Info

Primal Endurance Podcast

Welcome to The Primal Endurance Podcast, where we challenge the ineffective, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training and provide a refreshing, sensible, healthy, fun alternative. Going primal frees you from carbohydrate dependency and turns you into a fat burning beast! Enjoy interviews from elite athletes, coaches, authors and scientists on the cutting edge of endurance training and performance.
RSS Feed Subscribe in iTunes
Primal Endurance Podcast
2017
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: Page 3
Nov 8, 2016

The Primal Endurance podcast Interval shows are published in between our full-length feature episodes published on Fridays. For the Interval episodes, podcast host Brad Kearns discusses various elements of the Primal Endurance approach, pulling from topics in the book/digital course and adding some candid and fresh insights. The Interval shows will keep you focused and purposeful with all of your workouts and lifestyle decisions.

Conventional endurance training is overly stressful and is making you fit, tired, and unhealthy. This show provides a basic overview of the Primal Endurance approach and how it differs from the chronic, obsessive/compulsive, overly stressful approach to endurance training. The endurance scene has been going strong for decades, but there seems to be a lingering problem of athletes choosing an overly stressful training approach. Primal Endurance will help you bust out and break through to a more enjoyable and effective approach to training. Bulleted list of benefits you'll enjoy with the Primal Endurance approach.

Nov 4, 2016

Host Brad Kearns catches up with Dr. Phil Maffetone, the aerobic training oracle in Oracle, AZ, host of PhilMaffetone.com, and author of The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing. It's been a while since Phil's been on the show - check the old episodes for some great commentary on aerobic training and balancing fitness and health. In recent years, Phil's strategies and principles have gained more mainstream acceptance among endurance athletes. Going slow really does make you fast in races! It's just tough to adhere to heart rate limits when you are a driven, Type-A endurance machine. Phil discusses how "it's all about stress" - moderating the stress of your training to avail continued improvement. Unfortunately, Phil details how endurance athletes are chronically "injured" - his broad definition including physical injuries, biochemical (hormone imbalances, adrenal burnout, etc.), and mental/emotional (depression/anxiety). The latter is prevalent but rarely discussed among endurance athletes. Yes, a constant anxiety about your workout times and volume is a source of stress and ultimately illness.

Phil contends that most endurance athletes believe they must be "willing to sacrifice health for fitness," but that this is absolutely unnecessary. However, endurance athletes must be willing to be patient with the process of aerobic development. Some other tidbits from the show: Diet and emotions can disturb neurotransmitter balance in the brain; Sugar intake causes overproduction of serotonin, delivering a sedative effect (hence, carbo loading is lame but still happens routinely); excessively anaerobic training progress arose from old school coaches familiar with interval training. And this interesting tidbit: a symptom of the early stages of over-training is performing well!; yes, this is due to over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. You must use intuition to regulate training stress and prevent a future crash when stress hormones burn out.

 

Dr. Phil Maffetone describes the importance of monitoring the heart rate and how that affects

the injuries of the endurance athlete. [00:00:35] 

Does mainstream medicine really understand the injuries of the endurance athlete? [00:06:30] 

What happens within the athlete when he feels anxiety or depression? [00:11:39] 

What happens to the neurotransmitters when you are walking around stressed and under

pressure? [00:14:48] 

What about carbo-loading? [00:16:04] 

What happened in the early days of coaching without proper information about aerobic

training? [00:16:55] 

What are the symptoms of overtraining? [00:24:32] 

How does the aerobic vs. anaerobic training impact ones well being?  [00:29:22] 

Can one get all they are seeking by not pushing themselves and still preserving their health?

[00:34:51]

Oct 28, 2016

Brad Kearns tackles more interesting Q&A from Primal Endurance podcast listeners and book readers. Submit your questions at www.primalblueprint.com/endurance and they will get covered on the air. Some recurring themes are coming through with many questioners. In particular, the questioning how "180-age" aerobic maximum heart rate limit applies to real-life goals and the desire to open up the throttle now and then and get race ready. While the questions relate to the specific needs of the individual, the answers are presented in a manner that applies to a broad audience. Listen and enjoy learning about the challenges and successes of your endurance peers, and come away with plenty of practical tips to help improve your training and competitive results.

