Brad Kearns, is a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record setting professional Speedgolfer, #3 world-ranked Masters age 55-59 track&field high jumper, and former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete. He hosts the B.rad podcast, covering healthy living, peak performance, and personal growth with his carefree style and lively sense of humor. Brad promotes a nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle transformation program he calls the “Mofo Mission”.
Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?
Grew up in Los Angeles and was obsessed with sports. It was an active outdoor childhood. It makes me sad to see the different world of today’s youth, where most of the entertainment seems to be on the screen.
What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?
The power of your thoughts to influence your reality. If you harbor fears and negative thoughts, they have a tendency to mess with your happiness. Authors Dr. Bruce Lipton and Dr. Deepak Chopra offer compelling scientific evidence that your thoughts influence your cellular function at all times. The power of positive thinking often gets criticized as superfluous, but when you are able to control your thoughts and envision new possibilities for your life, it becomes easier to take action and sustain action
What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
The mainstream approach to fitness emphasizes struggling and suffering. Millions of well-meaning enthusiasts push themselves too hard in group workouts, with trainers, or on their own pounding out more is better mileage. Its time for a fitness revolution with kinder, gentler workouts, more “micro-workouts”, and more low-level movement during the day
Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?
It was difficult to transition from life as a professional athlete, where one wakes up every day with an incredibly focused and compelling goal, to real life and all its complexity and distraction. It’s healthy to always be striving for growth and progress in life, especially with big transitions. I learn that we have to wake up every day and try to be happy and try to make a contribution with the highest expression of our talents no matter what.
What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?
I can manage stress really well and maintain a positive attitude really well. I am always trying to get over myself and appreciate the journey, even if there are negative things to face.
What is your morning routine?
I am so excited to discuss my morning routine because it has been life changing! I have a streak going for four years now. Every day the first thing I do is conduct elaborate and challenging flexibility, mobility, core, and leg strengthening routine. It has progressed in length and degree of difficulty over time but I adhere to a daily template. It’s a meditative experience because I focus entirely on counting reps through the sequence of movements. You can see me explain the routine on YouTube at “Brad Kearns Morning Routine”
What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?
The morning routine and also my therapeutic cold exposure. This has vaunted hormonal benefits but also helps you become more focused and resilient against all other forms of stress you face in daily life.
What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?
I am a work in progress and am highly sensitive to the potential that technology offers for distraction. I am very concerned and upset about the negative impact that hyperconnectivity has on society. I am hyper-aware of the issue during my workday, so while I still get distracted, I still benefit from making this a priority and trying hard to stay focused
What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman was a great one to help release attachment to the outcome and appreciate the journey.
Everything Is F*cked: A Book about Hope by Mark Manson was one of the great philosophical books of modern times. I love the quote “Self worth is an illusion. The secret to happiness is to see your life as a series of decisions and actions. Self-discipline is the key to happiness”
Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?
Also, Sir Roger Bannister, the first sub-4 minute miler, said, “Struggle gives meaning and richness to life.”
Dr. John Gray, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus: “Males, do not speak when you have a negative emotional charge. Your partner needs you to remain calm, cool and collected, like a Kung Fu master”