17 episodes

Mind Body Peak Performance is the show for folks dedicated to maximizing their overall quality of life. I am your host Nick Urban and I'm bringing you the best minds handpicked from cognitive enhancement, biohacking, fitness, ancestral health, herbal medicine, spirituality, personal development, longevity, supplementation, and meditation. Each episode deconstructs their world-class work into tangible steps for you to look, feel, and perform your best. We'll leave no stone unturned whether modern topics like peptides and nootropics, or ancient systems like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. You'll learn how to re-sculpt your body, boost energy levels, improve athletic performance, and gain mental clarity. Nick Urban is a Chek Practitioner, biohacker, performance coach, and has spent a decade studying high performance. Health nut or not, MPB will fill your toolbox with products, tactics, knowledge, and resources needed to live at your maximum potential.

Mind Body Peak Performance Nick Urban

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

Mind Body Peak Performance is the show for folks dedicated to maximizing their overall quality of life. I am your host Nick Urban and I'm bringing you the best minds handpicked from cognitive enhancement, biohacking, fitness, ancestral health, herbal medicine, spirituality, personal development, longevity, supplementation, and meditation. Each episode deconstructs their world-class work into tangible steps for you to look, feel, and perform your best. We'll leave no stone unturned whether modern topics like peptides and nootropics, or ancient systems like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. You'll learn how to re-sculpt your body, boost energy levels, improve athletic performance, and gain mental clarity. Nick Urban is a Chek Practitioner, biohacker, performance coach, and has spent a decade studying high performance. Health nut or not, MPB will fill your toolbox with products, tactics, knowledge, and resources needed to live at your maximum potential.

    Herbal Medicine Basics & Simple Home Remedies | Clinical Herbalist Shannon Stone

    Herbal Medicine Basics & Simple Home Remedies | Clinical Herbalist Shannon Stone

    Humans have used herbs medicinally for millennia. Indispensable in the toolkit of shamans, healers, and traditional medicine folk. Today, despite quick dismissal by Western medicine, well-trained herbalists get astounding results. With a little research and some basic ingredients, you can make your own remedies. To prove this, I brought on an herbalist that nomads around the country in a van.


    Note: this is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your doctor before making any lifestyle changes.


    Meet our guest
    Shannon is a clinical herbalist diagnosed with endometriosis at age 19. She lived in misery, following her doctor’s guidelines without any relief. At age 22, they told her that the disease had progressed to the point where she would never have kids. She was also diagnosed with ADHD. Shannon began researching and used herbs, supplements, diet, and lifestyle to completely turn her life around. She got pregnant at age 27 and successfully treats her ADHD. She’s living her best life and helping other women do the same.


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    Key takeaways
    Preparation style determines the effects of the herb. Options include: essential oils, infusions, decoctions, tinctures, extractions. syrups, creams, salves, balms, poultices, and oxymels.

    Essentials everyone should stock in their pantry

    Home remedies used for rapid wound healing and lasting immunity

    Herbs that support cognition, athleticism, and recovery


    Links
    Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VAGfKoYgLek

    Full episode show notes: mindbodypeak.com/17


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    Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Shannon or me? Let me know at mindbodypeak.com/17 and one of us will get back to you!


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    • 59 min
    Million Dollar Body: Fat Loss Secrets that Work | Nate Palmer

    Million Dollar Body: Fat Loss Secrets that Work | Nate Palmer

    Why do you exercise? To feel good? To be able to do what you want? To look good? Losing weight, adding muscle, and getting lean check all boxes. Building your "Million Dollar Body". Our guest this week wrote a book titled exactly that, and we cover a wide range of topics. From fat loss myths to principles for all-day lasting energy, to key quick routines which set you up for success. Your ideal training routine will amplify your impact.


    Meet our guest
    Nate Palmer is a NASM certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. He is also a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach. Nate is the bestselling author of Passport Fitness: The No-nonsense Guide to Staying in Shape no Matter What City You Wake Up In. Nate is also the creator and founder of Bod in a Box – the HIIT Home Gym. He specializes in working with entrepreneurs and business owners to create energy, focus, and a lean, healthy body – that shows up for your work, family, and focus time.


