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Join Brad Kearns, New York Times bestselling author and champion triathlete, Speedgolfer, and masters high jumper, in pursuing peak performance with passion throughout life. Enjoy memorable insights from leading experts on diet, fitness, peak performance, personal growth, relationships, happiness, and longevity. Brad’s “Breather” shows provide step-by-step tips you can implement right away to improve your life. Let’s explore beyond shortcuts, hacks, and crushing competition to laugh, have fun, appreciate the journey, and not take ourselves too seriously. It’s time to B.rad!

The B.rad Podcast Brad Kearns

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 215 Ratings

Join Brad Kearns, New York Times bestselling author and champion triathlete, Speedgolfer, and masters high jumper, in pursuing peak performance with passion throughout life. Enjoy memorable insights from leading experts on diet, fitness, peak performance, personal growth, relationships, happiness, and longevity. Brad’s “Breather” shows provide step-by-step tips you can implement right away to improve your life. Let’s explore beyond shortcuts, hacks, and crushing competition to laugh, have fun, appreciate the journey, and not take ourselves too seriously. It’s time to B.rad!

    Breather: What Brad Eats In A Day

    Breather: What Brad Eats In A Day

    Enjoy this rebroadcast breather show giving an overview of what I eat in a day!
    While my diet is not super exciting or full of a ton of variety, I have locked into a pattern that works for me (while always remaining open-minded in case any changes are necessary—hence no more fasting, more carbs, fruit, and calories in general!).
    As you will hear, my focus these days is entirely on performance and recovery, so I have made adjustments here and there to my diet in order to support my performance and recovery goals as I strive towards maximum cellular energy status at all times. I talk about how and why my historical eating pattern has dramatically changed, share my favorite breakfast smoothie recipe, and explain how getting expert advice from Marek Health really helped me hone in on the best supplements for my system (many of which I now include daily in my breakfast smoothie).
    You will also hear what I eat for lunch and dinner, how I prepare it, if I still eat as much chocolate as I used to, and my current stance on eating restaurant food!
     
    LINKS:
    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 NEW: B.rad Superfruits - Organic Freeze-Dried Exotic Fruit Powder! Natural Electrolyte Hydration & Energy Powder  
    Join Brad for more fun on:
    Instagram: @bradkearns1
    Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh
    Twitter: @bradleykearns
    YouTube: @brad.kearns
    TikTok: @bradkearns
     
    We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to podcast@bradventures.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, I won’t promote anything that I don't absolutely love and use in daily life:
    Peluva: Comfortable, functional, stylish five-toe minimalist shoe to reawaken optimal foot function. Use code BRADPODCAST for 15% off! Mito Red Light: Photobiomodulation light panels to enhance cellular energy production, improve recovery, and optimize circadian rhythm. Use code BRAD for 5% discount! GAINSWave: Enhance sexual function with high frequency shockwave therapy. Buy 6 and get one treatment free with code: BRAD Schwank Grills: Portable gas infrared grills for the juiciest steak you’ve ever had! Cooks in minutes at 1500 degree heat. Save $150 with code BRAD150.  Wild Health: Comprehensive online health consultation with blood and DNA testing, personal coaching and precision medicine. Get things dialed in! Use discount code BRAD20 for 20% off! Take The Cold Plunge online course! B.rad Whey + Creatine Superfuel: Premium quality, all-natural supplement for peak performance, recovery, and longevity. New Cocoa Bean flavor! Online educational courses: Numerous great offerings for an immersive home-study educational experience Primal Fitness Expert Certification: The most comprehensive online course on all aspects of traditional fitness programming and a total immersion fitness lifestyle. Save 25% on tuition with code BRAD! Male Optimization Formula with Organs (MOFO): Optimize testosterone naturally with 100% grassfed animal organ supplement Brad's Favorites on Amazon
    I have a newly organized shopping experience at BradKearns.com/Shop. Visit here and you can navigate to my B.rad Nutrition products (for direct order or Amazon order), my library of online multimedia educational courses, great discounts from my affiliate favorites, and my recommended health&fitness products on Amazon.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min
    Brad Kearns: Rethinking Fasting In Favor Of "Perform And Recover"

