In bed with Aaron & Helene Podcast

Apparently you spend 25 years of your life in bed and some of the best conversations you'll ever have happen between the sheets. It's comfy, cosy and chilled out. So come join us in ours! In Bed with Aaron and Helene is a new podcast hosted by a young couple obsessed with all things fighting, family and food related. Mixed in with a bit of a culture clash and recorded all from the comfort of the bedroom and voila! You have the IBAHpod!
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Family, Friends, Fighting and Food

Aug 1, 2017

Today we talk about our heritage, disagreements on noodles and a sense of belonging, wherever you are in the world.

Jun 1, 2017

We're back!

After a little bit of a hiatus, the podcast returns with a vengeance! On a new schedule of one a month due to our hectic lives we'll be bringing you more weird and wonderful content from our daily lives.

Welcome back to the in bed with Aaron & Helene podcast, we missed you.

Apr 2, 2017

Due to all kinds of nonsense we were a bit slack in our release schedule, but we're back! This episode we go over everything we've missed including Singapore, training abroad, weddings and tasty food.

Mar 19, 2017

After a 2 week long hiatus due to Helene losing her voice and a crazy schedule, we're back with another episode of the show! Today we recorded first thing on one jetlagged morning, straight from Singapore. 

Feb 12, 2017

On today's episode we get a little into our theories on training and coaching, some of our homemade food projects for the week, and plans for a completely hypothetical farm-life one day in the future. 

Dec 10, 2016

This is a festive episode complete with sleigh bells.

Discover the real story of Christmas as told by Helene, as well as family traditions and tasty holiday food. Turns out lying to your kids about Santa isn't a thing where Helene comes from. Aaron also explores all the other lies he's believed in during his childhood.


Nov 19, 2016

This episode goes deep. 

Both of our hosts have had very different upbringings when it comes to the instillment of self confidence in each of them. For Aaron, it was a shower of love and encouragement from day one. For Helene it was more the acknowledgement that to get good at something, you had to grind it out and work for it.

We touch on transformations of character, growing up and being an adult and how each of us has gotten where we are today. It was a hard one to do, but we think it was worth it.

Nov 12, 2016

We can't believe a lot of things this week.

We can't believe the UK voted to leave the EU, we can't believe Donald Trump is the president of the united states, and we can't believe how damn tasty real Mexican food can be.

Despite all the craziness going on in the world at the moment, let us lighten the mood a little with some talk about some of our favourite Mexican dishes. From tamales to chilaquiles, we've had a fair bit recently.


Oct 15, 2016

We're back!

After 3 weeks away, the podcast returns for a very food heavy episode, just the way we like it.

We review where to go and what to eat at some of our favourite spots during our trip. We started off in Los Angeles and made our way down to San Diego in our quest for the best taco we could find.

Family time also played a big part of the trip, as did dogs, cats, politics and even The Walking Dead...

To be honest, we did so much we couldn't even fit it into this episode! It was a great trip but it's still so good being back home.

Sep 6, 2016

It's been a while!

We've been going through a bit of a mad one at the minute. Between holidays, moving house and various parties, we really haven't had the time we needed to get this episode out to schedule!

That being said, it's a fun one. We get a little sneak peak at drunk Helene, dive into our old school lives and talk both bullies and hypothetical parenting techniques.

It's good to get back on the mic and record for everyone again, more coming soon!

Aug 28, 2016

So we just got back from St Malo in Brittany, France where we've absolutely stuffed our faces and forgotten about all athletic aspirations for a week.

Today we review all the highlights on those indulgences, from meat, cheese and bread to dessert we cover it all. Top tip: maybe don't listen to this during a weight cut or training camp. Or maybe do? I guess it depends on what you're into!

As we recorded this the morning of the same day we released it, we also had time to catch up on the latest UFC events which saw Carlos Condit face Demian Maia as well as a few other highlights.

It's good to be back, and it's good to be getting a new episode out for you all!

Aug 19, 2016

We finally got him. THE Micah joins us on this special episode of the podcast.

As he's been staying with us before he heads of to University to study film, the filmmaker in the family talks all the usual topics with Helene and Aaron.

