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Welcome to The Primal Endurance Podcast, where we challenge the ineffective, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training and provide a refreshing, sensible, healthy, fun alternative. Going primal frees you from carbohydrate dependency and turns you into a fat burning beast! Enjoy interviews from elite athletes, coaches, authors and scientists on the cutting edge of endurance training and performance.

Primal Endurance Podcast Brad Kearns

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 131 Ratings

Welcome to The Primal Endurance Podcast, where we challenge the ineffective, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training and provide a refreshing, sensible, healthy, fun alternative. Going primal frees you from carbohydrate dependency and turns you into a fat burning beast! Enjoy interviews from elite athletes, coaches, authors and scientists on the cutting edge of endurance training and performance.

    Tawnee Gibson: Female Eating And Stress Dangers, Adopting Healthy Mindsets, Avoiding Tech Obsession, And The Kona Underpants Run

    Tawnee Gibson: Female Eating And Stress Dangers, Adopting Healthy Mindsets, Avoiding Tech Obsession, And The Kona Underpants Run

    I welcome Tawnee Gibson, longtime host of the Endurance Planet podcast, to the show for an honest, open conversation that takes us on a timeline through her own experiences as an athlete, her struggles, and what she has learned from health journey.

    Some of Tawnee’s revelations will be particularly relevant to female athletes, and some others—such as not feeling ready to correct course even when you know better—will be relevant to all. Tawnee also talks about what actually happens to your body as a result of having an overly stressful lifestyle, the importance of evaluating your attitude and your disposition and how it relates to stress, the pros and cons of the massive influx of technology in the endurance experience and the importance of using your intuition to navigate this new technology, why she and her husband decided to leave her home state of California to settle in a rural area in Idaho, and more!

     

    TIMESTAMPS:

    Tawnee talks about all the particular aspects of being a female endurance athlete. [00:32]

    Tawnee grew up in southern California and resettled in rural Idaho living an extremely different life. [04:03]

    Brad and Tawnee talk about how they now realize the stress they were putting on their bodies as they reflect back to their competitive days as triathletes. [06:28]

    Fighting an eating disorder and amenorrhea were part of her beginning as triathlete. [10:24]

    Listeners need to hear the experiences of these two former triathletes and think about what you goal is and how to avoid the roadblocks that are there in your way. [23:46]

    REDS is relative energy deficit in sport. Stress of all kinds can get you there as well. [27:20]

    You need the discipline to know when you need to rest and sit back when you are at an exciting place. [34:18]

    As you realize your performance is changing, accept where you are, be grateful for what your body can do.  [43:50]

    How do today’s training methods and technologies differ to make today’s athletes bring in better times? [53:49]

    People over complicate things that are rather simple. [01:03:07]

    What is the Underpants Run that occurs during the Kailua Kona Iron Man Week? [01:06:31]

     

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    Primal Endurance Mastery course (FREE bag of Whey Protein Superfuel if you sign up for the full course, just email us!)
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    Brad Kearns.com
    Brad’s Shopping page
    B.rad Whey Protein Isolate Superfuel - The Best Protein on The Planet! Available in Two Delicious Flavors: Vanilla Bean and Cocoa Bean
    Tawnee on Instagram
    Endurance Planet Podcast
    Coach Tawnee.com
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Q&A: Fueling During Endurance Exercise, Losing Fat Quickly, Calcium Scans For Athletes, Adjusting MAF Heart Rates

    Q&A: Fueling During Endurance Exercise, Losing Fat Quickly, Calcium Scans For Athletes, Adjusting MAF Heart Rates

    In this Q&A, I share the story of an ultra-endurance athlete who improved their health and lowered blood pressure by adding meat to their diet, if we need to consume fat (bacon and avocado!) during ultramarathons (short answer: no!), and whether or not I recommend eating fruit and high protein every day, regardless of athletic goals?

    I also share the story of a couple who lost lots of excess body fat in two months by using keto and intermittent fasting and talk about the importance of looking at the big picture of heart disease risk factors and doing further testing if necessary. Finally, should longtime extreme endurance athletes consider a CAC (coronary artery calcium scan), and can fit, older athletes add five beats or more to MAF heart rate? Maybe, but as you will hear in this episode, it’s also important to be conservative with MAF.

     

    TIMESTAMPS:

    Joe is asking about the changes he has made in his diet and what they brought about. 

