In the second installment of the LAB SERIES sent me on a mission to document what it takes to be a Maximum Man for the launch of their new MAX LS Age-Less Power V Lifting Cream. In response, I photographed and interviewed two London gents with a unique perspective on perseverance and strength. Jonny Olliver, a dancer with over 18 years in the business, juggles a demanding career with two young children - there can't be anything more fulfilling and challenging than that. I asked him about his journey in dance and how he strives to be his best self.
Tommy Brady, Professional Athlete
What's your Star Sign? On the cusp of Cancer and Leo
Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I did a lot of moving around as a child but I spent the majority of my time growing up in the West Midlands. Now I live in London.
You're on the GB Canoeing team but how would you describe your actual job? Simple. To win medals at the European, World and Olympic Games.
You've got a job that only a small percent of the world can achieve, are you proud of that? I love what I do, I feel really lucky that I can do what makes me happy and call it my job. Particularly though I feel proud to represent our country.
What's the hardest thing about your job? Injury makes the job difficult but I'm normally quite resilient and lucky when it comes to injury. Unfortunately last year I managed to have a bit of bone break off in my arm and consequently had to do a couple of races while injured. It was a tough racing season mentally and physically but I feel I came out of it a stronger person.
Beyond that, the hardest thing is the job security...being that there is very little. I'm aware that my livelihood is really on the line when it comes to major races and if I don't get certain results I don't get the funding and support I need to train and compete with the best. Dealing with that pressure can be hard but you learn to perform in that environment and that's what the jobs about.
See the full interview below.
The LabSeries campaign is all about being a Maximum Man, what does that mean to you? To me being a Maximum Man is all about doing what you do to the best of your ability. Pushing yourself to the limit. As an athlete that is key. I've found something I enjoy and I'm passionate about what I do. I've made it my goal to do whatever is necessary to be the best I can be.
Describe yourself in 5 words? Happy, friendly, determined, competitive, loyal.
Best place in the world you've ever competed? There's so many awesome places I've competed but I loved Australia.
Favourite LabSeries product from the new collection we gave you? I'm using the whole range at the moment as it keeps my skin in really good condition which is sometimes hard to maintain when your in and out of the water 2-3 times a day. Out of all of them I like using the night time cream. I feel like I hit the ground running with it within one day... my skin is super refreshed and I'm ready to go.
What's your standard grooming regime like? When showering after training I like to use the face wash at least once a day then moisturise after that. At night, it's just using the night cream. Simple really.
How does the new MAX LS Age-Less Power V Lifting Cream make you feel? It gives me confidence knowing that I'm looking after my skin and taking care of it. I'm noticing an actual difference which is surprising to say but it's true.
Which men in your life inspire you most? To me I find my father most inspiring. He works hard and is good at what he does. If there's a problem he finds the best solution and he's happy person. That's the goal, happiness.
What's your life motto? Don't worry, be happy.
Leave us with some words of wisdom..."When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." I can't take credit for that one, it's Mr Jimi Hendrix.
LAB SERIES UK want to help you become a Maximum Man too. Go to the LAB SERIES UK Facebook page and comment on the competition post with what you think makes a ‘Maximum Man’ in order to win a bag of LAB SERIES gifts including the new MAX LS Age-Less Power V Lifting Cream. All you need to do is comment and use the hashtag #MAXIMUMMAN.