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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. It is our goal and mission to help optimize your health, performance, business and life as a whole with the Go One More mentality.

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#98 - Work Stress Induced Hemorrhoids & The Downfall Of Many Entrepreneurs
52:08

This episode of the Bare Performance Podcast takes us behind the scenes as Host Nick Bare and his team gear up for a turbo-charged season of growth. Bare Performance Nutrition is on the precipice of great new things and ready to soar – an exciting lift-off that wouldn’t be possible without years of trial, error, planning and perseverance!

When he founded BPN just about 10 years ago, Nick could only glimpse the many lessons he would learn throughout the ensuing journey. In this episode, he shares thoughts on where the company has been, big plans for the future and his evolving definition of success. The team is just coming off an action-packed period in which they’ve hit a lot of big goals:

  • Participation and filming at the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon.
  • Release of a well-received documentary based on the Leadville experience.
  • A big premiere celebration of “More Than Miles” in downtown Austin.
  • An all-out celebration weekend for BPN Ambassadors from around the country.
  • Primary sponsorship at The Rogue Invitational in Round Rock, TX, featuring topnotch CrossFit athletes, including some from the BPN team.
  • A hugely successful early Black Friday roll-out that netted 25,000 orders in just a few days’ time.

With all these milestones in the rearview mirror, BPN is focused on a huge shift planned for 2022. Going forward the company will have a wholesale/retail orientation that has required intensive planning, expansion of HQ square footage and many exciting changes, including bringing business functions in-house and hiring talented new staff to join the team.

Nick’s Q4 update also includes important reflections on success (which Nick measures completely differently today than he did a decade ago) as well as the importance of failure. He offers a powerful lesson drawn from hard-won BPN experience. Hint for would-be serial entrepreneurs: New ideas and opportunities are going to arise. Don’t let them take your focus off the core business!

BPN’s high-stress, high-stakes early Black Friday operation exceeded all expectations. The orders flowed smoothly, broke records and set the tone for a great holiday season (one BPN employees will share with family, thanks to their clever Black Friday pre-launch).

As a friendly little public service, Nick wraps up the podcast by getting real on the topic of hemorrhoids, an affliction he first encountered in college. You’ll appreciate his candor, humor -- and the colorful information he provides!

Click here to learn more about  "Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness," the book by Tim S. Grover that has contributed to Nick’s development as an entrepreneur.

To view “More Than Miles,” the new documentary just released by BPN chronicling the 2021 Leadville 100 Ultramarathon experience, click here.

  • (0:07) Intro snapshot of the pod: Marketing activity and growth that have occurred in the last quarter of the year – as well as a glimpse of what lies ahead for 2022.
  • (2:20) BPN is at a pivotal moment, making the shift from primarily (85-90%) direct-to-consumer sales to a wholesale and retail business model with lines of big-box.
  • (3:20) You can keep an eye out (and start asking) for BPN products at outlets such as GNC, The Vitamin Shoppe HEB grocery stores and Army & Airforce Exchange Stores (AAFES or PXs).
  • (2:38) Accelerated community engagement just since August has included:
    • Leadville 100 Ultramarathon
    • Production of Leadville 100 documentary ("More Than Miles") – which the team put together in an intensive, intentional six-week period followed by a premiere in downtown Austin at the Violet Crown Theatre.
    • Hosted an all-out celebration weekend for BPN Ambassadors, who enjoyed all kinds of fun activities in and around Austin.
    • Primary sponsorship at The Rogue Invitational in Round Rock, TX, featuring topnotch CrossFit athletes, including some from BPN’s own team.
    • Early Black Friday launch – a win-win-win for hardworking BPN staffers who were able to go all-out with their holiday shopping season push but also get ahead of the game, freeing them up for some quality time with family/friends over Thanksgiving Weekend. (PS: It was BPN’s smoothest Black Friday to date and netted 25,000 orders, including more than 100,000 units.)
  • (14:25) If something goes wrong and the system breaks down on Black Friday, the opportunity and reputational costs are enormous and impossible to recoup. Nick shares just HOW stressful this reality is for him each year.
  • (18:43) All About Hemorrhoids: Nick gets real about his history (including his first golf ball-sized experience at an inopportune time in college).
  • (27:16) What’s on tap for 2022 – a big-growth year ahead:
    • Bringing all business functions in-house, including marketing and communications campaigns.
    • Honing in like a laser on BPN’s core business.
    • Working with 20,000 square feet of new space, in addition to the 25,000 square-foot facility already in place.
    • Shifting to a wholesale/retail sales orientation.
  • (30:42) Nick explains companywide impacts when moving to wholesale/retail.
    • Direct-to consumer is a relatively clean transaction:
      • Upfront payment for product.
      • Straightforward cash conversion cycles and inventory planning.
    • Wholesale/Retail includes a different set of variables:
      • Merchants offer different sets of terms, not always favorable.
      • Negotiation is required to ensure that the deal is fair.
      • Factors to be considered include pricing, profit margins, discounts, volume, terms of payment.
      • There is an art to managing cash flow around POs (production orders).
  • (31:53) Bringing a new CFO (chief financial officer) onboard at BPN has been among the most significant recent tactical moves, especially with regard to scaling the business and forecasting complicated cash conversion cycles.
  • (34:10) Nick and his brother complement of each other. Where Nick is a natural with marketing, sales and mission, Preston’s strengths and interests lie in tracking, managing and optimizing operations.
  • (37:30) You can only do so much by yourself. You’ve got to attract and bring onboard talented people who truly “get” the mission. Do that and “you can delegate responsibility and see teams just grow – just destroy it!”
  • (38:43) There are no successes without failure. Nick shares thoughts about one in particular of his own! Confidence compounds, but at every stage requires more and more personal sacrifice and investment. As the cycle continues, often accelerating, it’s easy to start over-committing and saying “yes” to any opportunity. It’s a way to learn in the beginning, but as your business starts to grow the goal is to stay focused and on task, even amidst increasing, often tempting distractions.
  • (41:27) 2017-2018 – Flush with new success and hitting seven-figure sales, Nick saw an opportunity to start a new company and become a “serial entrepreneur.” He went all-in on Lost Supply Apparel (you can hear the whole story here) but the systems, foundations and infrastructures just weren’t there. Nick and his team were spread too thin and everything (especially BPN’s core business) suffered.
  • (47:20) The good news on failure? It’s the best – maybe the only – way to grow. Nick really enjoys being able to share lessons learned, hopefully to save other new entrepreneurs from making the same mistakes.
  • (49:22) Too often success is measured monetarily. What does your bank account say? What are your revenue figures? What you wear, drive, do. But that path often leads to a real sense of loneliness. True fulfillment is found in authentic purpose and a close crew who support you in that pursuit.
  • (50:00) Compounding consistency: That pinch-me moment when BPN is up there with national brands at Dell Diamond stadium is a manifestation of the company-wide willingness to “go one more” – and ongoing one-foot-in-front-of-the-other effort required to get there. Failures are investments in future entrepreneurial success!

“The one thing that makes an entrepreneur an entrepreneur being willing and able to take massive action on things. You’re also willing to take massive action on things that come with risk.”

Further Contacts/Resources:

Bare Performance Nutrition: www.bpnsupps.com
BPN's Instagram: www.instagram.com/bpnsupps
Nick Bare: www.nickbare.com
Nick's Instagram: www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Nov 22, 2021
#97 - How You Manage Time, Energy & Distractions Will Make or Break You
01:28:07

This episode of The Bare Performance Podcast features Nick Bare, who is sharing insights gleaned over the course of his entrepreneurial journey. His venture, a labor of love and all-out commitment, has reached an inflection point that surprises no one who knows Nick and his indomitable spirit. Guest Host Wyatt Knight digs deep and mines all kinds of gems about Nick’s path – from college and his first (faltering) start-up efforts through military service to his “all-in” years making BPN the success that it is. Unsurprisingly, persistence, faith and focus have been essential every step of the way.

Learn about the stumbling blocks that torpedo so many would-be dreams – in business pursuits as well as life. Nick shares in vivid detail his best advice about the three ingredients that are foundational to making goals happen, even against great odds. Time, Energy and Distractions are the enemy and this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast spells out exactly why, as well as offering strategies for beating back forces that conspire to keep us down. Whether it’s susceptibility to peer pressure or too many hours invested in our favorite spectator sport, Nick challenges us to look critically at what we listen to and consume.

Among the topics covered: The value in morning routines and the consistency required; what it means to “Go One More;” intentionality in all things, especially as relates to positive energy; and how “Flintstoning” your way through adversity is a show of respect for your own goals and dreams. Enjoy lightning rounds of “Quick Hits” that give us a window into Nick’s mind and world view as well as the powerful work ethic that drives him from the minute he awakens in the pre-dawn hours until he lays his head down at night to sleep.

  • (04:10) Intro to this special episode, which highlights the “all-in” focus Nick has brought to each element of the platform he has developed.
  • (04:57) On the eve of Black Friday, Nick is feeling a charge of momentum that reflects multiple channels of energy and purpose flowing together as one. The gas pedal is all the way down!
  • (6:44) Nick had the vision, which was a start, but recognizing and deflecting distractions over the course of 10 years has been key to realizing BPN’s goals.
  • (9:44) QUICK HITS: Wyatt has Nick give flash responses to big concepts:
    • Austin, Texas: Inviting. That place where you can be whoever you want to be.
    • America: Freedom, where you can achieve the American dream, military, power.
    • Freedom: Something that can be lost and we have to fight to maintain.
    • Purpose: Fulfillment.
    • Passion: Necessary.
    • Growth: A choice.
    • 2590 Oakmont Drive: BPN’s first warehouse, which was a stretch financially! Signing that lease in 2017 was the start of an incredible, passionate journey.
  • (12:45) All about Plan B. In short: There was none. Nick was “all-in” from the start and at all points throughout his endeavor. 
  • (13:36) Nick had a degree in nutrition and some vague ideas about jobs he could pursue once out of the Army, but he was already onto another path.
  • (17:27) BPN developed in some ways out of ignorance – and a blind commitment to making the business work. 
    • No self-imposed limitations.
    • No retreat from failure.
    • Learning by doing.
  • (18:30) Entrepreneurship is a buzzword these days, something that sounds sexy and fun. But the reality, as Nick has learned year over year, is entirely different. It’s grueling!
  • (20:48) BPN’s turning point came when Nick finally shut out all the noise, disregarded peer judgment and the self-consciousness that come with curated social media (YouTube, Insta). From that point on he disregarded haters. There was no going back to 2012, when he let judgment and fear knock him off his mission.

(23:30) Through the course of his military training, Nick acquired a new sense of competence and confidence that sharpened his focus. He learned that eliminating distraction was key to prevailing, whatever the task. He spent all the money he had on a new camera and that was it: His course was set.

  • (25:09) Whenever he wasn’t on task for the Army, Nick was filming vlogs in his neon yellow tights: exercise, nutrition, recipes, workouts. And the platform started growing.
  • (28:28) When people in his military unit finally got onto his YouTube channel and saw what he was doing, Nick was apprehensive. But – surprise! People had too much stuff of their own going on to sit around hating on his videos.
  • (33:44) About light and dark: Nick explains his philosophy about pursuing the beacon, the positive, either being or following leaders with values, scruples, vision.
  • (37:23) Nick reflects on the concept of balance and the ongoing challenge to bring intentionality to priorities and sacrifices. There are sprints and it’s up to you to communicate with loved ones and resist the temptation to overcommit. 
  • (40:40) Deep Work: Nick is a huge advocate of putting the blinders on and turning off everything: chit chat, texting, emails, social media. Eliminating distraction ensures maximum productivity.
  • (44:00) Going deep is what was required for Nick to build his brand. He couldn’t have done it – and created all the media buzz and product – without shutting out unnecessary distractions.
  • (48:05) MORE QUICK HITS:
    • Morning Runs: Nick’s absolute favorite!
    • Saturday Morning Runs: Long, and even more of a favorite!
    • Consistency: The most powerful thing Nick has ever learned to master.
    • Motivation: Short-term, short-lived.
    • Perseverance: Essential to getting where you want to be.
    • Culture: It will make or break you.
    • The Bare Standard: A product that came to life based on all the things Nick believes in.
    • The “Go One More” Mindset: The entire year of 2017 was about “Go One More” as Nick broke through revenue targets to $1.7 million but had no cash flow and was constantly juggling to keep the bills on his wholly owned company paid.
  • (55:06) Nick shares thoughts about the currency that is time – and how intentionality is key to generating the results you desire. Small talk is a wasted opportunity.
  • (58:00) There’s being busy and there’s being productive. It’s all specific to individuals and their purposes – and being deliberate and setting expectations in all things.
  • (1:01:38) There is tremendous power in having a consistent morning routine. Nick offers his best tips and tricks for creating a platform that sets the stage for the rest of his day:
    • Starts with coffee, and thoughts are already percolating.
    • Listens to an audiobook, just to further generate sparks.
    • Out running: The train of thought starts to flow immediately and Nick finds himself coming up with ideas for everything from go-to-market strategy to disruptive tactics designed to drive the business forward.
    • Nick’s #1 Action Item for jumpstarting your morning: Write your day backwards, laying out the milestones at every juncture mapping to your first hour of the day.
  • (1:11:13) For Nick, morning is sacred because it’s what establishes and protects his routine – and that consistency is what undergirds everything going forward the rest of the day.
  • (1:13:20) ONE MORE ROUND OF QUICK HITS:
    • Responsibility: Everybody has it.
    • Commitment: Not many people have it.
    • Ketchup: Goes on everything!
    • Eye contact: Lacking in this world.
    • Doing hard things: Doing them every day!
    • Failure: Expected.
    • Army Ranger School: Training and experience that were pivotal to Nick’s life.
    • Entrepreneurship: Nick’s biggest passion.
  • (1:14:15) All about energy, which comes down to the entire mix and the atmosphere around you. Nick brings discernment to every scenario, looking at all the elements and choosing whether to invest his time there. It’s time you can’t get back.
  • (1:17:00) The BPN ethic exudes positivity, energy and a self-reinforcing source of fuel that drives the whole team forward and towards new heights day after day. Nick searches out people and environments that fortify with optimism and avoids those that are an energy suck.
  • (1:20:42) NICK RECOMMENDS THREE IMMEDIATE ACTION ITEMS:
  1. Be consistent. Being disciplined doesn’t just mean making your bed or going to the gym. It means fulfilling your goals day after day after day.
  2. Be responsible. Own that you have the choice as to what you do with your time.
  3. Take stock of the people surrounding you. Are they making the kind of impact you want? Do they share your sense of intentionality?
  • (1:23:30) WRAPPING UP: What does it really mean to “Go One More” and how does Nick embody it? It’s not just going one more mile or doing an extra rep at the gym or doing one more project. It’s an ethic that transfuses everything you do at every moment of your day, inspiring you to exceed whatever it is you think you can do. 

“Keep pushing the needle forward. Nothing stops me. Nothing is going to hold me back. There may be some speed bumps, but I’m going to find a way to get over, under, around or through any of those speed bumps or obstacles. That’s the mindset you have to have going into it.”

Further Contacts/Resources:

Bare Performance Nutrition: www.bpnsupps.com
BPN's Instagram: www.instagram.com/bpnsupps
Nick Bare: www.nickbare.com
Nick's Instagram: www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Nov 18, 2021
#96 - Deeper Into The Pain Cave Through Ultra Running With Courtney Dauwalter
01:21:11

This episode of The Bare Performance Podcast features a woman who defines the spirit of ultra running. She does her own thing, listens to her body, intuits her course and revels in everyone else out there around her, driving on mile after mile. Growing up Courtney Dauwalter never gave a thought to the possibility of being a professional athlete, but her family did embrace an “all in” work ethic that has meshed perfectly with her talent for running. In this chat with Nick she reflects on her journey from school teacher to record-setting ultra competitor. She shares fascinating stories from out on the courses of the Moab 240 (perhaps her favorite race ever) as well as Bigs Backyard and Barkley Marathons (quirky and mysterious, respectively). Learn how Courtney stays on track even when the weather is pounding her or lack of sleep delivers hallucinations. It’s all about pushing herself to discover the limits of her mental and physical capability. With her long shorts and taste for beer and Mexican food, Courtney exemplifies what it is to trust in – and fully embrace – your most authentic self, even when it means chiseling further into the “Pain Cave.” Enjoy this inspiring conversation about what Nick and his guest have found in the ultra community. The camaraderie, sense of accomplishment and memories go well beyond the fitness challenge!

You can find Nick’s documentary, “More Than the Miles,” about the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon here. And Gary Robbins’ “Where Dreams Go to Die” is available here.

