'Probably London's most Innovative Trainer'
WE ALL NEED to find meaning in our lives, to have a sense of purpose in everything we do. Self-exploration has pushed my mind and body to the limit. It has determined what I have become and my life purpose.
My purpose in my younger life was survival; born malnourished and living in poverty. At 14, I was the victim of a brutal racist attack. Two men beat me and left me in a pool of blood, looking like a deflated football. They fractured my skull, and I was hospitalised and unconscious for several hours.
As a young man, I was between two places: how people perceived me and who I was. I was desperate to be successful and valued; alongside great success came failure. Some people call me a risk-taker. I believe that I’m an explorer pushing life to its limit. I’ve been bust, divorced, endured extreme financial woes, and had eight invasive surgeries. Yet, I survived and thrived.
My accomplishments include the following;
• Small Businessman of the Year Award Winner
• Featured in every national newspaper
• I have appeared on BBC News, ITV and Australia's Channel 9 TV
• Published author of three books,
• Former magazine publisher
• Designed the livery for an international airline
• Trained World Class Athletes
• Invited to teach at the world's top spas
I am a maverick educator, and I use my experiences and achievements to help others rise above the inequality of life. Never accept that your origins would predetermine your destiny. My experiences, good and bad, forced me to understand different viewpoints in many places – though they were not always what I wanted to hear. The most important lesson I have learned is that if you want something to be different, you need resilience and discipline to do something about it; otherwise, it won't change.
My journey has taken many twists and turns, leading me to an unshakeable conviction that our bodies contribute far more than just physical attributes – it plays a significant role in our emotions, learning and relationships. It has taught me the value of using exercise and mindfulness to recover from injuring every major joint in my body and self-awareness. To this day, I exercise notwithstanding arthritis and bone degeneration.
But my fascination with pro-ageing began 16 years ago at my late mother's nursing home. There were two types of residents the ones who did group activities and others who spent the day watching television in the living room, which I called the 'God's waiting room'.
This scenario raised a question: what if, like a bank account, we could deposit good health for old age? Because ultimately, life is like a bank balance; if you keep withdrawing, you will eventually have nothing left for that inevitable rainy day.
Becoming a Meta-Ager
I have now transitioned through midlife and learned how psychological and behavioural lifestyle choices influence effective and sustainable change.
The first step was defining my self-purpose and then accepting where I was by not comparing myself to others. Along the way, I built resilience to deal with disappointments or conflicts. I now have ultimate control over my contentment and lifestyle choices, wasting little time for other people's approval on how I live my life.
So, what next? I am living proof that if you train the right way (mentally and physically), your heart will pump as well as it did in your youth. You will also have the strength, flexibility, and mobility of someone biologically younger than your chronological age.
Everyone wants to know the secret to look younger, and the desire to defy age is as ancient as human history. We cannot stop the natural intrinsic ageing process, but by taking some preventive actions, we can influence factors that do.
Genetics play a significant role in how fast you age, but lifestyle and attitude can be as important as your genes when living longer. Adopting healthy everyday habits can have positive consequences on our ageing process.
I have slowed my ageing to maintain a youthful appearance, to be the force that drives and activates us so we can function at our best.
Fitness has a bigger purpose than aesthetic body image, losing weight and getting a six-pack. And, it's easy to see why people who start exercising give up so readily – because they are trying to achieve an unobtainable goal.
Meta-Age is a lifestyle choice leading to physical and mental self-awareness for a healthier, longer life. It is the fitness goal of a new alternative life stage for people who invest in their health in the long term to avoid an unhealthy, uncomfortable future life.
We have it within each of us to live our best lives now and slow the ageing process, but only 2.7% of the population achieves this goal. What I share with you will inspire you to be one of the 2.7%.