proving to be cutting edge at a healing level. More and more people are beginning to realise that the allopathic drug based medicine is not always the best way, and are moving more towards an alignment with the natural therapies.
Her ‘Soulscapes Meditative Painting Workshops’ are designed to ‘unleash creative potential’ and ‘nourish the soul’. A powerful event that facilitates change at the theta level of the brain – creating deep lasting changes and removing sub-conscious blockages. She says; “Everyone creates an artwork after meditation which is a lovely, significant soul expression based on their personal numerology which is fun and healing too. There are regular workshops throughout the year. Essentially life is too short, full and precious not to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. I help people to achieve their best possible selves.”
Who is West Ham fan, Charlie Duffield outside of boxing?
More than anything, I am a doting dad to my two girls, Lillianne and Robin. My girls are 2 years old and 8 weeks old. I am very much a family man and always have been, even before I was a dad and a husband. I come from a big family, I have eight siblings and both my parents come from big families too. We always have big family parties and get-togethers. I love it! I’m also a personal trainer and fit my clients in around my boxing training and commitments, as that takes priority for me.
How did you get into boxing?
When I was about 10 my dad, Charles, took me to West Ham ABC. I was a bit of a terror as a kid and apparently this was a desperate bid to get me on a better path and disciplined. It worked! I loved it from the minute I stepped in there and within a few months I already had my first fight lined up. I remember that feeling still, I couldn’t wait to fight, and it went from there. I loved training and being around the likes of Micky May and the older, more experienced boys at the time, so I threw myself into it.
How well did you do in the amateurs?
From the age of 11 when I had my first fight to the age of 16, I probably had near on 70 fights. I only lost a handful. I got to two NABC finals and won the Schoolboys at 16. I then fell out of the sport a bit because I hated the dieting and felt like I was missing out when it came to my friends. If I’m honest, I was also frustrated that boys I was beating were getting better recognition and picked for teams I wanted to be in. It was immaturity on my part, but I cut my nose of to spite my face and stopped training. I have mixed feelings about the decision to walk away from the sport now. I regret not sticking with it as I believe I would’ve progressed and got the recognition I was fighting for. It would’ve kept me on the straight and narrow and stopped me making some stupid decisions. But everything happens for a reason and I can’t change that now. I did get back to the sport at 21. I went to watch my friend Dudley O’Shaughnessy train in the lead up to the ABA’s and his dad, Brian, who was my trainer as an amateur along with the legend Micky May, dared me to make a comeback and enter the ABAs the following year. I decided to and trained for three months in the lead up and got for the finals. I carried on training after that, but then tore my rotator cuff and it put me out again.
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
I’d say Rocky Marciano. I’ve idolised the man since first watching one of his fights. I love his fighting style. It goes without saying the great Mohammed Ali is an idol and Thomas Hearn’s is another favourite of mine. They all have different styles and qualities, but something draws me to them. I didn’t actually watch much boxing growing up, it was later in life I took more of an interest and it’s probably what gave me my passion back for it.
What is different about your mental state?
I’m a much stronger person mentally now. I have more structure in my life. I will never get over the loss of my brother and will always have to stay focused when it comes to my well documented gambling addiction problems, but I have learned to live life with positivity and am a lot more open now than I was then. I’ve now beaten that demon that use to give really bad, bad thoughts, it’s behind me now. Mentally, I am completely different, and I’ve learned a hell of a lot from that loss. Training and boxing have been therapeutic, especially training with Mark Tibbs. Before now I never took boxing seriously, before it has been just like a hobby. I trained as and when I felt like it and no one could tell me what to do or when to do it. I also have a great wife who was a pivotal figure in my recovery. She pushed me all the way and even though she didn’t know the full story of what was going on in my head, she went through the hell we were going through with my brother and stood by me as I self-destructed when it came to the gambling. We picked up the pieces together and I sometimes I don’t know where I’d be or who I am without her. She is my rock. Come July 20th I’m going to show everybody who I really am and how far I’ve come from that time.
A message to your supporters?
I’m on a journey and I want everyone to be there with me. With your noise behind me, it will spur me on to greater things. I am grateful for the huge amount of support I’ve received since I turned pro and can’t thank everyone enough for sticking by me I’m forever grateful!
Valerian Spicer had an amateur boxing career that saw her compete in World championships and two editions of the Commonwealth Games. She finished her career at Gold Coast 2018, going to the prestigious multisport tournament remarkably soon after having a baby. “It was always going to be the last thing I was going to do, I had my son and thought I could squeeze in another Commonwealth Games. It was really tough going. As I was still training while I was pregnant but obviously it was very limited. I couldn’t spar or enter competitions. But I was still doing some boxing training, along with some strength and conditioning. Then I had my son Hamish. Then I was back training it was tough. The toughest bit was the sleep deprivation that was really, really difficult. My son Hamish lived in a boxing gym for the first twelve months of his life. I am going to miss competing, for eight years it was the focus of my life, I made the most of the opportunities and I’m proud when I look back at the things I have achieved. I now train others to get in shape through boxing fitness.
This 6-Stage acronym of my name represents key values I lived by whilst training as an elite athlete and still continue to apply throughout my everyday life.
