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Life’s too short to be half right! Veteran podcasters Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald try to answer a single question without any research – then ask an expert what they got right or wrong. Any question is fair game, but most involve health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, culture…even sex. They walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

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Life’s too short to be half right! Veteran podcasters Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald try to answer a single question without any research – then ask an expert what they got right or wrong. Any question is fair game, but most involve health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, culture…even sex. They walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

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Mike talks like a mob boss now. Ditch the act.

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1766 Ratings
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5
17

Good stuff

By !T0nutz! - Aug 23 2019
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My boys tell it like it is!

Awesome

By Brazz88 - Jul 27 2019
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Mike talks like a mob boss now. Ditch the act.
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Life’s too short to be half right! Veteran podcasters Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald try to answer a single question without any research – then ask an expert what they got right or wrong. Any question is fair game, but most involve health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, culture…even sex. They walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

Rank #1: What’s the real danger with documentaries like “The Game Changers?” w/Matt McLeod, RD of The More Than Fitness Podcast

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It seems like one of these diet documentaries pops up on streaming platforms every couple of years. Why do people get so upset when they disagree with the basic premise of docs like these? Many of our fitness industry friends are up in arms over claims in the vegetarian/vegan-themed documentary, “The Game Changers.” What’s the real danger if otherwise uninformed consumers actually believe these claims?

We acknowledge that cherry-picked studies, anecdotes, and fear appeals are critical components of food docs. Rather than getting caught up in trying to debunk each and every claim, we look at the practical effects of someone believing the claims and acting on them We asked Registered Dietitian Matt McLeod to talk through this issue -- and major elements of this documentary -- with us.

Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Does using the performance of top athletes make the results more or less applicable to regular people?
  • Do the studies and informal tests shown in the field reflect reality?
  • Is it likely they short-term diet changes affect your boners?
  • Did any of the athletes shown in the film grow up not eating meet?
  • Is it really an optimal for athletes to not consume animal protein?
  • Does HOW someone implements a vegetarian diet make a difference?
  • If someone switches to a vegetarian or vegan diet based on watching this film, what’s the actual downside?

You can find Matt on Instagram @@mattmcleod6, on his website, and on his podcast “More than Fitness.”

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Nov 06 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: How do you choose the right equipment for your home gym? w/Brandon Campbell Diamond

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Gyms are closed, and everyone is scrambling to build out their home gyms so they don’t lose all their gains. Even in the best of times, it can be hard to decide what equipment you really need and where to buy it.

We got Alan Thrall’s perspective on this topic in an earlier episode. Now we’ve tapped our friend and veteran YouTuber, Brandon Campbell Diamond. Brandon is known as a connoisseur of home gym equipment and has been producing honest, straight-forward reviews of lifting related equipment for a while.

Some of the issues we covered:

  • What’s the very first thing you should consider when planning a home gym?
  • What qualities should you look for in well-built equipment?
  • Are some bar coatings better than others?
  • Which piece of equipment do you NOT need?
  • When the gyms open again, is everyone just going to sell off their home gyms?

You can find Brandon on Instagram: @basementbrandon and at his YouTube channel were he has great equipment reviews and training videos.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Apr 15 2020

48mins

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Rank #3: PC239 | Stan Efferding - My Hips, My Knees, My Elbows, and My Back | Rehab Yourself

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PowerCast episode originally released Nov 14, 2017.

Stan stops in to celebrate his 50th birthday, and to share how he used his own experience, and research (including writings by Dr. Stuart McGill), to overcome tendonitis and a herniated disc.

You can find Stan at @stanefferding on social media, YouTube, and of course, thekooler.com

Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd

PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore  PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo. 

Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald

Nov 15 2017

1hr 29mins

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Rank #4: PC202| Kelly Starrett & Matt Vincent

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PowerCast episode originally released May 30, 2017.

Our good friends bestselling author and mobility guru, Kelly Starrett, and Highland Games champ, Matt Vincent join us for a fun and insightful conversation. We cover a broad variety of issues, but we focus quite a bit on Matt’s recent career change from having a regular job to running his HVIII Brand Good line full time and his rehab from multiple knee surgeries.

Both have been on the show many times, and this conversation is pretty much what you’d hear if you were just hanging out with us.

You can find Kelly at MobilityWOD.com and on social media as @mobilitywod….and he has his own author page on Amazon.com 

Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd

PowerCast theme and opening music bed by Aaron Moore. PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo.