Oct 17, 2016

Host Brad Kearns talks to WHOLE Athlete Podcast hostess Debbie Potts—author, personal trainer and 6-time Hawaii Ironman finisher. Debbie relates her story of suffering from sudden and severe adrenal burnout while racing at the peak of her career, and her awakening and recalibrating toward health with her WHOLEistic Method.

For you type-A athletes who are accustomed to burning the candle at both ends, this is a very important podcast to listen and reflect upon. Debbie was a knowledgeable and carefully trained athlete, a super healthy Paleo-style eater, and an inspiration to her personal clients and training partners. Out of nowhere her health fell apart, upon reflection a logical consequence of simply doing more than her body could handle – even though she felt energized and empowered during her journey. It was a journey featuring 15 ironmans in 11 years, with busy days starting at 4:30 AM running her own studio and training clients. Then suddenly, all that was precious to her was taken away and she plunged into serious health dysfunction. Enjoy the show from Debbie's home in Bellevue, Washington, and check out her WHOLE Athlete podcast too.

Oct 7, 2016

Host Brad Kearns talks to Dr. Marc Bubbs, sport nutrition lead for Canada Basketball and the men's Olympic Basketball team, and progressive healer in Toronto. Marc is the author of The Paleo Project, a book about personalizing your approach to paleo eating and living. Mark applies a comprehensive approach to his elite athletes and ordinary citizens he treats at his Toronto clinic. He offers interesting insights on a wide range of topics, including:

- Paleo & Performance

- Olympic medical teams view of Paleo

- Mental game - how food impacts cognition

- Napping and performance

- Gut health in NBA players

Some interesting one-liners from Marc:

Acute medical care is phenomenal but when there is no distinct pathology present, the patient must seek alternative care pointed toward wellness

90% of modern disease is lifestyle related, but physicians get very little training in healthy lifestyle practices or prevention.

It's important for athletes to focus on process, not outcome. This will prevent choking and lead to greater long-term enjoyment and fulfillment

if you don't get enough sleep, your reaction time decreases four-fold - for example, a baseball player looking for the pitch will struggle royally just because he missed some sleep.

Overreaching vs overtraining: Slightly exceeding your capacity delivers fitness benefits. The trick is to balance that fine line and avoid overtraining.

Testing for gut health: Gut health is a hot topic in alternative health circles, but few people can specify what is a healthy gut and what is a compromised gut. Dr. Mark suggests you can obtain a complete stool analysis to reveal levels of good bacteria, bad bacteria, and inflammatory markers. Dr. Marc mentions the Microbial Organic Acids Tests (MOAT) from Great Plains Labs and the Complete Stool Analysis (CSA) from Doctor's Data. If things look suspect on these results, you then seek alternative health care.

All in all, a great show for endurance athletes to delve deeper into the world of functional medicine and alternative health care.

Sep 30, 2016

Brad Kearns tackles more interesting Q&A from Primal Endurance podcast listeners and book readers. Submit your questions at www.primalblueprint.com/endurance and they will get covered on the air. Some recurring themes are coming through with many questioners. In particular, the questioning how "180-age" aerobic maximum heart rate limit applies to real-life goals and the desire to open up the throttle now and then and get race ready. While the questions relate to the specific needs of the individual, the answers are presented in a manner that applies to a broad audience. Listen and enjoy learning about the challenges and successes of your endurance peers, and come away with plenty of practical tips to help improve your training and competitive results.

Sep 24, 2016

Brad Kearns tackles more interesting Q&A from Primal Endurance podcast listeners and book readers. Submit your questions at www.primalblueprint.com/endurance and they will get covered on the air. Some recurring themes are coming through with many questioners. In particular, the questioning how "180-age" aerobic maximum heart rate limit applies to real-life goals and the desire to open up the throttle now and then and get race ready. While the questions relate to the specific needs of the individual, the answers are presented in a manner that applies to a broad audience. Listen and enjoy learning about the challenges and successes of your endurance peers, and come away with plenty of practical tips to help improve your training and competitive results.