    Brad Kearns: Rethinking Fasting In Favor Of "Perform And Recover"

    If you are in the habit of fasting until noon or are having a 16-8 eating pattern, that puts you at risk..
    This show is about second guessing fasting—something I’ve been talking about extensively for the last few years on this podcast, sharing the revised strategy I have been following: putting fasting aside in favor of striving for maximum nutrient density in my diet and maximum cellular energy status at all times with my new mantra for the future, for longevity, and for peak performance: perform, recover, perform, and recover. Because I want all of my stress capacity and energy going into athletic performance, my fitness regimen, and recovery as best as I possibly can, that means going for nutrition rather than tapping into the many strategies and techniques that can be categorized as restrictive dieting (keto, low-fat, carnivore, vegan, etc).
    Yes, fasting has been touted for many amazing health benefits and the body works most efficiently in a fasted state, but in this show, I explain why I decided to rethink fasting and revise my approach to my daily diet, and the results I have experienced from this change.
     
    TIMESTAMPS:
    The body works most effectively in a fasted state, however if you’re are restricting calories, you’re restricting macronutrients to the extent that it overwhelms your stress capacity.  [00:46]
    When you develop leaking gut syndrome from eating processed foods, it is causing inflammatory conditions in the body. [05:22]
    The unfettered access of indulgent foods is difficult to navigate through and be resilient against. [07:30]
    If you start cutting back your total caloric intake, you are at risk of turning down important metabolic dials, reproduction, repair, growth and locomotion.  [08:29]
    The most important start to improving your diet is cutting back on the refined industrial seed oils, refined grains, refined sugars and foods that are packaged. [14:25]
    Before you consider fasting strategy in the name of losing excess body fat, optimize your protein intake. [18:33]
    The government recommending a certain RDA, it is for survival, not optimization. You need a gram per pound protein every day on average to thrive. [20:19]
    During sleep both anabolic and catabolic processes are operating concurrently. [25:26]
    What are the incidental benefits of this focus on protein? [28:06]
    One rationale for fasting is gaining a sense of control and discipline but fasting is a stressful practice. [31:22]
    We want to make sure that we don’t overload the stress side of the equation in modern life. [36:00]
    It is important to have some calories before going out for peak performance work. [43:59]
    It is quite possible that our ancestors were not fasting as has been imagined. [45:43]
    Bulletproof coffee may be a good way to start the day, but you are not getting nutrition with it. [49:57]
     
    LINKS:
    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 NEW: B.rad Superfruits - Organic Freeze-Dried Exotic Fruit Powder! Natural Electrolyte Hydration & Energy Powder Minnesota Starvation Experiment The Hungry Brain Podcast with Mike Mutzel Podcast with Dr. Casey Means  
    Join Brad for more fun on:
    Instagram: @bradkearns1
    Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh
    Twitter: @bradleykearns
    YouTube: @brad.kearns
    TikTok: @bradkearns
     
    We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to podcast@bradventures.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, I won’t promote anything that I don't absolutely love and use in daily life:
    Peluva: Comfortable, functional, stylish five-toe minimalist shoe to reawaken optimal foot function. Use code BRADPODCAST for 15% off!

    • 52 min
    Dr. Thais Gibson: Overcoming Self-Sabotage And Reprogramming Your Behaviors And Beliefs

    Dr. Thais Gibson: Overcoming Self-Sabotage And Reprogramming Your Behaviors And Beliefs