    If he is doing marathons, ultras and Ironman, it is not a good idea to introduce fasting into his regimen as he might not be getting enough protein. [00:24]

    If you are concerned about weight gain, remember that protein calories are not going to add body fat. [04:18]

    Participation in high endurance sports, even for 25 years, can bring high blood pressure, but you can find it decreases by adding red meat into the diet. [05:19]

    Joe is asking Brad if he is recommending fruit and protein every day no matter where you are in your training cycle? [07:10]

    Remember that snacking during endurance activity is not the best time to digest foods because the blood is diverted from your digestive system into your working extremities. [09:10]

    Chris shares how he and his wife found amazing changes in their lives after following Brad’s information on diet. [14:13]

    Ideally your body measurement should look at waist to height ratio. We want the waist circumference to be less than half of your height. [17:07]

    Scott in Palm Springs talks about one’s heart disease risk factors. He is recommending the CAC, Coronary Artery Calcium scan, especially for long time endurance athletes. [20:04]

    Brian, a cyclist, is asking about adding five beats to your maximum aerobic heart rate in certain circumstances. [24:36]

    Fat Max is the point where you are burning the maximum number of fat calories per minute during exercise. [29:46]

    Brian asks about what should he do when sprinting about keeping his heart rate under or over maximum heart rate.  [32:42]

     

    LINKS:


    Primal Endurance Mastery course (FREE bag of Whey Protein Superfuel if you sign up for the full course, just email us!)
    Brad Kearns.com
    Brad’s Shopping page
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    • 36 min
    What I'd Do If I Became Ironman CEO...

    What I'd Do If I Became Ironman CEO...

    Having noticed the Ironman Corporation is looking for a new CEO, I decided to record an episode sharing what I would do if I were tasked with the job.

    This is of particular interest to me as I attended the 1989 Hawaii Ironman World Championships, which used to be held annually in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. My time of 8:57 is still the USA record for the 24 and under age group, so I haven’t had to return (thank goodness!), but it’s great to see how triathlon has grown like crazy since my days on the pro circuit (’86-’94), not to mention endurance sports in general. However, some of this growth has come at a cost to health and well-being, and there have been many complaints about over-commercialization and the extreme costs of competing. As you’ll hear during this show, there are a few specific things that I would do to improve the Ironman experience and make it more accessible for a wider group of people. Yes, Ironman, like all corporations, has a right to make a profit, however what about students or people who cannot afford the expense of competitions like Ironman?

    From aerobars to road cycling to drug tests, there are many improvements that could be made to this competition, so if you are an endurance athlete who wants to know what those potential improvements are, this is the episode for you.

     

    TIMESTAMPS:

    Much is changing in the world of triathlon. They are looking for a new CEO for the Ironman corporation. [00:24]

    Brad shares his experience of putting on several events himself.  His take on the increases of entry fees seems fair. [05:18]

    If Brad were the CEO of the Ironman corporation, he would make the distance shorter. [10:30]

    The Ironman was started in 1978 by a bunch of drunken sailors coming up with random distances. Why is it held in such high esteem when it actually compromises the athlete’s health? [11:46]

    People with tattoo of Ironman on their body should get paid as a sponsor. [17:25] 

    AS CEO, Brad would ban Aero Bars for recreational athletes along with banning road cycling. [19:04]

    Drug testing is controversial, especially for amateurs. [30:05]

     

    LINKS:


    Primal Endurance Mastery course (FREE bag of Whey Protein Superfuel if you sign up for the full course, just email us!)
    Brad Kearns.com
    Brad’s Shopping page
    PrimalEndrance.fit
    B.rad Whey Protein Isolate Superfuel (Now Available in Cocoa Bean)

     

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    • 50 min
    Mark Allen: Consistency Over Perfection, And Other Reflections On Endurance Training

    Mark Allen: Consistency Over Perfection, And Other Reflections On Endurance Training

    I’m so pleased to welcome Mark Allen back to the show!

    Mark, “The Grip,” is also the greatest triathlete of all time, and he’s here today to share many of his unique insights and spiritual approach to grueling endurance sports. Mark, a contemporary of mine from the triathlon circuit, is now one of the most prominent coaches in the triathlon scene today.

