Bristol Handstand Teacher featured in Inspirational Documentary: What’s Your Story by James Light

James Light carefully selected several interesting people for his online movie What’s your Story. The only prerequisite being that everybody featured had chosen to make a big change in their life, and to pursue a life of their dreams.

I was very glad to spend the day filming with James and in that time we were able to do a full interview plus get footage of weightlifting, my Wednesday night Easton handstand class, and my Tumbling lesson at Axis Gymnastics centre, in Bristol.

I do different activities every day of the week and so if he had come a day earlier he would have found me doing Ballet at The Big Act, Yoga at Yogasara, and Trampoline at Axis!

James was very interested in the fact that I had made a big shift in my life 4 years earlier when all my hair fell out (total alopecia), I’d also got drawn into being a freedom activist promoting libertarian ideas, I had also gone bankrupt as a result of a string of tax problems and poor financial decisions whilst running my previous business which sold online guitar lessons.

After the worst was behind me, I decided to simplify my life and focus more on simple pelasures. I began attending circus acrobatic classes at Circomedia, and going to the gym regularly. Over a period of 3 years I became a successful handstand teacher and am pursuing a range of movement skills including ballet, contemporary, street dance, gymnastics, yoga, pole dance, powerlifting, bodybuilding, all in Bristol.

The documentary will feature my thoughts about my own journey and life.

My Bristol Handstand Classes can be found here:

Acrolibrary.com/class

My housemate wanted help with fat loss… here’s the 4 things I told her

4 tips for fat loss

1) Fitness classes are designed to be entertaining, to keep people coming back.

There’s no need for a massive variety of movements. Squats, sprints and a few other intense compound exercises are enough to burn fat and change your body shape.

The fundamentals are boring, and most people like to think that a new variation, a new ab twist, and new piece of equipment, will give them an edge or a shortcut to their goal.

2) There’s no point discussing a diet plan initially. It’s more powerful to address the vision of who you want to be, how you want to look, and how you want your life + body to feel.

The behaviour will fall in line with that vision. If you start creating limitations + rules about what to eat without creating the bigger vision of your goal, eventually the eating habbits will fall – by default – back in line with your historic identity.

If you have an exciting vision of your new desired lifestyle, your behaviour will fall in line to make that happen.

3) We become who we spend time with. If you spend time with people who eat badly and don’t exercise, our behaviour will approximate theirs because our need for love + connection will overrule other goals.

Surround yourself with people who have high standards for health and fitness and your behaviour will fall in line to win their respect + acceptance.

4) Aim to do more exercise, eat more food, and burn more fat.

If you think in terms of restricting diet, you’re operating from a confined + restricted + limited mindset. Think in terms of more.

People who try to spend less, do less, & earn less, end up backing themselves into a corner financially, until eventually they can’t afford to do nice things and their choices become less and less.

Rather than spending less, aim to make more.

It’s the same with diet. Train more, eat more, burn more. Then when you do shave a bit off your calorie intake you have a massive amount of leeway for it to make a difference.

That doesn’t mean you’ll go crazy, you still have to observe the calories-in vs. calories-out principle, but you’ll be approaching it with an attitude of revving everything up instead of cutting everything back.

To attend Ben Lowrey’s MoveGB handstand classes in Bristol, click here

Joe Rogan & Ben Lowrey – in the year 2025

This is a future conversation on the Joe Rogan Podcast in the year 2025. 

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JR. Ben welcome to the show.

BL. Thanks for having me Joe.

JR. Firstly, you’re an hour late. what happened?

BL. Yeah sorry about that. We just got done with Oprah, got chatting to Arnold in the green room, came straight here, sorry to keep you waiting. 

JR. Your fucking entourage is unbelievable. How the hell do you need 20 people. it’s like a state visit.

BL. Well this is unusual, we’re on tour at the moment so there’s a lot going on, we have a lot of headline acrobats with us, and their partners, their assistants, so it ends up being a lot of people. They’re not all here for me. We have a lot of fun on the road.

JR. Are you flying or on buses? how does it work?

BL. We do both, but a lot of the time we’re on tour buses. We try to keep the costs down wherever possible. 

JR. You’re unique, this has never been done before. You’ve turned these movement retreats into a mainstream thing.

BL. Yeah we have over 60 events every weekend all over the world. Some of them are small weekend emersions with only 20 people. Some are big festival style things with 5,000 people. We can have between 1,000 and 10,000 people people in our events every weekend. 

JR. That’s fucking insane.

BL. Yeah we’re doing about $2m a week in sales at the moment. We just had somebody offer $500m to buy us out. 

JR. Are you gunna take it?

BL. Not right now. At the moment I’m enjoying it all and I can see a lot of room for growth. There’s new avenues we haven’t even explored yet. Maybe $1B would tempt me. but who knows. 

JR. So what are your plans?

BL. Well we’re in talks with TV networks about creating a reality TV show. We’re just about to acquire a chain of gyms in Europe. and we have big branding deals with product companies and clothing lines in the works so there plenty going on. 

JR. You must be living like a rock star.

BL. Yes and no. I am in the media quite a bit with interviews like this and I’m featured in a lot of the videos. But for the most part we’re just in the mix with everybody, up at 4am, teaching classes, training. It’s not about me, it’s about the classes, the courses, the events, the customers. 

JR. Tell us about camp showstopper.

BL. Well that’s how it started. We were taking a big marquee to festivals where we offered yoga and acrobatic classes all weekend. Plus we made it look cool with big Tipis and Bells tents and big flaming torches, made it look super tribal and exciting, I like to make everything as exciting as possible, you know, give people an experience. From there it grew and we started putting on our own events and camp showstopper evolved into our camping area where me and my wife and the staff stay. So now it’s a nest of Tipis and Bell tents but we still call it camp showstopper. 

JR. Tell us about the online videos.

BL. That’s a big part of what we do and a big part of the sales. It’s an old business model I’ve been running for years since I was doing online guitar lessons. We produce great tutorials and they’re available for sale online. Handstand tutorials, etc. 

JR. There must be a tonne of that stuff online for free.

BL. There is but we get the best teachers and produce the best videos. Plus we combine it with membership packages and discounts on the lessons so they get a unique deal. We’re kind of like a record company for acrobats, we sign acrobats and they can only do stuff with us. 

JR. And how’s that going.

BL. Teachers are cued up around the block to sign with us. They make good money with us. For many of them they retire after signing with us. They don’t have to work, they can focus on their training. We basically split the money with them. 

JR. That’s fucking nuts. You’re like the Dana White of yoga and acrobatics.

BL. Yes.