We hear about his return to Brazilian jiu jitsu (after continuous pressure from our hosts),  injuries, grave wounds, Facebook etiquette and bodily functions this time around. We also hear about that funny time the police raided Aaron's house while Micah was visiting a few years back.

It's a very random episode as usual so we hope it entertains!


Jul 19, 2016

This week we had a watch of a new TV show about survival. Where would we fit in if the world came to an end, governments collapsed and we had to start society from scratch? Helene's revelation about squashing rebellion towards the end of the show is quite an eye opener...

Government has a hand in so much to do with our lives. Whether it's covering up illegal wars, rigging elections, cheating at sports, they seem to do it all these days. The conversation comes full circle with a few of these realisations.

Also as sports lovers and with a whole heap of Brazilian friends, we take a little look at the Rio Olympics and the impact they are having on a country during a turbulent political time.

Recorded in bed at the height of a traditional English heatwave. Enjoy!

Jul 17, 2016

If there's one person who couldn't care less about any new craze sweeping the world, it's Helene. We talk a little today about the new Pokémon app neither of us has, tinder, and various other apps that effect our everyday lives.

Alcohol stories are always great to swap, especially when one of you isn't a big drinker. Turns out the culture of drinking here and in France is pretty different!

All this talk about nostalgic video games and drinking gets us on the topic of teenage rebellion. While Aaron had a whole bunch of it growing up, it looks like Helene might be going through that phase as we speak, despite denying it pretty heavily.

Classic Sunday bedtime chats for you all, hope you enjoy!

Jul 13, 2016

Today's episode we kick off with a recap from Aaron's run this past weekend for the Children of the Mekong charity. We dig a little into just how competitive he can really be...

Ego is a funny thing though. You need to keep it in check in training, but then harness it for competition time. It's a weird dichotomy to balance for martial arts.

While Aaron was off running his 10k, Helene made her very first trip to church with a good friend. Being raised in a pretty religiously relaxed household (kind of Buddhist?), some of the terminology in a typical Christian sermon sounded pretty bizarre to her, as you'll find out.

This episode was recorded at about 1am, so excuse the occasional yawn here and there!

Jul 9, 2016

In the immortal words of our host Helene: HI EVERYONE!

Today we're back in bed covering the things we know and love. A talk about south east asian cooking methods kicks us off today. Turns out that having a three course meal comprised of three different soups is pretty standard in Helene's family home.

Next up we get into the world of fighting with some updates after the latest batch of MMA matches this weekend. Well...everything but UFC 200 as we haven't watched it yet!

Do famous fighters try and become role models, or is that sort of status pushed upon them? Talking of those fighters that attract the most attention and whether or this is actually the case leads to a wider discussion about role models and those who inspire us. 

It's good to be back and bring you another show!

Jul 6, 2016

We were supposed to talk about bullying in today's episode but flew way off course unfortunately. This is what happens when you leave recording to the very last minute!

But, it's good old fashioned bed time as usual with plenty of family history and the usual nonsense for you to enjoy.

Today we talk about old friends and how they become acquaintances, as well as interviewing Helene "special guest style".

Worst injuries, super powers and last meals on earth are the order of the day in a classic IBAH episode!

Jul 2, 2016

Our guest today is a good friend and medical professional, nurse Angela!

Hailing originally from the Philippines, Angela details a story something like that of a disney princess. Raised in a big house with a huge extended family, and never really needing anything as it was all provided, Angela always wanted more. So, not being your typical Filipina "Maria Clara" (more on that on the show...),  she made the decision to leave it all behind and pursue life as a surgical nurse in the UK. It was a brave decision and to be the making of her.

You just can't feel bad or help but laugh around Angela. Enjoy her unique perspective on all things health, training, nursing and looking for love, as well as a sprinkling of disney magic and her love of all things pop culture. It's not really me and Helene's thing but you can't help but get drawn in to Angela's enthusiasm.

Jun 21, 2016

We're back in bed for today's show, covering a whole range of topics. This past weekend we went to IBAHpod alumni Alex McDowell's wedding, so that's where we start off!

