How Fitness Saved My Life

How Fitness Saved My Life

Former college football player, half-ironman competitor and strength coach Action Alexa, and ex-competitive gymnast, BMX racer and high-performance athlete and coach Jenna Louise talk to people who have achieved incredible athletic feats to

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Season 1


Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei – Mixed Martial Arts World Champion & UFC heavyweight

After a childhood from hell, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei was headed for trouble, until he discovered the art of fighting and turned his life around. Soa went on to become a 3 x Mixed Martial Arts World Champion & UFC heavyweight with a fight record that saw him take home 82% of his wins via Knockout. Hosts Jenna Louise and Action Alexa sit down with Soa to find out about the unusual tools this Octagon veteran harnessed to face his fears, how he used fitness to recover from trauma, and why he believes the UFC saved his life.  

Soa ‘The Hulk’ Palelei – Mixed Martial Arts World Champion & UFC heavyweight

After a childhood from hell, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei was headed for trouble, until he discovered the art of fighting and turned his life around. Soa went on to become a 3 x Mixed Martial Arts World Champion & UFC heavyweight with a fight record that saw him take home 82% of his wins via Knockout. Hosts Jenna Louise and Action Alexa sit down with Soa to find out about the unusual tools this Octagon veteran harnessed to face his fears, how he used fitness to recover from trauma, and why he believes the UFC saved his life.  

40:25

EP12 - S1

19 Jun 22

Ky Furneaux – Survivalist and Hollywood Stunt Performer

Ky Furneaux grew up adventuring in the outback until a car accident left her with a fractured spine and doctors telling her she would never be active again. This was a life sentence that Ky wasn't prepared to accept, and her determination and love of nature inspired her to use rock climbing as a tool for recovery. She's since won the World Taurus Stunt Award for the best female stunt performer and successfully navigated a 100-mile hike over the Sierra Nevada with only a pocket knife, amongst many other incredible achievements as an extreme survivalist. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise chat to Ky to find out how she survived 21 days in the Amazon alone bleeding into piranha-infested waters, how she trained to become an A-list Hollywood stunt performer and what skills we can adopt in our own lives in order to stay calm in the worst situations.

Ky Furneaux – Survivalist and Hollywood Stunt Performer

Ky Furneaux grew up adventuring in the outback until a car accident left her with a fractured spine and doctors telling her she would never be active again. This was a life sentence that Ky wasn't prepared to accept, and her determination and love of nature inspired her to use rock climbing as a tool for recovery. She's since won the World Taurus Stunt Award for the best female stunt performer and successfully navigated a 100-mile hike over the Sierra Nevada with only a pocket knife, amongst many other incredible achievements as an extreme survivalist. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise chat to Ky to find out how she survived 21 days in the Amazon alone bleeding into piranha-infested waters, how she trained to become an A-list Hollywood stunt performer and what skills we can adopt in our own lives in order to stay calm in the worst situations.

50:23

EP11 - S1

29 May 22

Bec Rodriguez – Bare-knuckle boxing world champion

Mixed Martial Artist Bec Rodriguez AKA “Rowdy Bec” is the first female bareknuckle fighting world champion and the epitome of a strong and capable woman. But behind the tattoos and tough exterior, she was fighting a much more dangerous battle outside of the ring for three years, as the “unlikely” victim of domestic violence. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise talk to Bec about her powerful story of survival, how she channelled the anger from her trauma into discipline and fitness leading her to become the undisputed champion she is today, and why she now believes that her greatest strength has come through learning to be vulnerable.

Bec Rodriguez – Bare-knuckle boxing world champion

Mixed Martial Artist Bec Rodriguez AKA “Rowdy Bec” is the first female bareknuckle fighting world champion and the epitome of a strong and capable woman. But behind the tattoos and tough exterior, she was fighting a much more dangerous battle outside of the ring for three years, as the “unlikely” victim of domestic violence. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise talk to Bec about her powerful story of survival, how she channelled the anger from her trauma into discipline and fitness leading her to become the undisputed champion she is today, and why she now believes that her greatest strength has come through learning to be vulnerable.

