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The Bare Performance Podcast is hosted by Nick Bare, the founder and CEO of Bare Performance Nutrition. We focus on topics around fitness, nutrition, supplementation and the mindset required to improve your performance in and out of the gym.

Nick built BPN while serving as an Active Duty Army Infantry Officer. He scaled the brand from packing orders out of his college apartment to an 8-figure business located right outside of Austin, Texas. Tune in to learn how you can optimize your health, performance, business and life as a whole with the Go One More mentality.
70 Episodes
In today’s episode, we’re joined by Zach Bitter, an American ultra-marathoner. In May of 2020, Zach ran 100 miles on a treadmill in 12 hours, setting a world record. Today’s episode will dive into all things ultramarathons, running, endurable bodies and Zach’s diet and training regimen. As a kid, Zach participated in various sports, eventually realizing his gift for running. In 2010 he jumped into a 50-miler and was hooked from then on. By the end of the next year, he was training specifically for ultramarathons, though he enjoys switching up his routine from time to time. Zach held two 100 mile records in running. The first being 11 hours 19 minutes in August 2019 and the second in May 2020, 100 miles on a treadmill in 12 hours and 9 minutes. Having to match the pace of the machine was the most difficult aspect of his treadmill ultramarathon. Then, Zach discusses the mental demons that can arise over the course of an ultramarathon. In order to make it to the end, the pace of a 100-miler has to be much slower than your single mile or even marathon pace. Thus, the mentality differs greatly when running such long distances at a slower pace, allowing for the mind to wander much more. Nick offers his own experience realizing the importance of pacing and not pushing yourself to be as fast as you can be. His slower morning runs are his most creative part of the day . Zach has learned to use the following week or two after an ultramarathon to reflect on the experience. Uniquely, because of the length of ultramarathons, it’s rare to actually train for the full distance. He likes to incorporate block training into his routine, focusing on specific quality sessions back to back. Depending on the type of race he has coming up, Zach says his training varies quite a lot in terms of intensity. About 8-10 weeks before a race is when he really begins to focus on things he will be doing during the race. He says the most difficult period of training is during the very beginning coming off from an off season. But, his body catches up to him and he quickly adapts to the regimen. Zach tends to maintain a diet higher in fats and lower in carbohydrates. On average, his diet consists of 10% carbs, 20% protein and the rest fats. On days before he works out harder, he finds it beneficial to incorporate more carbohydrates into his diet. In preparations for lower intensity higher volume races, such as 100 milers, he sees the implications of carbohydrates or even a strict keto diet. During his college years, he began looking more into the scientific aspects of the foods he ate. Around 2011 he started getting more interested in a low carb diet when he noticed irregular sleeping and energy patterns. It took time to figure out what kind of foods worked best for him. He’s experimented with diets ranging from plant based low carb to animal based low carb and everything in between. Everyone’s gut and microbiome is different, so it’s important to find out what really works for you instead of basing your diet on someone else's. In Zach’s opinion, maintaining peak-season fitness isn’t sustainable year-round. During his off seasons when he isn’t training for a specific race, he listens to his body and doesn’t push himself. During a race he is typically at his leanest, so he doesn’t mind gaining a few pounds when off season rolls around. His training foundation remains mostly the same throughout the year, and is just tailored a bit differently towards any upcoming races. He averages about 100 miles per week factoring in both on and off seasons. He is cautious of over training, believing it to pull away from your potential down the road. Timestamps: 0:05 - Introduction of today's episode and guest. 2:30 - Zach’s background in running. 7:57: - Zach discussing his mentality during the treadmill 100 miler. 13:55 - How Zach navigates training and race preparations. 27:10 - Most difficult period of training.  30:30 - Overview of Zach’s typical diet. 37:40 - Zach’s relationship and experimentation with nutrition. 44:40 - What Zach’s off season looks like. 51:11- Zach’s weekly mileage average. 54:40 - Zach’s upcoming transcontinental event. Links: Learn more about Zach Bitter. Follow Zach on Instagram. Visit the Fight for the Forgotten website. Learn more about BPN
In today’s episode, we’re joined by Dr. Elaine Ingham, founder of Soil Food Web. For decades, Elaine has been working all across the world in multiple continents to improve soil quality. Turning dirt into soil ultimately improves the quality of both the food we consume and the environment in which we live. Elaine’s passion for soil began in childhood. Her father was a veterinarian and taught her how to look for problems in the pastures. She realized the animals' illnesses were due to their consumption of poisonous plants, connecting the dots that everything has to do with soil. She then explains a study she conducted while attending Texas A&M University on the microorganisms and digestive systems of oysters. It was found the oysters needed very specific microorganisms in their digestive tract to grow properly. Later on, while conducting her PhD research at Colorado State University, she discovered that many people  in the field didn’t