Created and produced by Jim McDonald.

May 31 2017

2hr 20mins

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Rank #5: Muscle Fiber Types: How Much Does Your Mix Matter & Can You Change It? w/Dr. Andy Galpin

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We follow up the episode “Can You Teach Speed?” with a deeper dive into muscle fiber types that we touched on in that episode: 

  • What’s the difference between fast twitch and slow twitch fibers?
  • Does the mix of fibers tend to affect performance? Aesthetics?
  • Is changing your mix of fiber types possible, and if so, is it even helpful.

Dr. Andy Galpin joins us again as expert for this discussion. Andy is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton, and holds a PhD in Bioenergetics.

Our ideas start at about 13:18.

Andy starts dropping knowledge starting at around 22:53.

Huge thanks to Andy for being our expert once again. You can find him on Instagram: @drandygalpin and his website at andygalpin.com  (where there’s tons of free information). You can also find his book with Brian MacKinsey, “Unplugged” on Amazon.com

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Feb 20 2019

47mins

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Rank #6: How does your metabolism work and can you really break it? w/Dr. Mike Israetel

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Your body turns food into energy, but how does that work? Can you use tricks and hacks to overcome your body’s natural tendency to be either fat or skinny?

Here are the additional angles we came up with:

  • Does eating six times a day rev up your metabolism?
  • Do crash diets crash your metabolism?
  • Does just losing weight slow it down?
  • How do you keep from quickly regaining weight when you hit your goal weight?
  • If your metabolism can truly be broken, can you fix it?

Dr. Mike Israetel comes in at about 12:19 to set the record straight.

A cofounder of Renaissance Periodization, Dr. Mike Israetel​ holds a PhD in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State University. Formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, Mike has taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition and Exercise, and Nutrition and Behavior.

You can find him on IG  @rpdrmike and on Twitter: @ misraetel

We kick off the show talking about the return of the NFL and the high cost of travel lodging.

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Aug 21 2019

37mins

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Rank #7: PC201 | Stone Cold Steve Austin Returns!

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PowerCast episode originally released May 23, 2017.

WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returns to the show while we’re on location in Los Angeles. You didn’t know Steve had been on the show before? Hell, he was on episode #11!

This was his first time on the show in person rather than on the phone. Steve joined us at Chris Bell’s house and Chris sat in as guest co-host.

We kick it off with some trash talking, and then head into a discussion of the highs and lows of his career…and life after the WWE. We discuss how storylines developed over time and the radical shift in his trajectory after he was dropped on his head on in the ring and was momentarily paralyzed.

One of the most fun episodes of the PowerCast ever.

You can find Steve's podcast "The Steve Austin Show" on Apple Podcasts, and he's on social media at @steveaustinbsr. Everything else about him including his beer and knives are at brokenskullranch.com

Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd

Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald @thejimmc

May 24 2017

1hr 24mins

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Rank #8: Tweaked back: Are you injured or just sore…and how do you get back on track?” w/William Richards of Fitness4backpain.com

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How many times have you felt twinge in your back while lifting – or even doing something that’s not strenuous at all – and thought, “What the hell did I just do to myself?” Since chronic back pain costs the American economy over $100 million a year, we wanted to look at the practical question of how to keep moving and avoid long-term pain.

William Richards, of Fitness4backpain.com, joined us to walk us through the process he uses with his clients. William is a trainer who works with people who have finished physical therapy, but want to start – or get back to – fitness activities to promote better back health. His approach is highly practical (and should not be considered medical advice).

Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Should you lay in bed, do nothing, and hope to recover?
  • What are some clues that you could be dealing with a bigger injury?
  • What’s the first activity you should try to get back to?
  • Does an ugly MRI mean you’re destined to be in pain?
  • How much does fear impact recovery?
  • Is it specific interventions or a general wellness approach most likely to get you back on your feet quickly…and help you avoid injury in the first place?

You can find William on Instagram @fitness_4_back_pain, on his website.

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Nov 13 2019

57mins

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Rank #9: PC243 | Brooke Ence – Acting with Superheroes, Overcoming Injuries, and Battling Imposter Syndrome

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PowerCast episode originally released Nov 30, 2017.