Click here to listen to/rate/review previous episodes of The Bare Performance Podcast. You can also find out more about Nick’s performance nutrition and health supplements here.

  • Courtney and Nick get right into it, deconstructing the difference in training between ultras and marathons.
  • How Courtney stumbled into the ultra world – and how it unleashed her appetite for repeatedly testing limits, both emotionally and physically.
  • “All in” was the ethic with which Courtney’s was raised in Minnesota. It lent itself to the pursuit of ultra performance.
  • About the transition from full-time teacher to full-time professional athlete, from extra after-school and weekend training hours to making the leap.
  • Trail and road running are completely different, requiring different mental focus and skill.
  • Quick Tip: Anti-chafe in combination with toe socks = no blisters and fewer toenails lost!
  • The turning point? Courtney and her husband Kevin agreed that she had to pursue ultra running 100% so there could be no regrets when looking back years from now.
  • With her laser-like focus on running, doors opened and the running felt like freedom and something she loves – not at all like work.
  • There is a point at which running reaches an almost spiritual plane, with a meditative quality that clears the mind and body. The challenge is getting to that point of ease!
  • The ultra community is totally unique. There is a special camaraderie unlike anything Nick has experienced even among Iron Man, CrossFit or Triathlon athletes.
  • When the negative self-talk starts: Courtney’s first 100-miler ended in self-doubt and rookie mistakes in terms of nutrition and strategy. She dropped out, but it was full of lessons learned!
  • Chiseling Out the Pain Cave: With each race, Courtney goes in with the intention of making her Pain Cave larger. She enters at the same point, then tunnels in different directions, creating more room for the next time, whatever the course or circumstance.
  • When the mindset is that there is NO quitting, it’s a gamechanger. Courtney might have cried the last 10 miles, but her brain was fully on board and propelling her forward.
  • Counterintuitively, sleeping and eating don’t always come naturally post-racing. The body often needs a few days to settle down.
  • Among ultra professionals: It’s a balance between pushing each other and supporting one another, pulling each other out of lows and sharing energy back and forth.
  • All about diet: Courtney eats for pleasure. She doesn’t eliminate any specific food groups, enjoys snacks and tunes into herself. She believes this intuitive approach helps keep her in touch with what her body needs. (Nick takes a similar approach with lifting.)
  • Courtney studies up on specific terrains when she’s heading out on a course, but her basic structure and approach to running remains the same.
  • The most memorable, fun race Courtney has ever run? She’d have to go with the Moab 240 because of the huge vistas and expanded horizons she experienced.
  • Mastering the Sleep Game: Nick shares his experience with short naps when he was an Army Ranger, but sometimes pushing through is better than taking a break. For Courtney it has been hit and miss. She’s looking for more groupthink on this topic!
  • Hallucinations are “pretty much guaranteed” during nighttime runs and Courtney has also experienced vivid episodes during the day. 
  • A little bit about the format and camaraderie at Bigs Backyard Ultra. (More info available about this and other concept races staged by the same organizer here.)
  • Did Courtney go after ultras or did ultras come after Courtney? She didn’t know this kind of racing was out there, or that being a professional athlete was within her realm of possibility. Nick finds fitness an exciting way to engage and be competitive with himself.
  • About the Barkley Marathon, which is one of the most unique courses and ultra experiences out there.
  • The transition from physical to mental: It’s not necessarily predictable for Courtney. She experiences it as a toggling back and forth between them as they ebb and flow. She advises: Stay in the moment. Stay present. Don’t judge!
  • Choosing the Hard Things: Courtney and Nick share a strong desire to tap into every ounce of their individual potential. Ultras offer a great opportunity to push limits.
  • A Fun Way to Spend a Week: Courtney hasn’t yet completed a 500-mile ultra, but she’ll be out there again without a doubt!
  • No matter who you are, there’s something to be taken from being part of the ultra experience. Whether you decide to run or serve as crew, you’re going to be infected with the community’s spirit and energy – and cherish the memories you create!

“My whole purpose of doing these ultras is to find that Pain Cave and make it bigger. I know that it’s happening, but often it’s such a world of hurt that everything else is kind of a blur. It’s just about staying laser-focused on moving forward and burrowing as far back as I can to keep my legs going.”

Further Contacts/Resources:

Bare Performance Nutrition: www.bpnsupps.com
BPN's Instagram: www.instagram.com/bpnsupps
Nick Bare: www.nickbare.com
Nick's Instagram: www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness
Courtney's Instagram: www.instagram.com/courtneydauwaulter

Nov 12, 2021
#95 - Raising Capital, Funding Your Business, Preparing To Sell With Josh Holley
01:20:56

In today’s episode, Nick sits down with friend and Bryker and Co founder, Josh Holley to discuss raising capital and selling your business.

The episode begins with Nick and Josh discussing how they met. They were training for a marathon together and Nick says that he learned a lot from training with Josh. A big part of Josh’s training was about learning restraint in his workouts and that was a big takeaway for Nick. When they started training together, Nick says Josh taught him a lot about business as well. Josh began his role in finance in the beginning of the recession in a restructuring firm. He thought he’d only be in the role for a couple years before transitioning back to a traditional finance role, however he stayed for seven years. He credits this time with accelerating learning and leading him to his current work of building finance and accounting into businesses.

Even before you get into raising money Josh says you need to understand the cash needs of your business. Nick agrees, citing a personal story of his own business needs as an example. More than fifty percent of the time, even in well established businesses, leaders are looking at the bank account as the measure of health and success when financial statements tell a different story. Josh stresses the importance of accrual accounting, whether you’re trying to better understand the business, raise capital, or sell the business. Nick and Josh both agree that there are a lot of parallels between marathon running and business building because both require pacing and endurance.

In the early days of growing your business, you may have small bank loans, but a large part of your revenue will come from friends and family. For these types of investments, Josh recommends a Safe Agreement. This will allow those close to you to invest in your business now and not discuss valuation until you get more traditional investors. Later, when you feel like your back is against the wall, this isn’t the time to raise equity, Josh says you should be looking to get creative and work with vendors and others to save money. Nick agrees, and adds that this is why relationship building is important to him and his business.

For business owners, Nick and Josh recommend an accountant as one of your first hires. This will allow you to move to building the business not being stuck in the business. As you prepare to sell your business, there are a few things that will help you seem more desirable to buyers. This will be things like practicing accrual accounting, tracking sales tax and one time expenses, as well as implementing a board. If you don’t have these things in place there may be doubt in investors or buyers minds. Having all this in place can help you avoid earn out at closing. These things are an expense, certainly, but Nick and Josh say you’ll earn it back with investment or buy out.

As the episode ends, Josh reminds listeners that when selling your business you have to keep the buyer in mind, and Nick stresses the importance of looking to the future rather than getting bogged down in the present.

Timestamps:

0:00- Nick introduces the episode and today’s guest, Josh Holley.

3:14 - How Nick and Josh met.

8:11- Josh shares how he came to investment banking.

13:47 - Common business problems Josh sees in his work.

22:08 - Josh discusses how to better understand your business.

36:56 - Safe Agreement

48:34 - The importance of accounting

1:03:14 - How to get ready to sell your business.

Links:

Follow Josh Holley.

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Nov 03, 2021
#94 - "All Is Well" After A Car Accident Left Hannah Hutzley Paralyzed
01:13:35

In today’s episode, Nick sits down with BPN Ambassador Hannah Hutzley. On October 27, 2017, Hannah's life changed forever when she got into a car accident which left her paralyzed. As much as her physical life changed, her outlook and perspective never weaned.

Prior to her accident, Hannah never experienced a truly difficult situation which required resilience and perseverance. She recalls the day of the accident and the events which led up to the moment which completely changed her life. She was ejected from the car window and landed on her back on a barbed wire fence, paralyzing her instantly. Instantaneously with the impact, all she remembers was seeing all black, then opening her eyes and feeling as if she was floating in the clouds amongst colors she had never seen before. Throughout her whole body, she felt a voice repeatedly telling her “All is well.” Two days later, she woke up in a hospital and was told she would never walk again, but Hannah felt so peaceful at that moment that she hardly cared at all. She later learned that being ejected from the vehicle is what ultimately saved her life and gives all credit to God for his intervention.

Hannah spent about 2 months in inpatient rehabilitation. Her biggest concern was to prove to her friends and family that she was still the same Hannah and always would be, regardless of the circumstance. She felt truly grateful and appreciative to be alive during a time when most people would feel that their life was over for good. Hannah explains how she approaches people who, despite being able-bodied, are unhappy and unfulfilled. She herself is living proof that we can do all of the things we want to do. The more we tell ourselves things are good, the more we will begin to believe it.   

Hannah has learned to put aside the things she can’t change and focus on the things she can instead. There is always going to be someone out there who can’t do the things you may take for granted, so be thankful for all you do have. Through therapy, she highlights the person who has spoken life into her and encouraged her through thick and thin. Without this challenge, she believes she never would have become a BPN ambassador. She explains how her perspective in terms of hardships has shifted and the silliness of many peoples complaints. 

Then, Hannah marvels at the energy of the BPN team and recalls her feelings of belonging there during the ambassador program. Nick explains that they are super selective in terms of who they bring on in the ambassador team. As a person who believes in investing in the right people, he knows it’s never a mistake to bring the right people on and together. The BPN ambassadors are not a group who talk about themselves, but instead talk about what they can do to lift up other people. Community is everything. In order to build a really solid community, you have to first take stock of the people already around you. Focusing on people who bring you energy and fuel you will always make you better. To do this, you’ll have to be prepared to have hard conversations.  Anything in life can be taken away at a moment's notice and there’s no going back. To Hannah, to go one more means going above and beyond, because the day will come when you won’t be able to.

Timestamps:

0:00- Nick introduces the episode and today’s guest, Hannah Hutzley

2:20 - Hannah describes her life prior to the accident.

6:53 - Hannah recalls the day of her accident.

15:30 - Hannah’s initial reaction to learning she will never walk again.

18:36 - How does Hannah approach people who are negative and unhappy but still able bodied?

27:55 - The importance of treating others with kindness.

34:27 - Hannah’s biggest role model and her positive mindset. 

36:44 - Hannah’s newfound perspective of what is difficult now.

50:47 - The BPN ambassador program and the importance of a solid community.

1:00:52 - The significance of the kind of people we let into our lives.

1:07:25 - What does go one more mean to Hannah?

Links:

Follow Hannah Hutzley.

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Nov 01, 2021
#93 - Resilient Is A Choice In The Face Of Adversity With Omar "Crispy" Avila
01:14:21

In today’s episode, Nick speaks with Omar Crispy Avila, who joined the U.S. Army in 2004 as an Infantryman and deployed to Iraq in 2006. 11 months later, his vehicle was struck with a 200 pound IED, resulting in burns to 75% of his body and an amputation of his right leg. Over the past few years, he has made huge transformations and discovered his fulfilling life purpose to help other people through his stories. 

Through his social media presence, Crispy portrays himself as a true, all American patriot. He expresses his love for America as a whole and the freedoms and opportunities the nation offers to so many. In this country, he is able to live his wildest dreams. Crispy came to America when he was just 7 years old and was granted citizenship during high school. In his home country of Mexico, citizens are not allowed to voice their opinions or own firearms to protect themselves. 

Crispy recounts his experience watching the attacks of 9/11 live in school just after he became a U.S. citizen. This marked a defining moment of Crispy’s life when he knew he wanted to serve his country. He turned down a football scholarship to join the Army one month after graduation and was deployed to Iraq very soon after. 

Crispy recounts a few attacks he experiences there, specifically the one of May 14th. Though he remembers feeling angry with God for letting his friends be killed, he was making his peace with him at this moment. Something inside of him told him to get up, that he wasn't going to die here today. With broken legs, third degree burns and partial blindness, Crispy was taken out of the area of attack. He was in an induced coma for 3 months and woke up in Houston to the news that his friend had died.  To date, Crispy has had a total of 105 surgeries. His doctors discovered cancer in his foot and brought in a specialist to take a look at it. Though they were able to remove it all, Crispy couldn't walk on his feet anymore. He pleaded with the doctor to have his leg amputated. 

Crispy has not always been in the place he is today, and spent much of this aftermath in a very dark place. It was the loving people he surrounded himself with who made him the man he is today. He shares the story of connecting with Chris Kyle. Discussing vulnerabilities, Nick points out that opening up is the best way to instantaneously connect with others on a meaningful level. Crispy believes he is a better person today because he was finally able to put his pride aside and find the courage to ask for help. 

Then, Crispy recounts the opportunity which led him to meeting and connecting with kids who also suffered from severe burns like his own. The organization Sons of the Flag helped him find his own calling in helping others. Sometimes people don’t need to hear advice, but just want to know that they aren’t alone. Crispy feels he gets more out of giving advice than anything he may get out of it. Crispy shares that while many people search for resilience, few really have it. Until you’re put in a situation, you’ll never know how you would react to it. 

In closing, Crispy shares his experience undergoing stem cell therapy and the miraculous ways it has changed his life by relieving chronic pain. Sharing vulnerabilities is really what the world needs right now and Crispy is living proof of it. 

Timestamps: 

0:00 - Nick introduces the episode and today’s guest, Omar Crispy Avila.

2:10 - What does patriotism mean to Crispy? 

7:35 - Crispy’s desire to serve his country. 

15:12 - Crispy recountis the attack of May 14th. 

33:24 - Crispy’s first thoughts awakening from a 3 month coma. 

36:08 - Crispy’s leg amputation. 

38:50 - How was Crispy able to cope with all of this? 

43:15 - Crispy meeting American sniper. 

45:56 - Discussing vulnerabilities, connecting with others and the power of asking for help. 

48:43 - Crispy’s desire to help others. 

54:35 - The advice Crispy gives to kids who reach out to him.

58:32 - Resilience.  

1:01:20 - Crispy’s experience with stem cell therapy. 

1:13:04 - Closing words. 

Links:

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Learn more about Nick Bare on his website. 

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition. 

Oct 26, 2021
#92 - Before You Lead, Listen First With Jeramiah Solven
01:35:48

In today’s episode, Nick speaks with founder of Conquer Academy, Jeramiah Solven. Conquer Academy’s mission is to bring more good into the world while helping others achieve their very best. Today’s episode is all about leadership and Jeramiah’s 15 years in the U.S. Army. We’ll dive into what makes a leader, how to refine and build your leadership skills and some action items you can take now to build your leadership capabilities. 

As the conversation gets underway, Jeramiah discusses what the word conquer means to him. During his adolescence, he found solace from the chaos of his family life by regularly going to the gym. He was inspired by the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who inspired him to take action in his life every single day. Nick and Jeramiah discuss the importance of consistency and the advantages of not being the smartest guy in the room. 

Then, the conversation shifts to discussing Jeramiah’s time serving in the military up until January 1st, 2020. He began by running his coaching business on the weekends part time, and decided ultimately to pursue Conquer Academy full time. He joined the military at a desperate time in his life, when he was unsure of which direction to go. Jeramiah walks us through his timeline of his being in the military and shares the transformation which he underwent as a result. He had the realization that all along he had been chasing significance, which he initially found in the military. Exiting the military was one of the hardest decisions he has made. Jeramiah believes leaders are made in the same way diamonds are, with constant pressure while ensuring they don’t break. 

Nick explains the importance of earnestly listening to pushback in any leadership position. There is power in truly listening and speaking up. Among many other things, listening well gives you the ability to speak what you mean. Jeramiah learned lots about leadership, both good and bad, from his leaders in the military. They discuss the reaction without action which is so evident now in the age of social media. 

There is a huge difference between selfless leaders and selfish ones. Selfish leaders will fizzle out and be replaced. But when you act selflessly, you are focused on commitment rather than success. High performing teams won’t follow a selfish leader. Knowing the balance between selfish and selfless goals is key. Everybody wants to be the greatest, but few are willing to pay the price. It all comes down to the investments you make each day. You can cultivate this drive over time, it just takes practice.  You have to sacrifice things to get to where you want to be. 

At Conquer Academy, the first step Jeramiah takes with clients is informing them on the importance of increasing vulnerability and having tough conversations with integrity. If you aren’t able to stand up for yourself, you won’t be able to do it for a team. Learn from experience how to end these tough conversations on a positive note. If you’re going to make it to the top, you have to build your life on integrity, leadership and tough conversations. As you begin having more tough conversations, they will begin to get easier each time.  

Timestamps: 

0:00- Nick introduces the episode and today’s guest, Jeramiah Solven. 

4:30 - Discussing the idea behind conquer. 

7:20 - Jeramiah’s overall experience in the military and his decision to leave. 

