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Brad Kearns covers health, fitness, peak performance, personal growth, relationships, happiness, and longevity. Slow down, take a deep breath, take a cold plunge, and get over the high-stress, tightly wound approach that often leads to disappointment and burnout. Kearns, a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record holder in Speedgolf, 2020 #1 ranked USA Masters track&field age 55-59 high jumper, and former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete, offers a diverse and sometimes spicy mix of shows: expert guest interviews, peak performance primers, and brief “Breather” shows providing quick insights and how-to tips that you can execute right away to improve your life.

The B.rad Podcast Brad Kearns

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 158 Ratings

Brad Kearns covers health, fitness, peak performance, personal growth, relationships, happiness, and longevity. Slow down, take a deep breath, take a cold plunge, and get over the high-stress, tightly wound approach that often leads to disappointment and burnout. Kearns, a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record holder in Speedgolf, 2020 #1 ranked USA Masters track&field age 55-59 high jumper, and former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete, offers a diverse and sometimes spicy mix of shows: expert guest interviews, peak performance primers, and brief “Breather” shows providing quick insights and how-to tips that you can execute right away to improve your life.

    How To Make Exercise A Lasting and Enjoyable Habit (Breather Episode with Brad)

    How To Make Exercise A Lasting and Enjoyable Habit (Breather Episode with Brad)

    We’ve all heard enough excuses about how quarantine puts off fitness and puts on pounds. Enough already!


    An active, fit lifestyle can happen anywhere, anytime, but it’s all about forming winning habits. In this show, you’ll gain inspiration about mindset, beliefs, and behaviors from some great former B.rad podcast guests like John Assaraf and Mark Manson. Some helpful practical tips to stay focused and motivated come from a medium.com article by Stacy Kam, and I cover those with some juicy color commentary.


    Here are some quick takeaways from the show about getting a successful exercise habit going:


    1. John Assaraf urges us to pursue bite-sized, reasonable, and easily sustainable goals. As you gain momentum from doing simple stuff, you can leverage that success to increase your commitment. Do not ambitiously bite off more than you can handle and set yourself up for failure.


    2. Mark Manson says we routinely do this because we don’t appreciate how to get our rational thinking brain connected with our emotional, feeling brain.


    3. Finally, from the Stacy Kam list and perhaps my most favorite motivator of all time - get yourself a dog and give the animal the life it deserves! Getting the dog out is mandatory and transcends the fickle forces of your motivation and judgement of the weather.


    Don’t forget about the importance of making sure you have a Plan B in place, because you never know what will happen that could throw you off your pre-planned schedule. There’s also some great apps, like All Trails, that can help you stay on track by keeping your workouts fun and interesting!


    TIMESTAMPS:


    Here’s how to form a powerful and sustainable habit of exercise and fitness. [01:27]


    We have two brains: the feeling brain and the thinking brain. [02:11]


    We are often dealing with childhood programming that locks us in to repeated patterns. [04:20]


    This process is not easy. You need to learn to connect the two parts of your brain. [07:29]


    Do you have a schedule that works for you? [11:58]


    You want to do something that is simple, repeatable, and doable. And don’t judge the effort. [14:12]


    Have a Plan B. Don’t worry about the weather. [17:08]


    It’s good to get a training partner or group. Track your data but be careful doing so. [19:17]


    Learn the proper technique for running. [23:02]


    Vary your routes when exercising outdoors. Destination bike rides are fun. [24:29]


    Combine the new habit you want to have with an already existing habit. [27:21]


    Make bite-size goals so as not to take on too much and set yourself up for failure. [30:22]


    Join Brad for more fun on:

    Instagram: @bradkearns1

    Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh

    Twitter: @bradleykearns

    YouTube: @BradKearns


    We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to getoveryourselfpodcast@gmail.com. If you have a moment, please share an episode you like with a quick text message, or leave a review on your podcast app. Thank you!


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    Donations!