36:53

EP10 - S1

8 May 22

Harry Bink – Nitro Circus Professional Trick Rider

X-games medalist Harry Bink became hooked on Freestyle Motocross at just 4 years old. At 17 he made his professional debut, quickly becoming a fan favourite with his gravity defying high-octane stunts and daredevil antics. In 2017 he made history at the Nitro World Games where he nailed the first ever rock solid landing from a front flip – earning him first place honors in the FMX Best Trick category. Hosts Alexa and Jenna chat to Harry and explore his extraordinary mindset to find out why he believes fear is his superpower and how his passion for the sport has kept him alive both physically and mentally.

Harry Bink – Nitro Circus Professional Trick Rider

X-games medalist Harry Bink became hooked on Freestyle Motocross at just 4 years old. At 17 he made his professional debut, quickly becoming a fan favourite with his gravity defying high-octane stunts and daredevil antics. In 2017 he made history at the Nitro World Games where he nailed the first ever rock solid landing from a front flip – earning him first place honors in the FMX Best Trick category. Hosts Alexa and Jenna chat to Harry and explore his extraordinary mindset to find out why he believes fear is his superpower and how his passion for the sport has kept him alive both physically and mentally.

42:39

EP09 - S1

24 Apr 22

Sam Tait - Paralympic Sit-Skier

Sam Tait was a sports-mad 22 year old before a motorbike accident completely severed his spine and rendered him a paraplegic from the waist down. While in hospital he saw videos of sit-skiers and the decision to pursue the sport became his lifeline. Within 5 years Sam made his debut at the Paralympics in Korea, was ranked 6th in the world in Crossfit and was the first paraplegic to climb Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko without any mechanical assistance; a feat that inspired the documentary “All the way up.” Hosts Alexa and Jenna chat to Sam to find out how such a life-changing event taught him the power of his own adaptability and strength, why he's determined to push the boundaries as far as he can to see what he can do, and why he believes he's a much better human now.

Sam Tait - Paralympic Sit-Skier

Sam Tait was a sports-mad 22 year old before a motorbike accident completely severed his spine and rendered him a paraplegic from the waist down. While in hospital he saw videos of sit-skiers and the decision to pursue the sport became his lifeline. Within 5 years Sam made his debut at the Paralympics in Korea, was ranked 6th in the world in Crossfit and was the first paraplegic to climb Australia’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko without any mechanical assistance; a feat that inspired the documentary “All the way up.” Hosts Alexa and Jenna chat to Sam to find out how such a life-changing event taught him the power of his own adaptability and strength, why he's determined to push the boundaries as far as he can to see what he can do, and why he believes he's a much better human now.

44:10

EP08 - S1

10 Apr 22

Jayden Nikorima - Professional Rugby League Player for Melbourne Storm

Jayden Nikorima is a former teen prodigy and Kiwi Rugby League Player, currently contracted in the NRL to the Melbourne Storm. After debuting for the Roosters at 19, he was sacked a year later for off-field indiscretions including cheating on a drug test, only escaping prison time through a technicality. During his banishment to rugby league wilderness, he battled with depression and suicidal thoughts, before being given a lifeline by professional development coach Glenn Azar in the form of an invitation to the Redcliffe Dolphins pre-season camp. Hosts Jenna Louise and Action Alexa find out why Jayden credits this meeting with changing his life, setting him on the path to becoming a mentor for at-risk teens with the Building Better Humans Project and how he used fitness to come back from the brink.

Jayden Nikorima - Professional Rugby League Player for Melbourne Storm

Jayden Nikorima is a former teen prodigy and Kiwi Rugby League Player, currently contracted in the NRL to the Melbourne Storm. After debuting for the Roosters at 19, he was sacked a year later for off-field indiscretions including cheating on a drug test, only escaping prison time through a technicality. During his banishment to rugby league wilderness, he battled with depression and suicidal thoughts, before being given a lifeline by professional development coach Glenn Azar in the form of an invitation to the Redcliffe Dolphins pre-season camp. Hosts Jenna Louise and Action Alexa find out why Jayden credits this meeting with changing his life, setting him on the path to becoming a mentor for at-risk teens with the Building Better Humans Project and how he used fitness to come back from the brink.

40:22

EP07 - S1

27 Mar 22

Caroline Buchanan - BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion

Caroline Buchanan is a 3 x BMX and 5 x mountain bike world champion, dual Olympic athlete and most recently the first female to successfully nail a double front flip on a mountain bike. But after a horrific accident left her with bleeding around her heart, collapsed lungs and a broken sternum there was a period in Caroline’s life where she thought she'd never get on a bike again. Hosts Jenna Louise and Action Alexa find out how Caroline saved her own life using breath work, how she rebuilt her physical strength and mental stamina to get back on top of her game again as a cyclist and why she's a proud advocate for women in sport.