    I am so pleased to introduce a fantastically awesome show with Thais Gibson, creator of the Personal Development School!
    She sent me a very intriguing overview of what she might talk about on the show and I said, “Sure, let’s talk about it,” but I gotta tell you, I was blown away—this is one of my favorite shows I have ever had on the B.rad podcast! 
    Listeners, I think this will be tremendously valuable and potentially life changing for you—I will say now that it will be for me, and I’m sure it helped that I unknowingly became the Guinea pig for a lot of the show. In this episode, you will hear essentially a live coaching call where Thais demonstrates her expertise and her methods on real life examples from me, Brad, especially my incongruence between my stated goals and my behavior patterns. We picked out the pursuit of wealth and financial security as something that I at times get frustrated by or feel deficient in, (perhaps because of subconscious patterns kicking in) and you will hear Thais explain the causes of self-sabotage and how to reprogram certain thoughts—which is especially interesting to hear once Thais explains that we are operating from our conscious mind three to five percent of the time!
    If you have been listening to the podcast a lot and you read and you educate yourself, your conscious mind may be doing really well, acquiring the knowledge and skills you need to succeed, but your subconscious “needs” still will come in and oftentimes interfere. So, it’s time for Brad to get processed and dig deep and explore what is going on here when self-sabotage kicks in. 
    Thais Gibson is a counselor, a bestselling author of a book called Learning Love and the co-founder of the fabulous Personal Development School. She also has a Ph.D. and over 13 certifications in modalities ranging from CBT, NLP, somatic experiencing, internal family systems, to shadow work and hypnosis. Thais had nearly a decade of experience running a successful private practice and founded The Personal Development School, an online learning platform, to provide a more accessible, authentic way for clients to transform their lives. I enrolled immediately after we finished this recording, and I want you to go visit her website and consider doing the same. She offers a test run where you can see what it’s all about—check it out at personaldevelopmentschool.com.
     
    TIMESTAMPS:
    People may not always be aware that they are self-sabotaging because it usually occurs at a subconscious level. [00:53]
    Your conscious mind is responsible for roughly 3 to 5 percent of all of your beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and actions or decisions. Your subconscious is responsible for 95 to 97 percent. [04:48]
    We all have subconscious personality needs. [07:54]
    Thais uses Brad as an example to unpack what needs it relates to. She asks first, what does he do in his spare time? [09:34]
    Where does he spend his money? What does he like to learn about? [12:10]
    Our subconscious mind is also the host of all of our limiting beliefs. [19:46]
    There is a tool for how to pull up what your limiting beliefs are. [21:42]
    We're scared of something that's hidden in the periphery at a subconscious level of mind [24:29]
    Reconditioning is a tool for reprogramming. [26:25]
    Thais identifies characteristics of people who have been in a relationship with a narcissist. [30:41]
    Look for the things that trigger you. Plan your limiting belief and use its opposite. [33:02]
    Step one: What is your core belief and its opposite? Step two: what are 10 memories to support? They can be recent memories, really old memories, doesn't matter. 10 memories to support this new idea about yourself. I am, in fact, good enough. Step three: listen back for 21 days. [34:17]
    When thinking about financial security, many people struggle with their subconscious as in feeling they don’t deserve it or some parts of society that have a distaste for the inequitable distribution of we

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Breather: Start Here - Dialing In Sleep, Diet, Exercise, And Stress Management

    Breather: Start Here - Dialing In Sleep, Diet, Exercise, And Stress Management

    Welcome to the “Start Here” breather show!
    As you may know, I recorded a comprehensive episode entitled “Start Here” that you can share with any potential new listener as I cover the big-picture topics of how to lead a long, healthy, happy life, categorized as Sleep, Recovery and Down Time, Diet, Exercise, and Stress Management.
    It was a lengthy and quite detailed show, so I figured it needs a shorter companion show to give you those big-picture insights that will hopefully compel you to listen to a more detailed show, or just have some great takeaway knowledge and information to make simple changes in your life without getting overwhelmed by complexity and detail.
    This is a great episode to listen to if you want to quickly learn how you can clean up your life and get healthier and more closely aligned with your health and fitness goals.
     
    LINKS:
    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 NEW: B.rad Superfruits - Organic Freeze-Dried Exotic Fruit Powder! Natural Electrolyte Hydration & Energy Powder  
    Join Brad for more fun on:
    Instagram: @bradkearns1
    Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh
    Twitter: @bradleykearns
    YouTube: @brad.kearns
    TikTok: @bradkearns
     
