Endurance: Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, Part 2

Description: Host Brad Kearns talks about introducing brief, explosive, high intensity workouts into your training schedule to prompt quick and dramatic improvements in your performance at all levels of intensity, even ultra endurance. When you become competent at sprinting, you reduce perceived exertion and improve metabolic function at all lower levels of intensity. However, you gotta do this stuff right or you will fry your brain and body with ammonia toxicity and cellular destruction.

The end of the show gets really sciency so you can learn why the ideal duration for sprinting is just 10-20 seconds–breakthrough concepts from Dr. Craig Marker and his landmark article titled “HIIT versus HIRT.” You’ll learn why prolonged interval sessions with performance attrition and cumulative fatigue are more destructive and less effective than HIRT–High Intensity Repeat Training. Brief, explosive efforts coupled with “luxurious rest intervals’ (Pavel Tsatsouline of Strong Endurance). If you want to get faster very quickly, you best listen to this show and make some important revisions changes to your current training patterns. 

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Keto: Brad and Brian Talk Carnivore and Striking a Balance Between Discipline and Enjoying Life

Description: Brad and Brian are back! Primal video and audio master Brian McAndrew comes to the other side of the mic and gets deep into it with Brad Kearns on all matters of keto, carnivore, and the optimal balance between discipline and enjoying life. The pair discuss the surging popularity of carnivore, wondering about the carni argument that plants might be difficult to digest. They discuss the incidental benefits of keto and carnivore, providing structure, focus, and minimizing decision fatigue and the tendency to get an inch and take a mile. On that note, Brad cops to some recent popcorn binge behavior, and reflects on whether we might gain deeper enjoying from our eating when putting in some restrictions.


Brian says keto is “easier” because you can skip meals comfortably—possibly the opposite logic of the SAD eater. As we get more and more sophisticated with dietary strategies, Brian wonders if we might be motivated by FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) instead of a true opportunity to enhance health and well being. This show flows into stuff that’s not usually covered in the informational-heavy programs and will really get you thinking. For example, if you were told that eating only salmon eggs for the rest of your life would deliver a 20% boost in peak performance and longevity, would you make that devils bargain?

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Gary E. Foresman MD

Elle Russ chats with Integrative Physician Gary E. Foresman MD about coronary artery disease (CAD) screening, statin drugs, cholesterol, and when and how you should get tested.

In 1994 when Dr. Foresman opened a private practice, he quickly became dissatisfied with the inability of established Western medical treatments to effectively treat many of his patients. Dr. Foresman began investigating alternative therapies and has since expanded his training in many systems of healing—not just through meditation and stress management, but also using botanical, orthomolecular and functional medicine systems. His scientific mind combined with a holistic integrative perspective, makes him a skilled practitioner who therapeutically synthesizes optimal healing modalities for each individual.

Dr. Foresman ranked among the top in the nation on his Internal Medicine Board Exams and has some of the most comprehensive Internal Medicine training to be found – including serving as a Clinical Professor who trained other physicians at a University Medical Center. 

In-depth commentary on thyroid dysfunction by Dr. Gary Foresman can be found in The Paleo Thyroid Solution written by Elle Russ.

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Keto: Lindsay Taylor, Ph.D., Co-Author of Keto Passport

Description: Host Brad Kearns and Dr. Lindsay finally capture some of the magic that happens during their random off-mic conversations. Yep, Brad pushed the record button and Lindsay immediately throws out some profound philosophical and psychological questions to ponder. Is body composition a worthwhile goal, or are we placing too much importance on how we look instead of how we feel? The intuitive eating/body positivity movement has tremendous merit, but do we engage in too many rationalizations and self-defeating behaviors as life gets easier and easier? 

Striving for balance is important, but what if you really want the six-pack? Is it you that wants it, or is it society telling you to want it? It’s undisputable that it’s better to be in control of your destiny than to succumb to manipulative social media programming, and excess body fat is often a symptom of lifestyle flaws that are compromising your happiness, health, fitness, and longevity. Its important to reach some basic fitness and health standards to avoid the pain and suffering of aging. These are other topics will hit you hard and really get you thinking about your goals and priorities. Lindsay says, “Maybe the best goal is to care about how you feel, instead of how you look.”

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Loren Cordain, Ph.D.