Caroline Buchanan - BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion

Caroline Buchanan is a 3 x BMX and 5 x mountain bike world champion, dual Olympic athlete and most recently the first female to successfully nail a double front flip on a mountain bike. But after a horrific accident left her with bleeding around her heart, collapsed lungs and a broken sternum there was a period in Caroline’s life where she thought she'd never get on a bike again. Hosts Jenna Louise and Action Alexa find out how Caroline saved her own life using breath work, how she rebuilt her physical strength and mental stamina to get back on top of her game again as a cyclist and why she's a proud advocate for women in sport.

45:39

EP06 - S1

13 Mar 22

Em Carey - much more than the girl that fell from the sky

Em Carey is a true testament to the power that mental fortitude and physical strength can have on recovery. Em was enjoying an adrenaline-filled holiday when a freak skydiving accident left her completely paralysed from the waist down. It was her incredible force of will and mental strength that enabled her to rebuild her body and ultimately save her life, learning to walk again in the process. Hosts Alexa and Jenna sit down with Em to find out how such a traumatic and life-changing event taught her the power of adaptability and resilience, how she dealt with the reality of being an athletic 20-year-old to being told she'd never walk again, and why her mantra is 'if you can, you must.'

Em Carey - much more than the girl that fell from the sky

Em Carey is a true testament to the power that mental fortitude and physical strength can have on recovery. Em was enjoying an adrenaline-filled holiday when a freak skydiving accident left her completely paralysed from the waist down. It was her incredible force of will and mental strength that enabled her to rebuild her body and ultimately save her life, learning to walk again in the process. Hosts Alexa and Jenna sit down with Em to find out how such a traumatic and life-changing event taught her the power of adaptability and resilience, how she dealt with the reality of being an athletic 20-year-old to being told she'd never walk again, and why her mantra is 'if you can, you must.'

50:25

EP05 - S1

27 Feb 22

Zion Clark - All American Wrestler and Guinness World Record Holder

Zion Clark is the epitome of what it is to be an athlete. Born without legs, his sheer tenacity has seen him awarded the All-American title for outstanding achievement in wrestling and a Guinness World Record for the fastest man on 2 hands, not to mention starring in his own Emmy award-winning Netflix documentary. But despite his many accomplishments, Zion spent his childhood in foster homes where he was bullied and physically attacked, nearly dying twice. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise talk to Zion about how he built his incredible physical strength and mental stamina to become an elite athlete, how he reads his opponents body language on a micro level to predict their next move, and why fitness didn’t just save his life, it made him a standout on every single playing field he chose.

Zion Clark - All American Wrestler and Guinness World Record Holder

Zion Clark is the epitome of what it is to be an athlete. Born without legs, his sheer tenacity has seen him awarded the All-American title for outstanding achievement in wrestling and a Guinness World Record for the fastest man on 2 hands, not to mention starring in his own Emmy award-winning Netflix documentary. But despite his many accomplishments, Zion spent his childhood in foster homes where he was bullied and physically attacked, nearly dying twice. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise talk to Zion about how he built his incredible physical strength and mental stamina to become an elite athlete, how he reads his opponents body language on a micro level to predict their next move, and why fitness didn’t just save his life, it made him a standout on every single playing field he chose.

34:14

EP04 - S1

13 Feb 22

Hattie Boydle - the first Australian WBFF World Champion

Hattie Boydle is one woman you'd never want to challenge in an arm wrestle! An elite gymnast from the age of four, she battled with anorexia throughout her teenage years and was hospitalised weighing a mere 27kgs. Not only did Hattie overcome crippling self-doubt and body dysmorphia to turn her life around, but she became the first Australian woman to win the coveted WBFF – becoming the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion model world champion. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise talk to Hattie about how strength training taught her grit, discipline and the power of the mind, why she's grateful for the most difficult time of her life and why she doesn't care that her training is ugly.