16:35 - Jeramiah’s entrance in the military and moving up in ranks. 

22:42 - Before you lead, listen first. 

27:56 - Jeramiah’s drive to start Conquer Academy. 

36:18 - Reaction without action or solutions. 

50:29 - Following your gut instinct. 

01:14:44 - Selfish leaders vs. selfless leaders. 

1:22:31 - How do you get started on a leadership journey?  

1:31:20 - Closing words. 

Links:

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Learn more about Nick Bare on his website. 

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition. 

Oct 22, 2021
#91 - Eating An Animal Based Diet With Dr. Paul Saladino
02:08:55

In this episode, Nick welcomes on guest Dr. Paul Saladino, leading expert on the science and application of the carnivore diet—or the animal-based approach. Don’t miss this conversation as Paul offers great insight on this diet approach, why he prescribes it, and how it has benefitted numerous patients with autoimmune illnesses. With this unique perspective and amazing information, they dive into the discussion!

Paul gets the conversation rolling as he recounts his own journey, recognition, and need for a new food framework. He shares about moving towards an animal based-diet due to his own struggle with eczema. Providing more information on some autoimmune struggles and chronic illness, Paul asserts that many people are thinking about food incorrectly. Food is a huge performance enhancer, but it has to be utilized correctly. Learn about the Paleolithic diet and where Paul believes this approach gets it wrong. Nick asks Paul about how his medical community responded to his shift full swing into a carnivore diet. With a desire to be able to affect the medical paradigm, and not just help people with symptoms, Paul did not truly blossom until after his residency.

As the conversation continues, Paul shares his next steps in this journey and what impacts he faced from this massive shift. Learn about the challenges with long-term keto, and how his approach changed about 2 years into it. As Paul was humbled continued to grow in personal knowledge and reevaluating his approach, he shifted to version 2.0 with considering the value of carbohydrates in the human diet. Are some parts of plants more favored than others? What are the benefits of honey? Learn about sugar in a whole-food-matrix, not in isolation. Paul touches on the differences between physiological vs. pathological insulin-resistance. From issues of long-term ketosis, to gas, and the ins and outs of glucose, insulin, and fruit sources, Paul dives into countless details.

Moving back in his story, Nick asks Paul about the beginning of his health journey when he was raw vegan. Learn about the issues of excessive gas and why Paul believes this is not the route humans should take. He shares where he is at now with honey and fruit added back in to his diet, along with the issues with bile salts that people experience when removing fiber from their diets. Listen as Paul talks about the spectrum of approaches and the possible usefulness of different stages, depending on your body and issues.

Diving deep into the depths of countless details concerning topics from what a fruit is, to why humans need meat fat, Paul debunks many perceptions that aren’t true. Listen to what a typical diet for Paul looks like on a daily basis—meat, organs, fruit, and honey. He shares more about organ meat and why it is so powerful. They take a look at an animal like a multivitamin and why we should not divorce some parts from others—unique micronutrients that are otherwise missed. Learn why food quality is so much more important than tracking macros, and what nutritional ‘dark matter’ is. They touch on gut health, vegetables, detoxification methods, and plant based. There is a hierarchy of foods for thriving. Butyrate and short chain fatty acids are uncovered in their conversation. Is there a linear equation that more fiber equals more health? Why eat meat fat? Nick understands the desire for flavor, but Paul fills listeners in on the importance of tallow and suet fats. Fat does not make people fat, metabolic dysfunction does. Paul answers it all!

As an MD, Paul shares what issues he has seen patients come in with and how diet can improve them. While no dietary discussions should be made without your physician, it’s important to have a nutrition savvy doctor to guide you! There is no one diet that is perfect for everyone, some individuals have conditions that can prohibit certain levels of proteins or carbs, calling for adjustments. Continuing the discussion, Nick and Paul touch on Paul’s take on game-changers, correlations vs. causation, and the role of evolution. Why not just stick to observational studies? Paul addresses problems with certain studies and how these often prove to be an issue of motivation for pitching something, rather than truly testing a hypothesis with interventional studies. Take a look at evolution and man’s desire for meat—Paul argues that eating meat made us human. 

Nick shifts the conversation to ask Paul about the first steps he takes with new patients to bring them from 0 to 100. How do you make a gradual shift from a diet that harms you, to one that helps? Learn more about linoleic acid and the differences in meat sources. How does Paul go out to eat? Does he ever go off the diet? Listen as he talks about the importance of discipline and how he chooses to make choices with a long term horizon, rather than focusing on possible short term benefits. They briefly chat about regenerative ranching, Roam Ranch, and soil regeneration.

Wrapping up, Nick recalls his own take-aways from this podcast and reminds listeners not to forget to check out places like White Oak, Belcampo, Circle-C, and other farms for great places to get access to organ meat.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

0:00 - Nick introduces the topic and today’s guest, Dr. Paul Saladino

1:28 - Nick introduces the podcast and its pillars

2:10 - Paul is welcomed on and he recounts his need for a new food framework

11:45 - Full swing with the carnivore diet and how other responded

13:44 - The impact from such a massive shift and challenges with long-term keto

17:05 - A shift in approach and considering the value of carbohydrates in the human diet

25:07 - Issues of long-term ketosis, gas, glucose, insulin, and fruit

31:27 - The beginning of his health journey and going raw vegan

32:56 - Where Paul is at now with honey and fruit added back in; the spectrum or approaches and the usefulness of different stages

36:49 - What is a fruit?

37:32 - Paul’s typical daily diet

45:15 - Organ meat, why it is so powerful, and the micronutrients it has

57:55 - Food quality, tracking macros, and nutritional ‘dark matter’.

59:30 - Gut health, vegetables snd plant based diets.

1:08:52 - Butyrate, short chain fatty acids, and fiber

1:12:03 - It’s more than bacon, steak, and eggs

1:17:23 - Why eat meat fat?

1:28:25 - Issues Paul has seen patients come in with and how diet can improve them

1:33:40 - Paul’s take on game-changers, correlations vs. causation, and the role of evolution

1:47:49 - The first steps Paul takes with new patients

1:50:18 - Linoleic acid and what type of meat Paul eats

1:55:10 - How does Paul go out to eat?

2:01:46 - Roam Ranch and soil regeneration

2:03:29 - Take aways from this podcast episode

2:08:28 - Thank you for listening!

Links:

Learn more about Dr. Paul Saladino and his podcast

Check out Heart&Soil.

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Oct 19, 2021
#90 - Show Up As A Leader To Fulfill Your Obligations With Christian Huff
01:18:06

In today’s episode, Nick speaks with husband and father, Christian Huff. Listen as they cover the topics of business, faith, leadership, and accountability. The episode begins with Christian answering some fun questions on music and sports. He shares some of his favorite songs along with his history of playing baseball, specifically in how his own priorities with sports changed as his faith grew. He made the decision to not make baseball his idol but to instead pursue other areas of serving the Lord. This led to a conversation about Christian’s faith and how it has influenced his life. He shares his testimony and how he has grown in his faith and in understanding that Christianity is not simply a statement, but a lifestyle of following the Lord and having a relationship with Him. Christian points out how this has changed his life and priorities.

Nick moves the conversation onto the topic of leadership. They begin to discuss what it truly means and looks like to be a leader in our society today. Nick makes the point that being a leader is about more than being an influencer, but taking the opportunities you have in your life to lead those around you in positive ways. Because of this, everyone has the opportunity to be a positive leader to those in their lives. Christian adds to this by sharing how a good leader is someone who can influence others for good by pointing them to the Lord. They both discuss some of the people who have been the biggest leaders in their own lives and how it has inspired them to do the same to others.

Going along with what it means to be a good leader, Christian dives into the importance of filling  and surrounding yourself with good leaders who will influence you in positive ways. This means giving your time and energy to things that will influence you for good and push you to grow. A common struggle for our society today is be tossed and pulled around by the many voices and opinions being put in front of us. Christian shares how the way to stand firm and hold fast to your convictions is through being firmly rooted in your faith and the leadership of Christ. He shares how this has been evident in his own life and how it has taught him perseverance through hard times.

Another important aspect of being a good leader is the practice of accountability. Nick defines accountability as knowing how and when to call people out in a professional way. He shares some stories of how this was lived out in his job as an infantry officer. Christian also shares a story of when he was able to hold some young teenage boys accountable for their actions and influence their lives. Not only is it important to be able to hold others accountable, but Christian also points out the importance of being able to have an attitude of humility that allows us to receive accountability from others. Nick and Christian both point out how their wives are the ones who help hold them accountable and how it has benefited their lives for good.

The episode concludes as Christian and Nick talk about marriage and how it has refined them and grown them over the years. Christian also shares about becoming a father and all that it has taught him. This leads into both men discussing their morning and workout routines and how these help keep them accountable and energized.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

0:00- Nick introduces todays guest, Christian Huff

3:56- Nick asks Christian some fun questions on sports and music before diving into the episode

11:30- Christian shares about his journey with his faith and how it influenced his life

15:48- They talk about leadership and what it looks like/means to be a leader

35:32- They branch off to focus on leadership specifically in business and going through trials

44:55- They talk about accountability

52:20- They share about how marriage and children have refined them and helped them grow

1:11:10- Christian shares about his workout routine as a new dad

Links:

Follow Christian Huff of Instagram

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Oct 13, 2021
#89 - From Pharmaceutical Sales To Baseball President With Chris Almendarez
01:14:05

In today’s episode, Nick speaks with Chris Almendarez, President of the Round Rock Express. Listen as Nick and Chris discuss some of their similar life experiences, the rewards they have found in sharing vulnerabilities, baseball, the importance of building relationships and more.

As the conversation gets underway, Chris recalls his background and the path which led him to where he is today. At 7 years old, Chris had a strong admiration for the biggest athlete of the time, Nolan Ryan. He regards baseball as a huge factor which led him to attend college at the University of Houston. It was during this time that he met his first wife, Jana, on the same night his father was killed in a car accident. The tragedy helped him realize how important it was for him to have a united family of his own, unlike the one he was raised in. Only a few weeks later, he asked Jana to marry him. Soon after, he married, had his first child and took a job as a pharmaceutical salesman.

From early on, Chris has a clear understanding of how important relationship building is. During his time in sales, Chris operated under the goal of following through with his promises. People often get so caught up in degrees, certifications and connections that they forget the value of being a good person and building relationships with others. Making connections with others and truly listening to what they have to say is a key component of success in any sales position. The motto of Chris and his family is to love God, love others, and the rest will follow suit.

Then, Chris discusses his transition back to baseball from the pharmaceutical industry. Chris  coached both of his son’s baseball teams, and grew close with many families of his players. When his pharmaceutical company wanted to transfer him out of state, Chris left the company and found a new job with a Spalding sports salesman. Soon after, he joined Round Rock as the Senior Account Executive. He has held several different positions within the organization, including his current position as Team President.

Both Nick and Chris agree that baseball is the one sport which has retained its family feel. The comradery felt on a baseball team is really unmatched. Chris’s favorite part of his job is spring training and meeting the new season players. He recalls the support he and his sons received from the baseball community after Jana’s death. The game of baseball requires much strength and isn’t for the faint of heart. 

Next, they discuss the impact Covid had on Round Rock Express. Amidst the uncertainty of the beginning stages of the pandemic, Chris was notified that around 40% of the Round Rock staff would have to be let go. This marked the toughest day of his professional career. As a business that relies on people coming into their stadium, it’s been an extremely tough time which could take years to fully recover from. The remaining 60% of the Round Rock staff really came together during this time. Then, Chris and Nick open up and share their own experiences feeling helpless in the past. If nothing else, hopelessness serves as a reminder of how to respond to difficult situations for which there is no solution.

Finally, Chris shares his biggest reasons for going one more every day. First and most important is his faith. He shares that there have been times that he was angry with God. However, he recognizes the blessings God has given his family throughout his life. Recognizing his “why” early on in life, to be the best father, husband and Godly man he could be, has played a huge role in his life. Rather than being focused on the end goal, Chris shares his mindset of appreciating the silver linings which pop up every day along the way.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

0:00- Nick introduces the episode and today’s guest, Chris Almendarez.

4:00 - How Nick and Chris first connected.

10:00 - Chris’s background, family and career steps.

20:24 - The impact of building relationships and being a good person.

24:10 - Chris shares his admiration for his two sons, Chase and Luke.

28:35 - Chris’s transition out of the pharmaceutical industry back to baseball.

36:00 - Discussing the close knit baseball community.

46:15 - The impact of the pandemic.

56:45 - Opening up about the feeling of helplessness.

1:03:10 - Chris’s drive to keep moving forward every day.

Links:

Follow Chris Almendarez.

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Oct 07, 2021
#88 - Traveling The World & Saving The Amazon With Pedro Andrade
01:04:37

In this episode, Nick has a conversation with Brazilian journalist Pedro Andrade about Pedro’s career experiences, places he’s visited, stories from his travels, and his recent work on Unknown Amazon

Pedro has no shortage of fascinating stories.  He originally started his career as a model, using modeling as a means to travel to New York City.  He evolved in his career, becoming a television host and later a journalist, and making his way to over sixty-five countries.  Through his travels, Pedro has gained a lot of perspective about the world, people, and living well.  Most recently, Pedro traveled with CNN Brazil for CNN Latin America to work on a new project on the West Coast.  From van lifers to people working with drugs, Pedro had the chance to sit down with diverse populations of people, and to do the thing that he loves most in all of his work - humanize the headlines by putting a face and voice to different experiences.

One thing Nick wonders about Pedro’s broad experience with people and places is whether or not he’s noticed a desensitizing influence of technology.  While Pedro can see the answer to that question being both yes and no, he explains his belief that we’re learning to evolve with technology.  As experiences such as a time he spent in Myanmar testify, lack of technology that has for people in America become ubiquitous does shift priorities, but this is not necessarily a good or bad reality.  Cultures are by nature different, and one of the most fascinating phenomena Pedro has observed is that of cultural collisions.  In places like Okinawa, Japan, where an army base brought American influence into an Asian culture, a new, unique culture is able to arise out of the collision.

Pedro’s work requires him to be a close observer of his surroundings, but he has learned to try to bring enjoyment and observation together in all parts of life.  He doesn’t want one to exist without the other either on or off the clock, but wants to consistently engage on a thoughtful and present level with the people and places around him.  In light of this, it comes as no surprise that Pedro has no intention to fully “retire” from the sort of work he does.  There are certain places he doesn’t want to revisit, so as to avoid diluting the special experiences he’s already had there, but he would love to continue exploring and feeling everyday life in lots of different places.  As a caveat, though, he clarifies for listeners that all forms of travel are valid, and one doesn’t have to pursue the same kind of full immersion he does in order to be shaped by a place.  The one thing to avoid in evaluating a place though, is a conflation of politics and place.

Before the conversation wraps up, Nick wants to take a closer look at how Pedro got into journalism.  Pedro roots his career in the influence of his grandmother, whose love of travel was contagious and prompted him to accept a modeling job, study journalism, and ultimately take the steps to becoming who he now is.  He and Nick then talk about the necessity of different people and roles, StoryBrand and Kiss the Ground, the value of escapism, and Pedro’s work on Unknown Amazon.  This project aims to humanize the startling headlines coming from the Amazon as it faces deforestation and other environmental problems, and testifies to the central lesson Pedro hopes all this work reveals: we’re much more similar than we know.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

00:00 - Today’s episode will feature an interview with Pedro Andrade.

05:06 - Pedro and Nick talk about passion in work and effects of technology.

20:51 - What will “retirement” look like for Pedro?

26:42 - Nick wants to know about how Pedro’s journey first began.

45:12 - The conversation shifts to Unknown Amazon.

58:50 - Finally, Nick asks what one thing people can do to make a difference.

Links:

Learn more about Pedro Andrade and connect with him on Twitter and Instagram.

Learn more about Unknown Amazon.

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Sep 20, 2021
#87 - Ultra Running & Destroying The Colorado Crush On A Plant Based Diet With Robbie Balenger
01:01:30

In today’s episode, Nick talks with ultra-endurance athlete Robbie Balenger about his accomplishments, recovery techniques, diet, and running career. While he has admired Robbie for some time, Nick met Robbie for the first time in Leadville when the two ran the Leadville 100.  Robbie had formerly completed the 2019 Transcontinental run, and his competition of the Leadville 100 was part of what he dubbed the ‘Colorado Crush” - a multi-month undertaking consisting of the Leadville trail series, the Colorado trail, and all fifty-eight Colorado peaks.    