    We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to podcast@bradventures.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, I won’t promote anything that I don't absolutely love and use in daily life:
    Peluva: Comfortable, functional, stylish five-toe minimalist shoe to reawaken optimal foot function. Use code BRADPODCAST for 15% off! Mito Red Light: Photobiomodulation light panels to enhance cellular energy production, improve recovery, and optimize circadian rhythm. Use code BRAD for 5% discount! GAINSWave: Enhance sexual function with high frequency shockwave therapy. Buy 6 and get one treatment free with code: BRAD Schwank Grills: Portable gas infrared grills for the juiciest steak you’ve ever had! Cooks in minutes at 1500 degree heat. Save $150 with code BRAD150.  Wild Health: Comprehensive online health consultation with blood and DNA testing, personal coaching and precision medicine. Get things dialed in! Use discount code BRAD20 for 20% off! Take The Cold Plunge online course! B.rad Whey + Creatine Superfuel: Premium quality, all-natural supplement for peak performance, recovery, and longevity. New Cocoa Bean flavor! Online educational courses: Numerous great offerings for an immersive home-study educational experience Primal Fitness Expert Certification: The most comprehensive online course on all aspects of traditional fitness programming and a total immersion fitness lifestyle. Save 25% on tuition with code BRAD! Male Optimization Formula with Organs (MOFO): Optimize testosterone naturally with 100% grassfed animal organ supplement Brad's Favorites on Amazon
    I have a newly organized shopping experience at BradKearns.com/Shop. Visit here and you can navigate to my B.rad Nutrition products (for direct order or Amazon order), my library of online multimedia educational courses, great discounts from my affiliate favorites, and my recommended health&fitness products on Amazon.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    Brad Kearns: Start Here! All You Need to Know To Lead A Long, Healthy, Happy Life

    Brad Kearns: Start Here! All You Need to Know To Lead A Long, Healthy, Happy Life

    After 500 shows of the B.rad podcast, I figured it was time to record a helpful, useful, “Start here” episode that you can share with friends, family, and loved ones!
    Inspired by a friend of mine who had just started to become acquainted with my podcast and asked me: “What’s a good episode to start with?,” this show will provide you with an overview of health and lifestyle optimization tips and will cover the basics from a big picture perspective.
    In this show, you won’t hear anything too science-y or intimidating, but you will learn how to optimize essential elements of your lifestyle, such as sleep, diet, movement, fitness and stress management. You’ll hear about methods for establishing an evening ritual for sleep, easy changes you can make to your sleep environment, why sleep, rest, and recovery are #1, the specific foods that are literally toxic for your cells and cause you to accumulate excess body fat, and why it’s so important to prioritize protein. I also talk about the concerns I have with restrictive diets, share my dietary strategy and what I typically eat throughout the day, explain why general everyday movement ranks above adhering to a devoted fitness regimen, and talk about why walking is the centerpiece of a healthy, active, energetic life.
    You will also learn why sprint workouts are so essential, how to adapt them to your needs if you are unable to perform one on flat ground just yet (and the various alternative ways to do a sprint exercise), and simple but effective tips for managing stress. If you, or anyone you know, wants to clean up their act and start living healthily without breaking the bank or harshing your gig too much, this is the episode to listen to. You will learn how to wind down at night without overstimulating yourself and messing with your sleep, which healthy foods to emphasize, the bare minimum you can do fitness wise to still make a difference, how to eradicate and deal with stress in your life, and why you should make things in life work and never settle for dysfunction, distractions, and avoidance.
    Got any comments or questions? Engage with us by reaching out to podcast@bradventures.com. 
     
    TIMESTAMPS:
    Today’s podcast is going to give you all you need to know at a glance to lead a long, healthy, happy life. The first category is about sleep, rest and recovery. [00:47]
    The greatest offense to our sleeping habits and cycling optimally through all phases of sleep is artificial light and digital stimulation. [03:08]
    When it is time to wake up in the morning naturally, there is a suppression of melatonin and elevating of serotonin, the mood-elevating, feel good hormone. [10:30]
    Diet has become very controversial and confusing. The nourishment you put into your body will make or break your health and your longevity potential. [14:25]
    When you eat nutritious foods, they are highly satiating. [10:08]
    Proteins are the most important nutrient that we can obtain from our diet. [26:14]
    Carbohydrates play an important role in your energy, your calorie expenditure, and, in general, your ability to perform. [29:55]
    A chronic overdose of high sugar-containing processed foods is going to overwhelm your body and have toxic consequences. [43:49]
    Movement, in general, is more important than adhering to a devoted fitness program. [45:53]
    Walking is the baseline for all manner of peak performance athletic activity. [51:21]
    Fitness entails putting your body under resistance. There are many ways you can do this. [55:18]
    You do not want to engage in chronic overly-stressful exercise. [01:02:45]
    To focus on stress management, you want to tone down all the instant gratification hyperconnectivity. [01:05:50]
    Remember to wind down at the end of the day and take breaks from hyperconnectivity. [01:10:40]
    Go to your kitchen pantry and rid yourself of processed foods and make a new shopping list of nutrient dense foods. [[01:11:40]
    Make walking a priority in your life. [01:1