Crossfit Games Athlete (2015) Brooke Ence joins us to talk about appearing in the Wonder Woman and Justice League films as an Amazon, overcoming a painful neck injury, and learning to get past the feeling that you don’t deserve what you’ve worked hard to gain.

You can find Brooke on social media at @brookeence.

Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd

PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore  PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo. 

Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald

Dec 01 2017

2hr 11mins

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Rank #10: Chiropractor vs. Physical Therapist: Which one should you pick? w/Dr. Jordan Shallow

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We’re committed to having a physical therapist join us in the future, but THIS time we’re talking to a chiropractor. Our questions:

  • What’s different about their education?
  • What’s similar about their approaches?
  • What’s different?
  • Which may fit you best?
  • How can you tell if you’re getting scammed?

Dr. Jordan Shallow is a chiropractor and competitive powerlifter. He helps us sort through these questions, and he gives his view on which differences matter and which don't.

Our ideas start at about 12:00.

Jordan starts dropping knowledge starting at around 24:00.

It was great to have Jordan on the show. You can find him on Instagram: @the_muscle_doc and his website at pre-script.com

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Mar 13 2019

40mins

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Rank #11: “Which research studies should you believe?” w/Greg Nuckols

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New Year. New avalanche of fitness and nutrition-related studies to confuse the resolutionistas (and the rest of us). How are we supposed to decide which ones to believe?

We asked Greg Nuckols, someone who spends a lot of time evaluating research, to break it down for us.

Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Are there some sources we should listen over others?
  • Should you read the entire study or is the abstract enough?
  • What’s a legitimate sample size and why are large sample studies rare?
  • How long should a study be run to be believable?
  • If a finding is something that wasn’t the main focus of the study, should we still take it seriously?

You can find Greg on Instagram @gregnuckols, on his strongerbyscience.com, and on the Stronger by Science podcast.

We kick it off by talking about life in 1920 vs 2020.

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Jan 08 2020

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: PC229 | Dr. Andy Galpin - Part 1 - Muscle Science

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PowerCast originally released Oct 10, 2017.

Dr. Andy Galpin holds a PhD. in Human Bioenergetics, and is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton.

His research examines the acute responses and chronic adaptations of human skeletal muscle in response to high force/velocity/power and fatiguing exercise from the whole body, down to the individual muscle fiber and even into the individual DNA. Basically how the body reacts to training and other stressors. He also works with professional athletes on a consulting basis. He has a gift for making sports science relatable, and warns against fixating on one training methodology over all others. He especially warns against letting the comfortable world we've created rob us of value of being uncomfortable. 

You can find Dr. Galpin at @drandygalpin on social media, and at andygalpin.com. Get his book with Brian Mackenzie “Unplugged.” You can also find him on the Barbell Shrugged and the Body of Knowledge podcasts.

Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd

PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore  PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo. 

Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald

Photos by Andrew Zaragoza.

Oct 11 2017

1hr 55mins

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Rank #13: Does meal (and nutrient) timing make a difference? w/Dr. Mike Israetel

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We’ve heard for years that WHEN you eat can make a huge difference. We’ve also heard that WHEN we eat carbs…or fat…or protein…can be critical to making the biggest gains, or losing the most weight, etc. What’s the actual story?

Here are the additional angles we came up with:

  • Are there time windows for maximizing gains (or weight loss)?
  • Does timing matter more for some people than others?
  • Do you need to build your life – and your workouts --- around your meals?
  • Can you eat so much protein at one time that your body can’t use it all?
  • Will too much protein damage your kidneys?

Dr. Mike Israetel comes in at about 11:21 to set the record straight.

A cofounder of Renaissance Periodization, Dr. Mike Israetel​ holds a PhD in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State University. Formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, Mike has taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition and Exercise, and Nutrition and Behavior.

You can find him on IG  @rpdrmike and on Twitter: @ misraetel

We kick off the show talking about engaging an audiences, genetics, and stretch goals.        

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Aug 28 2019

34mins

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Rank #14: Will stretching wipe out all your gains?” w/Dr. Teddy Willsey DPT

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Stretching is one of those topics that seems to get a major revision every few years. What’s the current thinking?

We asked Dr. Teddy Willsey DPT for his insight. Dr. Willsey, is a co-founder of Citizen Athletics, a doctor of physical therapy, a strength and conditioning coach, movement enthusiast, and operator of Healthy Baller Physical Therapy in Washington, D.C. He has extensive experience in working with real athletes.

Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Does stretching make any difference to what you’re able to lift?
  • Can you actually hurt yourself by stretching?
  • Are you stretching muscles…or?
  • What’s the difference between static and dynamic stretching?
  • Should you do both? If so, which one when?
  • Can stretching cause permanent changes to your flexibility?

You can find Dr. Willsey on Instagram @strengthcoachtherapy, on his website citizensathletics.com.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Nov 20 2019

34mins

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Rank #15: What is powerlifting’s (nearly) unbreakable record? w/Michael Fahey Director of Westside vs the World

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A couple weeks ago, Eliud Kipchoge ran a sub-two-hour marathon. The first time a human has ever done that. That got us thinking…what is powerlifting’s nearly unbreakable record? Kipchoge had a number of advantages: running with others who were pacing him rather than running against him; vehicles with lasers discovering the best path to run in; and some special shoes not yet available to the public. Because of these factors, his record is unofficial. Are some powerlifting meets similarly skewed and should we want that for just the spectacle and the accomplishment?

We asked Michael Fahey -- director of Westside vs the World and the guy responsible for getting powerlifting on ESPN -- to join us for our full discussion of the broader question.

Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Are all the broken records in the past few years the result of a bigger pool of talent?
  • Can training methods make that much difference if there haven’t really been any new innovations in a long time?
  • Are co-efficients really fair comparisons?
  • Who thought 1,000+ pound raw squats would become fairly regular thing?
  • Do tested records mean more or less than non-tested ones?
  • Women have turned in some amazing performances in all the competition formats. Are we even capable of defining the limits at this point?

It was difficult to come to any definitive conclusion, but we covered a lot of ground. You can count this one as 100% opinion.

You can find Michael on Instagram @westsidefilm. The World Powerlifting Organizations Super Finals (equipped powerlifting) are on ESPN 3, October 28, 2019 at 1pm ET. You can watch at the link below.

Link to the WPO on ESPN.(ESPN subscription required)

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Oct 23 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #16: Are some exercises useless or even potentially harmful? w/Dr. Jordan Shallow

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Not all exercises are created equal. That much is certain. But are any of them at best a complete waste of time, and at worst, damaging?

Some of our questions were:

  • Does anybody need Jawzercize?
  • Do hip thrusts really do anything for powerlifters?
  • Behind the neck presses? Those have to be bad, right?
  • Or is everything useful in the right context?

Dr. Jordan Shallow is a chiropractor and competitive powerlifter. He gives us his take on the utility of a number of exercises, and makes some important points about the need for strength versus the need for stability.

Our ideas start at about 5:00.

Jordan starts dropping knowledge starting at around 14:30.

It was great to have Jordan on the show. You can find him on Instagram: @the_muscle_doc and his website at pre-script.com

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Mar 27 2019

34mins

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Rank #17: PC211 | Matt Wenning – Part 1 | Plus Westside Doc Update

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PowerCast episode originally released on Jul 19, 2017. Matt Wenning again joins us in studio while his summer motorcycle tour of the nation. Matt is a strength coach, multiple world record holder, government contractor, a gym owner, and speaker.

We talk about the heyday of Westside, geared versus raw lifting, and things you’re probably doing wrong but don’t know better. Part 2 will drop next week and feature audience questions.

You can find Matt at @realmattwenning and www.wenningstrength.com

After Part 1, Jim speaks with director Michael Fahey about the status of the Westside Versus the World documentary. Westsidevstheworld.com

Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd

PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore  PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo. 

Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald

Jul 19 2017

1hr 27mins

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Rank #18: PC203 | C.T. Fletcher Returns

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PowerCast episode originally released Jun 6, 2017.

We trekked down to C.T. Fletcher’s Iron Addict Gym in April to catch up with the man himself. C.T. talks about the many changes the past few years have brought, the novelty of seeing his life displayed in the documentary, “My Magnificent Obsession,” and finally being his own boss. We discussed the importance of family and never giving up on yourself.

You can find C.T. at CTFletcher.com. Also check out his YouTube channel, CT Fletcher Motivation.

Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd

Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald @thejimmc

Jun 07 2017

55mins

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Rank #19: Are jacked celebrities on the sauce? What makes a good PL gym? Plus, many other questions w/Omar Isuf

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Our good friend Omar Isuf is in town, so he joined us for a conversation in which we actually talk quite a bit about celebrity, fitness, and how Omar accomplished his recent transformation?