    Get ready for a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from Mark’s early racing days and the things he would do differently knowing what he knows now to the adjustments he had to make at the end of his career to doping in elite sports. As the conversation winds along, you’ll get to hear more of the spiritual side of Mark that he has become known for as he talks about the many years he has spent working with a Huichol healer and the retreats they put on together, as well as what he has learned from the time he has spent with other native Huichol people in Mexico.

    Even if you are not a triathlete, the insights you will get from this show can be applied to all our peak performance goals in life!

     

    TIMESTAMPS:

    Mark Allen is here to talk about his career, his current coaching career, the new technology, and what he might do differently now in his triathlon career. [00:24]

    The COVID gap with no Ironman championship races allowed athletes to hone their skills. [04:53]

    At Kona they separated the men’s race from the women’s race so on Saturday, the first athlete to cross the line was a woman. [07:11]

    Is the recent testing for drugs an isolated case? [14:34]

    Mark has what he describes as the “second season” where the recovery is separated from his racing season. How do you continue the fitness without burning out?  [20:17]

    Overreaching is doing workouts where you’re going just a little bit beyond where your fitness is. [23:57]

    The unseen injury is fatigue. Superhero to zero. The first thing to go is swimming. [26:24]

    Another symptom of extreme overtraining is abnormally high HRV. [31:21]

    If Mark could turn back the clock and take all the new knowledge he has acquired as a coach, would he do anything differently in his racing? [32:36]

    The bottom line in this competitive sport is you have to focus on recovery so as not to be destructive to your body. [37:46]

    One thing Mark would have done differently in order to go faster is to cut out some of the training that he did early. [41:57]

    The technology in this sport has progressed. [50:40]

    Training with Tridot takes all of the data on you and it is analyzed in a non-biased way. {57:42]

    Technology has taken over our ability to daydream and to focus. [01:00:58]

    There is a difference between being a very successful competitor and being somebody who is very successful in competition. [01:07:17]

    Brad asked Mark : Would you say that the endurance is in your blood? Or were you using your endurance sports as a vehicle for personal growth and challenge? [01:11:18]

    For anybody out there who is maybe not exercising at all or as much as they want, and when they do it's uncomfortable, it doesn't feel good. You want to back off, you want to cut your workout short because you're not feeling good from it, get it done anyway and do it tomorrow and do it the next day and do it the next day. And at some point soon, it won't take long. [01:16:35]

    Mark has spent time with the Huichol people in Central Mexico experiencing their ancient ways. He used that experience to transition into this non-competitive life. [01:18:49]

     

    LINKS:


    Primal Endurance Mastery course (FREE bag of Whey Protein Superfuel if you sign up for the full course, just email us!)
    Brad Kearns.com
    Brad’s Shopping page
    PrimalEndrance.fit
    Tridot.com

     

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Brian Keane: How Ultra-Endurance Performance Can Spur Personal Growth

    Brian Keane: How Ultra-Endurance Performance Can Spur Personal Growth

    I’m bringing you a lively conversation with Brian Keane today, host of the Brian Keane Podcast, author of two best-selling books, The Fitness Mindset and Rewire Your Mindset, and a former teacher turned one of the top online fitness coaches in Ireland and the UK, who has transformed thousands of lives and physiques in the process. 

    In this show, we talk about how our mindset often gets in the way of our best-laid plans and goals, especially to drop excess body fat (Brian’s expertise). You’ll hear about Brian’s amazing journey, which includes some phenomenal endurance performances and a variety of athletic experiences like bodybuilding, Crossfit, and Gaelic football, why Brian decided to become an extreme endurance athlete, a bunch of practical tips to help you get your mindset right, and all the tools and systems you need to succeed with fat reduction. We then end the show with three wonderful tips from Brian to help you get started right away in any area you may have struggled with in the past.

    Check out Brian’s podcast (linked below), and his books The Fitness Mindset, which teaches you how to find the foods that work best for you and how to eat to increase energy, lose fat and build lean muscle, and build the body you’ve always wanted, and Rewire Your Mindset, which teaches you how to own your thoughts, control your thoughts, and change your life. 