By way of background, Robbie shares that he spent a number of years in Austin before moving to his current city of Denver, CO.  He moved to Austin for family, but stayed for the fun, getting into the food and bar scene and spending a lot of time partying.  Eventually, though, Robbie started falling in love with running and endurance training, and he found that it provided a healthy form of the same elation he pursued through partying.  Seeing that partying didn’t help him be his best for his work, and finding in running a substitute for the physical boost partying gave, Robbie found himself more and more invested in the sport.

His races quickly evolved -a half marathon led to a marathon, and then to an eighty-mile race.  About two and a half years after his first fifty-miler, Robbie was running the Transcontinental.  His move to Denver only deepened his drive to run, and transitioning to a plant-based diet aided his performance as an athlete.  Robbie’s aim in changing his diet was primarily to enhance his performance, but it also had a secondary grounding in concern for environmental health.  While Robbie is a committed advocate of plant-based eating, he also explains how people can care for environmental needs even without adopting his plant-based diet; for one thing, they can pay close attention to sourcing when purchasing and consuming meat.

Even with rigorous training and a plant-based whole food diet, Robbie’s body was seriously challenged by the Transcontinental.  He dealt with hallucinations and paranoia, shin splints, tendonitis, and more.  But after the first month of running, his body adapted and the work became somewhat easier.  As he settled in and ran, he was able to do a lot of thinking; ultimately, Robbie feels that he came away from the race with a deepened sense of self-confidence, growth in trust of/reliance on others, and a clearer sense of how to define himself as a man.

Shifting gears a bit, Nick asks Robbie to share about NuCalm, one of Robbie’s sponsors and a company Nick and his team are interested in exploring.  NuCalm offers a unique concept for recovery centered on the fact that recovery at base is rest.  It’s difficult during races to get good sleep, so Robbie decided to use NuCalm’s three-part system to enhance his sleep quality and foster cellular recovery during the Leadville 100.  He tried the system throughout the Colorado Crush, and continues to use it as part of his regular routine.  His results have been profound, and offer great possibilities for runners looking to boost recovery both during and after races. 

Finally, Robbie shares about how cycling fits into his workout regimen, the way in which running makes him feel whole, his pursuit of the unattainable concept of perpetual motion, and his desire to keep taking running opportunities that will enable him to grow and inspire. 

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

00:00 - Today’s episode will feature an interview with Robbie Balenger.

05:07 - Taking a step back, Nick and Robbie turn to Robbie’s background.

15:55 - What was Robbie’s pivotal moment, and how did his diet fit in?

25:23 - Robbie and Nick get into the details of the Transcontinental race.

37:47 - Nick asks about NuCalm.

45:14 - Robbie explains the Colorado Crush.

53:10 - How does cycling fit into Robbie’s regimen?

57:19 - Where does Robbie want to go from here?

Links:

Learn more about Robbie Balenger and follow him on Instagram.

Learn more about NuCalm and use code Robbie50 for a discount!

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Sep 17, 2021
#86 - BPN Updates & 5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Become A Stronger Leader
54:54

In today’s episode, Nick shares some updates on the things he has been working on at BPN over the last few months. Then, he will share five things you can do right now to become a better leader.

Diving into the updates at BPN, Nick shares about the progress on the new podcast studio. The new space will be a great opportunity to bring in more guests and film podcasts for YouTube and other platforms. A large focus at BPN this year is how to level up everything they do - video, the team, products, HQ, and more. Nick stresses that progress happens little by little over a stretch of time. You will more than likely not have everything you need when you are just getting started, but it’s getting started that counts.

Then, Nick gives us a look at BPN's newest product releases including a new vanilla vegan protein powder, electrolyte powder, sleep aid, collagen, meal replacement and fish oil soft gels. He explains the difference between the upcoming electrolyte powder and the G.1.M. Sport and the importance of electrolytes in a healthy lifestyle. Nick started BPN because he wanted to create products which he personally wanted to use and, as the team grew, began developing products they wanted too. He shares his goal for BPN to shift their business model to retail. With this goal and the introduction of new products, BPN recently signed a lease for an additional space to accommodate the expansion. Additionally, he gives a look into BPN’s 10 year plan.

Shifting gears a bit, we get a look into the book Nick is currently reading, The Power of Moments. He summarizes the book’s message by stating that life is composed of moments both good and bad, but it’s the really good moments we truly remember. The book addresses how we can intentionally create these kinds of powerful moments. BPN wants to create powerful moments which will impact people for a lifetime, in how they think, feel and interact with others. He relates this to the upcoming Go One More marathon hosted by BPN in support of veterans. 

Next, Nick dives into what it means to be a leader. The term leader is not just given, but is something one has to earn. While some people are born natural leaders, many of the skills it requires comes from various life influences. The first of the five tips Nick has for being a better leader is to remove emotions from decision making. To do this, you must remove yourself from situations in order to make a deliberate decision rather than an emotional one. Second, you should always hold yourself and those around you accountable. Third, and one of Nick’s favorites, is to be the guide, not the hero. Fourth, always invest in people in order to build their trust. In line with this, Nick explains the hiring process at BPN and the importance of hiring the right person for the job. One you find the right people, it’s important to take care of them, because you don’t want to lose them. Finally and most importantly, is to lead by example and hold the standard. The action of your business will come from the top down.

As the episode draws to a close, Nick reiterates the importance of taking control of your life and actions. The five tips he shared with us today apply not only to leading a business but to all areas of life, including relationships with family and friends.

Thanks for tuning in and please remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

1:35 - Introduction for today’s episode

3:30 - Updates on the new podcast studio

7:25 - The newest and upcoming BPN products

18:30 - BPN expansion and 10 year plan

24:10 - What Nick is currently reading and how its message applies to BPN

29:25 - Discussing the Go One More marathon

34:25 - What makes a leader?

38:05 - Five things you can do to be a better leader

52:50 - Bringing solutions with problems

Sep 08, 2021
#85 - Leadville 100 Ultramarathon Race Recap
57:12

In today’s episode, Nick provides a recap from the recent Leadville 100 Ultramarathon, a race that was about “more than the miles” and required the contributions of the BPN team. 

On August 21 and 22, Nick raced a distance of 100 miles through the Rocky Mountains, joining only about half of the participants in meeting the 30-hour time limit for completion.  With the help of the BPN team, Nick finished the race in 27 hours, 53 minutes, and 5 seconds, having faced 15,600 feet in elevation ascent and descent, high altitudes, and overall both a great and challenging race.  Now, he wants to share with listeners about the details of the race - talking about everything from checkpoints to nutrition strategy, ups and downs, and the role his teammates played in the competition. 

Nick’s training began in the spring after he was chosen by lottery to be allowed entry in the race.  This training included not just preparation for mountain terrain, but training for elevation shifts.   The Monday before the race, he and several other BPN workers arrived confident in Leadville ready for more altitude training and trail reconnaissance (for both Nick and his team members who would be shooting film for a documentary expected out in October!).  Nick and his team built out a plan for the race, with each member having a specific role outlined.  Nick’s main role, himself, was to embrace the suck that would come with enduring the race. 

On the day of the race, Nick was up at 2:30 am for breakfast, which consisted of a bagel and some BPN products - G1M and electrolytes; his ultimate goal was to build up his sodium and carbs.  He prepared himself mentally, got dressed in carefully chosen clothes, and loaded up about 100fl oz of water in his pockets.  The race had an exhilarating start at 4am, and Nick explains his steps crossing checkpoints, maintaining nutrition levels, making connections with his crew, and beginning to knock out the many miles of the course. 

The course had 13 checkpoints over its 50 miles (traveled twice), and Nick had 7 drop bags placed at checkpoints where he would possibly if not certainly be unable to see his crew.  He shares with listeners about the meals he chose to maximize helpful calories and keep his fluid and electrolyte levels high, the short time windows he allotted for stops, and about his plans to handle GI issues and prevent issues with injury or weariness.  Nick also explains how he felt at different points in the race, and how he paced himself.

Listeners will hear about Nick’s fall and bloodied hands, decision to refill water at a mountain stream, and shock at finding crew members at a mountain summit checkpoint.  They will also  hear about the toll the high altitude took as the end of the race drew near;  Nick found himself - with fresh shoes, a pacer, and only 38 miles to go - struggling to breathe.  He started to really feel the previous miles, and knew he just needed to get to the end.  He just needed to go one more.  And one more.  And one more.  Through a temperature drop, a bout of uncontrollable shaking, a transition to a new pacer, and the mental gymnastics of feeling excited to finish and utterly exhausted all at once, Nick approached the finish. 

As he crested the final hill, Nick could see the finish line and hear the crowd.  His crew members came to join him, and they all ran the finish together.  There have been bumps in the road as Nick has recovered from the race (most notably his brother eating his burrito!), but he has been working toward an efficient and effective recovery.  The power of human bodies to exert themselves and recover is remarkable, but, as Nick concludes, even more remarkable to him was the role of his team in the race.  It was for them about more than the miles, but about accomplishing the feat together. 

Thanks for tuning in and please remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

1:04 - This episode will recap the Leadville 100 Ultramarathon.

9:32 - Nick took a lot of the BPN team.

15:02 - “More than the miles”

17:28 - The day of the race and the start of the competition

29:25 - Some say the real race starts at mile marker 37.9.

34:49 - The second Hope Pass climb - Nick sees crew, completes the worst climbs

39:10 - Running with a pacer and struggling to breathe

44:30 - Last 12.6 miles to an awesome finish with the BPN team

47:50 - Nick gets into the burrito saga

50:27 - Final thoughts on recovery and the rewarding personal/team experience

Links:

Learn more about Nick Bare and connect with him on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Learn more about the Leadville Race Series, including the 100 Ultramarathon.

Learn about the brands Nick mentioned: Hypoxico, Hoka, Salomon

Aug 29, 2021
#84 - Matthew McConaughey | Nothing Is Unbelievable
01:01:57

Nick kicks off the conversation with a brief introduction of Matthew and his tendency to be “as cool as the other side of the pillow”—acting quickly on the next practical step while maintaining calmness. Asking Matthew to share about his book, Green Lights, Nick appreciates Matthew’s ability to be present in the moment. Learn how this aspect of Matthew’s life has evolved over the course of his various achievements as he has learned the importance of putting his head down to work hard, rather than worrying about the minute-to-minute results. Listen to the importance of having “joy in the doing” and why you should stop anticipating the ending of things. Matthew shares how perspective and experience build maturity and wisdom, and how he fights against the addiction for immediate results and chasing false summits.

The conversation shifts as Nick asks Matthew to share about false peaks and points in his own career—times when he felt like he couldn’t continue moving forward. Matthew shares about the importance of a balanced understanding of gratitude, and how complacency can lead to people living off the ‘glory days’ and looking in the rear view mirror for too long.

Looking at a story Matthew shares in Green Lights, Nick asks him to chat about what roots him as a man with so much success. Listen in on having a value based life and taking a look at the history of time to see how nothing matters—and everything matters—all at the same time! Through belief, trust, and faith, Matthew works to perform his very best at the one shot he gets in this life! Having faith in yourself is important, but some level of doubt also proves helpful. Matthew tells us about moments where he doubted himself and why he works to process an understanding of why something succeeded or failed. Nick and Matthew both enjoy movement and running to freely process.

Turning the conversation towards Hollywood, Nick asks Matthew about his view on expectations. Matthew’s surprising perspective of compartmentalization and going into everything with high expectations has helped him to trick himself to successfully stay in the chase. Why does Matthew dislike the term “unbelievable”? Diving deeper into this word, Matthew says we ought to give more credit to both the good and the bad when they occur—extending the bandwidth of what is believable and giving credit where its due. People have more capacity and internal power to self-determine than we give the credit for.

In considering risk, Matthew says that the crucial denominator of going all in, and the importance of over-committing. Learn about the largest career risk he ever took and how he worked to challenge the vitality of his own life by un-branding. Nick asks about the most challenging role Matthew has held and how his need to be obsessed with every role he plays has impacted his family. They discuss the challenges of different genres and how he battles to keep integrity in his roles.

As this episode draws to a close, listeners hear about Matthew’s ‘Less impressed, more involved’ motto and the unique community in Austin, Texas. Learn about the persona that Austin has and how they work to be trailblazers, marked by optimism and hospitality. Growth and change are happening, but the basic value systems are not changing. You can be who you want to be in Austin, TX!

Thanks for tuning in and please remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

1:01 - Podcast introduction

1:43 - Matthew McConaughey welcomed on

4:15 - Talking about his book, Green Lights, and being present in the moment

12:30 - False peaks and points in his own career

14:57 - A value based life and the history of time

20:32 - Having faith in yourself and doubting

27:43 - Running to freely think

28:43 - Hollywood and building high expectations

33:43 - The term “unbelievable”

37:38 - More capacity than we give credit for

38:32 - Risk and the largest career risk Matthew ever took

44:34 - The career transition

47:15 - The most challenging role Matthew has held

52:12 - ‘Less impressed, more involved’ motto and the Austin community

1:00:00 - Thank you

Links:

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Learn more about Matthew McConaughey

Check out Matthew’s book, Green Lights

Aug 23, 2021
#83 - Overcoming Adversity In Business, Infertility & Losing Your Home With Brian Mazza
01:06:19

Brian Mazza has been an entrepreneur for the majority of his life. In the last decade, he built a series of very successful restaurants before transitioning out of the hospitality industry and into the fitness space. He recently completed a 50 mile ultramarathon to raise money for IVF treatments In today’s episode, we’ll hear all about the things Brian has overcome in the recent years, throughout his life and what has contributed to his success.

From a young age, Brian has always been a competitive athlete. As the episode begins, he discusses his experience playing soccer on a scholarship at the University of Rhode Island. He began to lose passion for the sport as time went on, leading him to quit his senior year. Then, Brian tells the story of how he became involved in the hospitality industry, beginning working as a guest bartender for Tiger Woods’ mistress in the Hamptons.  He began to realize that if he could make a name for himself, he had the potential to be very successful in the nightlife industry. At 21 years old, his philosophy was to work hard and never say no to an opportunity. This experience led him to open multiple businesses alongside the owner of the nightclub.

Brian stresses that if you go into a business thinking you know everything, you’re setting yourself up for failure. However, failure isn’t always a bad thing as there is often a lesson to be learned from it. Ego is one of the worst companions to business. Brian found owning restaurants wasn’t the best fit for him.

Next, Brian discusses his entrance into the fitness industry. Boutique fitness really started to take off in New York, which brought Brian back to his competitive college soccer days. An opportunity led him to appear on the cover on Men’s Health. He was drawn to the fitness world and saw it the perfect exit out of hospitality. He made a promise to himself to quit drinking, and hasn’t looked back since. He explains just a few of the ways this decision made a positive impact on his life. Lifestyle choices are top down, which is why it’s so important to surround yourself with  people who share your goals and mindset.

Last year, Brian ran an ultramarathon to raise money for people who can’t afford infertility options such as IVF. This is a subject close to home for Brian, since he and his wife went through fertility issues. Brian points out the stigma in regards to men speaking with their friends about these types of issues like women do. Now, he speaks openly about the experience and the success they had with it - ultimately having two beautiful children. Brian raised $81,000 for infertility during his 50-mile ultramarathon fundraiser. The idea came to him during the pandemic. After seeing so many businesses being shut down and hearing that many couples were unable to carry on with IVF procedures, he saw an opportunity to make a difference. With the money raised, Brian and his wife were able to pay for three separate families to undergo IVF.

Right before the pandemic, Brian’s family’s house burned down. As he tells the story, he stresses that life is precious and anything could happen. Through the adversity, you have to keep going and get back to normalcy. Getting back to a routine is the best step to move forward. Finally, they discuss Brian’s lifestyle training business HPLT. Brian believes everyone is a high performer, but not everyone knows they have that in them. The mission behind HPLT is to light that spark within by putting people in situations and communities which help them realize their potential. In closing, Brian states that winning is about your mindset, body and soul - and is something only you can accomplish.

Timestamps:

00:01 - Nick introduces today’s episode with Brian Mazza.

01:38 - Introduction to The Bare Performance Podcast.

5:05 - Brian’s experience playing D1 collegiate soccer.

13:15 - How Brian became involved in hospitality.

22:40 - The problem with ego in business.

27:25 - How Brian evolved out of hospitality and into the fitness space.

32:48 - Brian’s decision to quit drinking.

38:13 - Destigmatizing infertility.

45:05 - Brian’s ultramarathon fundraiser.

50:10 - The story of Brian’s family’s house fire.

1:00:00 - The mission behind Brian’s business, HPLT.

1:04:48 - Closing words.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Links:

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Learn more about Brian Mazza.