  • So much of the coverage of celebrities who get jacked revolves around their training, but does anyone believe they don’t use PEDs?
  • Was Kobe Bryant’s death come about because people have a hard time saying no to celebrities?
  • How did Omar know he could accomplish his transformation?
  • What are the factors that contribute to a great powerlifting gym environment?
  • Is it true that Omar has never seen “Remember the Titans?”

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Feb 05 2020

1hr 15mins

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Rank #20: Should guys avoid eating soy? w/Dr. Mike Israetel

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Seems like society makes a lot of rules for guys. Should not eating soy be one of them? Soy contains phytoestrogens…chemical cousins to one of the human female sex hormones. Should we be worried?

Here are the additional angles we came up with:

  • How much estrogen is in soy?
  • How much would you need to consume for it to be a problem?
  • Do guys have estrogen in their bodies anyway?
  • Are guys exposed to estrogen in other ways besides food?
  • What does having too much estrogen do to a guy’s body (Boobs? Lower sperm counts?)?
  • Is there any way to fix that?

Dr. Mike Israetel joins us to set the record straight.

A cofounder of Renaissance Periodization, Dr. Mike Israetel​ holds a PhD in Sport Physiology from East Tennessee State University. Formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, Mike has taught several courses, including Nutrition for Public Health, Advanced Sports Nutrition and Exercise, and Nutrition and Behavior.

You can find him on IG  @rpdrmike and on Twitter: @ misraetel

We kick off the show talking about what lil’ Wayne has to do giving up caffeine and alcohol, the lure of obsessions, the drive to get great deals, and Jim’s cold brew coffee recipe.

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Aug 14 2019

36mins

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Is it ok to tell jokes about a pandemic? w/Nick Scopoletti of the Mangina Dialogues podcast

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Our friend Nick Scopoletti trains clients at an Equinox in Connecticut, but a couple years ago he got talked into trying standup comedy…and he hasn’t looked back. Nick was the subject of some very nice comments from last week’s guests from the Shameless Sex podcast, so it seemed like a good time to get him into the mix. Formerly co-host of the Strength Squat podcast, Nick now hosts the Mangina Dialogues comedy podcast along with his business partner @thegreggalicious. Be sure to check out the podcast. They’ve had some amazing guests including Jaime Kennedy and Anthony Scaramucci (briefly White House communications director).

We hit upon a number of topics, including these:

  • How is standup like lifting?
  • What can you get away with saying as a standup?
  • What will live comedy (and lifting) look like in the future?

You can find Nick on IG @nickscopes and of course, on The Mangina Dialogues podcast.

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Jul 08 2020

1hr 4mins

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Can you have shameless sex? w/Amy Baldwin and April Lampert of the Shameless Sex podcast

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Here’s the thing: Adult people have sex. At least, a lot of us do. Why aren’t we better at it, or at least better about talking about it? We asked Amy and April of the Shameless Sex podcast to help us tackle these questions: Amy Baldwin is a Sex and Relationship Coach and Sex Educator, as well as co-owner of a mother-daughter owned online pleasure boutique called Pure Pleasure Shop. Amy has a passion for promoting shame-free, pleasure-focused sexuality education while emphasizing the deep emotional and energetic forces behind great sex and intimate connection.

April Lampert has been educating people about sexual pleasure, health and wellness, and pleasure products at a global scale since 2008. She travels internationally as VP of Hot Octopuss, an innovative pleasure product company. April was voted Woman of the Year in the adult industry in 2016.

Obviously this is a big topic, but we got granular with a few issues like these:

  • Why is women’s sexual anatomy such a mystery to…well, everyone?
  • Is porn actually a problem?
  • Does everyone masturbate or are they lying?

This episode is a little bit of a departure for us…but is it really?

You can find the Shameless Sex podcast on Apple Podcasts and all the other platforms. Follow Amy and April on Instagram @shamelesssexpodcast and check out their website  shamelesssex.com

Special thanks to Nick Scopoletti for the introduction. You can listen to his episode of Shameless Sex here.

Subscribe for updates about our new gym (Third Street Barbell) and apparel line at 3sb.co!

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Jul 01 2020

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How do you know if you’re cut out to be an entrepreneur? And other questions w/ The 3SB Team

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Our guests had to reschedule for next week, so we jumped on the mics with the 3SB Crew for a Q and A.

