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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 • 216 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!

    Sue McDonald: Shattering Masters Track&Field World Records The "Boring" Way

    Sue McDonald: Shattering Masters Track&Field World Records The "Boring" Way

    In today’s episode I welcome track star Sue McDonald to the show!
    Sue is no ordinary track star—she is shattering world records in the masters track and field arena going where no human has ever gone before in her age groups and putting out unbelievable times at 61 years old! This mother of three from Santa Barbara, California, is virtually on world record watch every time she competes, and I had a great visit meeting her personally in her home environment and finding out the secrets of what is possible when you take care of your body and you dedicate yourself to training and competitive goals and literally defy the aging process. Regardless of whether you're interested in trying to challenge Sue or take down her records, it's great to realize what's possible when you continue that dedication to peak performance and setting challenging goals and having a wonderful consistent training regimen. 
    In this episode, Sue describes her lifestyle and her training regimen as “boring”, but what you get out of that is the realization that these little things do really count every single day—and that you can get better even as you age chronologically. I can't think of a more inspiring guest to have you reflect on your own lifestyle and your own personal goals. Instead of just sitting back and telling stories about how things were so great back in the day, Sue is doing things that will just blow your mind and in a variety of events: she’s an elite sprinter, middle distance runner, and a multi-event athlete with things like High Jump and Heptathlon. Join me and Sue in Santa Barbara for this awesome conversation to learn some of her secrets and get inspired to go out there and set your own goals!
     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Optimizing Your Animal-Based Diet, Part 1: Rationale, Benefits, And Losing Fat

    Optimizing Your Animal-Based Diet, Part 1: Rationale, Benefits, And Losing Fat

    Welcome back to another rebroadcast of a popular episode. This one dates back to 2022!What is the best way to eat? How about we go deep and sort everything out in a reasonable, thoughtful manner?
    This is going to be a multi-part presentation, with part one focusing on the rationale for eating an animal based diet. This topic can get so confusing, controversial and frustrating, and this episode, I am making a great effort to get sensible and simplify things, with facts backed by respected science to help you choose the best foods and steer clear of the gimmicks, the overly restrictive diets, the dogma and the marketing hype out there that can be so confusing to us. 
     
    TIMESTAMPS:
    What is the best way to eat? Brad is presenting a sensible simplified answer. [01:01]
    Buying the organic and sustainably raised foods can be less costly than a diet of common mainstream groceries. Check out the Carnivore Scores Ranking Chart. [02:29]
    The vegan and plant-based movement eliminates the most nutrient-dense foods in the name of health. [08:47]
    There are benefits from ketosis. The ancestors survived on it, but it wasn’t always the best. [10:47]
    The first step is stepping away from the mainstream standard western diet of processed foods. [14:47]
    Being average in today’s society isn’t necessarily the best.  The U.S. population today is the sickest and fattest in history. [17:34]
    Even the finest restaurants and stores use refined industrial seed oils! [21:35]
    The highly palatable foods with a combination of sugar and fat lead to over-consumption. [26:04]
    Many diets are gimmicks.  You need to understand what is best for you.  It’s perfectly healthy and natural to spike glucose. [33:05]
    No need for cheat days, or any crappy junk food.  A healthy indulgence as a treat once in a while is fine.  Use the Carnivore Score Chart from Bradkearns.com as a guide. [36:25]
    The process of losing excess body fat starts with getting healthy first. [39:49]
    Move more daily. [41”35]
     
    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 Carnivore Scores Chart - Print this off and stick it to your fridge!  
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    • 49 min
    Q&A: Proper Recovery In Sprinting, Optimizing Protein Intake, Critique For Huberman Recommending Running

    Q&A: Proper Recovery In Sprinting, Optimizing Protein Intake, Critique For Huberman Recommending Running

    It’s time for more Q&A!
    Thank you so much to everyone for writing in—we have a ton of really interesting comments and questions that I can’t wait to work through in today’s episode. I really appreciate all your questions and contributions to this community (if you want to join in, email podcast@bradventures.com), and we thoughtfully read, consider, and answer every single email that comes in. 
    In today’s show, we start with a question from listener Brian who wants to see more examples of a “common man” day—what about people who have to get up at 5am and have a desk job? What kind of workouts and lifestyle recommendations do I suggest to those who have to get up at “unnatural” times of the day and have certain lifestyle restrictions based on their circumstances? I also answer questions about optimizing protein intake, tips for keeping your healthy diet affordable, the foods that you can get non-organic when you’re on a budget, the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation makes everything take 20% longer, how to ensure proper recovery in sprinting, my thoughts on a recent Instagram post from Dr. Andrew Huberman, and more!
     
    TIMESTAMPS:
    Brian Fitzsimmons is asking Brad to suggest dealing with circadian rhythms and workouts for people whose daily life doesn’t allow for optimal scheduling. [01:02]
    Ray wants to know if he sprints for 10 to 20 seconds, how many times should he do it, and how much should he rest? You should do 4 to 8 sprints of 10 to 20 seconds with a 6 to 1 recovery. [10:58]
    Scottsdale Wellness Center is asking about the myth about the notion of too much protein. [13:09]
    Mark Miller from Melbourne is asking about the  Zone Two or MAF fitness trend of slowing down. [17:49]
    When talking about high intensity training, realize it is not for the novice. [22:58] 
    What is the recommended period of luxurious rest intervals when sprinting? The faster you run, the more recovery you need. [32:40]
    Mark is asking about the recommendation to engage in some form of resistance training. [36:49]
    Brad talks about the dangers of road cycling. [47:07]
     
    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 Carnivore Score Food Ranking Chart Why We Sleep Deep Work Podcast with Dr. Craig Marker Podcast with Lion Martinez The P.E. Diet Born to Walk Podcast with Dr. Doug McGuff Body by Science  
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    • 53 min
    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  
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    • 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  
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    • 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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

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Informative and fun...

Listening to Brad is like listening to a friend who is knowledgeable, wise, patient, witty and compassionate... He can guide your way in a sea of confusing info about health. He covers so many subjects and give you pearls after pearls... His drive to dig into the truth and honesty on giving people the best possible advice makes him a valuable guide on our health journeys...

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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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Love the show, but

I am disappointed in the recent advertisement for Better Help. I thought this show had standards for which companies were allowed to advertise.

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