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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 fu ...
 
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The ancestral health movement has exploded over the past decade and more, and while it’s wonderful to see people raising their awareness of our genetic expectations for health, one thing has been on my mind a lot lately, which is this obsession people have with the ancestral model and how this can possibly be taken to the extreme and deliver advers…
 
Have you ever wondered what’s up with acupuncture? That is the title of a wonderful new book by my friend, Dr. Jannine Krause, an acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner. It is so beneficial for all of us to learn more about medicine, specifically beyond Western medicine, and Dr. Jannine does an incredible job harmonizing the two as you …
 
We have a big problem in modern life: the epidemic decline in the average testosterone level in males. Research from around the globe has confirmed this is a global problem—the average testosterone level has been declining at a rate of 1% per year since the 1980s. That means your testosterone level is 40% below what your grandpa’s was at your age! …
 
Welcome to part 4 of this series covering 5 essential tips for aging gracefully and optimizing energy and body composition. Hopefully you’ve been listening since the start—in part 1 we talked about eliminating processed, nutrient-deficient foods from your diet, and in part 2 we talked about emphasizing the most nutrient-dense, easy to digest foods …
 
I had a great podcast interview with popular blogger Michael Kummer! He’s my kinda guy as a former world junior level 100-meter sprinter and huge enthusiast of animal-based, nose-to-tail eating. Follow him on Instagram @michaelkummer Memorize his wonderfully concise and impactful five quick tips to quickly clean up and optimize your diet: Avoid all…
 
Welcome to a fast-moving and interesting conversation with Alex Hutchinson, author of the book Endure. Alex is a popular columnist for Outside Magazine, covering topics related to sweat science, and is an expert on the scientific aspects of peak performance and human limitations, especially relating to endurance. He recounts his extraordinary story…
 
This episode is all about my favorite indulgence, dark chocolate. I talk about the many benefits of this incredible superfood and share some tips for what to specifically look for when you’re after the highest quality, healthiest chocolate. LINKS: Brad Kearns.com Brad’s Shopping page Join Brad for more fun on: Instagram: @bradkearns1 Facebook: @bra…
 
Welcome to part three of this series as we continue to discuss five main tips to aging gracefully and optimizing energy and body composition. We covered diet big-time in the first two parts of this series, and in part three, we focus on the critical objective to move more and strategies to increase general everyday movement, which experts say is a …
 
If you have been listening to the B.rad podcast this year, you know I’ve been second guessing the role of fasting for healthy, energetic folks. Fasting offers a tremendous amount of health benefits, but if many (if not most) of the health benefits are incidental, can fasting still be considered a worthwhile practice? Tune in to find out the answer!…
 
Get ready for a fantastic long-form conversation with Dr. Joy Kong and Cynthia Thurlow! It was such a pleasure to sit down for a fire-side style, three-way chat to discuss all kinds of topics with these two powerhouse women. I’m trying to be more bold and daring as the host of the B.rad podcast, including going for some long-form, in person intervi…
 
In part two of this series all about aging as gracefully as possible and optimizing energy and body composition, we focus on food. This episode covers all the most nutrient-dense and easy-to-digest foods as well as the foods that have no place in a healthy diet, and I reveal the number one objective of a healthy diet, as well as why many people exp…
 
Mark Sisson joins me to discuss my recent reflections on the fundamental principles of ancestral health, metabolic flexibility, why any form of exercise counts as cardio, and the greatest misconceptions about ‘calories in, calories out.’ We talk about time-restricted feeding, training, glycogen and increasing carb consumption, and if there is an op…
 
In this episode, I put together five simple, practical tips to age gracefully and optimize energy and body composition. I’m recording this on the heels of a lot of Energy Balance commentary— my interviews with Jay Feldman and multi-part reflections on the Energy Balance concept: the idea that we want our body functioning at maximum energy productio…
 
Welcome to part two of the “Is Brad Natty Or Not?” presentation. In part one, I covered my background in athletics and my decision to operate from a squeaky clean baseline dating back to my professional triathlete career. In part two, I present an assortment of practical tips to optimize testosterone naturally, in the categories of: Sleep, rest, re…
 
Sportscaster, social media influencer, global keynote speaker, and author Monique Billings joins me to discuss finding balance, finding effective ways to get it done (in life and in sports), and her first book, Finding Balance—A Playbook for Wellness. She shares lessons she has learned about patience, what taught her to finally trust the process an…
 
It’s time to put an end to the controversy, confusion, suspicion, admiration, and speculation and come clean. The rumor-mongers who have been saying, “How can this guy jump that high, run that fast, be that ripped, talk that fast on his podcast, jump that high, and still be natural at the age of 57?” Fair question, and I’ve mustered up the courage …
 
