From Down Under to On Top – Luke Milton Goes From Aussie Rugby Champ to Fitness Entrepreneur


“If we’re not socially healthy... we’re screwed. We’re not designed to just be individuals and never ever engage with other people. We need it.”

Episode Description

Hello Mate – welcome to a special episode of The Big Jump, David’s first episode with a non-American pro athlete. And one who has made a big jump across the big pond to create success beyond sports: Luke Milton. In this episode, David and Luke talk about growing up in Australia and what Luke did to step out of his older brothers shadow and how after winning a Rugby League championship he switched to Rugby Union – basically a different sport – and how he overcame the struggles of proving himself all over again 

Luke got visible goosebumps during this interview talking about a certain memory related to playing for the Aussie national team, and he shared what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a Haka from the New Zealand All Blacks – and the effect it had on him isn’t what you’d expect. 

Guest Info

Luke was a Pro Rugby champion in Australia and played for the Australian national team before making his big jump to becoming an entrepreneur. He is now the founder of the successful fitness brand Training Mate – a high intensity group fitness class with three locations and counting in Los Angeles – and you may also know Luke as one off the celebrity trainers from the hit tv show Revenge Body w/ Khloe Kardashian on E! 


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Show Notes

  • Early memories of early mornings [4:13]

  • Mateship [ 4:57]

  • Team sports oriented family [6:37]

  • Motivation through brother’s success [7:31]

  • Aspiring for a better life through sports [9:52]

  • Fortunate for great coaches [10:41]

  • Hard work is key! [11:53]

  • Rugby League vs. Union Rugby [14:20]

  • Playing alongside childhood hero [16:10]

  • The big jump to Rugby Union [18:25]

  • “Toughness in adversity” [19:49]

  • Eye-welling experience - first time wearing Austrailian National Team Jersey [21:57]

  • The high of a Haka [23:34]

  • A sure win is great but it doesn’t push you [25:06]

  • A move to America for love [27:36]

  • Fascinated by business - a craving to change the world [29:05]

  • The beginnings of an “Aussie” Bootcamp [31:08]

  • Breaking out of the athlete stereotype [32:47]

  • Training Mate comes to life [34:45]

  • A leap into the unknown [36:59]

  • VERY short shorts [40:59]

  • Your workout should be your safe place [43:26]

  • We’re designed to be social [45:40]

  • If you work hard, there should be no guilt [49:04]

  • Advice on anxiety [52:40]

  • The best skill set you could have [53:25]

  • From athlete to fitness entrepreneur to TV personality [55:34]

  • Taking care of everything - including your voice [57:58]

  • A great example of what you can achieve with tenacity through adversity [59:45]

  • Meditation tips [1:02:54]

  • What is Luke's advice for his younger self? [1:05:37]

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