Probably the biggest question was about how we came to have an entrepreneurial spirit, which turned into more of a discussion about who is – and is not – cut out for the kind of risks we’re taking in launching Third Street Bell.  

Subscribe for future updates about membership and Third Street Barbell merchandise at 3sb.co

You can find Kyle on Instagram @kyle.castroo and Connor @connoroneal.

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Jun 24 2020

1hr 5mins

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What if we made a big announcement? w/ The 3SB Team

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For quite a while, we’ve been kicking around an idea. An awesome, but kinda scary idea. Some of our episodes lately have been centered around people we wanted to learn from and talk to about making this idea a reality. Maybe it was obvious. Maybe it wasn’t.

But, we’re finally ready to talk about it and make an announcement: We’re working on opening a gym – back in the very building where our podcasting journey started!

Our two other team members (Kyle Castro and Connor O’Neal) joined us for this special episode. Listen as we highlight our plans for moving forward, and subscribe for future updates about Third Street Barbell at 3sb.co.

You can find Kyle on Instagram @kyle.castroo and Connor @connoroneal.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Jun 17 2020

1hr 9mins

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What if you’re not thinking big enough? w/ Michael Kory

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Michael Kory had early success on YouTube at the intersection of healthy cooking and fitness. Eventually, he decided to open a gym, but like anyone starting a business he walked a fine mental line between being optimistic and realistic about how quickly the gym would grow. Just a few months after opening, he was quickly running out of space. Good problem or unexpected financial hit?

Michael also talks about how he approached Oklahoma’s lockdown and the temporary closure of his gym Obtain Strength in Tulsa, and his efforts to create a safe environment for his returning members.

You can find Michael at his on Instagram @michaelkory.

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Jun 11 2020

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We asked a friend to help us understand w/ Bryan Washington

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Bryan Washington has been a friend of ours for years. He’s gym owner – in fact, he owns a couple of gyms here where we live in Sacramento. When we met him, he was a trainer inside the same gym building where we used to train. We don’t know many people who have more energy or hustle. He’s very involved in community issues, in part because he comes from a family in which his dad spent half a century in law enforcement.

He’s also African American.

He’s the one person we most wanted to talk to about the upheavals in our community…and communities around the world. We got his perspective not only on the current moment, and even on events from our shared past.   

You can find Bryan at his on Instagram @theabs1er. Also, check out his gyms The Academy and All City Riders.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Jun 06 2020

1hr 33mins

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Programming note

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Quick programming note: We’re lining up a very topical episode that should be up later this week.

Next week’s episode with Michael Kory will drop next Wednesday.

Jun 03 2020

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How fast can you move when a judge says your gym can re-open? w/ Joe Sullivan

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Joe Sullivan is a powerlifter and coach. Early this year, he became a partner at Pinnacle Performance in Columbus, Ohio…just in time for the pandemic to cause a wave of temporary gym closures. Joe shares the story of how he came to be involved in, and an owner of, the gym, and how it became a party to a lawsuit that allowed gyms to open a bit sooner than promised in Ohio. Some details are also in this news report.

Business aside, we talk about his lifting and his goals. If you’re not aware of Joe’s accomplishments as a powerlifter, check them out here: openpowerlifting.org

Finally, we spent a few minutes reinforcing an important message seeking help for mental health challenges.  

You can find Joe at his website joesullivanpowerlifting.com and on Instagram @joesullivanpowerlifter. Also check out his gym Pinnacle Performance.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

May 27 2020

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How do you follow through on “GRAND” goals? w/ Chris Duffin

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Chris Duffin is a Guinness World Record holding powerlifter, a gym owner, an engineer, an author, a gym equipment manufacturer…and the list goes on and on. You get the idea.

We’ve known Chris for quite a few years, but we hadn’t had a chance to really talk in a long time. Our conversation started around a question about how the pandemic has impacted manufacturers of gym equipment, but we ended up in much deeper topics. How do you stay on top of big, long-term goals that take years to complete? How did he avoid losing the motivation to meet a powerlifting goal that DIDN’T involve competition?

Like so much in life, what we can accomplish is informed by how we see ourselves – how our self-concept informs our goals.

