50% Facts with Silent Mike & Jim McD

50% Facts with Silent Mike & Jim McD

Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald are entrepreneurs (lifestyle apparel company and a barbell gym) and veteran podcasters. In every episode, they try to answer a single question. Any question is fair game, but most involve health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, culture…even sex. They examine common misconceptions and then try to get to the correct answer -- often with the help of subject matter experts. They walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Full episodes every Wednesday. Shorter episodes every Friday, dedicated to answering a question from listeners. Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/50-facts-with-silent-mike-jim-mcd--5538735/support.

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July 17, 2024 66 mins
Well, maybe not precisely “death” matches, but can we build a brand new, fun, competitive sport from existing sports and fitness elements?

Dean Saddoris (@deansaddoris.ck) joined us for this exercise/thought experiment. 

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) joined and ran the board.  

Do you have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Share it with us on social media using the hashtag #onegoodquestion.
 
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Thirty-nine years after Rocky, and nine years after the last Rocky sequel, director Ryan Coogler served up a continuation/reboot of the Rocky story. This time, Balboa is not the center of the action. He reluctantly takes on the task of training Apollo Creed’s unknown love child, Adonis. Did he know about this kid before he was killed in the ring? (We never found out.) Does this kid possess the skills, the fight, and the heart his f...
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July 3, 2024 71 mins
You don’t have to be wearing a pair of American flag boxing shorts to get that Rocky is a 4th of July flick (Even though it’s set in February and was released in December.) Why was Creed wearing those shorts anyway? (It was a Bicentennial gimmick.)  

How did this film set the template for a thousand Cinderella sports movies to come, and launched one of the most successful franchises in movie history on a shoestring budget? How does ...
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Most of our friends in the industry who have trained both high-level athletes and gen pop clients don’t have the depth of experience of our guest, Jacob Ross.  

We asked him of this take on the question, “What should I do to get started as a personal trainer?” Jacob shares how he got started and the things he did along the way to continue to improve.  

You can (and should) find Jacob on IG (@jacob.w.ross).  

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June 26, 2024 97 mins
It’s been way, way too long since we connected here with our good buddy, Jacob Ross. He’s headed to Paris with the South Sudan Olympic Basketball team for the 2024 Olympics. We chat about how that all came together, his work with the NGO Matter, what it’s like opening a gym with Tom Kallas, and why he’s training like a bodybuilder now.  

You can (and should) find Jacob on IG (@jacob.w.ross) and @bebetterbarbellclub

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Nick Squires is back for one more question: Do vegans miss the foods they used to eat? And how do they deal with cravings?   You can (and should) find Nick on IG (@meatymcsorley).  

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) also ran the board and joined in.

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Not our first rodeo with this question, or with vegans among the members of our gym, but Nick is a big strong dude and a real hoot to chat with. What do you call a vegan who doesn’t really like vegetables?   You can (and should) find Nick on IG (@meatymcsorley).

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) also ran the board and joined in.

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June 14, 2024 15 mins
In the previous episode, we quizzed Mike on the top three lifters in every weight class, regardless of raw or equipped, federation, etc., for squat, bench, and deadlift.

In this episode, we cover total records. You can see them for yourself at openpowerlifting.org.  

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in. 

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June 12, 2024 73 mins
We quiz Mike on the top three lifters in every weight class regardless of whether they are raw or equipped, federation, etc. In this episode, we cover squats, benches, and deadlifts. In Friday’s episode, we tackle total records.

You can see them for yourself at openpowerlifting.org.  

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in. 

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Our Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) brought us this question:  

“What’s your opinion of people program or coach hopping?”  

Sometimes change in necessary, but when and how often?

Do you have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Share it with us on social media using the hashtag #onegoodquestion.

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We all see a lot of repetition among fitness influencers. Even the best, most informed ones fall into the trap of repeating tropes that don’t matter to anyone’s health or fitness.

For sure, the content game is tough, and coming up with new topics is an exercise in scarcity. We talk about a few of the ones that bug us the most.  

We also discussed the recent passing of NBA legend Bill Walton and his impact on the sport and culture. Se...
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This week’s question arose from a recent conversation Mike had with Omar Isuf:   

"What's your 'cranky old man' opinion?”  

Things change over time, and change doesn’t always make us happy. And the older we get, the easier it is to be cranky about it.  

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed as well.  

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May 29, 2024 43 mins
The International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) has been the only truly “official” vehicle for powerlifters hoping to compete on an international stage. The federation has written into its constitution rules that are supposed to prevent the taint of members participating in untested competitions hosted by other federations, but now it is being used to punish Sean Koch, a dedicated powerlifter from Liechtenstein competing for Switze...
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This week’s question:  

“What makes someone a good coaching client?”  

We see conversations online about coaches that are unqualified and really...uninterested in helping their clients. But coaching is really a two-way street. What responsibilities does a client have to make the best of their coaching dollars?  

Our new trainer at Third Street Barbell, Tiffany Powers (@_tiffdeadlifts) gives us her perspective.   Sebastian Brambila (@s...
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We sat down with our new trainer at Third Street Barbell, Tiffany Powers (@_tiffdeadlifts), to talk about strange lights in the sky, which generation Is which, and a bit about how she started lifting.  

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one.  

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This week’s question comes from Mike’s Instagram:   “

Would you ever be able to talk about overhead and planning from when you opened 3SB (our gym, Third Street Barbell)?”  

So yeah, we can…and we do! The financial part is definitely not the hardest part, but it’s important for sure.

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one.  

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Prompted by a Reddit question, we talked through the impact of reducing attempts from three attempts per lift to two attempts per lift. Would meets move faster? Would warmup rooms be chaos?  

We also compared the top 10 Canadian athletes and the top 10 Texan athletes. Can one state beat a whole country?  

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one.  

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This week’s question comes from Mike’s Instagram:  

“How do you organize your thoughts, wants, and plans when you’re building a business.”  

Everybody has their own personal organizational approaches (with varying degrees of success). We talk about what has worked for us.  

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one.

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It looks like changes are afoot. Instagram may be changing how its algorithm serves up shared (versus original) content. Will this entirely change the meme game?

We also ran down lists of the most intelligent animals and discussed some more surprising genetic traits (in humans). Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one.  

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Does a PR song really help you get a PR? Does the tempo of music change the speed of your cardio workout? Maybe most importantly, does it affect your motivation to lift?  

Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one.  

Listener resources:   Science on music and exercise performance: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8167645/  

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