Aug 16, 2021
#82 - Real Stories Of Building BPN: Cash Flow Issues & Taking Massive Risks To Maintain Full Equity
55:00

This episode of the podcast flows out of Nick’s desire to share what building a business really looks like, as well as his conviction that one of the best ways to share this is through story.  Rather than spending the episode interviewing a guest, he spends it giving listeners narrative snapshots of his experience as an entrepreneur.  These snapshots depict the growth of a company, building of an infrastructure within the business, getting the company off the ground, navigating cash flow issues, and more.  One of the biggest takeaways Nick hopes to impress on listeners is that the best way to get started...is to just get started!

Nick first shared about establishing the infrastructure behind BPN.  In 2012, Nick decided as a college student to start the brand.  He began with a $20,000 loan, and what he lacked in experience he made up for in passion; he simply decided to start, and he learned as he went.  Just recently, Nick was reminded of these early days when he found a series of short videos on his computer.  These are awkward clips he made as the company was starting, and they show not only how far he’s come, but how important it was to get started.  Nick shared the clips in an Instagram video; this video and the response to it actually provided the impetus for this episode! 

But while Nick’s recent Instagram content has resonated with others, another story highlights just how unpleasant his initial days trying to build his business online were!  Soon after starting BPN, Nick joined the bodybuilding.com forum and was surprised when his first post received only hate!  He had a similar experience when he later posted his first YouTube video.  While both experiences were tough, they ultimately taught him that he had to put himself out there, and that holding back out of fear of negativity was unsustainable and unproductive.  Rather than holding back, he needed to go all in on BPN.

A few years later, the company had grown, but as all product-based companies do, it required a steady influx of cash to continue running and growing.  Nick and his brother, Preston, held and continue to hold 100% equity in the company; so, the business has required profound commitment from them financially.  Nick put nearly all the money he made in the military into the business, and one day, he even liquidated his entire Roth IRA in order to provide the business with a needed cash injection.  In doing so, he was declaring yet again that he was all in on BPN. 

Preston made similar commitments.  Before he transitioned out of the military and while he was stationed in South Korea, Nick asked Preston to leave a good job and move to Texas to help with BPN.  Nick couldn’t pay Preston, but could only offer housing and a vehicle.  Preston didn’t hesitate, but immediately moved.  Later, when the business needed another cash injection, Preston again didn’t hesitate when the business needed the $30,000 his dad saved for him.

Such sacrifices were necessary because cash flow was, for a number of years, a major area of difficulty.  Since they knew they had the tools, drive, and patience to make it, Nick and Preston sunk all their money back into the company, slowly making disciplined progress.  They never wanted BPN to be a discount brand, so they had to find other creative ways to get money for periodic cash injections.  They turned to flash sales and direct phone conversations with customers, and Nick came to deeply appreciate that there are other sources of value than money.   

Nick also shares about expanding the space of BPN.  His mindset regarding space is to move into space that will force growth.  He and Preston - while a bit naive in their first commercial lease signing - leased their first HQ with an aim to grow into it by creating a revenue-earning gym in part of the space.  They quickly grew, and as they’ve continued to go all in, they’ve seen massive returns.  They outgrew spaces a number of times, and now have a 25,000 square foot footprint.

Finally, Nick offers thoughts on what has been one of the hardest and most fulfilling things about running BPN: growing the team.  Nick used to wear too many hats and see hiring as an expense.  However, he’s come to understand that hiring the right people for the right jobs isn’t an expense, but an investment - and one that comes with tremendous returns!

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

00:01 - Today’s episode will show what building a business looks like.

02:06 - Nick will tell stories, and he first turns to the founding of the BPN brand.

06:29 - Social media has been a positive thing, but also provided tough lessons.

12:34 - Putting yourself out there can be tough, but you have to just get started.

15:01 - Nick transitions to a story about investing money for business scaling.

21:24 - The next story demonstrates Preston’s commitment to BPN.

27:46 - BPN slowly dug out of the cash flow crisis, and avoided being a discount brand.

35:57 - Nick shares his CFO’s take on BPN’s disciplined approach to early growth.

37:06 - The next story is about the company’s expanding physical footprint.

44:32 - Nick embraces a forced-growth mindset.

47:06 - One of the hardest and most fulfilling things for him has been hiring.

Links:

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Aug 11, 2021
#81 - Ryan Hall: The Journey To The American Half Marathon Record (59:43)
01:07:56

Ryan Hall is a retired American long distance runner who holds a U.S. record in the half marathon with a time of 59 minutes and 43 seconds. Ryan was and still is an elite athlete, but was forced to retire after years of running due to chronic fatigue, low testosterone and overtraining. Running took him to Stanford University at collegiate level, then professionally after that. In today’s episode, we’ll discuss the difference between focusing on performance vs. health, and if you must sacrifice one or the other to achieve elite status.

Ryan grew up in Big Bear Lake in Southern California, where he fell in love with running. His very first run was at the age of thirteen and was 15 miles around the lake, which he clarifies wasn’t an effortless or enjoyable feat. He didn’t even begin to really enjoy running until he had been training consistently for at least a month, though he was already in shape prior to that. He speaks of the religious transcendental nature of running, which he understands as his gift from God. Running became his mission, cultivating his talent and seeing how far he could take it.

Ryan is the middle of 5 kids in his family who had little extra money. He knew that if he wanted to attend a D1 School, he would have to earn his way there, and running was this ticket. On a visit to Stanford, he fell in love with the coach and atmosphere of the school. While attending, he struggled considerably with academics. He recalls the culture of being on the cross country team and the determinants of his teammates. Ryan led his team to achieve an NCAA title.

Ryan thought he could improve his mental health by changing his external situation, so he dropped out of Stanford. However, he felt even more depressed after returning home, and his pastor encouraged him to return to Stanford. He realized soon after his return that the grass isn’t always greener. If you’re going into workouts trying to prove yourself due to an underlying insecurity, you won’t achieve the same results as you would if you were going into it with confidence. The secret to improvement is consistency over a long period of time achieved by commitment over motivation.

Referring to the recent attention to mental health amongst athletes, Ryan believes the common denominator to be the internal pressure put on themselves. He knows the feeling of believing your sport to be your best and only asset. You have to know how to unload this pressure and cultivate a mindset of loving you for who you are rather than what you’re capable of. The key to performing well at a high level is to find enjoyment in the act and show up as your true self. As soon as he began training for longer distances, he felt things click. The following winter, he set the American record for a half marathon. He spent the next 10 years trying to get back to that point, but never managed to. He hopes to pass on all of the lessons he’s learned to the next generation, so his ceiling can serve as their floor.

Finally, Ryan discusses how his nutrition affected his performance and induced several health concerns which eventually forced him to retire. In trying to get as light as possible, his body suffered. Then, Nick asks if Ryan believes an athlete can achieve an elite status without sacrificing part of their health. Ryan doubts you can be a world class athlete and maintain optimal health. Finally, they discuss the benefits of incorporating weight training in your routine.

Timestamps:

00:01 - Nick introduces today’s episode with Ryan Hall.

01:28 - Introduction to The Bare Performance Podcast.

8:13 - Ryan’s first run and how the experience set the path for his future.

14:25 - Ryan’s family background and time at Stanford.

17:56 - Dropping out of Stanford.

19:07 - Ryan’s philosophy for working out.

21:40 - Mental health issues among elite athletes.

26:40 - How Ryan turned his mindset around.

32:33 - Going professional and setting a half marathon record.

44:35 - How nutrition affected Ryan’s performance.

50:40 - Is it possible to achieve elite status without sacrificing health?

53:48 - Benefits of strength training.

01:05:29 - Closing words

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Links:

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Learn more about Ryan Hall.

Aug 09, 2021
#80 - Healing Your Gut Through Fiber Fueled With Dr. Will Bulsiewicz
01:01:11

Dr. Will Bulsiewicz, also known as Dr. B, is the author of the book Fiber Fueled. The book comes highly recommended by Nick and dives deep into nutrition and taking care of your gut through plant diversity and increasing bacteria through microbiome diversity. Our gut microbiome, which determines how your body consumes and handles food, is vastly different between every person. Dr. B will tell us about the importance of fiber on our gut and how it determines how you sleep, feel and live.

Dr. B knew before college that he wanted to be a doctor, and spent the following 16 years pursuing that goal. In his early 30’s, he had a health crisis of his own and was forced to reexamine his diet. When he made small changes in his diet, he instantly started feeling young and vibrant again. He began  questioning why he was never sufficiently taught nutrition during his time at renown universities and turned to his own research. He took his message to social media in an effort to reach more people, which ultimately led him to the decision to write a book. Discussing the pushback received when speaking out on this topic, Dr. B says he never felt discouraged by close mindedness. 

Then, Dr. B breaks down the concept of microbiome diversity. He says it’s time that everyone becomes aware of the significance of our microbiomes. We all contain more microbial cells than human cells. Dr. B argues that it is in fact impossible to be a healthy person if your microbiome is diseased or damaged. Our microbiomes break down food, give us access to nutrients, connect to 70% of our immune system, affect metabolism, hormones, blood pressure, mood and more.

Within a healthy ecosystem, Dr. B explains the necessity for biodiversity, as each individual species brings something useful to the environment. This is no exception in the human body, as less species consumption becomes problematic and can lead to disease. Elimination type diets such as paleo and keto ultimately do more harm than good. Plants contain fiber, and fiber is the preferred food of these gut microbes. Eating a large array of plants feeds as many of the microbes as possible, and removing specific foods from your diet deprives them.  We are now at a point where most people are completely disconnected from the source of their food. Getting connected with local farmers, going to the farmers market and eating both locally and seasonally is how we can become reconnected to our foods.

While probiotics are beneficial for many people, it’s important to remember that gut microbiomes are all different and will not respond the same way to the same supplements. Microbes feed on prebiotics such as fiber, starches and polyphenols and, combined with probiotics, transform them into short chain fatty acids. This is where we really get the benefits. If you’re consuming enough fiber, your body will tell you when to stop eating. Dr, B thinks of the gut as a muscle which can be trained.

Finally, Dr. B offers some guidance as to how you can get started healing your gut. There are many different forms of healthy diets that exist, but Dr. B stresses having plant diversity within your diet is essential to human health. He also speaks of the many benefits of eating fermented foods such as miso, kombucha, tempeh and sauerkraut. In closing, Dr. B breaks down the direct and powerful connection between the gut and the brain.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

00:01 - Nick introduces today’s episode with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

01:06 - Introduction to The Bare Performance Podcast

2:50 - How Dr. B got interested in gut health

8:10 - Was there pushback when Dr. B began talking about gut health?

10:35 - Explaining microbiome diversity 

16:30 - Discussing biodiversity

19:40  -The downside to elimination and restriction diets

23:40 - The importance of reconnecting with our food sources

28:35 - Discussing probiotics and prebiotics

34:50 - Thinking of the gut as a muscle

48:05 - How you can start healing your gut

53:10 - The connection between the gut and brain

Links:

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Learn more about Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

Check out Dr. B’s book, Fiber Fueled

Aug 04, 2021
#79 - Sleep, Recovery & Performance Strain Tracking With Whoop Founder Will Ahmed
51:53

In today’s episode, we hear from CEO and Founder of Whoop, Will Ahmed. Whoop provides daily personalized fitness, sleep, and recovery data delivered to you in real time. Will developed the concept while at Harvard when he realized he was overtraining for his squash team.

Will began researching technology that he could wear or use to help him understand what was happening in his body while he was training. He tried everything from step counters to pulse oximeter readers but didn’t find anything that was right for him. That’s when the concept of Whoop was born. In his research, he came across information on heart rate variability and how other athletes had used it in the past to determine their training schedule. The CIA and cardiologists had also researched used it as a predictive metric for lie detection and heart problems.

For Will the big leap of faith for Whoop was how to run a company, but by the end of his senior year at Harvard, he had a big prototype. With his partners he was able to raise about three hundred thousand dollars in the first round of investing from friends, family and angel investors who believed in the business and technology. In year one the team focused mostly on research and development, while year two focused on fixing bugs, design, and scaling the production of the product. He wanted to begin targeting top tier athletes to prove the technology would resonate for the best of the best. Two of their early customers were Lebron James and Michael Phelps. That strategy validated the technology and made the brand aspirational.

It’s not easy to target top tier athletes for a sales pitch. Will explains that you have to first target someone in that athlete's life other people don’t necessarily know. Back in 2014 athlete’s personal trainers were not super well known, so Will targeted Lebron and Michael’s personal trainers to get them to buy into the technology first. Confidence is built off of wins, for Will he always visualized where he wanted to go, so he’s not surprised by how far they’ve come. He says keep your feet on the ground and your eyes in the sky. Will keeps thinking about how to make the technology disappear. Maybe that means hiding it in clothing, or it means having the option to put the technology inside of you.

Then, Nick asks Will about how Whoop has changed his habits. One of the biggest things he learned wearing Whoop was the negative effects on his body from drinking alcohol. He still has the occasional drink, but nowhere near what he used to have, it’s one of the easiest ways he changed his life. He also is now more aware of restorative sleep by trying to keep his time in bed high value through REM and slow wave sleep. He’s increased his restorative sleep through not eating too late, drinking lots of water, and wearing blue light blocking glasses. He also sleeps in a cold dark environment. You can only manage what you measure, so Whoop allows him to manage his sleep and leverage his time in bed.

Right now, Whoop has a tactical focus within the company because Will believes we can improve not just the time spent in the field but also recovery time at home as well. This data can help those who suffer with PTSD to know when to go back into the field. Routine is important, so Will explains that things like sleep and exercise routines are important to having good recovery times. Being in routine is incredibly important and knowing what is going on in your body is integral to health and training.

Timestamps:

1:30 - Host Nick Bare introduces podcast and guest Will Ahmed

7:08 - Will explains heart rate variability

10:27 - The evolution of fitness technology

15:42 - Year one of Whoop

19:30 - How Whoop targeted top tier athletes

22:07 - Whoop’s first win

34:14 - How Whoop has changed Will’s habits

39:40 - Whoop and the military

47:50 - The future of Whoop

Links:

Connect with Will on LinkedIn

Check out Whoop

Listen to the Whoop podcast

Check out the Bare Performance Nutrition website

Aug 02, 2021
#78 - Running Across America In 84 Days With Hella Sidibe
53:31

Hellah Sidibe is the first black man to run across America. Covering 3,061 miles in 84 days, Hellah has spent many years cultivating a mindset of growth, perseverance and positivity that has kept him committed to reaching all of the goals and dreams he has for his life. Today, Hellah shares how fitness first became a part of his life and the methods and techniques he used throughout his transcontinental run to allow him to combat illness, injury and self doubt.

Born in Mali, Africa, Hellah moved to the United States during his teenage years and describes what the initial transition was like for him and his family. Playing soccer throughout his school years and well into college, Hellah reveals to Nick how he initially disliked running as it was often used as a means of discipline during practices.

The conversation then shifts to how Hellah deals with common mental blocks that often come up for athletes who embark on great physical feats. Hellah shares how he has worked to strengthen his mindset and how he uses his lowest moments as a source of motivation.

Nick then dives into the day-to-day details of a transcontinental runner’s life. Hellah reveals how running started out as a personal goal, with the desire to run every day for two weeks. Two weeks turned into one year, which then turned into two years averaging anywhere from 5-7 miles a day. Ready to do something bigger than himself, Hellah used the quarantine period of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic to train. With the desire to make it from Los Angeles to New York in 85 days or less, Hellah describes what those first few days were like starting out and how he learned to deal with injuries, the unique challenges of the terrain, and how to coordinate breaks throughout the day. He very quickly developed consistent routines around nutrition, sleep habits, and physical recovery techniques.

Even after the completion of his run across America, Hellah still got up the very next day and went for a run. The episode concludes with Nick and Hellah sharing their everyday habits and morning routines that allow them to get centered for the day ahead. When it comes to running, they advocate that the key to success is to not give yourself the choice as to whether or not you will run that day. If you have something you’re passionate about, find your reason for doing, and when you consistently show up, both Nick and Hellah believe that great things will undoubtedly happen.

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Timestamps:

00:01 - Nick introduces today’s episode with Hellah Sidibe.

01:06 - Introduction to The Bare Performance Podcast.

02:40 - The source of Hellah’s positivity.

04:54 - The transition from Africa to the United States.

07:55 - How fitness became a part of Hellah’s life.

09:19 - Using the tough days to strengthen your mindset.

12:51 - Coping with self doubt.

14:23 - Running across America.

17:21 - Hellah’s methods of physical training.

21:43 - What those first few days were like.

23:31 - A day in the life of a transcontinental run.

29:11 - What was going through Hellah’s head while running.

32:27 - The importance of recovery.