Today’s show centers around the hot topic of performance enhancing drugs, testosterone replacement therapy, doping, cheating, and optimizing your lifestyle before considering hormone replacement therapy. The Liver King controversy isn’t going away anytime soon, and the prevalence of this issue right now has caused me to reflect on something I have …
 
Time for me to weigh in about the Liver King controversy, in light of the Nov, 2022 revelation (from leaked email documents presented in a YouTube video by Derek More Plates More Dates) linking Liver King to the use of PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) - something the Internet hatahs have long suspected him of, and that he has repeatedly point-bla…
 
It’s time to talk to the Meat Mafia! I have two very interesting guests today—Harrison Gray (Clemenza) and Brett Sollozo, the hosts of the Meat Mafia podcast.​​ These Twitter sensations have been doing a fantastic job enthusiastically spreading the word (especially to their younger demographic) about cleaning up your diet, focusing on nutrient dens…
 
This show is inspired by the recent questions I have been receiving about my daily diet. 2022 has been a year of changes in my philosophy and critical thinking, leading me to second guess some of the foundational elements of the ancestral health movement, and accordingly, embarking on an experiment to modify my long time dietary practices, such as …
 
“You don’t just fall apart when you get old—it’s the bad habits that are potentially going to cause you to fall apart much faster.” It’s time to meet the meathead millionaire, my good friend Mark Bell, co-host of the sensational podcast, Power Project. Mark is a legend in the powerlifting and fitness community, a well known fitness entrepreneur, an…
 
Welcome to another Q&A show! I’m answering some lengthier questions submitted by listeners today and covering topics like stimulating your muscles on a different level through things like the Katalyst EMS suit and the EMsculpt (used by my podcast guest Melanie Avalon) and why taking temporary measures to lose weight results in a total disservice an…
 
Let’s get ready to rumble with Jay Feldman—one of my favorite guests and someone who has prompted me to rethink many of my closely and previously held notions about ancestral living and the role of fasting and carb restriction for peak performance and longevity! Hopefully you have already heard my two previous episodes with Jay, as well as my four-…
 
I talk about diet a lot on this show, but sometimes it’s important to back up a few steps from dealing with all the nuances, deep research, and total immersion that I’ve had for the past few years and just offer some basic (but important) big-picture insights. This show is for everyone, regardless of where you’re at in your dietary journey—as you w…
 
I am so excited to welcome Michael Kummer to the show! Michael is a healthy living and technology enthusiast, founder of MK Supplements (a freeze dried animal organ supplement company), and a popular blogger who has a passion for sharing information and solutions to complex problems in plain, easy to understand language. Oh, and he’s trilingual (Ge…
 
We hit the Q&A hard with some really thoughtful and interesting questions on topics like: How to correct feeling overstressed after workouts and does my Morning Exercise Routine run counter to the recommendation to avoid working the same muscle groups day after day? We also go over how MOFO can help boost testosterone, answer questions like is carb…
 
In this episode you will hear from an incredible entrepreneur who has succeeded across all channels of competition, from sports to business, Stan Efferding! Stan is a legend in the bodybuilding/powerlifting space, and he is also an incredibly high-performing champion—not only in competitive sports but also in business. He is also one of the great d…
 
Welcome to part four of this series all about optimizing an animal-based diet. In previous installments, we discussed the rationale behind an animal-based diet and the benefits of eliminating toxic, modern foods from your life, the two major shifts I went through in recent years that put me on a totally different path diet wise, and what has prompt…
 
We have a true powerhouse on the show today—Brian Sanders. As you will hear, Brian has got his finger into everything—he’s almost like a superhuman performer because he has done so much, like this incredible documentary Food Lies that you will hear about, which he has been working on for the last five or six years. The intro for the film (linked in…
 
Welcome to part three of this series all about optimizing your animal-based diet. In previous installments (part one and part two) I talked about the rationale behind and the benefits of following an animal-based diet, effective methods for losing excess body fat, especially the concept that you must get healthy first before contemplating any goal …
 
What a tremendous pleasure to join Gabby Reece in person at her home in Malibu and spend some wonderful time going deep on this podcast, which is her specialty. I am a long time fan of Gabby and her popular podcast, the Gabby Reece show, and one of the best attributes about it is how the show manages to cut through all the fluff that we engage in s…
 
Welcome to part two in this multi-part series all about optimizing your animal based diet! In this show I will focus on two major shifts in my approach and belief strategy that occurred in recent years—one of them being my first exposure to the carnivore rationale in 2019, thanks to Dr. Paul Saladino (and Dr. Shawn Baker and other leaders of the ca…
 
Get ready for a groovy show with Max Casa! Max is an expert on float therapy—you may have seen or heard about sensory deprivation tanks, and centers devoted to this practice have been popping up all over the world, as it has become incredibly popular in recent years. I did my first float five year ago and I have been feeling inspired to go back reg…
 