You can find Chris at the websites christopherduffin.com and kabukistrength.net, and on Instagram @mad_scientist_duffin.  Pick up his book on Amazon: The Eagle and The Dragon

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

May 20 2020

1hr 7mins

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How do you keep members coming back (when gyms finally re-open)? | w/ Jay Ashman of Kansas City Barbell

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Yet another format breaking episode. (We may be in this mode until the world settles down a bit.)

Jay Ashman is one of founders of Kansas City Barbell in Kansas City, MO. His gym is poised to reopen in just a few days -- after the shelter-in-place orders were put in place at the beginning of the pandemic are lifted. But his gym wasn’t just closed, it moved and expanded into a larger location.

With so much uncertainty the future of gathering places like gyms, some are declaring bankruptcy, and some are unlikely to ever reopen. Others are doubling down on their investment by actually improving their gyms. We wanted to ask Jay how that decision got made – and how can gym owners have confidence that members will feel safe and actually come back.

You can find Jay at the websites jayashman.com and kcbarbell.com, and on Instagram @fvckinashman.

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Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

May 13 2020

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What’s the future of online coaching? w/ Matt Reynolds of Barbell Logic

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Another format breaking episode.

Matt Reynolds is the founder and CEO of Barbell Logic Online Training. He’s a former gym owner, former pro strongman, and a former high school teacher. He also hosts the Barbell Logic podcast along with Scott Hambrick.

We asked Matt to make some educated guess about the future of online coaching in the post-pandemic world, but the bulk of the episode is a wide-ranging discussion of coaching strategies, thoughts about working with clients of all ages, and his take on what gyms may evolve into in the future.

You can find Matt at the website barbell-logic.com, and on Instagram @barbell_logic. Matt also appeared in an episode of Jim’s Less Than Obvious podcast. You can find it here.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

May 06 2020

1hr 15mins

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How do you stay positive when the world turns negative? w/ Jeremy Scott

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We’re living in extraordinary times (which is why you’ll notice that we’re still taking a break from our regular format). A world of great uncertainty, division, fear, and sadness. A few weeks ago when we spoke to Dr. Reef Karim, we discussed the need to control what we’re exposed in terms of media and messages due to the depressive impact on mood. The flip side of that is who should we talk to that can help keep our spirits high and our thoughts hopeful. We decided to talk to someone who Mike believes is one of the most positive people he’s ever known: Jeremy Scott of Jeremy Scott Fitness.

Jeremy is an author (of the best-selling book Make Success Mandatory), a gym owner, a sponsored athlete with Reebok, and a contributor for Men’s Health.  In fact, you may have seen him on the cover of a number of magazines and as the face of a number of brands on TV.

We discussed his down-to-earth view on why we should find the good in our current situation, and some thoughts about what group training gyms might look like in the future.

You can find Jeremy at his website jeremyscottfitness.com, on Instagram @jeremyscottfitness, and on his YouTube channel JeremyScottFitness.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Apr 29 2020

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What if globo gyms go bankrupt? | Q & A

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On the spur of the moment, we decided to do a Q and A episode on Mike’s channel on the Twitch streaming platform and take some questions from viewers there. We don’t usually act as experts on this show, but it’s ok once in a while, right?

News reports have come out this week about the possibility of 24 Hour Fitness filing for bankruptcy protection. What impact would that have on the fitness industry?

Some of the issues we covered:

  • What is daily undulating periodization?
  • (Related) What is auto-regulation in training?
  • What can we talk about on 4/20?
  • What do you say on a first date? (Check this past episode.)

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Apr 22 2020

1hr 18mins

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How do you choose the right equipment for your home gym? w/Brandon Campbell Diamond

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Gyms are closed, and everyone is scrambling to build out their home gyms so they don’t lose all their gains. Even in the best of times, it can be hard to decide what equipment you really need and where to buy it.

We got Alan Thrall’s perspective on this topic in an earlier episode. Now we’ve tapped our friend and veteran YouTuber, Brandon Campbell Diamond. Brandon is known as a connoisseur of home gym equipment and has been producing honest, straight-forward reviews of lifting related equipment for a while.

Some of the issues we covered:

  • What’s the very first thing you should consider when planning a home gym?
  • What qualities should you look for in well-built equipment?
  • Are some bar coatings better than others?
  • Which piece of equipment do you NOT need?
  • When the gyms open again, is everyone just going to sell off their home gyms?

You can find Brandon on Instagram: @basementbrandon and at his YouTube channel were he has great equipment reviews and training videos.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Apr 15 2020

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What can we say about the elephant in the room?