believe the microorganisms in the soil played any important role. Working alongside her husband, Elaine’s research proved plants put out exudates specifically meant for certain bacteria and fungi to consume, then make the enzymes to create structure of the soil. In fact, weathering in soil is not primarily due to weather, but by fungi and bacterias. She compares the spaces around the roots of a plant to a pantry, or a place for them to store the nutrients they will need in the future. Additionally, it acts as protection from disease, pests and problem organisms, negating the need for toxic pesticides. Elaine mentions the descriptions of plants and soil of the early European settlers who moved across the Great Plains, estimating the organic matter back then was around 50%. Now, however, organic matter constitutes less than .5%. We are truly now plagued by the consequences of turning soil into dirt for so long. The easiest way to reverse this is by composting food waste grass clippings, dead leaves and stems. Composting, if done properly, can take as little as 21 days. In order to get back to what we should be doing, we have to understand the biology of the soil. While Elaine was working on her PhD in the late 70s, soil was still around 2-5% organic matter. Now, however, organisms are scarcely found in many places. It’s important that beneficial microorganisms stay local to conditions they are meant to tolerate. She’s noticed more people gravitating towards self sustaining, regenerative methods of farming. It’s a relatively easy process depending on the method you choose. The United States currently has the biggest problems regarding industrial agriculture. This is because Americans have been told that the only way to be successful with farming is to keep expanding acreage and equipment. Clean water, soil and nutrients are being destroyed as a result. Without realizing, most people are likely to have nutrient deficiency. The best way to contribute to reversing this horror is by eating food that is grown regeneratively and encourage others to do the same. If everyone in The United States started composting and using that compost in plant production, we could pull all of the elevated CO2 in the atmosphere and get it back in the soil in about 12 years. If, hypothetically, it happened worldwide, it could happen in 3-6 years. Elaine has dealt with backlash in this belief for her whole life. Timestamps: 0:05 - Introduction to today’s episode and guest 2:30 - How Elaine became passionate about soil 6:50 - Elaine’s PhD study at Colorado State University 12:00 - How healthy plants store nutrients and protect themselves from pests and disease 18:25 - Soil quality of early settlers vs. now 20:15 - How to begin turning dirt back into soil through composting 24:15 - The state of agriculture while Elaine was conducting her PhD research 29:30 - Are people gravitating more towards smaller regenerative farms? 30:05 - Different methods for composting 39:40 - How Soil Food Web came to be 45:00 - How to contribute and the potential if everyone got on board 52:31 - How regenerative systems increase harvest yields Links: Learn more about Elaine Ingham. Visit the Soil Food Web website. Contact Elaine at or Shop BPN through our website
In today’s episode, we’re joined by celebrity chef Dan Churchill, Co-founder of Charley St, a farm to table fast-casual restaurant in New York. Additionally, he shares some of his best recipes online to help improve your life, health and performance. Today’s conversation will involve all things food and nutrition, focusing specifically on the importance of gut health.   Dan‘s love for food began as a young kid growing up on the northern beaches of Sydney. He recalls loving to watch cooking shows and believes the act of cooking to be meditative, artful and a way to bring people together. He understood a base for cooking by the age of 14 and his interest only continued to blossom from there. When his mother was diagnosed with celiac disease, he began to learn more about health, nutrition and autoimmune diseases. At 21, he put together his first recipe book called Dude Food, which sold out in two weeks. His second book was built purely around health, taking into account different health conditions and lifestyles.  Then, the conversation shifts to discussing food as a means to enhancing oneself rather than taking away. Dan explains the vagus nerve, which connects the brain to the gut, and the difference between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The function of the parasympathetic nervous system is rest and digestion, while the sympathetic state prepares the body for activity. Hence the importance of being around food in the right setting, both physically and mentally, to help your body take it on and break it down properly. Many digestion issues can be solved through correcting one’s state of mind while consuming food.   Your body can adapt to anything over time, which is why Dan believes in the significance of the quality and quantity of the foods you eat, rather than when you are eating them. Every individual is different in their gut microbiome makeup and understanding what your body needs is so important. There is a strong correlation between performance, mental clarity and the gut.   The most important factor in maintaining optimal gut health is eating a large variety of plants. If the gut is lined correctly, it won’t allow anything to pass through it that shouldn’t, preventing autoimmune diseases. They then speak of the indications behind healthy bowel movements made possible through optimal fiber intake. Consistency and regularity of your stool is a direct communication from the gut. Since probiotics digest dietary fiber, we should focus on feeding our gut bacteria a variety of different types of plants to perpetuate the good bacteria.  