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 sens…
 
Get ready for a fantastic show with elite international heptathlete, Chari Hawkins! As you can imagine, taking on seven different disciplines requires serious discipline, and Chari has made it to the highest level of this (quite grueling) sport, competing for team USA in the world championships, and she also happens to be an incredible high-jumper,…
 
Welcome to part four of the Primal Fitness Coach Expert Certification overview! We covered the first ten chapters of the course in previous episodes, and in this episode, we’re talking about sprinting and jumping. Sprinting is the ultimate primal workout and the quintessential expression of the homo sapiens’ genetically hardwired fight or flight re…
 
It’s time for another rebroadcast episode as we head back into the archives for this early episode with the amazing Ben Greenfield. Ben is a human information machine, biohacking wiz extraordinaire and just an extremely healthy, fit guy going on all kinds of channels with his expanded consciousness and his endless gratitude, and all his various int…
 
The human genetic requirement for health is to engage in near constant, everyday movement—we are simply not built to sit around. If you are walking around with good muscle mass and good muscle strength, you have asked your organs to perform every time you do any kind of exercise—as soon as you start lifting a weight or jogging down the street, your…
 
I’ve been talking to today’s guest, Bryan Gryn (host of the Get Lean, Eat Clean podcast) a lot recently about my experiment with eating more food and de-emphasizing things like fasting and low-carb models, as Bryan is a firm follower of the 2 Meals A Day strategy. During this show, I challenge him on eating more as we get into this topic and try to…
 
Welcome to part 2 of the Primal Fitness Coach Expert Certification course overview! We went through the introduction and chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in part 1, and in this episode, you will learn all kinds of fantastic drills to improve balance, ranging from stuff you can do at your work desk during the day to some great challenges that you can do at…
 
I welcome Sara Banta back to the show, the health queen of acceleratedhealthproducts.com and Accelerated Health Radio, a show I have been on a few times. We’re hitting it hard today with a variety of mostly diet-related topics, and she is also a supplement expert with some really cutting-edge products, so you’re going to hear a lot of pitches for s…
 
I am so excited to share with you the release of this comprehensive project, one that has been two years in the making in order to create the ultimate online certification experience for the topic of fitness! I’m talking about the Primal Fitness Coach online certification program—a home study, multimedia educational program that we believe is the s…
 
Today we’re talking about anxiety—the very prominent condition we hear about these days attached so frequently to quarantine and the massive disruption of our global lifestyle for the last couple years, as well as a long-suffering human condition. Today’s guest, Dr. Ellen Vora, brings a fresh, memorable and unique take on anxiety—one that will give…
 
It’s time for the 87% podcast! The title of this episode comes from one of the most important, impactful quotes about athletic training that I have seen in a long time: “Jakob Ingedbrigtsen estimates that he seldom pushes himself beyond 87% of his maximum effort in workouts. Yes, 87%, so he can preserve the best of himself on race day.” This quote …
 
Let’s get ready to rumble with Cynthia Monteleone! She is a World Champion Masters Track and Field athlete and a certified holistic metabolic analytics practitioner. Cynthia comes from the beautiful island of Maui and is full of positive energy and enthusiasm, and our conversation today is interesting and inspiring, and trust me, the minute the sho…
 
When talking about backing off of fasting and restrictive eating and eating more nutritious calories to be more healthy and more active, are we rejecting the widely validated health benefits of things like ketone production and fasting-induced autophagy? Absolutely not, but we might want to reflect how restrictive eating benefits those with metabol…
 
I welcome Dr. Sarah Pospos to the show to discuss her interesting career path in the world of psychiatry, specifically telepsychiatry. Dr. Sarah is a devoted B.rad listener, and in this show, you’ll learn about her highly integrative approach to psychiatry—as you’ll hear, I had to push and prod her to even talk about prescription medication! She is…
 
After discussing the importance of getting healthy first before contemplating fat reduction goals, this show addresses the big issue of the day: how does a healthy, active, fit individual with ambitious performance optimize eating. In particular, how closely do we need to align with “ancestral” health practices like fasting or keto in hectic, high …
 
It’s my pleasure to introduce a very interesting conversation with Primal Health Coach Ryan Baxter. Ryan is an ordinary guy living a pretty normal life with an everyday job as a software engineer, with two kids, a wife, and a busy family life, but he’s also a fitness enthusiast who works frequently with everyday clients, giving him a lot of street …
 
In this episode, I will share a bunch of comments from both experts and listeners as I continue to ponder the big picture question of whether healthy fit folks might want to rethink the “obligation” to fast, restrict carbs, restrict eating windows and prioritize fat burning to the extreme—because these trigger survival mechanisms can be possibly to…
 
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