Today on the podcast:
Brad Kearns competed for nine years on the professional triathlon circuit, where he won 31 global events, was a two-time US national champion, and reached a #3 world ranking.
He continues to pursue competitive goals as a professional Speedgolfer and elite masters track & field high jumper.
Brad promotes the importance of pursuing peak performance with passion throughout life, but releasing the attachment of self-esteem to the outcome —a philosophy conveyed by the title of his podcast, B.rad!
He is known for his carefree communication style, lively sense of humour, and the ability to distill advanced diet and athletic training insights into simple, actionable principles to help the busy health enthusiast get healthy, happy, and fit for life.
Brad has written 20 books on diet, health, peak performance and ancestral living, and is a popular speaker, retreat host, and video course instructor. In 2017, The Keto Reset Diet, co-authored with Mark Sisson, became a New York Times bestseller, and #1 ranked overall bestselling book on Amazon.com for two days.
Here are some of the things we talked about in today’s podcast:
- 05:02 What got Brad into health and fitness
- 14:42 The process of improvement for building confidence and why this is much better than external validation from others
- 20:25 The goal of every parent
- 23:53 The problem with processed foods and why you should minimize or avoid them
- 28:28 Fasting, keto, and when or how to use them for performance
- 40:53 Why checking in with yourself is the best barometer for whether something is working or not
- 45:50 Cold exposure and why you should try it
- Many of us are raised to chase achievement over improvement—the end-goal over the journey. This is a death-knell for resilience, because we find ourselves unequipped to overcome obstacles, setbacks, and failures. But these things are part of everyone’s life. The most successful people in the world are driven by “pure motivation”: when they do something because they enjoy the process and the effort made toward improvement.
- Getting rid of processed foods alone sets you up for tremendous success in your health journey. Combine that with a caloric deficit to minimize your “energy toxicity”, which takes place when you store more calories than you burn per day. At the same time, keep in mind that extended periods of time burning more calories than you consume keeps your body in a high-stress state. When training and eating for performance, remember to prioritize recovery.
- In the face of countless new tests, devices, and “biohacks”, the best way to find out if a practice is working for you is to simply check in with yourself. Your intuition, disposition, motivation level, and how you feel in the morning when you wake up—these factors are the most telling indicators when it comes to the lifestyle you’re tailoring for the benefit of your health and fitness.
Powerful Quotes by Brad
- Making the effort towards improvement is essentially the secret to living a rich, meaningful, purposeful life.
- My goal is to perform, recover, perform, recover, perform, recover. That is my path to longevity.