Episode 364: Damien Fitzpatrick, Founder of PILLAR Performance Is Keeping Athletes Doing What They Love Longer

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Today’s guest is Damien Fitzpatrick, founder and CEO of Pillar Performance, a sports micronutrient company based in Australia. Damien and his team at Pillar are filling a gap between traditional sports supplements and pharmaceutical intervention to keep athletes doing what they love longer into their lives.

And we love that, and of course, we love the vegan tab on their website recognizing the growing population of athletes choosing to no longer eat animal-based products as a means to perform well.

But what we love even more and are committed to sharing is the story behind the product, the series of events that led to the creation of Pillar, and the “chance” meeting that initiated this and many of the 360-something podcasts that precede this one.

Indeed, this happens when you follow your heart, learn from your pain, and live life purposefully; the universe will conspire to support you and bring you the people that align with what you offer the world.

And this happened just a few weeks ago at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside when we met Damien. Within minutes I knew he had a story we wanted to share, and after trying the Pillar Performance product that night, it was evident we needed to get him on the show.

Damien is a former professional athlete well known for his injuries, which became a growing challenge that ultimately guided him to where he sits today and no doubt fuels his passion for supporting athletes’ longevity in sport.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • Damien’s background as a professional rugby player
  • his unique injury and how he prolonged his career
  • a-ha moments
  • do anything mentality
  • work ethic trumps talent
  • retirement and the launch of Pillar
  • getting more athletes to more start lines more often
  • why triathletes inspire Damien
  • the biggest challenge for Pillar
  • why triple magnesium?
  • timing of micro-nutrition reaps major benefits for performance
  • morning routine, meditation & swimming
  • debuting Pillar at IM 70.3 Oceanside
  • future and vision for Pillar Performance


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Episode 364 Show Notes:

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