Hattie Boydle - the first Australian WBFF World Champion

Hattie Boydle is one woman you'd never want to challenge in an arm wrestle! An elite gymnast from the age of four, she battled with anorexia throughout her teenage years and was hospitalised weighing a mere 27kgs. Not only did Hattie overcome crippling self-doubt and body dysmorphia to turn her life around, but she became the first Australian woman to win the coveted WBFF – becoming the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion model world champion. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise talk to Hattie about how strength training taught her grit, discipline and the power of the mind, why she's grateful for the most difficult time of her life and why she doesn't care that her training is ugly.

45:21

EP03 - S1

30 Jan 22

Alyssa Azar - the youngest Australian to summit Everest

Mountaineer Alyssa Azar conquered Kokoda at 8 years old, the Aussie ten peaks at 10 and Kilimanjaro at 14; and as if that wasn’t enough, at 19 she became the youngest ever female Australian to summit Everest. But though Alyssa was a skilled lifelong climber and physically fit, Everest threw up a huge challenge for her. While climbing it, she got trapped in an avalanche and found herself having to call on techniques she had learned to build her mental and physical strength, in order to save her own life. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise sit down with Alyssa to find out what she did to survive this ordeal, how she trained to climb the world's highest mountain and what skills we can adopt in our own lives in order to stay calm in the worst situations.

Alyssa Azar - the youngest Australian to summit Everest

Mountaineer Alyssa Azar conquered Kokoda at 8 years old, the Aussie ten peaks at 10 and Kilimanjaro at 14; and as if that wasn’t enough, at 19 she became the youngest ever female Australian to summit Everest. But though Alyssa was a skilled lifelong climber and physically fit, Everest threw up a huge challenge for her. While climbing it, she got trapped in an avalanche and found herself having to call on techniques she had learned to build her mental and physical strength, in order to save her own life. Hosts Action Alexa and Jenna Louise sit down with Alyssa to find out what she did to survive this ordeal, how she trained to climb the world's highest mountain and what skills we can adopt in our own lives in order to stay calm in the worst situations.

40:39

EP02 - S1

16 Jan 22

How Fitness Saved My Life - Action Alexa and Jenna Louise

Former college football player, half-ironman competitor and strength coach Action Alexa, and ex-competitive gymnast, BMX racer and high-performance athlete and coach Jenna Louise talk to people who have achieved incredible athletic feats to find out how fitness saved them when they were at their lowest. They share the stories and practical skills of how they built their physical, mental and emotional fitness and the impact that physical strength and mental toughness had in changing their life. From surviving an avalanche on Mt Everest, to becoming an Olympic athlete after breaking almost every bone in your body, Jenna and Alexa hear from amazing guests about their incredible feats of strength, resilience and athleticism, and find out how fitness saved their life through their biggest challenges.

How Fitness Saved My Life - Action Alexa and Jenna Louise

Former college football player, half-ironman competitor and strength coach Action Alexa, and ex-competitive gymnast, BMX racer and high-performance athlete and coach Jenna Louise talk to people who have achieved incredible athletic feats to find out how fitness saved them when they were at their lowest. They share the stories and practical skills of how they built their physical, mental and emotional fitness and the impact that physical strength and mental toughness had in changing their life. From surviving an avalanche on Mt Everest, to becoming an Olympic athlete after breaking almost every bone in your body, Jenna and Alexa hear from amazing guests about their incredible feats of strength, resilience and athleticism, and find out how fitness saved their life through their biggest challenges.

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EP01 - S1

16 Jan 22

How Fitness Saved My Life - Trailer

Former college football player, half-ironman competitor and strength coach Action Alexa and ex-competitive gymnast, BMX racer and high-performance athlete and coach Jenna Louise talk to people who have achieved incredible athletic feats to find out how fitness saved them when they were at their lowest. They share the stories and practical skills of how they built their physical, mental and emotional fitness and the impact that physical strength and mental toughness had in changing their life through their biggest challenges. How Fitness Saved My Life - Coming January 17!

How Fitness Saved My Life - Trailer

Former college football player, half-ironman competitor and strength coach Action Alexa and ex-competitive gymnast, BMX racer and high-performance athlete and coach Jenna Louise talk to people who have achieved incredible athletic feats to find out how fitness saved them when they were at their lowest. They share the stories and practical skills of how they built their physical, mental and emotional fitness and the impact that physical strength and mental toughness had in changing their life through their biggest challenges. How Fitness Saved My Life - Coming January 17!

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