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Breather: Overtraining Symptoms Series - Evening Second Wind And Mood Disturbances

    Breather: Overtraining Symptoms Series - Evening Second Wind And Mood Disturbances

    Welcome to the final episode in this series all about overtraining symptoms!
    We have already talked about symptoms like thirst, overheating, frequent urination, sodium/potassium imbalance, cortisol, digestion, menstruation, twitchy muscles, skin problems, sore throats, libido, cardiac symptoms, crash and burn patterns, insomnia, teeth grinding, and food cravings in previous shows, and in today's episode, we tackle the final symptoms of overtraining: mood disturbances and experiencing that “evening second wind.” 
    While experiencing a second wind in the evening may seem wonderful, it is actually indicative of a larger problem since cortisol really should be dwindling to a circadian rhythm low at this time. This is a great show to listen to if you want to learn more about cortisol and what happens when you abuse your body’s flight or fight response and the hormonal mechanisms behind it, as well as how to deal with these specific symptoms of overtraining and the difference between overreaching and overtraining.
     
    LINKS:
    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 NEW: B.rad Superfruits - Organic Freeze-Dried Exotic Fruit Powder! Natural Electrolyte Hydration & Energy Powder  
    Join Brad for more fun on:
    Instagram: @bradkearns1
    Facebook: @bradkearnsjumphigh
    Twitter: @bradleykearns
    YouTube: @brad.kearns
    TikTok: @bradkearns
     
    We appreciate all feedback, and questions for Q&A shows, emailed to podcast@bradventures.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, I won’t promote anything that I don't absolutely love and use in daily life:
    Peluva: Comfortable, functional, stylish five-toe minimalist shoe to reawaken optimal foot function. Use code BRADPODCAST for 15% off! Mito Red Light: Photobiomodulation light panels to enhance cellular energy production, improve recovery, and optimize circadian rhythm. Use code BRAD for 5% discount! GAINSWave: Enhance sexual function with high frequency shockwave therapy. Buy 6 and get one treatment free with code: BRAD Schwank Grills: Portable gas infrared grills for the juiciest steak you’ve ever had! Cooks in minutes at 1500 degree heat. Save $150 with code BRAD150.  Wild Health: Comprehensive online health consultation with blood and DNA testing, personal coaching and precision medicine. Get things dialed in! Use discount code BRAD20 for 20% off! Take The Cold Plunge online course! B.rad Whey + Creatine Superfuel: Premium quality, all-natural supplement for peak performance, recovery, and longevity. New Cocoa Bean flavor! Online educational courses: Numerous great offerings for an immersive home-study educational experience Primal Fitness Expert Certification: The most comprehensive online course on all aspects of traditional fitness programming and a total immersion fitness lifestyle. Save 25% on tuition with code BRAD! Male Optimization Formula with Organs (MOFO): Optimize testosterone naturally with 100% grassfed animal organ supplement Brad's Favorites on Amazon
    I have a newly organized shopping experience at BradKearns.com/Shop. Visit here and you can navigate to my B.rad Nutrition products (for direct order or Amazon order), my library of online multimedia educational courses, great discounts from my affiliate favorites, and my recommended health&fitness products on Amazon.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

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A Top 10 best Health and Fitness Podcast!

I love this podcast!! Brad is hilarious and very knowledgable, a definite leader in the health and fitness industry. I also love how he is open-minded and willing to stray from the usual topics from time to time. He truly lives his motto "Peak Performance with passion". Excellent podcast!

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This podcast is a go-to on workdays

I just hope Brad says “Be more in 2024.”

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