Levelling Up
Belts and Iron
in Everything harder than everyone else
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This chapter describes the lives of Richie Hardcore, Camilla Fogagnolo, and Chris Fleming. Having hung up his belts, Richie is now a Muay Thai coach, but also a public speaker and activist, and counts New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern as a friend. Camilla is a former Olympic weightlifter and a strongwoman who deadlifts cars and hoists stones at contests around the world. Ruminating on her life has led Camilla to an epiphany about the relationship between endurance and childhood trauma. Camilla told about the UK study which found that its entire group of super-elite athletes had experienced early-life trauma. It explained to her the riddle of the naturally gifted athlete who dabbles with training and quits prematurely. Camilla believes there should be research carried out into the occurrence of self-harm and high-level athletes.

Everything harder than everyone else

Why some of us push our bodies to extremes


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