Dan looks at his week in terms of the colors he’s consumed. He then speaks of the importance of soil health and how it impacts the nutrients of the crop produced. If the soil health is at a high premium, you’re ingesting the most amount of nutrients possible. While top-level quality foods may cost more individually, it tends to even out because you will actually end up needing to eat less of them to be satiated. Ultimately, humans and soil need the same core things: food, nutrition, hydration, sunlight and rest. Monoculture discourages regeneration in both.  In closing, Dan again articulates the importance of bio individuality and finding a lifestyle that is suited to your own particular needs. Being in tune with your own body, learning how to accept and understand it, is a responsibility everyone should uphold. Supporting your gut microbiome supports you, inside and out. The final idea is to work within your means to find the best thing for you.  Timestamps: 0:05 - Introduction of today’s episode and guest  2:11 - Dan Churchill joins the conversation 8:25 - How Dan initially became interested in food and nutrition 17:30 - Dan’s beginnings as an author 27:40 - Food as a universal language  29:30 - Nutrition and eating for performance 31:00 - The connection between the brain and the gut 42:25 - Discussing the gut microbiome 49:00 - Foods to maintain optimal gut health  1:02:00 - The significance of soil health in nutrient content  1:16:00 - Bio Individuality and closing words  Links: Learn more about Chef Dan Churchill Follow Dan on Instagram and listen to his podcast The Epic Table.  Learn more about Nick Bare Follow Nick on Instagram and subscribe to him on Youtube Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition  
In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick goes over what he is currently reading, studying and working on at the moment. We are all, and should be, students of learning new things and this is a clear example of broadening your range of education. Nick talks about red light/infrared light therapy, cooling his bed to 59 degrees at night, wearing a whoop band to track recovery, changes to his diet, his interest in soil regeneration and optimizing web sites for e-commerce brands. BPN's website: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram: Nick's website:  
In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare breaks down BPN's new brand initiative called, The Bare Standard. The Bare Standard is BPN's commitment to helping you feel and perform at your highest level - built on quality and proven by results, without compromise. This standard is how we achieve the three pillars of our mission statement: transparency, service and integrity.  Listen to Nick break down how BPN provides complete transparency by providing consumers with testing documents, COA's and banned substance testing certificates. We have also partnered with Team Red, White and Blue to serve our military service members as they transition to the civilian sector. You can also find our Code of Ethics published on our website under the Integrity tab. BPN: The Bare Standard: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:  
In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare sits down with BPN's Head of Partnerships, Adam Klink. They discuss Adam's journey that started as a brand ambassador, then promoted to athlete and now is a full-time employee for Bare Performance Nutrition. Adam manages the partnerships between BPN and its athletes, ambassadors and other business relationships. During the conversation Nick and Adam discuss how a home break in changed the course of the Klink's life and the events that followed shifted them to where they are today. Not only is Adam a full-time employee for BPN, but he also is a competitive CrossFit athlete. Tune in to hear the story, judge who the best singer is between Nick and Adam and follow the brands journey as it grows with amazing people. BPN: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:  
In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare breaks down his recent triathlon race, Challenge Cancun, that was completed in Cancun, Mexico on May 2nd, 2021. Nick started training for Ironman Texas about 7 months ago, but after the race was cancelled the BPN team pivoted and selected to race Challenge Cancun. His finish time was 5:02:16 with a 45:04 swim, 2:24 bike and 1:45 run. Tune in to hear Nick break down the race, nutrition strategy, lessons learned through his prep and at the end of the episode he shares his next endurance race that will take place in August. BPN: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare sits down with Mike Erwin to discuss the recent partnership between Bare Performance Nutrition and Team RWB. Mike is the founder and executive director of Team RWB, whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team RWB is doing amazing things for the veteran community and Mike is an excellent Leader, Army Officer, Author, Father and Husband.  Bare Performance Nutrition: Team RWB:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare, Trey Freeman and Megan Murray sit down and answer some frequently asked questions directed to the BPN team. The team discusses topics around the reasoning behind out of stock products, ingredient sourcing, product formulations, the evolution of Bare Performance Nutrition and many of the current projects the team has been working on for the past 6 months. Tune in to hear your questions answered and be sure to ask a questions next time through the BPN instagram. BPN: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare breaks down how you can implement the "Go One More" mindset into your life with 5 daily disciplines.  Nick recently wrote a short e-book called "Go One More Daily", which was created to explain how this powerful message can be applied to your everyday life and in everything you do.  