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The Bare Performance Podcast is hosted by Nick Bare, the founder and CEO of Bare Performance Nutrition. We focus on topics around fitness, nutrition, supplementation and the mindset required to improve your performance in and out of the gym. Nick built BPN while serving as an Active Duty Army Infantry Officer. He scaled the brand from packing orders out of his college apartment to an 8-figure business located right outside of Austin, Texas. Tune in to learn how you can optimize your health, performance, business and life as a whole with the Go One More mentality.

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#76 - Losing 180 Pounds Saved His Life By Taking Control & Going All In | John Glaude
Jul 21, 2021
#75 - Why You Need To Be Seeing A Chiropractor With Dr. Scott Mitchell

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.


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.


Learn more about Dr. Scott Mitchell.

Learn more about Lifespring Chiropractic.

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

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.


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.


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

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.


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 


Learn more about Taylor Rapp.

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

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.

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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.


Learn more about Nick Bare on his website.

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

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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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

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.


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


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Visit the Soil Food Web website.

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

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. 


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 


Learn more about Chef Dan Churchill

Follow Dan on Instagram and listen to his podcast The Epic Table. 

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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

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.

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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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. 

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May 03, 2021
#62 - Your Questions Answered (Ep 6)

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.

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

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.

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Mar 30, 2021

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Nov 03, 2020
#53 - Ironman Prep Season 2

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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Aug 31, 2020
#49 - Your Questions Answered (Ep 3)

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.

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

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.

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

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.


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

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.


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

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!

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

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. 

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

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.

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Jul 27, 2020

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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!

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

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.

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

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"

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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.


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

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.


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

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.

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

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.



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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Jun 20, 2019