Elle Russ chats with Dr. Loren Cordain – the world’s foremost authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease. Featured on Dateline NBC, the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, Dr. Loren Cordain is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading experts on the natural human diet of our Stone Age ancestors. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, and his research into the health benefits of Stone Age Diets for contemporary people has appeared in the world’s top scientific journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the British Journal of Nutrition, and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, among others. He is also on the Advisory Board of Paleo Magazine the first, and only, print magazine dedicated to the Paleo/Primal lifestyle and ancestral health.

Dr. Loren Cordain’s popular book, The Paleo Diet, has been widely acclaimed in both the scientific and lay communities. His next book, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, published in October 2005, discusses how the Paleo Diet can be modified for the high performance endurance athlete and lead to improved health and performance. His next book, The Dietary Cure for Acne, is available in paperback and as an instant download ebook. The Paleo Diet Cookbook was published in 2010 and became an instant bestseller. His most recent book, The Paleo Answer,represents a sequel to The Revised Paleo Diet

Dr. Loren Cordain received his Ph.D. in Health from the University of Utah, his master’s in physical education from the University of Nevada-Reno, and his bachelor’s in health sciences from Pacific University. He was a professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University from 1982 – 2013. 

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Endurance: Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, Part 1

Description: Host Brad Kearns talks about transforming once and for all away from the high-stress, mileage obsessed approach to an evolved approach that makes recovery the central focus of your training instead of suffering and enduring. And by the way endurance athletes, its time to turn off the endurance gene off the race course and quit enduring crappy jobs and toxic relationship dynamics. Be good to yourself and honor the importance of balancing stress and rest. If you experience a slight disturbance in immune function, don’t train at all!

Avoid black hole workouts and be okay with lowering your heart rate way below MAF, you still get an awesome training effect. Brad talks about his recent experiences with overdoing his beloved Speedgolf and experiencing burnout, and getting less consistent with cardio workouts to allow for more energy allocation to explosive workouts, which is the topic of part 2 of this important show.

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Keto: Dr. Lindsay Taylor on Silly Six-Packs And Going By Feel Instead of Appearance

Description: Host Brad Kearns and Dr. Lindsay finally capture some of the magic that happens during their random off-mic conversations. Yep, Brad pushed the record button and Lindsay immediately throws out some profound philosophical and psychological questions to ponder. Is body composition a worthwhile goal, or are we placing too much importance on how we look instead of how we feel? The intuitive eating/body positivity movement has tremendous merit, but do we engage in too many rationalizations and self-defeating behaviors as life gets easier and easier? 

Striving for balance is important, but what if you really want the six-pack? Is it you that wants it, or is it society telling you to want it? It’s undisputable that it’s better to be in control of your destiny than to succumb to manipulative social media programming, and excess body fat is often a symptom of lifestyle flaws that are compromising your happiness, health, fitness, and longevity. Its important to reach some basic fitness and health standards to avoid the pain and suffering of aging. These are other topics will hit you hard and really get you thinking about your goals and priorities. Lindsay says, “Maybe the best goal is to care about how you feel, instead of how you look.”

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Gary John Bishop

Elle Russ chats with Gary John Bishop – author of The New York Times Bestseller Unfu*k Yourself and his latest book, Stop Doing That Sh*t.  Gary is a leading Personal Development expert with a global reputation that has impacted thousands of people worldwide. His “urban philosophy” approach represents a new wave of personal empowerment and life mastery that has caused miraculous results for people.

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Keto: Discipline, Structure, Accountability, and Social Influences

Description: Host Brad Kearns gets personal discussing his varying commitment to keto and how loosening the pursestrings here and there can become a slippery slope. When you relax standards like limiting food intake to a compressed eating window, or allowing occasional indulgences for non-keto foods like popcorn, will power and decision fatigue enter back into the mix. Framingham Study data indicates that the lifestyle behaviors of your “clusters,” the people who spend the most time with, is contagious up to three degrees. Obesity is contagious, as is maintaining a healthy body composition. Keto is contagious to your friend, as well as your friend’s friend! This impresses the importance of accountability and group support to pursue goals together.

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Ste Lane

Elle Russ chats with Ste Lane – a fellow Primal Health Coach and owner of Peak Primal Health.  He has been an advocate for Primal living for roughly a decade. A life long martial artist, back-packer, coach and lover of all things health and wellness, Ste spends his time coaching others on the keys to unlocking their true human potential. Chronic disease riddled his younger years and it became his mission to help others reclaim their health so that they could lead a happy, disease-free, awesome life!

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