The 5 Daily Disciplines Are: 1. Growth is a Choice, It's Not by Chance 2. Set Your Standard 3. Bet on Yourself 4. Prioritize & Eliminate 5. Lead with Intentional Action Listen to this episode to fully understand each discipline and how you can implement it into your life starting today. BPN: Nick's Instagram: BPN's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare sits down with Natasha Van Der Merwe to talk about her triathlon journey. Natasha is a Bare Performance Nutrition athlete, pro triathlete, mother and wife. She resides in Austin, Texas and runs NVDM Coaching. Natasha is from South Africa where she started her fitness journey as a pro tennis player, moved to the Bahamas, found triathlon, which brought her to the United States and from there she started dominating the sport. Listen to Natasha share tips about triathlon training, how she helped coach Nick to make massive gains in his fitness/endurance and her philosophy towards coaching. BPN: BPN's Instagram: Natasha's Instagram: Natasha's Coaching Business:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his personal journey to running a sub 3-hour marathon. Nick's first marathon was the Austin, Texas Marathon in 2018, shortly after transitioning out of the US Army as an Infantry Officer. His first marathon was just short of 4 hours and after completing a few more marathons and an Ironman Triathlon he decided to set the goal of running a sub 3-hour marathon.  Listen to Nick talk about the year long journey to run sub 3, the evolution of his training and races, as well as the breakdown of race day on January 30th, 2021 where he ran 2:56:27. BPN: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare sits down with Nick Symmonds and talks about his journey to the Olympics. Symmonds is a retired American middle-distance track athlete, two-time Olympian, CEO of Run Gum and resident of Eugene, Oregon. His best 800 meter is 1:42, best mile is 3:56 and is a 6 time US National 800 meter champion. Listen to Nick talk about his journey to the Olympics, his training/diet routine and transition to a full-time entrepreneur after his professional running career. Bare Performance Nutrition: BPN's Instagram: Nick Bare's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare sits down with BPN Ambassador Tony Reyes to talk weight loss, mindset shift and making the decision to change your life.  Tony decided it was finally time to lose weight after the scale reached over 400 pounds and his son was 100 days from turning one year old. He changed his life, lost 165 pounds and challenged himself to run a marathon.  Listen to Tony's journey from obesity to marathoner and the massive impact it made, not only on his life, but also his family's lives as well. Bare Performance Nutrition: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about how ego will hold you, your goals, your business and your fitness back. Nick experienced a simple, yet pivotal moment while in the US Army Ranger School that flipped his ego switch, and allowed him to make successful moves. It was the act of asking how to tie an end-line bow-line knot, which changed his life... The Bare Performance Nutrition team and family also wants to thank you for your support during our 2020 Black Friday sale, which was our most successful sale to date. Bare Performance Nutrition: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare breaks down a weekly overview of his Ironman training for Ironman Texas on April 24th, 2021. He averages between 2.5 and 3 hours of training each day (6 days a week) between swimming, cycling, running and strength training. All of this training requires plenty of food to fuel and recover for the next training session, so Nick talks about eating for performance and how his diet has changed since shifting his focus to endurance. Bare Performance Nutrition: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare, Jordan Utter, Trey Freeman and Megan Murray sit down and answer some frequently asked questions directed to the BPN team.  The team discusses topics around the Bare Performance Nutrition culture, what makes our brand stand out from competitors in the industry, new projects we are working on and personal/professional goals. Bare Performance Nutrition: Nick's Instagram: BPN's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare announces the start of his second Ironman Triathlon Prep for Ironman Texas on April 24th, 2021. Listen to Nick explain some changes he is making this year, as opposed to last year's journey, and his goal time for this 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Bare Performance Nutrition: Nick's Instagram: BPN's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare, Jordan Utter, Trey Freeman and Preston Bare sit down and answer some of the most frequently asked questions from social media. The Bare Performance Nutrition team talk about Black Friday madness, strengths and weaknesses of the company, upcoming projects and the debate of the best fast food burger in Texas. Bare Performance Nutrition: BPN's Instagram: Nick's Instagram:  
In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast Nick Bare, CEO of Bare Performance Nutrition, talks about the quote - "If you want to move fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together." Nick relates that quote to traits he learned while in the military, building the brand and establishing the team. You can learn a lot by being a part of a really strong team with a cohesive mission. Bare Performance Nutrition: Nick's Instagram: BPN's Instagram:
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Anthony T

“Find what is right, not who is right.”

Dec 6th

Ethan Rasmussen

solid podcast, love it. words to live by

Nov 8th
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