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No expert this episode due to some availability issues on our side.

We talk about how we’re filing time during this lockdown and address an issue that a lot of people have asked us about privately the last few days.

“With great power comes great responsibility” isn’t just for Spiderman.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Apr 09 2020

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A slight delay and a recommendation

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Today’s episode of 50% Facts is somewhat delayed but will appear later today.

In the meantime, check out this episode of the This is Actually Happening podcast from Whit Missildine entitled “What if you were a human shield?”

It’s an in-depth look at the life of a member of Jim’s family, Army vet Will Hoover. You may remember an old PowerCast episode in which Will talked about having been wounded in an international incident in Afghanistan in 2014 and some of the story of his long road to recovery.

This episode is a brand new interview and covers his life both before and after the incident, and his struggles to overcome his injuries, PTSD, and a strong sense of survivor guilt.

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Apr 08 2020

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How can you rise in the face of adversity? w/ Dr. Reef Karim.

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Challenging times right now. How retain your sense of self well enough to meet them head on? We turned to Dr. Reef Karim, a leading expert in human behavior, to help us understand how we as humans react to prolonged stress and how to survive or even thrive these crazy times.

Dr Karim is a double board-certified psychiatrist, addiction medicine physician, and relationship expert. He’s also a writer, host, and media personality. He’s served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience . He guest hosted Loveline  and was even named one of the sexist men alive by People magazine..

Here are some of the related questions we discussed:

  • Does stress just make you more of what you already were – either an angel or an asshole?
  • Should you be worried if you’re taking advantage of substances like alcohol to take the edge off our stress?
  • How important is finding a new routine when so much of us have lost our old routines during this pandemic?
  • What are a few steps you can take to come out of this situation actually feeling happier and more comfortable in your own skin?

We kicked off the episode talking about our pet peeves during this time, what we’re binge watching…and avoiding…on TV. We also discuss that we should be doing ourselves while we’re stuck at home. Dr. Karim joins us at around the 27 minute mark.

You can find Dr. Karim on Instagram: @reefkarim and at his website: reefkarim.com.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Apr 01 2020

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How do you avoid emotional eating…especially now? w/ Adrienne Ngai, RD

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The world is packing a lot of fear and anxiety into every day right now. That can complicate anyone’s emotions (and diet). It's especially for those of us who tend to be emotional eaters.

  • Is staying away from the foods we love most the only answer?
  • Why do we connect certain activities with food?
  • Can we uncover the underlying reasons for our emotional eating?

We asked Adrienne Ngai, RD, CDE, MSc to help us understand what drives emotional eating and what we can do to control it.

You can find Adrienne on Instagram: @adrienne.rd and at her website: adriennerd.com. and Instagram @capitalprotectiongroup

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Mar 25 2020

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Is bouncing dead in the age of COVID-19 or was it already dead? w/ “Fat Dan” Stornaiuolo

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We invited our old friend and training partner, Fat Dan, into the studio to talk about his private security business, and the disruptions were all facing in the wake of the Coronavirus.

  • Why do people continue to put themselves in unsafe, crowded situations right now?
  • Should you quit your full-time job to work for yourself?
  • What (or who) is Diet Caramel and how do you get into that?

You can find Dan on Instagram: @stormcloud415 and Twitter: @stormcloud415 and at his business website: Capital Protection Group.

Recorded under shelter-in-place restrictions.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Mar 18 2020

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Stuff that’s just out of reach…

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While waiting around for a guest who we couldn’t quite reach on the phone, we talked ended up talking about some things that people strive for that are hard…or even impossible to reach.

  • Similar to a recent episode of the podcast “Reply All,” we’re trying to identify a children’s horror movie or TV show from the 90s. Can you help? Check the episode for some familiar, oddly specific, and hopefully memory jogging, detail. It was about…a monster under the bed. Is it real? Or is it just the Mandela Effect?
  • Our dreams, the kind we have when we’re asleep, have elusive qualities and are often difficult to interpret. What would it feel like to have some control over them? Can you learn how to do it?
  • Can people really find a balance between commitment to long-term goals and living a normal life? Is it always tough to find the middle way between the two? Is sure seems like it.

Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).

Produced by Jim McDonald

Production assistance by Connor O’Neal.

Theme by Aaron Moore.

Branding by Joseph Manzo.

Mar 11 2020

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