    This free podcast offering is a team effort from Brad, Daniel, Siena, Gail, TJ, Vuk, RedCircle, our awesome guests, and our incredibly cool advertising partners. We are now poised and proud to double dip by both soliciting a donation and having you listen to ads! If you wanna cough up a few bucks to salute the show, we really appreciate it and will use the funds wisely for continued excellence. Go big (whatever that means to you…) and we’ll send you a free jar of Brad’s

    • 33 min
    Dr. Marc Bubbs: “Peak 40” To Age Gracefully, Priority Management Instead Of Time Management, Making Fewer Decisions For Better Results, And Maybe Eating Breakfast For Insulin Sensitivity

    Dr. Marc Bubbs: “Peak 40” To Age Gracefully, Priority Management Instead Of Time Management, Making Fewer Decisions For Better Results, And Maybe Eating Breakfast For Insulin Sensitivity

    Today’s show is fast-moving and informative as I talk to Dr. Marc Bubbs, a Canadian expert in all things related to peak performance.


    A doctor in naturopathic medicine, as well as a long-time trainer and coach, Dr. Marc is also deeply interested in scientific research, and this knowledge is woven into each fascinating insight he shares during this show. His new book, Peak 40, is all about simplifying nutrition in mid-life with a holistic lens on recovery, exercise, and mindset, and shows us how we can skillfully negotiate the challenges of mid-life.

    Dr. Marc explains why it’s more optimal for certain people to eat breakfast, the importance of reducing “decision fatigue” and setting up winning systems in your life, and shares a crazy statistic that 40% of our food is eaten after 6pm. He also talks about how the impetus for writing his book was his realization of how easily things can “start to unravel in the hurricane of mid-life,” which prompted him to ask himself: “How can we adopt some strategies to help us keep things on track, and not have to calculate our macros and weigh our food every day?”


    He also uses some great analogies throughout the show, at one point comparing protein to a brick wall to illustrate how the more active you are, the more bricks you’re pulling out of the wall. This means you’ve got to put the bricks back in (which happens by eating more protein). You’ll also learn what food is “Nature’s multivitamin” (and why) and the effectiveness of focusing on “priority management” instead of time management as Dr. Marc reveals that the time of day actually has a real effect on your decision making!


    You’ll also learn all about Dr. Marc’s book, and how there is a new revolution happening in sports as more and more athletes are basing their success on this game-changing combination: health, nutrition, training, recovery, and mindset. Unfortunately, the evidence-based techniques that the expert PhDs, academic institutions, and professional performance staff follow can be in stark contrast to what many athletes actually practice. When combined with the noise of social media, old-school traditions, and bro-science, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.


    Peak is a groundbreaking book exploring the fundamentals of high performance (not the fads), the importance of consistency (not extreme effort), and the value of patience (not rapid transformation). Dr. Marc makes deep science easy to understand, and with information from leading experts who are influencing the top performers in sports on how to achieve world-class success, he lays out the record-breaking feats of athleticism and strategies that are rooted in this personalized approach.


    Dr. Marc expertly brings together the worlds of health, nutrition, and exercise and synthesizes the salient science into actionable guidance. Regardless if you’re trying to improve your physique, propel your endurance, or improve your team’s record, looking at performance through this lens is absolutely critical for lasting success.


    TIMESTAMPS:


    This Canadian doctor has done much research on nutrition and talks about the high risk of going off track in midlife. Marc focuses on helping us learn to age gracefully. [01:54]


    Marc talks about the importance of eating breakfast especially for people who are struggling with some metabolic challenges. [03:22]


    Late eating is another area of research where you are compounding issues with weight loss goals. [09:42]


    The ideal minimum is 1.2 grams per kilogram of body weight in protein. [12:36]


    Anytime we talk about dietary changes, we need to include movement. [15:07]


    Decision fatigue is an interesting phenomenon which carries over into all areas of life. [19:26]


    The later in the day you eat, you tend to eat more processed food with higher calories. [21:47]


    Willpower

    • 56 min
    All About Calories: The Truth About Fat Loss, Inspired By Herman Pontzer (Breather Episode with Brad)

    All About Calories: The Truth About Fat Loss, Inspired By Herman Pontzer (Breather Episode with Brad)

    This could be the most important podcast you ever listen to when it comes to understanding the true dynamics behind losing excess body fat, especially breaking free from the flawed notions that underpin the fitness and diet industries.

    This show is inspired by my two recent shows with Dr. Herman Pontzer (#1 and #2), author of the new book, Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy. This show aggregates the breakthrough insights about energy expenditure with what we know about calories to uncover, simplify, and demystify the truth about weight loss and caloric intake.