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    Key takeaways
    Steady-state cardio (like jogging and running) is a mediocre way to burn fat. There's a better way that takes less time

    Why focusing on macronutrients (fat, carbs, protein) ratios is over-rated

    The ideal breakfast (or lack of) for performance

    Workout supplements to get the edge (but not caffeine)


    Links
    Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j928XYvohxw

    Full episode show notes: mindbodypeak.com/16


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    Related shows
    Unbreakable Endurance Mindset For the Human Machine: mindbodypeak.com/13

    Healthy Bodybuilding: mindbodypeak.com/14

    Natural Movement, Unconventional Fitness, and Inexpensive Home Gym Essentials: mindbodypeak.com/15


    Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Nate or me? Let me know at mindbodypeak.com/16 and one of us will get back to you!


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    Nick

    • 50 min
    Natural Movement, Unconventional Fitness, and Inexpensive Home Gym Essentials | Ben Reuter

    Natural Movement, Unconventional Fitness, and Inexpensive Home Gym Essentials | Ben Reuter

    The human body is built to move in all kinds of different ways, through many planes. Modern training, however, ignores all but front-to-back and sometimes side-to-side movement. For maximum resilience, and to thrive anywhere, add natural movements that train all planes. These are the fundamentals that help you transfer your fitness work into everyday life.


    Meet our guest
    Ben Reuter is a natural movement specialist with certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). Ben has interests in injury prevention/performance enhancement for endurance athletes and uses movement to enhance quality of life. After extensive travels throughout the country, Ben realized movement is a lifestyle, not just an activity because movement is part of what makes like complete. Follow him on his two podcasts—Moving2Live and Fitness Lab Pittsburgh aka FitLabPGH.


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    Key takeaways
    Modern humans bounce from one stabilized environment to the next and we lose our ability to cope with discomfort

    We like to think that we do things evenly, but we're all very asymmetrical. Counter by bringing consciousness to your movement patterns

    What you do now sets you up for the activities you can do with your grandkids in 30+ years

    Diversify your movements with standing desks, kettlebells, suspension trainers, climbing boards, Stahl bars, gymnastics rings, Bosu balls, dumbbells, Swiss balls, Indian clubs, and pull-up bars


    Links
    Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/NmBmbWaA-jI

    Full episode show notes: mindbodypeak.com/15


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    Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Ben or me? Let me know at mindbodypeak.com/15 and one of us will get back to you!


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    Nick

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Shocking Truth About Bodybuilding & Healthy Tips to Optimize Your Body | Connie Nightingale

    The Shocking Truth About Bodybuilding & Healthy Tips to Optimize Your Body | Connie Nightingale

    Bodybuilders were some of the original biohackers. Experimenting with supplements, molecules, and tweaking the delicate endocrine system. Leading to well-developed and balanced physiques, but at what cost? Often mood, happiness, and paradoxically, their health and longevity. This episode draws from the best of two camps: health optimization and radical body transformation.


    Meet our guest
    Connie Nightingale had frequent brain fog, body fatigue, weight gain, and a general lack of motivation — and plenty of other indicators that something needed to change. In 2015, Connie dove down a nutrition rabbit hole that led to her certifications as a nutritionist and personal trainer so she could help others do the same. Knowing that the body is part of one beautifully functioning whole, Connie uniquely targets the mental, physical, and nutritional elements of healthy living from a functional standpoint. It has been said many times over that “abs start in the kitchen.” While this is true, Connie knows that mental wellness, gut health, and physical energy start in the kitchen too. This is why Connie tailors individualized eating plans for her client's specific goals and desired outcomes. Her journey towards holistic health has changed her from the inside out and she is ready to help you do the same. Connie’s expertise ranges from nutritional guidance, one-on-one personal training, contest and lifestyle coaching, mindset reframing, and bodybuilding competition posing. Her goal is to teach each person how to empower themselves towards future self-sufficiency by cracking their very own health code.


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    Key takeaways
    Cutting calories is unsustainable over the long term, but weight loss is a "side effect" of optimal health

    Why you should think hard before getting an organ surgically removed (Connie's regret)

    The most pernicious foods lurking in your cupboard (sugar is not one of them)

    How measuring progress through lab testing beats daily weigh-ins

    Which health trends should women and men differ on


    Links
    Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xqgaErd1mjQ

    Full episode show notes: mindbodypeak.com/14


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    Related shows
    EP13 - Unbreakable endurance


    Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Connie or me? Let me know at mindbodypeak.com/14 and one of us will get back to you!


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    Nick

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Unbreakable Endurance: 9 Marathons in 9 Days (Mindset & Motivation) | Matt Scarfo

    Unbreakable Endurance: 9 Marathons in 9 Days (Mindset & Motivation) | Matt Scarfo

    Imagine running a marathon without much training. Then do it again every day for 9 days. The physical challenge of exercise is obvious. What happens when you push the body to its limits... and then some? Once you go beyond the one-hour grueling workout. Two hours, three hours, and beyond. You get time alone with your mind. These endurance activities test resilience. Your mind plays tricks on you. Doubting you. Begging you to stop. Long after you've "hit the wall" and "bonked", you need a light at the end of the tunnel. This episode is about the relentless mindset and motivation key to high-performance. How to dig deep when times get tough.


