Brad Kearns is an American author, podcast host, professional Speedgolfer, and former professional triathlete.
He was one of the top-ranked triathletes in the world and holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest hole of golf ever played over 500 years. So what drives Brad Kearns to always push himself to be better? In episode 100 of the Final Surge Podcast, we talk to author, podcaster, coach and world record holder Brad Kearns about everything from his early Ironman days competing against Mark Allen and Dave Scott as well as why we may not be improving as much as we should be since then.  He spends a lot of time talking about stress and recovery. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast at and follow us on our new Instagram account at final.surge.    Early Days: Ran in high school and college Injured so much in college got discouraged Awakening to a better way Turned to triathlon  Was a new sport without coaches Figured it out by feel End of the first season was able to compete with world best Started winning and getting sponsors and forced him to change training  Struggled, overtrained and forced things to happen  What happens when someone is going for that BQ qualifier they have been training for months and before the race, things are not going well because they may be overtrained, should they still race and give it a shot? What is your purpose?  Know why you are doing it, should you go to a starting line with 101-degree temp? If not fully prepared go there and hand out water instead of competing when you shouldn't be What about getting to the start line healthy? Rest and recovery Work and training are both stresses  Cut workout short if not feeling it You have athletes that are super busy, what do you teach them about getting ready when busy? Aerobic training or MAF 180-age beats per minute Teaches you to burn fat not glucose  Many say, but if MAF was the best style professionals would be doing it Look at training logs and they are What else can you do to become a better fat burner  Noakes has changed course on recommendations  FASTER Study  Elite athletes can get away with more Some carry excess body fat Why haven't we improved much since Mark Allen? They were amazing athletes and it is hard to improve on that MEAN finishing time can improve if we improve training with more aerobic If carrying excess body fat as an athlete need to work on that Slow down on runs and cut out refined grains and sugars  Speed Golf Fringe sport strokes + minutes 78 plus 47 minutes = 128 score World record the fastest hole over 500 yards (video) Played the whole hole with 3-wood   Final Surge 5 questions in under a minute Favorite endurance/running book? - 4-minute mile Roger Bannister Current trainers you are wearing? - Vibram 5-fingers Favorite race? - World Cup Triathlon stop in Mexico Favorite recovery meal or recovery drink? - Salad Your favorite workout - Track 4x100 all out Resources Get Over Yourself Podcast Courses including 21-day reset Golf Speed Record Brad Kearns Twitter Brad Kearns Instagram  
Brad Kearns, at 52 years old, has doubled his testosterone levels in the past year. He has abandoned life as a pro triathlete and instead conquered the world of speed golf and high jumping. He has successfully trained his body to become a potent fat burning machine and transition completely out of carbohydrate dependence. He's a successful author is a noted speaker, author and coach in the health and fitness world for three decades. As the President of Primal Blueprint Publishing, Brad works with Mark Sisson to promote all aspects of primal living. He helped develop the Primal Health Coach certification program, has delivered dozens of Primal Transformation Seminars across the USA, and organized and presented at nine PrimalCon health and fitness retreats around the world from 2010-2014. He and Mark authored the 2015 release, , a comprehensive guidebook on how to escape the carbohydrate-dependent, overly stressful conventional approach to endurance training in favor of a healthier, stress-balanced, fat-adapted primal approach. He and Mark authored the 2017 release, , the definitive guide to the wildly popular ketogenic eating strategy. Kearns is the host of comprehensive online multimedia educational courses that bring books like , , and the 21-Day Total Body Transformation to life with a series of instructional videos and expert interviews that provide an immersive educational experience. During his nine-year career as a triathlete, Kearns was one of the world’s top ranked professionals, amassing 30 wins worldwide on the pro circuit. Career highlights include a remarkable streak of seven victories in a row ('91-'92), a world duathlon series championship, two national triathlon championships, and a #3 world ranking in 1991. Kearns is the last American professional male in to place in the top-5 in the ITU World Championships (1992) and still holds the Hawaii Ironman 24&under age division American record at 8:57 (1989). Other books by Brad include (2006), detailing a healthy, balanced approach to triathlon peak