    This episode completely challenges the foundational premise of the fitness industry as I reveal that you actually burn the same number of calories per day, regardless of exercise level and break down the constrained model of caloric expenditure. You’ll learn why the “additive model” of energy expenditure (which entails figuring out your BMR with a calculator and then adding and subtracting the calories consumed and burned throughout the day) can be highly inaccurate, which can be explained by the Compensation Theory (your vigorous workouts cause you to not only be lazier, but also eat more the rest of the day).

    You’ll also learn that homo sapiens’ genetics transcends the nuances of our daily lifestyles and training logs and that we are the highest calorie burners among the apes (and the best calorie storers): Gorilla’s burn 20% fewer calories than humans, and apes in zoos actually burn the same amount of calories as a heavily active ape in the wild. I also reveal that activity really burns only a tiny bit more calories: moderately active people burn 200 more calories a day than inactive people, and hugely active people burn around the same amount of calories as the moderately active people.

    I also talk about what happens when you try to flaunt your Homo sapiens genes and burn calories like crazy in the name of fitness or weight loss, which can be best summed up by this quote: “Reproduction, growth, repair, and locomotion are a zero sum game.” This means that if you do more of one, you take away/borrow from one or more of the others. I explain why the consequences of that are no joke: you’re on the thin red line of suppressed immune function, suppressed cognitive function, suppressed general energy levels, delayed recovery, reduced reproductive drive, and reproductive fitness. I also mention that female extreme endurance amenorrhea is the most visible example of this, as sadly so many women become infertile all just to run more mileage.

    One important point to take away from this episode: if you reject the constraints of the human and march forward with an unsustainable lifestyle, compensations will be taken for you. This brings to mind stories I’ve heard from amateur fitness enthusiasts who often pair 6 months (or 6 years) of heavy devotion to CrossFit, but need to take 6 months or 6 years off for recovery. Similarly, when you look at the Biggest Loser contestants 6 years after the show, they have dysregulated appetite and fat metabolism. The majority of them ended up gaining all the weight they lost back and then some, and I talk about how this happens frequently to bodybuilders as well.

    So how can this be? How is it that an ambitious exercise regimen will not help your fat loss at all? Dr. Herman explains: “Possibly an athlete is undergoing an initial adjustment to a higher level of training. And before they get used to it, the athlete is in a temporary unsustainable physique,” like prepping for the Tour de France. Or it could be that the athlete is also changing their diet as part of lifestyle improvement.

    But what is the deal? How and why do we gain fat so easily, and how can we actually lose it, long-term, and not as a temporary fix? While Dr. Herman admits that losing ex

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Herman Pontzer: “The Data Always Wins”

    Herman Pontzer: “The Data Always Wins”

    The one and only Herman Pontzer, author of the transformative and life-changing book Burn, is back to share more mind-blowing insights in another hard-hitting show about energy expenditure.


    This episode will open your eyes to the real reasons that make exercise so beneficial for your body, especially when it comes to how it both prevents and mitigates chronic inflammation. I manage to ask Herman a question he has never been asked before, and he explains why he tries to make sure most of his active time is spent outside and why maintaining meaningful connections with friends and family is an important part of any health routine.


    Herman also illuminates how our individual levels of energy expenditure affect how our bodies react to different stimuli by using the example of how public speaking prompts the body to go into fight or flight mode. As he explains, everyone’s heart rate rises while public speaking (no matter how calm and cool you feel about it), and that reaction costs your body energy. However, the amount of energy that it takes your body to “go back to normal” post public speaking is directly affected by exercise. If you regularly work out, you will experience a different reaction compared to someone who does not; your response will be “blunted,” meaning adrenaline and cortisol levels will not rise as much as someone who is inactive. So while you will recover back to baseline faster, an inactive person will experience both a bigger bust of cortisol and adrenaline, as well as take longer to return back to a normal baseline. This goes back to the great point he made during his last episode, when he said that you exercise for everything you don’t see, because regular activity gives your body so many more benefits than just an aesthetic one.