38:24 - Hellah’s everyday morning routine.

39:44 - Give Yourself No Choice: What happens when you consistently show up.

44:35 - Life after Hellah’s transcontinental run.

49:19 - Final Words: Find Your Reason For Doing

Links:

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Learn more about Hellah Sidibe’s run on his website.

Connect with Hellah Sidibe on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter.

Purchase Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker on Amazon.

Jul 29, 2021
#77 - The Man Who Bear Crawled A Marathon With Devon Levesque
53:35

In today’s episode, we hear a refreshing perspective from a college drop-out, who moved to the restaurant and bar industry, and then transitioned to a fitness and health base. After gaining a large online presence and becoming an investor in multiple brands, guest Devon Levesque shares about his experience bear-crawling the New York marathon to raise money and awareness for mental health. You won’t want to miss this inspiring story!

Devon opens with sharing his desire to do everything in his power to live before dying. He dives into his story and background, providing a context for what he has accomplished.

Devon’s life was shaped by his time at Valley Forge Military Academy and Long Island University. After his father took his own life when Devon was just 16yrs old, Devon’s mom noticed the need to be surrounded by people and structure. Devon excelled at playing sports, but he needed to make money and soon saw business as a future over sports. Starting with simple bar tending and promotion, Devon worked his way up and his videos started going viral. With brands starting to reach out, Devon held fast to his belief that his reputation is his most valued asset that needs to be protected. Devon started trading time for equity to build a portfolio and maintain authenticity. Devon emphasizes that he is completely in control of his life; the outcomes are up to him and he is not playing victim card.

The conversation shifts as Devon shares about his next challenge and Nick asks about his travels. Devon is passionate about not making excuses, so he has decide that through strategizing, educating, and executing, he will climb the highest point on every continent in the world. Being a person of routine and spontaneity, Devon shares about how his days look amidst traveling. Try to stay positive and work hard. Epic mornings help to ground Devon through prayer, the bible app, showers, and movement. Again, he works to ground his thoughts before bed. The rest of his day is led with an open mind, hard work, and being positive. Listen in on his Tulum Mayan experience.

Nick turns towards Devon’s bear crawl marathon and asks him to share about what called him to go and do this experiment. Learn about his passion for impacting his community first and wanting to live without regret. Devon talks about the reason behind bear crawling and where the idea came from. Listen to the weight he feels from his father’s death, along with the 26 veterans a day who take their life. Devon learned about a charity and foundation that helped veterans to transition into life through fitness and he decided to raise money for this cause. Sharing your personal wins and losses with others is so important in encouraging and spurring others on. All struggles are merely temporary—this too shall pass. What happened to his body after the bear crawl? Learn about the aches he felt for the next 2 months!

As the episode draws to a close, Devon chats about his 29029 epic mountain climbing experience and the challenge his friend brought in completing the challenge in half the time. With a driving passion to take action for his own life, Devon shares where he sees himself 10 years from now and what life might look life.

Timestamps:

1:30 - Host Nick Bare introduces podcast

2:05 - Devon Levesque introduced

4:14 - Time at Valley Forge

6:03 - Long Island University.

9:01 - Videos started going viral

17:22 - Devon’s next challenge

21:17 - Devon’s travels as a person of routine and spontaneity

31:50 - What calls Devon to go and do his experiment

35:58 - The decision to bear crawl

43:15 - What happened to his body?

44:06 - 29029 Mountain climbing experience

50:45 - What 10 years from now looks like

Links:

Connect with Devon on Instagram

Check out Devon’s website

Check out the Bare Performance Podcast website

Check out BPN's website

Jul 26, 2021
#76 - Losing 180 Pounds Saved His Life By Taking Control & Going All In | John Glaude
56:55

In today’s episode, we’re joined by John Glaude, aka “Obese to Beast.” John lost over 180 pounds when he was 20 years old, a transformation which changed the entire course of his life. A video in which he showed his loose skin to the world went viral, giving him the opportunity to go on the Ellen Show and use his story to help inspire others to lose weight and take control of their lives. We’ll dive into that journey today and hear about the impact it had on his life and everything in between those years.

John was a key member of the YouTube fitness community when it was just taking off. He tells the story of how he began his weight loss Instagram account, which led him into the world of YouTube. In the beginning, his content was focused on sharing his own weight loss journey and answering questions people had for him. In 2014, he made the video which changed his life, opening up about his loose skin post-weight loss. After going viral and appearing on Ellen, he quit the two jobs he had been working and made YouTube his main income source. Nick points out that exposure can either be very good or bad depending on the person.

Then, John recalls his childhood and how he got to his heaviest point before turning it all around. His mother, an ex-drug addict, never had a high paying job and wasn’t able to afford healthy foods for her family. He gained weight gradually, beginning after a hernia when he was 5 years old all the way up to the age of 20. He didn’t understand why he was gaining weight at the time and underestimated the amount he was eating. John played drums throughout high school and is still passionate about music today. After not making the football team, he turned to drumming as a lifesaver. It was the first thing he was really good at and recognized for.

John discusses the defining moment in which he knew he needed to make major life changes. His weight was always something that scared him and he knew would eventually cause him to take a turn for the worst. His experience at his childhood friend’s wedding was when he got into the mindset of wanting to stick to weight loss. It was soon after at age 20, inspired by an episode of L.A. Ink, that he decided it was time. Once he was in, he was in it for the long haul.

He started off by just cutting out fast food, junk food and soda. Since these made up the bulk of his diet, he began noticing changes quickly. It’s an important realization to know that you are in control of your life and the way that you live. Over one year, he lost the main bulk of his weight, but it wasn’t all perfect. He speaks openly about his struggle with binge eating during the process and dives deeper into some of the unhealthy habits he developed. When health becomes the main priority in your life, forcing you to sacrifice other aspects of your life, it then becomes unhealthy.

As the conversation starts wrapping up, John discusses where he is currently in his relationship with food. He stopped tracking his food in 2016 and hasn’t done it since. Because of his background, he will always be cognizant of what he is eating, but he is much less obsessive over it now. The biggest catalyst in all of this has been John’s belief in himself, which he didn’t always have. If he puts his mind to something, he will do it. Commitment is a powerful thing which could go either way. For John, there’s no motivation when it comes to staying fit, but it’s just what he does through routine. You have to create the foundation before you can build on it.

Timestamps:

0:05 Introduction of today’s episode and guest

2:40 John’s initial online fitness content.

7:00 The video which changed John’s life.

17:14 Discussing John’s childhood.

22:30 The impact music had on John’s motivation for losing weight.

27:35 The defining moment for John in making his big life changes.

35:44 How soon John started seeing results after commiting. 

39:13 John’s experiences in overcontrol or unhealthy habits during his journey.

44:45 John’s current relationship with food.

47:30 John’s biggest takeaway from his journey.

55:17 Closing words.

Links:

Follow John Glaude on Instagram and subscribe to him on YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Jul 21, 2021
#75 - Why You Need To Be Seeing A Chiropractor With Dr. Scott Mitchell
47:50

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Dr. Scott Mitchell, a chiropractor at Lifespring Chiropractic in Austin, Texas. Nick has been working with Dr. Scott for the past few months after having recurring intense headaches. Today we will discuss holistic approaches to health and wellness and why chiropractics is not just cracking your back, but plays a huge role in taking care of the nervous system. Balancing your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system can have such a big impact on your mood, energy, sleep, digestion and immunity.

Dr. Scott studied medical biology in college and always knew he wanted to be some sort of doctor. The more he learned about traditional healthcare approaches, he realized his preference for holistic approaches. As he learned more about various holistic approaches he knew it was the path for him, and eventually joined a chiropractic school in California. One of the biggest challenges he experienced upon leaving school was learning to explain these medical functions to patients in a simple and relatable way. He urges his patients to take necessary measures in their daily life to reach their maximum potential outside of his office.

Then, Nick asks Dr. Scott to explain the cracking noise which often scares people away from seeing a chiropractor. Rather than bone against bone, the noise actually comes from a change in pressure compared to the noise made when uncorking a wine bottle. When joints are compressed, there is air and gas stuck in between them which is released upon readjusting. There are so many chiropractic techniques out there, and not all of them produce the cracking noise but still have great results. He cautions against popping your own joints yourself because it can make the problem worse.

Chiropractors are like neurologists in their concern with the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. Humans function and heal optimally when the nerves, spine and brain aren’t being interfered with. The vagus nerve runs from the brain, through the spine and into the gut. It is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates rest and digestion. The sympathetic nervous system regulates fight or flight. Most people don’t know that you are always either in one or the other. Realignment releases tension off of the vagus nerve, which allows for connection between the brain and gut. Correcting your alignment will also improve your overall health and help you actually absorb nutrients in the food you consume.

Next, they discuss the reasons people in today’s work have more issues with alignment. Since quarantine, Dr. Scott’s practice has doubled. Looking down at your phone and computer or sitting in a chair incorrectly can cause huge misalignment issues over time. The pain you’re feeling is your body telling you what you need to adjust. When you’re out of alignment, your dentate ligaments, which anchor your spinal cord, will start to put a twist on the spinal cord itself. Tension on the nerves will affect your ability to shorten and lengthen, impacting the signal between brain and body. Adjusting takes the pressure off the spinal cord by allowing the dentate ligaments to become even on both sides.

Finally, Dr. Scott gives some pointers as to what you can do in your everyday life to help your alignment. Going to a chiropractor’s office will give you the opportunity to receive personalized advice based on your own lifestyle. He also offers advice for the ultimate way to sleep to avoid misalignment and the best shoes to wear. After being unaligned for so long, your body will naturally want to return to that state after being realigned. This is why seeing a chiropractor is a lifestyle choice as a treatment for life’s natural stresses.

Timestamps:

00:00 - Introduction of today’s episode and guest

3:50 - Dr. Scott’s introduction to holistic approaches

9:40 - Dr. Scott’s realization that chiropractics was his life purpose

11:27 - What is the crack you hear?

14:55 - Good vs. bad chiropractors.

18:10 - Chiropractic and the parasympathetic nervous system. 

22:40 - The balance between performance and recovery.

25:25 - The benefit of starting adjustments early in life.

27:50 - Why do people in today’s world have more alignment issues?

32:35 - What happens to the spine when you are out of alignment.

34:15 - What can people do in their daily life to help their alignment?

36:00 - Is there an optimal way to sleep for alignment?

37:09 - What are the best shoes to wear?

44:45 - Chiropractics as a lifestyle.

Links:

Learn more about Dr. Scott Mitchell.

Learn more about Lifespring Chiropractic.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Jul 16, 2021
#74 - Navigating Life After Military Trauma With Medal Of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer
01:27:37

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Dakota Meyer, a former sniper in the U.S. Marines and a Medal of Honor recipient. In today’s episode, we dive deep into some topics which haven’t been brought up before on the podcast. You will hear Dakota’s journey through trauma from his time in the military and things he has tried to overcome it and what he is currently working on. 

As the conversation kicks off, Dakota shares some insight into his latest liquid nutrient IV business venture Dash IV. Taking IVs in the military is a common occurrence, and the idea came to him while he was in the Marine Corps. One of Dakota’s greatest pleasures in life is watching others succeed, which is the goal of this company and their team. The idea is very much in line with the values of Nick and BPN, who advocate for health and wellness over peak performance. Dakota speaks of his own issues struggling with nutrition and the biggest lesson he learned from it, which is that you can’t outwork a poor diet.

Then, they discuss how detrimental stress can be on the body, affecting cognitive ability, performance, sleep and more. Dakota believes that where you really challenge someone, rather than asking them what their goals or priorities are, is when they are asked what they are willing to sacrifice to achieve the goal. The bigger the goal, the more sacrifice it’s going to require, which Nick is a prime example of. Dakota urges everyone listening to really examine your daily activities and the people in your life to determine whether they are truly adding something of value.

Dakota believes the vindictive, angry and darker side of his personality is what drew him to the military. On a trip to Mexico, he experimented with DMT and had the realization that he no longer wanted to bring back the person he was before. The people who have nothing to turn to after leaving the military are the ones who have the hardest time. Often, people are so overwhelmed by the world’s negativity that they can’t even focus their attention enough to look internally. Instead of focusing your attention on the broader world, Nick urges listeners to focus on positive impact within your immediate circle. Dakota recently became a firefighter and speaks of the selfless and kind nature of the people there. Initially, he joined as a volunteer during his free time, but it was meeting the guys which inspired him to join the crew full time.

Next, Dakota dives into the trauma, terror and sacrifice involved when serving in the military, which is often overlooked by outsiders. It is a feeling that could never be replicated or understood unless you’ve experienced it first hand. He says we have to start humanizing things again, be more thoughtful and relearn how to connect. Then, he dives into the difficult expectations put upon him as a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Everyone, himself included, is ultimately searching for something and learning along the way. Today’s cancel culture only inhibits people from making mistakes and growing from them, turning people into robots who are afraid to do or say things that may go against the grain of what is deemed “correct”. 

After you die, it isn’t what you had that will be remembered, but how you treated others and what you did for them. Nobody is guaranteed a future or the opportunity to do good later on. You have to take the opportunity you have, right now. Dignity changes the world. The harder a transition, the more growth that is taking place.

Timestamps:

00:05 Introduction of today’s episode and guest

10:38 - Dakota’s latest business venture, Dash IV

14:17 - Performance vs. health and wellness.

18:35 - The effects of stress on the body 

24:50 - What are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your goals?

28:44 - Reexamining the people and activities in your life.

35:00 - The experience that opened Dakota’s eyes to the person he was vs. who he wanted to be moving forward.

50:05 - Living your life by your own standards

55:47 - Why Dakota started working as a firefighter.

58:25 - The trauma and sacrifice of being in the military often overlooked.

1:05:30 - The expectations involved by receiving the Medal of Honor.

1:07:45 - Discussing today’s cancel culture.

1:12:05 - The importance of having dignity and doing the right thing, right now.

Links:

Learn more about Dakota Meyer.

Learn more about Dash IV.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Jul 12, 2021
#73 - Hard Work Proven With A Second Round Draft Pick In The NFL | Taylor Rapp
55:51

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Taylor Rapp, BPN athlete and free safety for the Los Angeles Rams. In this episode, we’ll hear about his journey from high school to college where he played for Washington, then getting drafted to play for the NFL. We’ll hear his views and ideas on nutrition, his on and off-season training and the mindset and hard work which has led to his success. 

Taylor discovered his love of sports while playing baseball as an adolescent, but the slowness of the games led to his burnout of the sport. He then pivoted to football, and ever since has dedicated everything to achieve his goal of playing professionally. He had scholarship offers from many huge universities, but ultimately decided to stay in his home state and accepted the offer to play at the University of Washington. Taylor believes he wasn’t born gifted or ultra talented, but that his work ethic and determination is what ultimately propelled him in life. In high school, he gave up a social life and anything else that may deter him from reaching his goals. This mindset of always working towards the next big step followed him into college and remains with him today.

Taylor described his frustration over not being selected on the first day of the draft. However, he believes this adversity only made him stronger in the end and he is grateful for the way things played out. After being drafted, players are thrown into their new team right away and the dynamic between newcomers and veterans can be touchy. Because of the corporate and cutthroat nature, Taylor wouldn’t say playing for the NFL was what he expected in his early aspirational days. The love and enjoyment of the game often gets stripped away from players.

As a professional athlete, nutrition plays a huge role in Taylor’s life. After entering college, he became more nutrition-conscious as a way to separate himself from other players and propel him closer to his goals. Now, he is even more knowledgeable and conscious of the relationship between nutrition and performance. He recalls the reflection he had with himself which led him to take himself to a whole new level. Since, he has increased his carb intake to a more efficient amount, which has enabled him to endure his workouts better and think more clearly. He also speaks of the importance of sodium and electrolytes in retaining hydration.

Next, Taylor gives a look into his different recovery methods. Everyone is different in what kind of recovery works best for them, and he shares his favorite methods. He also shares his favorite sources of carbohydrates as well as his favorite fruits and vegetables with emphasis on plant diversity. 

As the episode draws to a close, we get a look into how training differs on vs. off-season, with off season being the most intense. About 2 weeks out from training camp is when they usually hit their maximum volume, then decrease leading up to the camp. The method is down to a precise science to preserve the athlete’s health and endurance levels.

Timestamps:

00:05 Introduction of today’s episode and guest

02:48 Taylor’s background in playing sports

12:14 Discussing work ethic, prioritizing yourself and following your dreams

15:30 Taylor’s college experience and mindset of “go one more”

18:20 Overcoming adversity

21:00 Discussing the transition between after being drafted

23:40 Does playing for the NFL live up to the hype?