     

    TIMESTAMPS:

    Brian tells his story of getting involved in sports after realizing he didn’t want to be in the career he had prepared for.  You are not a tree.  You can move wherever you want. [01:36]

    His very first event was the Marathon des Sables, probably the world’s toughest race. [07:23]

    Brian ran a race to the Arctic Circle.  What was the course and the logistics of the race? It was 230 Km over five days. [15:43]

    How did he get his mindset in the right place to take on such a big challenge as the Marathon des Sables? [20:32]

    Does Brian think that though he is capable of such high achievements, it makes him more prone to these deep struggles that come even when he’s outwardly successful as opposed to someone who's just steady going and maybe they have a rough day? [24:19]

    For your guide in life, ask yourself: “What would you do for free?” [28:30]

    How does one’s mindset influence one’s fitness goals? [30:24]

    When you become metabolically flexible, you are less likely to be a slave to food.  [36:17]

    Disordered eating makes you feel sometimes like you are handcuffed to food. [38:19]

    Brian is sure that his becoming keto-adapted and fat adapted delivered performance benefits in his ultramarathons. Your body cannot digest food if the blood is going to fuel the muscles. [42:22]

    Health, wellness, and fitness is a trifecta of nutrition, training and sleep. [47:54]

    Sleep tends to get pushed aside a lot.  People just don’t understand how very important it is. [50:58]

    Using social media keeps you accountable. You need to be real and authentic.  [56:02]

    What are three or four tips one can implement right away to make a dent in their challenge with their body fat reduction? [01:00:44]

     

    LINKS:


    Primal Endurance Mastery course (FREE bag of Whey Protein Superfuel if you sign up for the full course, just email us!)
    Brad Kearns.com
    Brad’s Shopping page
    PrimalEndrance.fit
    The Fitness Mindset
    Rewire Your Mindset
    Marathon des Sables
    Podcast with Dr. Joan Ifland
    Brad’s Cold Exposure

     

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Primal Endurance Mastery Course Overview

    Primal Endurance Mastery Course Overview

    Re-introducing Primal Endurance Online Mastery Course!  

    Host Brad Kearns introduces the Primal Endurance Online Multimedia Mastery Course - everything you need to succeed as a Primal Endurance athlete. Ditch carbohydrate dependency and become a fat burning beast with this comprehensive educational experience consisting of over 120 videos, the Primal Endurance eBook and unabridged audio book, and numerous other audio presentations and complementary eBooks.

    The videos bring the book to life as course host Brad Kearns discusses chapter-by-chapter content, both in lecture format and practical instruction (recipe videos, running technique instruction, mobility and recovery exercises, etc.). Brad traveled the continent to interview the world's leading endurance athletes, coaches, and trainers and experts in peak performance, nutrition, and medicine. All the material is thoughtfully organized and you have instant and permanent access to this robust educational library!

    There is simply nothing comparable ever developed to help you succeed with your endurance goals, and gain guidance and insights from the world's leading experts all in one place. Brad talks through the components of the course, and you can also get a feel for the course material with the "9 Steps to Becoming a Primal Endurance athlete" series of free videos.    

     

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    Primal Endurance Mastery course (FREE bag of Whey Protein Superfuel if you sign up for the full course, just email us!)
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    Primal Endurance
    Brad Kearns.com
    Brad’s Shopping page

     

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    Mito Red Light: Photobiomodulation light panels to enhance cellular energy production, improve recovery, and optimize circadian rhythm. Use code BRAD for 5% discount!
    NutriSense: Continuous glucose monitor and 1:1 expert support to help optimize diet choices and lifestyle behaviors. $30 B.rad discount!
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131 Ratings

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Loved Dr Cucuzzella interview!

Always love your podcast Brad, and especially enjoyed learning about Dr C and all the amazing things he is doing at his hospital. My husband and I both work in a hospital and can’t imagine what it would take for this MUCH NEEDED change to happen. Awesome guy and awesome interview

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Out of touch

We have bigger problems to deal with in this world. Lesser podcasts have been unfairly discriminated against for decades and deserve an unwarranted advantage over podcasts like this one. One star

tjhuewe ,

Inappropriate Michael Phelps comment

Your information is very good but the shoehorn comment on Michael Phelps having DUIs to dismiss his contribution to the sport world was unnecessary and in bad faith . This is coming from a person who uses multi sport as a tool to recover from addictions in my life during a time when I thought I had nothing to live for. I couldn’t feel anything and dark surrounded me on all sides until I discovered running. To think that any one person is beyond making human mistakes is inappropriate especially pertaining to those performing at such a high level. I hope we can all have more compassion and understanding for each others journey into whatever form of movement we find peace in.

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