    TIMESTAMPS:


    The average daily caloric expenditure in the human does not change regardless of our activity level. [01:43]


    We are burning energy at about 20% more per day than chimpanzees and Bonobos which are our closest relatives. [09:14]


    The variation in brain caloric expenditure is minimal. Most of your organs are burning calories at rest. [13:19]


    So, we burn calories at rest, what happens when we exercise? [15:41]


    Chronic inflammation is your immune system run amuck. [21:13]



    In studying the Hadza, do you see explosive activity? [23:49]


    The reason we, as an advanced society, do all these competitive things is not trying to improve the human ability, it’s just for fun and self-satisfaction. [28:02]


    With Herman’s research in mind, what is the best way to longevity? You can’t ignore the genetics, but you can create a lifestyle that will help you live to the fullest. [29:27]


    Your body is going to make you balance out the exercise with the rest period. [37:31]


    Fat really doesn’t burn many calories. [42:44]


    The insulin-based view of obesity doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. [45:52]


    If you are hungry all the time, your diet is not working. There is no one size fits all. [50:53]


    To beat the obesity epidemic, start with the kids. It is hard to change when you are older. [53:48]


    If you are unhappy and miserable with what you are doing, it is not going to work. You need to find what works for you. [56:22]


    Join Brad for more fun on:

    Instagram: @bradkearns1

    Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh

    Twitter: @bradleykearns

    YouTube: @BradKearns


    We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to getoveryourselfpodcast@gmail.com. If you have a moment, please share an episode you like with a quick text message, or leave a review on your podcast app. Thank you!


    Check out each of these companies because they are absolutely awesome or they wouldn’t occupy this revered space. Seriously, Brad won’t sell out to anyone if he doesn’t love the product. Ask anyone.


    Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece: Mind-blowing, life-changing

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Insights On Spirituality and Exercise With Shawn Askinosie (Breather Episode with Brad)

    Insights On Spirituality and Exercise With Shawn Askinosie (Breather Episode with Brad)

    What a truly enjoyable experience it was to be able to connect with Shawn Askinosie and have such a special and spiritually minded conversation with him.

    In this breather show, Shawn gets really personal and opens up about his own experience with loss and what he refers to as “the long arch of grief.” We talk about aging and the soul, and Shawn shares why he thinks of our souls as ageless. We also talk about the neuroscience behind forward acceleration and gravity, and its effect on our brain and on our equilibrium.

    TIMESTAMPS:

    There are times when we need help with our emotions and spiritual selves. [01:09]

    Grief is grief. It doesn’t matter how old you are. [05:28]

    Life is so comfortable we don’t have many opportunities to push our bodies to the limit. [08:37]

    One has a sense of freedom that is very spiritual. [11:38]

    Join Brad for more fun on:

    Instagram: @bradkearns1

    Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh

    Twitter: @bradleykearns

    YouTube: @BradKearns


    We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to getoveryourselfpodcast@gmail.com. If you have a moment, please share an episode you like with a quick text message, or leave a review on your podcast app. Thank you!


    Check out each of these companies because they are absolutely awesome or they wouldn’t occupy this revered space. Seriously, Brad won’t sell out to anyone if he doesn’t love the product. Ask anyone.


    Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece: Mind-blowing, life-changing nut butter blend

    Male Optimization Formula with Organs (MOFO): Optimize testosterone naturally with 100% grassfed animal organ supplement

    Vuori Activewear: The most comfortable, functional, and fashionable gear, evoking the chill SoCal coastal lifestyle


    Donations!

    This free podcast offering is a team effort from Brad, Daniel, Siena, Gail, TJ, Vuk, RedCircle, our awesome guests, and our incredibly cool advertising partners. We are now poised and proud to double dip by both soliciting a donation and having you listen to ads! If you wanna cough up a few bucks to salute the show, we really appreciate it and will use the funds wisely for continued excellence. Go big (whatever that means to you…) and we’ll send you a free jar of Brad’s Macadamia Masterpiece as a thank you! Email to alert us! Choose to donate now, later, or never. Either way, we thank you for choosing from the first two options! :]

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    • 15 min
    Shawn Askinosie: Doing Meaningful Work and Eating Good Chocolate

    Shawn Askinosie: Doing Meaningful Work and Eating Good Chocolate

    Today we’re going deep with entrepreneur Shawn Askionsie!