26:05 Taylor’s perspective on nutrition

30:05 How increasing his carb intake has elevated Taylor’s performance

33:01 Importance of sodium in retaining hydration

38:00 - Methods of recovery

43:10 - Taylor’s favorite foods

45:25 - Intensity of training on vs. off season 

Links:

Learn more about Taylor Rapp.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Jul 05, 2021
#72 - How Joining The Army Changed My Life
34:13

With today’s episode being recorded the day after the birthday of the United States Army, Nick takes this opportunity to discuss how his experience in the army not only changed his life, but has gotten him to where he is today as a leader, business owner, as well as the author of the motivational book, 25 Hours a Day: Going One More to Get What You Want.

With a military family history, Nick jumps right in by describing the exact moment he knew that he, too, wanted to join the army. He credits this moment of inspiration to his cousin Matt. Having been deployed in Afghanistan, Nick remembers the night that Matt returned home to a family dinner as a changed man. Carrying with him a quality of honesty, pride and respect, Nick felt, just like his cousin, that he also had an obligation to be of service.

Having been awarded an ROTC program scholarship, Nick graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) with a degree in Nutrition. His first duty station took him to Fort Benning, Georgia, where Nick describes this moment as the instant he knew he had truly grown up. With the goal of becoming a U.S. Army Infantry Officer, Nick used his time in Georgia to prepare for his future role at his next duty station as a platoon leader, leading and training other more experienced soldiers than he. Although fearful, Nick embraced a major mindset shift and shares the new perspective he developed around success and what it takes to get there.

While passionate, Nick’s journey did not come without its setbacks. During his time at Ranger School, a 3 phase program laid out over the course of 61 days, Nick found himself having to start over after failing Phase 1. Graduating after 145 days, Nick feels the skills he gained during his time in training were invaluable in terms of teamwork, motivation and perseverance. Not only that, but Nick is adamant about the fact that his infantry skills are also directly applicable to building a business.

Nick goes on to reflect on his time at Fort Hood, describing all that he learned from those around him including his fellow squad leaders, sergeants, and soldiers. He speaks candidly about what it was like to eventually transition out of the army and focus solely on Bare Performance Nutrition (BPN) and the time it took for him to rediscover a sense of purpose.

Now focused on helping others improve their lives and reach their goals, Nick feels that being in the army has truly changed his life for the better. Nick provides his parting words to listeners, solidifying his belief that choosing to serve in the U.S. Army was the best decision he ever made.

Thanks for tuning in and remember to leave a review and share with a friend!

Timestamps:

00:01 - Nick introduces today’s episode.

01:00 - Introduction to The Bare Performance Podcast.

01:42 - What made Nick join the U.S. Army.

04:34 - Nick’s thoughts on ROTC programs.

08:07 - Nick graduates as an infantry officer and heads for Fort Benning, Georgia.

09:57 - The moment you know you’ve truly grown up.

12:37 - Mindset Shifts: Growth is a Choice.

14:54 - How Nick applies what he’s currently reading to all areas of his life.

16:15 - The lifelong impact of Ranger School.

21:10 - How infantry skills are directly applicable to building a business.

22:38 - The Next Chapter: Nick arrives at Fort Hood, Texas.

26:58 - What Nick learned about working with a team.

28:16 - How being in the military got Nick to where he is today.

29:43 - Life after the military: Bare Performance Nutrition (BPN).

32:09 - Nick’s parting words to listeners.

Links:

Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

Connect with Nick Bare on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Purchase Nick’s book 25 Hours a Day on Amazon.

Purchase What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith on Amazon.

Jun 28, 2021
#71 - Life Perspective and Experience Are Essential To Mature Actions Without Ego
01:13:39

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Wyatt Knight, Executive Assistant at Bare Performance Nutrition. This episode is jam packed with information on the equation that perspective plus life experience equals maturity. You’ll hear how you can change not only your own life but the lives of those around you. Wyatt has been with BPN for just five months, but feels like he has already accomplished enough for a lifetime.

Ten years ago, Wyatt was working in Harlem, New York, at a non-profit to teach lacrosse to inner city youth. The experience was eye opening for him to say the least. He recalls a moment in which he realized that he had to make the most of the life he was given, and has been on a journey to uncover what exactly that means to him ever since. He felt called to Austin, and in the midst of the pandemic relocated to the city with his wife. His advice for anyone seeking out their dream job is to put yourself out there and put your ego aside. It was while working at BPN’s warehouse during Black Friday that Nick noticed Wyatt’s work ethic and knew he needed to have him on the team. 

Helping others to reach their highest level is what really drives Wyatt in life. He recognizes that in order to help others, you have to help yourself first. He recalls his involvement with lacrosse in high school and college. It was through networking at the University of Virginia that he heard about Harlem Lacrosse, and committed immediately to help open the non-profit. Nick then expands upon the notion that life is not a clear-cut path with a definitive timeline. If you aren’t where you want to be right now, consider it a blessing and a stepping stone to change your life. Rather than measuring your life in terms of career, measure it in experiences and networking instead.

Then, Wyatt reflects on the previous 10 years of his journey. Having checked off several things on his list of life accomplishments, he and his wife decided to move to Florida. He has been involved with nonprofits, corporate sectors, self employed, has had lots of money and no money at all and worked in Eastern Kentucky. When he began making health and wellness a top priority, he realized it was the key to a better world. The community you want to live in starts with you taking care of your own life, which BPN is a true testament of. Wyatt believes every instance he has willingly put himself out there and set his ego aside has worked to get him to where he wants to be. He tells the story of meeting his wife as one of many examples of this.

At Bare Performance Nutrition, people always come first. It’s the individual people who create the community and the right person is a force multiplier. This is why the hiring process is so important and non-traditional. Wyatt is just one example of a BPN team member who goes above and beyond expectations. He stresses the importance of getting involved and helping those in your own community to make the world a better place.

Wyatt considers everyone a student of life. His interest in history began in elementary school and continued as he majored in the subject in college. To him, history is a collection of people, moments and opportunities that make up the puzzle pieces of society. Instead of pointing the blame at others, his advice is to set your ego aside and figure out how to address the issues you may blame others for. 

In closing, Nick reiterates the takeaway of today’s conversation, which is that experience and perspective is everything. For most people, ego and passions get the best of them. There’s no substitute for pure perspective and experience.

Timestamps:

0:05 Introduction of today’s episode and guest.

3:38 - Hiring process at BPN.

7:15 - Wyatt’s journey and how he got involved with the BPN.

17:06 - How Wyatt came to work with the Harlem Lacrosse non-profit.

26:38 - Reflections of the previous 10 years of Wyatt’s journey.

29:40 - How BPN’s work connects with the community.

40:30 - Don’t be afraid to go after the things you want.

47:23 - How Wyatt met his wife.

54:10 - Importance of helping those in your community.

1:02:00 - Wyatt’s passion for history.

1:11:06 - Closing words and takeaways.

Links:

Connect with Wyatt.

Learn more about Bare Performance Nutrition.

Jun 21, 2021
#70 - Running 100 Miles On A Treadmill With A Low Carb Diet | Zach Bitter
58:40

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

Jun 14, 2021
#69 - Turning Dirt Into Soil & Why It Matters For The Health Of Our Nutrition
01:02:08

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 eri@soilfoodweb.com or info@soilfoodweb.com.

Shop BPN through our website

Jun 07, 2021
#68 - Optimizing Your Health Through Your Gut and Plant Diversity with Chef Dan Churchill
01:21:10

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

 

Jun 01, 2021
#67 - What I'm Reading, Studying and Working On | Red Light Therapy, Soil Regeneration and Increasing Bowl Volume With Purple Sweet Potatoes
49:09

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Nick's website: https://www.nickbare.com

 

May 24, 2021
#66 - The Bare Standard | A New Brand Initiative
31:05

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

The Bare Standard: https://www.bareperformancenutrition.com/pages/the-bare-standard

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

May 18, 2021
#65 - Life Changing Moments After A Home Break In With Adam Klink
44:19

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

May 12, 2021
#64 - Challenge Cancun Triathlon Race Recap & Nick's Next Endurance Race Announced
42:01

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

May 10, 2021
#63 - Helping Military Veterans Transition Through Fitness With Mike Erwin (Team RWB)
47:30

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Team RWB: https://www.teamrwb.org

 

May 03, 2021
#62 - Your Questions Answered (Ep 6)
01:23:52

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Apr 27, 2021
#61 - How To Implement "Go One More" Into Your Life With 5 Daily Disciplines
33:41

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Apr 26, 2021
#60 - From Pro Tennis Player To Pro Triathlete With Natasha Van Der Merwe
59:16

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Natasha's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natashavdm81

Natasha's Coaching Business: https://www.nvdmcoaching.com

 

Apr 19, 2021
#59 - The Journey To A Sub 3-Hour Marathon
42:33

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Apr 12, 2021
#58 - An Inside Look At The Life Of An Olympic Runner With Nick Symmonds
59:10

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick Bare's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Apr 05, 2021
#57 - Losing 165 Pounds And Running A Marathon With Tony Reyes
43:50

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Mar 30, 2021
#56 - EGO WILL KILL YOU
30:39

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Nov 28, 2020
#55 - My Ironman Training Workout Schedule + Diet
34:21

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Nov 17, 2020
#54 - Your Questions Answered (Ep 5)
01:17:36

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Nov 03, 2020
#53 - Ironman Prep Season 2
26:49

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Nov 01, 2020
#52 - Your Questions Answered (Ep 4)
46:07

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Sep 22, 2020
#51 - Move Fast Alone or Move Far Together
25:33

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: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Sep 17, 2020
#50 - The Evolution Of My Fitness Training (Bodybuilding, Powerlifting & Endurance)
42:52

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his evolution of fitness training. He started off training for bodybuilding after recovering from an eating disorder as a young teen, which then transitioned him into powerlifting and endurance training after the military.

Listen to Nick talk about the differences in some of his training styles over the years and what made him transition from bodybuilding to endurance training after his time spent in the military. 

Embrace The Suck Training: https://www.nickbarefitness.app/embrace-the-suck

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Aug 31, 2020
#49 - Your Questions Answered (Ep 3)
01:04:02

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare, Jordan Utter and Trey Freeman sit down and answer some of the most recent questions received through social media. This is the third episode of the "Your Questions Answered" series, which seems to be getting a great response from the audience by providing a deeper look in to the Bare Performance Nutrition business.

The team discusses topics such as business growth, mindset, culture, product development and the hiring process at the BPN HQ. Find out in this episode what it's like working for a brand with such a positive and defined mission in the fitness industry.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Aug 25, 2020
#48 - Growth Is A Choice, Not By Chance
16:50

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his initial experience using a float tank this past week and why he enjoyed it so much. Nick also talks about the topic of "growth is a choice, not by chance" based off things he has personally experienced in life and as the Bare Performance Nutrition team continues to grow and develop.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Aug 19, 2020
#47 - Reinventing The Fitness Brand Ambassador (Daniel Clanton & Adam Klink)
23:31

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Daniel Clanton (BPN Director of Business Operations) sat down with Bare Performance Nutrition Athlete Adam Klink to talk about the ambassador program and online community that is currently being built.

Adam Klink originally joined the Bare Performance Nutrition Ambassador Program a few months ago, and due to his success in the program was promoted to a full-time sponsored athlete.

Listen to Daniel and Adam talk about what makes this program different from others on the market and the mindset behind BPN's mission and vision.

BPN: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Aug 14, 2020
#46 - A 500 Pound Squat & Sub 5-Minute Mile In The Same Day, Ft. Adam Klink
49:54

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare sits down with BPN Athlete, Adam Klink to talk all all things fitness, business and family balance.

Adam recently became the first person to officially squat 500 pounds and run a sub 5-minute mile in the same day. Klink was a D1 soccer player at Rutger's University during his college days, but found the sport of Crossfit® soon after his soccer days ended due to numerous concussions. He has been to the Crossfit® regionals 6 times and is the head coach at Crossfit® Krypton.

Listen to Nick Bare and Adam Klink talk about the train up for the 500 pound squat and sub 5-minute mile in this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast.

BPN: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Aug 12, 2020
#45 - Your Questions Answered (Ep 2)
57:41

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare and some members of the Bare Performance Nutrition team sit down and answer frequently asked questions from Instagram.

Episode 2 of the "Your Questions Answered" series consisted of Nick Bare, Daniel Clanton, Preston Bare and Trey Freeman.

Make sure to follow the team at the link below to participate in upcoming Q&A episodes with the team!

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

 

Aug 02, 2020
#44 - Building Your Business Allows You To Help Others, Ft. Ryan Kelley
40:53

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare sits down to talk with Ryan Kelley. Ryan is the CEO and Founder of The Home Loan Expert and Hero.Loan. He has built an impressive home mortgage business, while also helping many others along the way.

Nick and Ryan first met at the Bataan Memorial Death March and connected over their similar views on leadership, business and personal development. 

The Home Loan Expert: https://thehomeloanexpert.com

Hero.Loan: https://www.hero.loan

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

 

Jul 29, 2020
#43 - Gaining A Greater Perspective On Life & Turning 30 Years Old
12:35

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about turning 30 years old this year. As Nick gets older he constantly works to gain a greater perspective on the world, topics, discussions and others opinions.

Listen to Nick talk about gaining a greater perspective and what that means for his life, business and goals.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Jul 27, 2020
#42 - LEADERS LEAD
25:21

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about the topic of leadership and why "leaders lead".

Nick spent 4 years as an active duty infantry officer in the US Army, which he contributes as a pivotal point in his life. He learned from other officers, non-commissioned officers and Soldiers in his platoon. 

Listen to Nick break down his thoughts on leadership and what to focus on in order to lead.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

 

Jul 24, 2020
#41 - Play The Cards You're Dealt Or Fold Them
24:31

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about the quote "play the cards you're dealt or fold them".

This quote is based around the concept of eliminating excuses of why you can't and you won't (the fold), but focusing on playing the cards.

Listen to Nick break down the concept and how you can apply it to your life, fitness or business.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Jul 16, 2020
#40 - Your Questions Answered (Ep 1)
30:42

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare answers some commonly asked questions from Instagram on topics of fitness, nutrition, business and military leadership.

Nick and Trey (BPN's Director of Social Media) will be hosting more of these episodes in the future.

Be sure to follow the Bare Performance Nutrition team and Nick Bare on Instagram through the links below!

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Jul 07, 2020
#39 - The Reason Discount/Sale Brands Don't Last
30:59

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about how relying on discounts/sales as a company can ultimately drive brands in to the ground.

Every year, Bare Performance Nutrition only offers two sales a year. The first is 4th of July and the second is Black Friday. This year the Bare Performance Nutrition team decided to hold off on the 4th of July sale and, instead, offer a new product flavor release of Strong Greens.

Listen to Nick talk about why the team decided to hold off on the annual 4th of July sale and how the leaders within the company have to make smart and responsible decisions as they grow.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Jul 03, 2020
#38 - Break The Wall & Building The Right Team
28:29

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare announces the marathon that he has signed up for where he will attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon, a sub 3-hour marathon.

Nick also talks about finding "the wall" in terms of training and knowing when and how to break past this wall, which holds so many people back.

In this episode Nick also discusses how building the Bare Performance Nutrition team with the right team members has facilitated the growth of the company, especially with 300% growth in the last quarter.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Jun 12, 2020
#37 - Running a Sub 5-Minute Mile By Focusing On "The One Thing"
28:59

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about training for and running a sub 5-minute mile at 4:53 a few weeks ago. Nick weighs 194 pounds and discusses the transition of training from bodybuilding/powerlifting to endurance sports.

Liten to Nick talk about how he has applied the power of "the one thing" to his life, business and fitness to accomplish more by focusing on less.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Jun 01, 2020
#36 - You Have To Know When To Dig
33:43

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about the expansion of the Bare Performance Nutrition HQ. Over the past year the team has grown the company by 300% and taken full advantage of the momentum they are experiencing.

Listen to Nick talk about why you have to know when to dig and what digging looks like in order to reach your goals. You can expect for frequent episodes on the Bare Performance Podcast now that the team has moved into their expanded office/warehouse space.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

May 13, 2020
#35 - Invest In Yourself Now or Never
20:45

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about how investing in yourself is one of the most important and necessary things you can do in your life. 

Nick made massive moves and took absolute action in his life, business and fitness years ago, which ultimately changed the trajectory of his life forever.

Listen to Nick talk about how distractions in your life must be removed in order to take control of your life again and how too many are afraid of the opportunity cost that it present.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Apr 10, 2020
#34 - Stop At Nothing (Stop For No One)
23:13

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his mindset of "Stop At Nothing". Ever since Nick started Bare Performance Nutrition in 2012 he has experienced criticism, doubt and haters, however in order to succeed you can't stop for no one.