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Dr. Adrian Woolfson
All the simplification in the world cannot make the subject of genetics an easy one
He has over a decade of biopharmaceutical industry experience in drug discovery, medical affairs and early and late stage clinical development. Most recently, he served as Chief Medical Officer at Nouscom AG, a genetic cancer vaccine biotechnology company based in Basel, Switzerland, where he led the development of the company’s off-the-shelf and personalized neoantigen vaccine and oncolytic virus strategy. Prior to Nouscom, Dr. Woolfson served as Global Clinical Leader, Early and Late Stage Immuno-Oncology/Hematology at Pfizer Inc. in New York, and was responsible for defining Pfizer’s hematology immuno-oncology strategy and building its immuno-oncology hematological malignancies portfolio encompassing a broad range of immuno-modulatory agents focused on the Pfizer/Merck KGaA PD-L1 inhibitor avelumab and 4-1BB agonist utomilumab. Prior to that he was the Global Lead for Pfizer’s SMO inhibitor glasdegib, which received FDA approval in 2018. From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Woolfson held roles of increasing responsibility at Bristol-Myers Squibb initially in London, UK where he launched the TKI dasatinib, and then in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was Global Medical Lead for a first-in-human CDC7 inhibitor and selective JAK2 inhibitor.
Before joining industry, Dr. Woolfson completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge in the UK. He holds a BM BCh degree in Clinical Medicine from Oxford University and completed his PhD in molecular immunology at Cambridge University in the UK. He was the Charles and Katherine Darwin Research Fellow at Darwin College Cambridge, and a Welcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow. His doctoral and post-doctoral work on alternative splicing, soluble CD antigens, and protein folding was in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winner and inventor of monoclonal antibodies Dr César Milstein in the Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.
Helps you to transform your health and body to not only look amazing but to feel amazing as well! Alex is an ISSN Sports Nutrition Specialist, Fitness Professional and certified Superhuman Coach who continues to expand his knowledge base and help people across the world with their health and wellness. Alex is recognized as the National Record Holder in Powerlifting and Indoor Rowing and has earned the title of the Australian National Natural Bodybuilding Champion. Having worked as a health coach and personal trainer for over a decade, Alex now researches all things health and wellness and shares his findings on this blog. L
On this site, you will find all the tools and resources you need to boost testosterone, lower body fat, improve your sleep, regain health and increase performance.
Through my blog articles, resource zones, podcasts, ebooks, e-courses and my coaching program, I will help you look and feel amazing!
Marcus Bankes has extensive experience treating hip conditions and injuries affecting young and active people, including hip impingement (FAI), hip dysplasia and arthritis. He is familiar with the specific needs of competitive athletes at all levels. He has particular expertise in hip arthroscopy, peri-acetabular osteotomy (PAO) and ceramic on ceramic total hip replacements. He leads the Young Adult Hip Unit at Guy’s Hospital, the tertiary referral centre for the South England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Recent and current appointments
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London (appointed 2002)
Chair of Steering Committee, British Hip Society Non-Arthroplasty Hip Registry (NAHR)
International Society of Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA)
British Hip Society (Executive Committee Member)
British Orthopaedic Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Lilias has had over twenty years of practice she says; “I have seen and heard most things, some tragic and desperately sad, others heart-warming, illuminating and hilarious. Whatever you have to share you will have my utmost attention and a sincere desire to help you find the best outcome.”
She was one of the first to introduce her areas of work as she came across them to the UK. Being the first accredited magnet therapist in the country, then introducing and drawing attention to other unknown at the time, fields such as Electronic Gem Therapy, Thoughtfield Therapy, Autonomic Response Testing and now she is introducing to the UK new Quantum technologies.
No stranger to press, Lilias is well known to the media for her cutting-edge techniques. Her opinions have been aired on BBC1 Breakfast News, and many other programmes, the Radio and in countless magazines and newspapers.
Ayurveda is an all encompassing 5000-year-old system of medicine and a profound way of life. Through balancing the three energy forces in the body known as ‘doshas’ and diving deep into gut health, Ayurveda goes far beyond a pill for your ill. Your unique physical, emotional, and mental make up can dictate your health vulnerabilities but the good news is, we can prevent them from manifesting by staying aligned to our mind-body type and maintaining a strong digestion.
Geeta is the founder of Geeta Vara Ayurveda and author of Ayurveda – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Wellbeing. She is a British-born Practitioner inspired by her Indian roots bringing the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda to her clinic, workshops, International wellness retreats, her writing and book.
After studying for 4 years and qualifying with an MSc in Ayurvedic Medicine, she set up her London-based practice in 2008. She has been working globally with clients to coach them to manage and heal from a variety of health complaints. Her vision is to make the profound science of Ayurveda accessible and understandable for all whilst maintaining its authenticity. In her practice, she has a passion for preventative healthcare and focuses on restoring gut health and managing stress at the root-level as she believes they are often responsible for many lifestyle-related health conditions.
She helps her client’s to resolve a host of complaints and health conditions through herbs, diet, nutrition, lifestyle coaching, therapeutic treatments, yoga, breathing and meditation. Geeta is a spirited traveller and a passionate cook, her mission is to promote conscious living and empower her clients to be the healthiest version of themselves.
FRED HAS FOCUSED his career on promoting health and wellbeing and his path to this calling began in Africa in 1998 when he contracted a rare and serious parasitic disease. During his difficult recovery from this illness, he realized that good health was a blessing, should never be taken for granted, and that each person had the capacity to make lifestyle choices to maintain their health.