performance. His (2007) and (2008) books detail the champion attitude and behavior qualities of the Tour de France legend and golfing great, helping you apply their methods in pursuit of your own peak performance goals. Brad’s current athletic passion is the offbeat sport of Speedgolf, where competitors play as fast as possible and total strokes and minutes to obtain a Speedgolf score. Brad is 3-time top-20 finisher in the world professional championships. He placed third in the 2017 California Professional Speedgolf Championships, shooting 78 on a championship course in 47 minutes for a Speedgolf score of 125. In 2016 at the age of 51, Brad cleared 5'5" (1.65m) at a high jump practice session. This exceeds the All-American standard for 50-54 age group and matches a top-10 national rank performance. At 50, he ran a 400-meter effort in 59.8. - running in the 50s, in his 50s! During our discussion, you'll discover: -How speed golf works, and how Brad gets his heart rate down quickly after sprinting...[9:40] -How a typical training session works to train the body to get the heart rate down quickly after hard efforts...[14:05] -How Brad trained his slow-twitch muscles from triathlon to go to fast-twitch muscles for high jumping...[23:30] -How do you use the concept of slow down to go faster for a sport like that, and how does it differ from how you would normally have trained as a pro triathlete? [30:45] -The best way to perform a Maximum Aerobic Function test, which Brad describes as "the #1 most important fitness marker of them all"...[34:00] -The strategies Brad used to more than double his free testosterone simply by sucking it up and lowering his assumed aerobic base heart rate...[43:45] -The goal and intent of The Primal Endurance Mastery Course...[64:55] -And much more! Resource from this episode: - - - - - - - Show Sponsors:  -Kion Lean - Go to  and use promo code BEN10 to save 10% in your purchase of the best supplement for longevity and fat loss, or any other Kion products! -HealthGains - Text the word "GAIN" to 313131 to receive a $150 voucher toward your HealthGAINS treatment. -Human Charger - Go to and use the code BEN20 for 20% off. -Daily Harvest - Go to and use promo code BEN to get three items for free when you purchase your first box! Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Brad or me? Leave your comments at and one of us will reply!
Today’s Fat Black is with Brad Kearns a former professional triathlete who performed on the international triathlon circuit from 1986 to 1995 and won 31 events around the world. He’s also the co-author with Mark Sisson of Primal Endurance, and host of the Primal Endurance Podcast, and just released the Primal Endurance Online Mastery Course. Brad and I speak about conventional wisdom and why we should question things. We talk on slowing down to go fast and we also go into an area of so much confusion which is nutrition and so much more. IN TODAY’S EPISODE, WE DISCUSS: Not accepting conventional wisdom Why carb dependency means you have to keep stuffing your face with sugary carbs How to get out of carb dependency and what it takes The stress of it all Maffetone Method The advice from Mark Allen after Brad was getting his ass kicked week in week out no matter the training he put in.  The Max Aerobic HR is totally relative to fitness level. How to contribute to your demise in endurance sports Avoiding extreme burnout Buying into the first step Not throwing the baby out with the bath water On suffering Fear of being lazy Enjoying your workouts and getting better results Cultivating the intuitive principles Why you have to get over yourself! The background problem of carry excess body fat and it’s not genetics Step one of dietary modification that makes sense to all Listen & Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher Radio SHOW LINKS: Web: Primal Endurance Master Course Primal Endurance Podcast Social: Instagram Facebook Twitter Join (for Free) our TRISPECIFIC CAFE SHOW SPONSOR: Todays shows is bought to you by Purica. For over 17 years Purica has been offering supplements of the highest quality a results based company.  From their flagship product, Recovery that offers increased cellular health and powerful anti-inflammatory properties to their brand new Power Vegan Proteins containing Chaga AND effective digestive enzymes, Purica has something for every athlete, active person and anyone looking to improve their health and longevity, not to mention performance.  Learn more about Purica here: Order Purica products via Lifestyle Markets here: and use the code "ALLERGICTOAVERAGE" to save 15% on your order today.  PLEASE HELP US GROW… To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: Click Here to Subscribe via iTunes If you have a chance, please leave an honest rating and review on iTunes by clicking here. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes immensely! We appreciate it! Enjoy the show!
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Feb 4th, 1965
Sacramento, California, USA
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3 hours, 31 minutes