Sep 16, 2016

Host Brad Kearns welcomes Lindsay back to the show (yeah, we had a lunch break for a fabulous primal salad at Lindsay's house) for a second podcast. We pick up the momentum from Lindsay's first show, where she commented on the ideal endurance athlete mindset and goal setting process. Sneak preview: It's essential to constantly recommit to intrinsic goals that align well with your personality.

Sep 13, 2016

Primal Endurance Podcast goes deep with Primal Blueprint Publishing's very own Lindsay Taylor, PhD., UC Berkeley trained behavioral psychologist, lead writer/editor for Primal projects, busy soccer mom and ironman triathlete. Lindsay talks about the psychological aspects of endurance training, including topics like goal setting, understanding your personality to match your environmental circumstances accordingly, and the value of intrinsic motivation versus extrinsic.

Sep 2, 2016
Brad Kearns tackles more interesting Q&A from Primal Endurance podcast listeners and book readers. Submit your questions at primalblueprint.com/endurance and they will get covered on the air. Some recurring themes are coming through with many questioners. In particular, the questioning how "180-age" aerobic maximum heart rate limit applies to real-life goals and the desire to open up the throttle now and then and get race ready. While the questions relate to the specific needs of the individual, the answers are presented in a manner that applies to a broad audience. Listen and enjoy learning about the challenges and successes of your endurance peers, and come away with plenty of practical tips to help improve your training and competitive results.
Aug 26, 2016
Brad Kearns tackles more interesting Q&A from Primal Endurance podcast listeners and book readers. Submit your questions at primalblueprint.com/endurance and they will get covered on the air. Topics include: can the Primal Endurance approach apply to high school distance runners? Must young athletes adhere to the "180-age" aerobic principles? How to reconcile the "total fitness" goal of The Primal Blueprint laws with the specifics of Primal Endurance (aerobic emphasis and periodization); how possibly backing off from a very ambitious weekly workout pattern (featuring plenty of endurance work along with numerous high intensity sessions) can actually help facilitate fat loss by lowering cortisol levels; and much more. 
Jul 29, 2016
Brad Kearns tackles listener/reader Q&A. Topics include the disparity in perceived effort between cycling and running at aerobic max; what is the 'low-end' heart rate for aerobic workouts (the answer will surprise you!); integrating Primal Endurance principles for Spartan Race competition; how stubborn excess body fat might be there as a consequence of too much exercise, not too little; and much more!
 
Email info@primalblueprintpublishing.com if you have a question for the show. And please take the time to submit a review about the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks for your support!
Jul 22, 2016

Host Brad Kearns catches up with Mark Allen, the greatest triathlete in history, who has a record six victories at the Hawaii Ironman and ten victories at the Nice, France World Long Course Championship. Today, he is a popular triathlon coach at MarkAllenCoaching.com, TV commentator, corporate speaker, author, and presenter of “Fit Soul, Fit Body” retreats with Brant Secunda, a Huichol shaman and healer.

First, Mark talks about the importance of releasing attachment to outcomes and being committed to the enjoyment and appreciation of the process. He discusses how, after a series of unfortunate setbacks, Mark’s first victory in 1989 precipitated five Ironman attempts before he retired at the top of his game at age 39.

Mark talks about balancing the pursuit of extreme endurance goals with maintaining health and how research on Heart Rate Variability has been a great breakthrough in monitoring stress and planning training.

Mark and Brad discuss the importance of sleep when training and Mark elaborates on how he was able to live a normal, laid back lifestyle once his grueling training sessions or competitive seasons were over.

Finally, they discuss how Mark has released a book called The Art of Competition, which blends stunning nature photography with inspirational quotes chosen by Mark for their significance to competitors seeking a healthy perspective and inspiration to pursue athletic goals.

Note: This show previously aired as episode #44 on the Primal Blueprint Podcast channel.

Jul 15, 2016
Brad Kearns is back with more listener/reader Q&A. Topics include syncing the seemingly conflicting Primal Blueprint Fitness principles (move, lift, sprint) with the Primal Endurance periodization principles; how technique is the most important improvement factor for swimming; how sprints turbocharge body fat reduction; getting frustrated with slow pace aerobic training, and much more!
 