    Not only is Shawn an exceedingly intelligent, kind, and driven individual, but he also happens to be the man behind the creation of my two absolute favorite chocolate bars! Yes, as any chocolate connoisseurs may have now realized from his last name, Shawn is the founder of Askinosie Chocolate, the company behind the most delicious, mind-blowing chocolate I have tried (and I’ve tasted a lot of chocolate!).

    You will of course learn a good amount about artisanal chocolate from Shawn, but the main theme of this episode is also the subject of his book, Meaningful Work: A Quest To Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul. Many will be able to relate to this self-reflective and motivating conversation as Shawn explains how he went from high-powered criminal defense attorney to dark chocolate entrepreneur, and you will be inspired by the integrity and passion infused into every aspect of his work (Askinosie Chocolate is award-winning for good reason!).

    Shawn talks about how a career high was immediately followed by an overwhelming feeling that “something wasn’t right” in his life and the power that comes with truly surrendering your dependency on the outcome. He also highlights how often we perceive what is actually our greatest strength as our greatest “weakness” and brings up a profound quote from one of his favorite books, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, about the power of letting go: “Surrender is perhaps the greatest form of worship.” Shawn points out that surrendering is powerful because it allows you to shed expectations for what you thought your life would be, and connect with your true nature (something that is difficult when you don’t surrender control).

    Shawn also gets real about the dark truth behind the commercial chocolate industry; breaking down the true meaning behind the “Fair-Trade” label and revealing shocking facts about it that will forever change how you choose and buy chocolate. We then wrap up with a brief discussion about the importance of having an open mindset and seeking out challenges in life.

    Check out Askionsie.com to try Shawn’s phenomenal chocolate (my personal two favorite flavors are the 88% dark chocolate and dark chocolate mint!) and click here to order Shawn’s book, Meaningful Work!

    TIMESTAMPS:

    It is important to learn the distinction between the mass-produced chocolate and the special chocolate prepared without slave labor and with regulations. [01:55]


    It’s not about the chocolate, it’s about the malnourished kids who work in those factories. [06:41]


    Shawn describes his journey from criminal defense attorney to chocolate. [08:55]


    What are the ethical principles of a defense attorney? [15:49]


    How did Shawn learn to make chocolate in an ethical way? [22:11]


    What does it mean to temper chocolate? You have to raise and lower the temperatures perfectly. [26:51]


    The next step is marketing the “bean to Bar” chocolate. [32:07]


    Reverse Scale is questioning the idea that if you are going to start a business you need it to grow. [33:50]


    What are some steps a listener can take who might be extricating from the career that's causing disillusionment and burnout? [44:37]


    What is the difference between bean to bar chocolate and the standard chocolate we can buy everywhere which are made with child labor? There are 1.58 million child slaves in West Africa.

    [54:19]


    The Fair-Trade label doesn’t indicate that the farmers get the money. It is deceiving. [01:04:41]


    We are in an age where we can research for the ethics and values of the things we buy. [01:08:48]
    
    Join Brad for more fun on:

    Instagram: @bradkearns1

    Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh

    Twitter: @bradleykearns

    YouTube: @BradKearns

    We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to getov

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
158 Ratings

158 Ratings

Jessi GA ,

Favorite episode

Loved the podcast with Shawn Askinosie! Very inspiring! Thanks, Brad!

oliviabaker13 ,

Motivational, engaging, and actionable! 🔥

If you’re trying to be proactive about your health and improve your life - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Brad is such a fun host and does a fantastic job leading conversations with a wide variety of guests across industries. I find myself smiling listening to each episode - his enthusiasm is contagious! Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

suzuki I ,

Grateful for Brad’s commitment to educating others

I am beyond grateful to this podcast. Brad manages to explain complicated topics into a more humanized and relatable conversation. His choices in guests have been inspirational and educational. Listening to them, Has given me the insight and support I needed to fine tune myself. As an example, I suffer from Pre- diabetes and I listened to the Dr Cate Shanahan episode, and that was a life saver. Since I have listened to her episode, I have been able to use all my accumulated knowledge to lower my weight and blood sugar. I feel healthier and more in control of my choices because I understand them better. This podcast was the kick I needed to make changes, and it provided the knowledge and support I needed to get started. I guess I “got over myself” :) I always look forward to what other interesting topics I will learn more about on Brad’s show. He is a character, and that is what makes it fun.

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