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The High Performance Podcast

The High Performance Podcast turns the lived experiences of the planet's high performers into your life lessons. Jake Humphrey (broadcast presenter of 20 years) and Professor Damian Hughes (leading high performance expert), speak to athletes, authors, entertainers and experts about the key to their success. But, Jake and Damian look beyond the guests achievements and encourage guests to share how they developed their mindset, what gives them confidence, how they navigate adversity and much more. Hear from guests as you’ve never heard them before. The High Performance Podcast aims to help listeners navigate their own version of high performance.Want to...

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Recent Episodes of The High Performance Podcast


Ronda Rousey: The price I paid to become a UFC champion (E261)

Ronda Rousey: The price I paid to become a UFC champion (E261)

In this episode, Jake and Damian sit down with the remarkable Ronda Rousey, a professional mixed martial artist and former UFC champion, to dive into various aspects of her life and career.


Ronda Rousey became the first UFC women's champion and a judo Olympic Medalist, earning back-to-back golds at the Pan American Championships and a 2008 Olympic bronze medal. Ronda opens up about her upbringing, including the real impact of her father’s suicide when she was just eight years old.


Ronda discusses her addiction to winning and the challenges she faced in her ca...

Episode 23 May 2024 1h, 7m and 53s


How Klopp Built a Team Around Youth, with Academy Boss Alex Inglethorpe (E260)

How Klopp Built a Team Around Youth, with Academy Boss Alex Inglethorpe (E260)

In this episode, Liverpool FC Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe joins Jake and Damian to discuss the secrets of success in football and player development.


Alex Inglethorpe is a former English footballer, who played forward for Watford, Leyton Orient, Exeter City, and Barnet, before becoming a renowned football coach specialising in nurturing young talent at the academy level.


Alex shares valuable perspectives on the intricacies of coaching, culture building and nurturing up-and-coming talent. He highlights the importance of trust and faith from a manager, parent, or coach; emphasising the role of empathy and belief...

Episode 20 May 2024 47m and 41s


Michail Antonio: How Therapy Saved My Football Career (E259)

Michail Antonio: How Therapy Saved My Football Career (E259)

In this episode, we dive into the incredible journey of Michail Antonio, the West Ham United striker who rose from non-league football to European glory.


After almost a decade at West Ham, Michail made history by becoming the club’s all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League. In this heart to heart conversation with Jake and Damian, Michail opens up about his time at West Ham, the constant speculation surrounding his future at the club, and the challenges he's faced in proving his worth season after season.


As West Ham undergoes a transition wi...

Episode 16 May 2024 1h, 1m and 57s


Richard Branson: Why I’m Not Interested in Money (E258)

Richard Branson: Why I’m Not Interested in Money (E258)

In this captivating episode, business icon Richard Branson joins Jake to share his fascinating stories about life, leadership, and luck.

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British entrepreneur extraordinaire Richard Branson founded the Virgin Group in 1970, branching out from record retailing into multiple industries. Reflecting on significant moments throughout his life, Richard recalls the dramatic experience of an engine failure during a flight four decades ago, and how this changed his perspective on luck.


He emphasises the importance of opt...

Episode 13 May 2024 52m and 3s


Building the World's Best Restaurant with Will Guidara (E257)

Building the World's Best Restaurant with Will Guidara (E257)

In this episode, Jake and Damian team up with acclaimed restaurateur Will Guidara to delve into the world of hospitality.


A leading figure in the culinary world, Will Guidara is a renowned restaurateur and co-owner of New York City's Eleven Madison Park restaurant. His dedication to innovation, exceptional service, and culinary excellence has earned him widespread acclaim, including the prestigious accolade of three Michelin Stars.


Will offers insights into the essence of hospitality, emphasising the importance of creating memorable experiences and nurturing relationships. He shares anecdotes, like the impactful reaction from a fine...

Episode 10 May 2024 1h, 2m and 27s


Chris Williamson: Are we in a masculinity crisis? (E256)

Chris Williamson: Are we in a masculinity crisis? (E256)

In this episode, Chris Williamson joins Jake and Damian to delve deep into the realms of connection and embracing authenticity.


Chris Williamson is an English podcaster, YouTuber and former television personality; appearing on the first series of Love Island in 2015. Since 2018 he has hosted the highly regarded Modern Wisdom podcast, surpassing a staggering 400 million downloads.


Chris boldly talks about fighting feelings of not being enough, showing how chasing success can sometimes mean giving up happiness. He chats openly about his childhood and upbringing, craving validation after growing up feeling lonely.


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Episode 6 May 2024 1h, 11m and 34s


Torvill & Dean: Building a Gold Medal Partnership (E255)

Torvill & Dean: Building a Gold Medal Partnership (E255)

Iconic ice dancing duo Torvill and Dean sit down with Jake and Damian to reflect on their illustrious career spanning over 50 years.


Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are a lengendary former British ice skating duo and 1984 Winter Olympics Champions. In this episode, they reflect on their early days, recalling the pivotal moment when they realised their potential as a duo. They highlight how their shared passion for skating and unwavering commitment to improvement bound them together for over five decades.


Delving into their creative process, Torvill and Dean recount the discovery of ‘Bolero’, the...

Episode 3 May 2024 55m and 41s


Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘You don’t need discipline if you find joy in what you do’ (E254)

Arnold Schwarzenegger: ‘You don’t need discipline if you find joy in what you do’ (E254)

In this absorbing conversation, Jake sits down with none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, delving into the renowned actor and former bodybuilder's remarkable journey to becoming a global icon.


Arnold Schwarzenegger is an actor, businessman, former Governor of California, and legendary professional bodybuilder, among many more accolades. In this episode, Arnie opens up about his humble beginnings, confessing he never could have imagined the extraordinary path his life has taken. He shares the story of when he first visited London in 1966 as a 19 year old, to compete in the Mr. Universe competition, and reflects on how his...

Episode 29 April 2024 51m and 4s


Robin Sharma: YOUR 8 steps to true wealth (E253)

Robin Sharma: YOUR 8 steps to true wealth (E253)

In this episode, Jake sits down with Robin Sharma to uncover the depths of true wealth, exploring the eight hidden habits to live your richest life.


Robin Sharma is an international author and speaker, renowned for his insights on personal development and leadership. Drawing on topics from his latest book, Robin discusses the eight forms of wealth, including health, personal growth, and relationships. He stresses the importance of prioritising holistic well-being over pursuing financial gain alone.


Robin delves into the power of habits, and shares how forgiveness and continuous learning can cultivate a...

Episode 26 April 2024 1h, 8m and 15s


Tom Walker: Why struggle is the price of success (E252)

Tom Walker: Why struggle is the price of success (E252)

Welcoming the incredibly talented Scottish singer-songwriter Tom Walker to High Performance, sharing his journey from breakout success to navigating fame and self-care.


In this episode, Tom Walker joins Jake and Damian to share insights into his life as a successful singer and songwriter. From the highs of winning the BRIT Awards to the lows of overworking himself into a breakdown, Tom opens up about the importance of setting boundaries, especially with management and labels. He recounts on the pivotal moments that shaped his career, from being inspired by ACDC at just nine years old to creating...

Episode 22 April 2024 1h, 2m and 5s

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