Aaron needs to distract himself from the whole losing nine kilograms for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament thing... so Helene shares some lovely childhood stories about Madame Lin, her piano teacher. Turns out staying the night at your music teacher's house isn't the fun scene out of a movie you would imagine it to be! 

Just as dieting down for a fight has it's purpose, we look at the discipline it takes to stick with anything, be it music, art or fighting in martial arts competitions. It's not always fun, but it is almost always worth it.

Today is an eclectic mix (as always?), so download the show, climb into bed and enjoy!

Jun 15, 2016

Today we've got some good old fashioned IBAHpod for you all: me and Helene, back in bed talking about our favourite subjects.

We start off with a turtle update and somehow end up back in Cambodia with a little history lesson from Helene's side of things. We "touch base" on crazy grandma, distant relatives, mountain fingers, NASA, tall tales, family businesses and the various wars both our families seemed to be involved in.

It's a funny one this time round and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


Jun 11, 2016

This episode we delve as deep as we can into the whole EU referendum issue. 

Simply put: I'm British, Helene is French. So to be honest it's kind of a big deal to us! 

What would happen to us if the British public votes out? What if they vote in? What does it all even mean? A lot of people have an opinion but the facts are so hard to come by in a clear and concise way. So, we did the research! Piece by piece we break it down for you in a way that regular people without a degree in environmental engineering, social science, immigration law, international relations AND military defence can somewhat understand.

We're as thorough as we can be but it's not perfect and we might have missed something. Hopefully though, this episode will serve to enlighten some of those on the fence a little, or it might even sway those who have made up their minds already on this very important decision.

Also, tune in for our usual chat, laughs and other important questions like: Will Helene ever learn the name of the show and get it right first time? Download and find out!

May 29, 2016

In today's episode we interview Jean-Marc Debricon, founder of Children of the Mekong in the UK, a charity sponsoring children across south east Asia helping them with food, education and living costs.

This particular charity is very close to Helene's heart in particular. We discuss the work done by the charity in Cambodia with two generations of children, rebuilding lives and livelihoods since the damage done by the Khmer Rouge.

We couldn't do this one indoors unfortunately. We planned to visit Jean-Marc at his office but they were closed for an event. Instead we met at the Buddhist pagoda in Battersea Park, so this episode comes complete with birdsong, helicopters and crows...

You can find out more about the charity at

May 23, 2016

Our guest today is Helene's older brother, "Chou".

It's almost a follow on from #9 in that it continues the sibling theme, but this time with a bit of a twist. Despite the fact that in his younger years he tried dating women, Chou always knew he was attracted to men. When he finally got around to coming out to his family (well when he was forced by their quite formidable oldest sister...!), he recruited the support of the entire family, especially his siblings.

We get into what it's like coming out to your parents in an asian family (which is a lot like an intervention it seems), we learn that they might not be as traditional underneath the surface as people may think, and we look at how powerful the love and loyalty of the people closest to you growing up can really be in tackling the most complex of problems.

We also discover we may need to do a video special with Helene's sister (complete with subtitles as she only really speaks French!). Turns out she might be the absolute leader where family matters are concerned...

It's a very personal episode, but we think it's one that you'll all enjoy.


May 21, 2016

Coming at you from Paris, France!

Today we woke up first thing in the morning after a night out at a friends wedding and hit record. Staying true to the show's title, this podcast was recorded at Helene's childhood home and in the bed she grew up sleeping in.

We try and stick to the the whole siblings topic, but seeing as Helene's parents were initially refugees to France from Cambodia, we do get a little sidetracked.

We also touch on some outrageous wedding dance moves, brotherly love, family rankings and transgender kids! This episode is an absolute buffet of topics that we'll most likely return to at some stage or another!

May 11, 2016

Today we discover what it was like growing up in Helene's family, where love and beatings went hand in hand apparently.

What's the main differences between how each of your parents raised you? For us, it was quite subtle it seems, though one thing is for sure, our parents were united on the discipline front.

Although as usual, Helene's were slightly more severe...


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