    Meet our guest
    Matt Scarfo entered the fitness industry in 1999 at age 20. He was interested in learning how the human machine was engineered - how it responded, how it adapted, and how it accommodated when exposed to stress and stimulation. Almost twenty-two years later, his curiosities led him to explore the most fundamental aspects of adaptation; adaptation to movement, exercise, diet, stress, injury, and disease. He’s coached, train, and mentored over 10,000 clients and colleagues. Matt has also partnered with two of the major fitness education institutions in the United States for more than two decades. His passion lies in understanding and maximizing human performance.


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    Key takeaways
    "Show that you won't stop at any cost, and the Red Sea will part for you. Second guess yourself, and you won't go anywhere."

    Long, brutal workouts bring you face to face with your personal demons. They become impossible to shut out. Use this opportunity to identify areas (typically hidden) that still need work

    When to listen to pain versus when to build your tolerance to it

    When in doubt, always go back to basics


    Links
    Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uBbDt1fy_Wc

    Full episode show notes: mindbodypeak.com/13


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    Do you have questions, thoughts, or feedback for Matt or me? Let me know at mindbodypeak.com/13 and one of us will get back to you!


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    Nick

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Nature's Perfect Superfood: The Science of Spirulina & Chlorella | ENERGYbits

    Nature's Perfect Superfood: The Science of Spirulina & Chlorella | ENERGYbits

    Since I discovered Spirulina and Chlorella in 2016, I've become obsessed. It's one of few products I take on a daily basis — even when traveling with just a carry-on. Each tablet contains: 40+ vitamins & minerals, 3x more protein than steak, 48x more iron than spinach, 1000x more chlorophyll than kale, brain supporting omega-3, blood boosting Nitric Oxide, antioxidants, high alkalinity, all with just 1 calorie and 0 sugar. All of this is backed by over 50 years of science and almost 100,000 studies.


    Meet our guest
    Catherine Arnston is the Founder And CEO Of Energybits®. She started ENERGYbits after her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and advised by her oncologist that an alkaline diet would help her heal. Catharine immediately sprung into action to help her sister research alkaline foods and in the process she discovered algae. When Catharine learned that algae was the most alkaline, plant-based, nutrient-dense food in the world and had been used for fifty years in Asia to improve health and longevity, she knew she had discovered something big (and yes, her sister fully recovered - thanks for asking). As Catharine dug into the science of algae, she learned it had 64% protein, 40 vitamins/minerals and was endorsed by the United Nations and NASA as the most nutrient dense food in the world. She also discovered 100,000 studies documenting its long list of benefits and it was the most sustainable, eco-friendly food crop in the world. And yet algae remained virtually unknown outside of Asia. Yet algae remained virtually unknown outside of Asia. How could this be possible? Catharine knew algae could be a game-changer for our health, our children and our world if she could only convince people it wasn't weird. And so ENERGYbits was born.


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    ENERGYbits Spirulina & Chlorella (save 20% with code NICKURBAN)


    Key takeaways
    According to NASA: "one gram of algae has the nutritional equivalent of 1,000 grams of fruits and vegetables"

    Spirulina has been endorsed by 50+ Olympic athletes

    United Nations declared Spirulina the answer to world hunger in 1974

    One tablet (the size of a baby aspirin) has the same nutritional content as a full plate of veggies

    Chlorella and Spirulina are micro-algae, a different class than kelp or seaweed


    Links
    Watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/H6VUfj9BaO0

    Full episode show notes: mindbodypeak.com/12


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    Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Catherine or me? Let me know at mindbodypeak.com/12 and one of us will get back to you!


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    Nick

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

school4joy ,

So informative!

Such an informative podcast! I love the mix of holistic, intuitive practices with the backing of science. The best of both worlds.

Julie Mods ,

Learning tons

New to biohacking, health optimization, and podcasts in general. Finding these episodes easy to grasp and like the mix of science, human performance, and ancestral living.

Feels like Nick knows the industry well and I’d like to see more episodes on improving brainpower!

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Incredibly informative information

Nick Urban is an excellent guide through a fascinating area of medical science, using his expertise to share amazing tips and information that will change your life and health for the better. Can’t recommend this podcast and Nick Urban enough.

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