Email info@primalblueprintpublishing.com if you have a question for the show. And please take the time to submit a review about the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks for your support!
Jul 8, 2016

Host Brad Kearns is back this week to answer a smattering of listener questions, starting with Jesse, who is finding difficulty training for an upcoming triathlon while building his aerobic base.

This episode is also available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure!

 

 

Jul 1, 2016

Host Brad Kearns sounds off on the popular topic of testosterone - specifically how to optimize your levels through diet, exercise and lifestyle behaviors. Brad details how his testosterone nosedived in 2015 due to a bout of chronic aerobic exercise, and how he more than doubled his free T levels (6.8 - clinically low; to 14.3 - teenager level) in only five months by lowering his training heart rate by 12 beats, taking power naps, and making high-intensity strength training sessions shorter in duration. Other tips are provided, especially relating to how primal-style eating can optimize sex hormone function for both males and females.

This episode is also available on YouTube.

Jun 24, 2016

Host Brad Kearns travels to the mountains of Colorado for a video podcast (listen here, as always, or check out YouTube for an enhanced experience) with Dr. Cate and Luke. They have been busy working on a comprehensive update and re-release of their bestseller, Deep Nutrition. The conversation focuses on the dangers of refined high polyunsaturated vegetable/seed oils and the urgent need to completely cease consuming these toxic agents, and all the processed, packaged, snacks, frozen, and fast foods they are found in. If you care about your health, this show could change your life by giving you the clarity to adopt a zero tolerance policy.

May 27, 2016

Brad Kearns visits with elite professional ultra-runner Zach Bitter. Besides being the national 100k champion and holder of many other titles and records, Zach is noted in the ultra community for his insightful blogging at zachbitter.com, and for his success at pushing the edges of human performance as a ketogenic endurance athlete.

As a participant in Dr. Jeff Volek's landmark FASTER study, Zach metabolized fat during exercise at nearly twice the previously believed absolute human maximum. Listen or watch on YouTube, as Zach discusses his revolutionary training methods, including how he uses ketogenic eating patterns to race more efficiently and recover faster. This dude is the real deal, and once ran 38 miles in 8.5 hours on no food!

May 20, 2016
Brad Kearns explains the common errors and misconceptions about the role of strength training for endurance athletes, and why it's so important to strength train in the proper manner, at the right times of the season.
 
Learn how to avoid the dreaded "blended" workouts that just leave you tired and over-trained, how increasing raw power and explosiveness will improve your endurance performance, and how to integrate strength workouts into your schedule without compromising your aerobic development. 
May 13, 2016

Brad Kearns mixes things up with a narration format podcast, addressing the most common question of Primal Endurance enthusiasts: Can I really slow down to go faster?

This commentary will get you focused and motivated to slow down and appreciate the importance and the scientific rationale for building an aerobic base, and being highly disciplined to keep your training heart rate at or below Dr. Phil Maffetone's "180-age" formula.

May 7, 2016

Brad Kearns addresses an assortment of podcast listeners/Primal Endurance reader questions. Topics covered include the all-important issue of building an aerobic base, and the importance of slowing down to go faster. Other questions about diet, cramping and effective scheduling are covered. Brad's secret solution to prevent cramping? Get in shape (seriously!). This episode is also available in video format on YouTube (more video podcasting coming in the future.

Send your questions to info@primalblueprintpublishing.com

Apr 22, 2016

Brad and Andrew get deep into big questions endurance athletes might want to ask themselves about their training - How do I feel? Should I alter my planned workout accordingly? Am I progressing with my fitness, or falling into an overtraining/overstress pattern? Is it okay to "fiddle around" at most of your workouts? (Andrew says YES, and cites an Olympic gold medal swimmer who did just that in his glory days). Enjoy a thoughtful discussion that may change your entire outlook on your endurance goals!

Mar 25, 2016

Host Brad Kearns sits down with Dave Dollé, personal trainer and co-Author of Fruit Belly. Today we’re diving deep into Dave’s background and current career endeavors, including how he manages his two training facilities and keeps his clients motivated.

Mar 18, 2016

Ultra Runner Jeff Browning joins host Brad Kearns to discuss how adopting a Primal lifestyle helped him overcome Candida and improve his overall athletic performance.

Mar 11, 2016

Brad is back in studio with your questions answered!

« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 Next »