Listen to Nick tell some stories of people who doubted him through his journey and why people are so quick to criticize others. The largest reason, in Nick's opinion, is that it tests others baseline standard of discipline. 

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Mar 22, 2020
#33 - The Easiest Way To Miss Success Is By Trying to Please Everyone
11:51

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about how the easiest way to miss success is by trying to please everyone. In order to accomplish anything great in life you are going to have to put yourself out there to be exposed. Exposure means criticism and criticism creates the temptation to try and please everyone. 

Listen to Nick talk about why trying to please everyone is a trap and it is impossible to do it as you move forward towards your goals.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Mar 02, 2020
#32 - My Post Race Recap - Austin, TX Marathon 2020
25:06

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his post race recap of the Austin, Texas Marathon on February 16th, 2020. Nick is on a journey to improve his marathon run time and achieve a slot at the Boston Marathon. This requires a sub 3-hour marathon at a 6:50 min/mile pace or faster. 

Nick improved his marathon time by 50 minutes in the past year and continues to to learn more about his journey with endurance training after transitioning from bodybuilding/strength training.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Feb 18, 2020
#31 - Finding Your Fulfilled Purpose In Life
30:52

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about finding a fulfilled purpose in life after his mother passed away from ovarian cancer this past year. Nick watched his mother change thousands of lives through her work in special education and special olympics. Lessons Nick has learned through the military, building a social media brand and watching his mother have molded his perspective on his life's fulfilled purpose.

Bare Performance Nutrition is now part of the BSCG (banned substances control group) program. The BSCG Certified Drug Free® program offers drug testing security to athletes and professionals across the spectrum of WADA, NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, WNBA, PGA, LPGA, MLS, CFL, ATP, WTA, FIFA, FINA, AFL, NRL, NASCAR, UFC, CrossFit, NCAA, military, first responder, and other workplace drug testing programs.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Feb 10, 2020
#30 - Training To Qualify For The Boston Marathon & Shave An Hour Off My Best Marathon Time
32:16

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon. This requires a sub 3-hour marathon time which equates to roughly a 6:50 min/mile pace. Nick's best marathon time to date is 3:57 so this will require Nick to shave about an hour off his best time. 

Listen to Nick talk about what he has changed since his last marathon season and how he feels going in to the Austin, Texas marathon in 11 days (the first race of the season).

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Feb 05, 2020
#29 - New Warehouse Spaces, Building A Strong Team & Product Development in Sports Nutrition/Dietary Supplements
36:59

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick and Preston Bare talk about how a successful year in 2019 has set them up for forward progress in 2020. Although the momentum is strong and moving in the right direction, they don't take break and continue pushing the limits of the company and the strong team behind it.

Nick and Preston Bare talk about how they outgrew their new warehouse of 6 months and are currently in search of a new space which is 30,000 square feet. The Bare brothers talk about building a strong team that is vision and mission focused, as well as the manufacturing side of sports nutrition/dietary supplements.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Jan 30, 2020
#28 - Ranger School Stories: Peeing My Pants, Diving In Human Feces & Long Walks
31:22

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about some of his favorite US Army Ranger School stories. Nick graduated Ranger School in 2014 after spending 141 days in this 61 day course. These stories are funny, interesting and and provide some perspective to the food and sleep deprivation of this course.

Get Nick's Book HERE: https://geni.us/25hours

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Jan 28, 2020
#27 - The "1,2,3 GO" Method To Break Past Fears and Paralysis
19:41

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about the "1,2,3 GO" Method that he uses to break past fears and paralysis of over-analyzing situations. Whether you are pushing off a run, a workout, a project or "your next big move" the "1,2,3 GO" method can help you break through it.

Get Nick's Book, 25 Hours A Day, Here: https://amzn.to/30IcMYT

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Jan 23, 2020
#26 - What I Have Learned Through Endurance Training
40:05

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about what he has learned through his transition to endurance training. After spending close to a decade of strictly bodybuilding/powerlifting training Nick has transitioned into endurance sports. He completed his first Ironman this past year, has run two marathons and is currently training to qualify for the Boston Marathon and run a ultra-marathon.

Nick has learned a lot through the transition in terms of nutrition, training, body composition and mindset. Listen to Nick talk about the transition and what he has learned so far.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Jan 17, 2020
#25 - Learn One New Thing Every Single Day & Invest In Yourself
12:52

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast Nick Bare talks about learning one new thing every single day to get what you want. Most people aren't willing to invest in themselves by taking the time to learn. Many are often too focused on the end result and overwhelmed by how far they have to go. Take the necessary action to learn one new thing every single day and over the course of the year you could add hundreds of new skills to your arsenal.

Nick's book, 25 Hours A Day, also launches January 28, 2020 on Amazon. Make sure you pick up a copy of the hardcover, paperback, audiobook or kindle.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Jan 14, 2020
#24 - How To Make 2020 A Great Year By Testing Yourself
20:17

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about how to make 2020 a great year. You will have bad days, good days and great days but only the great days are what get you closer to making 2020 a great year. 

This year stop going through the motions and having "good days" but challenge yourself, test yourself and search for these hard days that produce great ones. 

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Dec 28, 2019
#23 - Building A Strong Team With Military Leadership
23:41

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about how he has applied leadership skills learned as an Infantry Officer to building a business and a very strong team. Nick shares 5 tips and characteristics that strong teams share from culture and energy to taking care of team members and leading by example. 

Nick and the Bare Performance Nutrition team just hit a milestone this past month with their first million dollar month!

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick Bare's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Dec 12, 2019
#22 - Breaking The Switch with Dakota Meyer
53:24

In this episode Nick Bare, owner of Bare Performance Nutrition, sits down with Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer to talk about "breaking the switch". Nick and Dakota talk about Dakota's most recent goal and objective to lose weight and get in the best shape of his life.

Dakota Meyer recently completed the Marine Corp Marathon and is working towards running another while improving his diet and training protocols. Listen to Nick Bare and Dakota Meyer talk about how their mindset drives them forward to destroy their goals.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick Bare's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Nov 26, 2019
#21 - The Evolution of Bare Performance Nutrition's Black Friday Sales
28:08

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick and Preston Bare talk about the evolution of their Black Friday sales with Bare Performance Nutrition. They first launched their first Black Friday sale in 2016, with a total of 250 orders, and today (through many failures) expect to receive between 6,000-8,000 orders on Black Friday 2019.

Listen in to hear Nick and Preston talk about the things they have really messed up on and how they have built systems to make Black Friday an efficient holiday experience for the entire team.

This year the Bare Performance Nutrition Black Friday is:

11/28 - 5PM CST to 11/30 - 5PM CST

20% OFF with code "Friday2019"

https://www.bareperformancenutrition.com

Nov 22, 2019
#20 - Nick's #1 Tips For Starting A Business
39:23

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick talks about his #1 tips for starting and running a successful business. After running and scaling Bare Performance Nutrition for the past 7 years we have messed up on many things, wasted time and money but learned how to find solution for problems. 

Listen to this episode for strategies and mindsets you MUST implement to build and scale your brand.

Bare Performance Nutrition: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Bare Performance Nutrition's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Nov 13, 2019
#19 - My Ironman Triathlon Race Recap
55:21

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare is interviewed by Stefany Banda on his performance at the Panama City, Florida Ironman on November 2nd, 2019. This was Nick's first triathlon and he finished the Ironman in 11 hours and 28 minutes.

Listen to this episode and learn more about the days leading up to the race, Nick's nutrition plan, his recap of each event and how he felt finishing the race and becoming an Ironman!

Bare Performance Nutrition's Site: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Bare Performance Nutrition's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Nov 04, 2019
#18 - 1 Week Out From Ironman Panama City, FL
26:14

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about being 1 week out from Ironman Panama City, FL on November 2nd, 2019. Nick talks about his nutrition plan for race day, the taper going in to the race and the mindset of investing in yourself for something big.

Listen to Nick talk about the discipline required to work towards something such as an Ironman. Nick also debunks two of his least favorite word (grind and hustle) and why they have never resonated with him.

BPN Supplements: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Oct 25, 2019
#17 - Paralysis By Analysis Will Kill You
23:29

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about how paralysis by analysis will ultimately kill all your dreams, aspirations and success in life. The fear of taking action, leading by execution and over analyzing every decision in your life is the reason you probably aren't where you want to be. 

Nick provides examples of how his ability to make decisions quickly and effectively has led to his success. If you are a person who is wired to over think things, over analyze the consequences and never takes the action that moves you forward - this episode is for you.

BPN Supplements: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Oct 19, 2019
#16 - Unhealthy Relationships With Food In Fitness
27:58

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about unhealthy relationships with food in fitness. Nick talks about his personal "food focused" habits when he was younger and experienced an eating disorder at an early age. After dieting for his first bodybuilding competition and becoming obsessed with tracking macros, Nick found himself again being too "food focused"

Now, Nick has learned to focus on the quality of food sources rather than tracking every macronutrient he puts in to his body and the importance of having a healthy relationship with food that isn't IIFYM. 

Get the Field Bars HERE: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN'S IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Oct 15, 2019
#15 - 4 Weeks Out From Ironman Panama City, FL & The Importance Of Electrolytes In Endurance Training
28:55

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about being 4 weeks out from his first Ironman triathlon in Panama City, FL. Nick talks about reaching new levels of conditioning and low levels of body fat that were previously only achieved through intense dieting periods and steady state cardio sessions. 

Nick also talks about the importance of adding electrolytes to your endurance training and how having a nutrition plan before and during your training can make a massive difference and impact. Listen to Nick talk about being an overall athlete while transitioning from a bodybuilding background to now endurance sports.

 

Get the BPN "GO ONE MORE" Stack HERE: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Oct 06, 2019
#14 - How To Win The Day Back
19:58

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about the concept of "winning the day back".  It is a large part of what drives Nick each and every day to keeping pushing forward towards his goals and objectives. In order to keep momentum moving you have to win each day back from where you started.

BPN: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

BPN's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

 

Oct 01, 2019
#13 - The Run One More Challenge
34:25

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick and Preston Bare introduce the Run One More Challenge.

The Run One More Challenge is an event hosted by Bare Performance Nutrition which consists of the train-up, preparation and weekend surrounding the Austin Marathon on February 16th. The BPN family invites everyone to come down to Austin, Texas for the Austin 5K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon this year. The day prior, February 15th, the BPN team will be hosting an event at BPN HQ to get everyone motivated for the following days race.

Nick and Preston also talk about some of their experiences running, what they have learned through the process of training and racing and how to set yourself up for success come race day.

Get more information on the Run One More Challenge Here: https://www.bareperformancenutrition.com/pages/run-one-more

Shop BPN Here: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Sep 24, 2019
#12 - Striving To Be The Person You Want To Be - Living A Life Through Experience Rather Than Theory
22:10

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his idea of striving to be the person you want to be.

Do you live your life searching for opportunities and experience to grow or do you constantly teach through theory? Nick believes that it's important to live a life searching for experience and opportunity to provide context behind your thoughts and feelings.

From his experience in college, to joining the US Army and to building Bare Performance Nutrition, Nick has learned how important it is to "test but verify" these theories that exist.

BPN: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

 

Sep 13, 2019
#11 - 8 Weeks Out From Ironman Panama City, FL & The Mindset for Endurance Sports
36:21

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare discusses his results from his half Ironman assessment this past week. He also dives in to the mindset shift he has experienced during endurance sports and the importance of, not only trusting/enjoying the process, but respecting it as well.

Follow along as Nick wraps up the last 8 weeks of Ironman Prep where he will compete in Panama City, FL.

BPN's Website: https://www.bpnsupps.com

BPN's IG: https://www.instagram.com/bpnsupps

Nick's IG: https://www.instagram.com/nickbarefitness

Nick's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/barelifenutrition

 

Sep 10, 2019
#10 - The "GO ONE MORE" Mentality To Dominate Your Vision
21:06

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his "GO ONE MORE" mentality, where it originated and how he applies it to his everyday life to dominate his vision. 

Anyone can have a vision or where they want to go or where they want to be but the execution and implementation is what makes it work. By going one more take the steps forward to execute your vision.

BPN Supplements: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Sep 08, 2019
#9 - 11 Weeks Out From An Ironman, Living A Multi-Dimensional Fitness Lifestyle
40:45

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about his prep for Ironman Panama City that is on November 2nd. With 11 weeks left of training Nick has learned a lot about the sport of triathlon's and the mindset shift required for endurance sports.

Nick has competed in bodybuilding shows, powerlifting competitions, completed rigorous schools in the military, completed marathons and now is training for his first Ironman.  His mind has opened up to a multi-demensional fitness approach from his original one-demensional fitness outlook over the past decade.

BPN Supplements: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Aug 19, 2019
#8 - How Scaling 750% In 1-Year Almost Destroyed Our Business
36:27

In this episode of the Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare and Preston Bare talk about how they scaled their brand by 750% in just 12 months. Although an impressive growth rate, this rapid expansion came with many unforeseen challenges which almost destroyed their business. 

The Bare Brother's talk about how they operated lean while trying to manage cash flow, predict future production orders and handle out of stock inventory control issues while growing 750% in just one year.

BPN: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Aug 01, 2019
#7 - Resiliency Lessons Learned In The US Army Ranger School Applied To Business
36:07

In this episode Nick Bare talks about his experience in the US Army Ranger School and how the lessons of resiliency he learned have been very applicable to building a business. 

Nick spent 141 days in this 61 day military course after recycling multiple times but drove through and finished the course with the coveted tab on his shoulder.

Listen to Nick talk about his experience with the school, why he recycled multiple phases and how he has applied the lessons he learned to building a 7-figure brand.

Jul 20, 2019
#6 - Talking Fitness, Business & Life with Medal Of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer
38:13

In this episode Nick Bare, host of The Bare Performance Podcast, and Dakota Meyer talk fitness, business and life.

Dakota Meyer was a United States Marine Sniper who received The Medal Of Honor in 2011 for actions at war in 2009.

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor.

Jul 15, 2019
#5 - 16 Weeks Out From The Ironman Pensacola, FL
37:37

In this episode Nick Bare, owner of Bare Performance Nutrition, talks about why he decided to train for and compete in his first Ironman Race. This grueling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run (for time) will be one of the toughest events he will ever have trained for and completed.

Nick talks about his training program, nutrition and obstacles he has had to overcome while training for the past 4 weeks in preparation for this race.

Jul 13, 2019
#4 - The Importance Of Managing Cash Flow In Business and Personal Life
36:38

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare talks about the importance of managing cash flow while building a brand or taking control of your personal finances.

Nick experienced the struggles of scaling a brand to 7-figures while trying to manage cash flow during a fast paced growth phase.

Learn how you can take control of your businesses cash flow and ways that Bare Performance Nutrition sets up their business model to maximize capital building within the brand. 

Jul 10, 2019
#3 - Contract Manufacturing In The Dietary Supplement Industry With BPN's Manufacturer
01:07:10

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick interviews Jacob Fishback from Lief Organics - one of BPN's contract manufacturers.  Over the last decade the dietary supplement industry has changed a lot, improvements have been made and it is even more regulated than many may think.

Nick and Jacob talk about the process of contract manufacturing dietary supplements, the regulation processes and how it applies to building a successful brand in a very competitive industry. 

Jun 30, 2019
#2 - The Journey and Humbling Process of Building A Brand
38:27

In this episode of The Bare Performance Podcast, Nick Bare and Preston Bare talk about the humbling process of building a brand.  The journey of building Bare Performance Nutrition took the brothers from knowing nothing about business to implementing systems for a 7-figure supplement company.  

Nick and Preston share stories from the past 7 years as they moved the company from Pennsylvania to Texas, sign a lease for their first warehouse and spend every waking minute building the brand.  Looking back, there is nothing that can beat the feeling of chasing your passion to making it a full time job.

BPN Supplements: https://www.bpnsupps.com

Jun 27, 2019
#1 - Shipping Products From a College Apartment to Building a 7-Figure Brand
25:59

Bare Performance Nutrition was first started by Nick Bare in 2012 while he was studying Nutrition at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Western PA.

When he first launched the brand he was shipping his products out of a small apartment and trying to learn the in's and out's of building a brand from scratch.

After serving in the US Army as an Infantry Officer, building a social media following of hundreds of thousands and scaling the brand to a 7-figure business, Bare Performance Nutrition is now located in a 10,000 sq ft warehouse just north of Austin, TX.

https://www.bpnsupps.com

Jun 20, 2019