50% Facts with Silent Mike & Jim McD

50% Facts with Silent Mike & Jim McD

Life’s too short to be half right! Veteran podcasters Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald 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. Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

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May 27, 2022 22 min
This week’s question from our Discord goes like this:

EvilFern asked:
Does it get tiring answering the same fitness questions for years on end?

Does basic fitness information ever really change? Is everyone just searching for a magic bullet? The ultimate hack? The One Weird Trick? As content creators, can we ever provide enough basic information for newbies?

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We took on the sometimes confusing and stylistically odd documentary Tyson, about the life and career of the often confusing and confounding former heavyweight boxing champ, Mike Tyson. Seemingly shot and edited in a style intended to convey just what goes on inside the head of one of the most electric sports figures ever, we break down what worked and didn’t work for us. More than anything, we were fascinated by all the crazy thin...
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Before we get into this week’s question, we kick around some theories about why we keep seeing videos of broken wrists and arms during squats.

This Friday’s question from our Discord -- coco5294 asked:

“When is it necessary to start wearing a belt?”

Have a question for us? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us!

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May 18, 2022 49 min
This question came from our Discord, but we decided it needed more of an answer than we usually give our Friday “One Good Question” episodes. We decided to give it some room to breathe.

Lucas F. asked:

“People often have an affinity for strength training because progress is objectively measurable via the weight on the bar, versus subjectively when it comes to physique progress. But are stark, concrete numbers a double-edged sword? ...
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This Friday’s question from our Discord is about whether you really need access to weights all the time to keep your gains. KikiSpaghetti asked:

“Ok. Imagine you've been practicing heavy lifting for months, but you have to stop. You do, however, have a set of 10 lbs. dumbbells and some bands, Ring Fit and Just Dance at home. If you can't do progressive overload with weight, can you maintain or even continue to progress with...
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We’re joined by our buddy and fellow Sacramento gym owner Joe Grinstain. Do some coaches make programing changes just to “leave their mark?” Is their worst transgression programming exercises they don’t really believe in just because they’re popular on social media?

And speaking of social media, do gurus like Liver King believe their own BS?

We kick it off with a discussion about whether Twitch is dying, and how to screw up a busin...
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This Friday’s question from our Discord goes deep. Keith Honeycutt asked:

“What are you afraid people see when they look at you?”

This has to be the most interesting and challenging question so far.

Have a question for us? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us!

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We always think of him as “70s Big Mike” but Dr . Mike Battaglino is an educator for the Department of the Air Force, Air Force Veteran, Adjunct Professor and competitive Strongman. Throughout these varied endeavors, Mike has become passionate about raising awareness for mental health, particularly for men where help-seeking is often stigmatized. In addition to raising money and awareness for Movember each year, Mike also facilitat...
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This Friday’s question from our Discord comes from our buddy, Big Tanner Baird of Massenomics: "Top 3 people you’d like to see drop into 3SB for a day pass and get a training session in with. Living or dead.” We brought in our whole gym crew to answer this one: Our literal unpaid intern Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) and our gym manager, Kyle Castro @kyle.castroo.  Have a question for us? Hit us up on social m...
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Some athletes really don’t want to quit. We all know powerlifters who should probably hang it up due to age, injuries, and the chaos the sport can bring to their “real” lives. Tom Brady can’t stay retired. Joe Montana had to hear from Bill Walsh that he couldn’t be a 49er anymore. Albert Pujols is still playing major league baseball in his 40s. And Tony Hawk is still rolling in his 50s. This highly-rated documentary gives some idea...
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This Friday’s question from our Discord. Lucas F. asks: Do advancements in tech/equipment diminish records broken after them, or even erode the standards of powerlifting? (I.e. Dan G breaking the dl record on a Kabuki dl bar that's longer and whippier than historical dl bars.) I'm sure similar conversations happened as gear (suits & shirts) advanced in the old days Dean Saddoris of Caffeine & Kilos joined us in this...
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Tony Gentilcore is a personal trainer & strength and conditioning coach located in Boston, MA. He's a co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance where he worked as coach from 2007-2015. He now owns and operates his own gym in Brookline, MA called CORE Collective where he helps regular people re-connect with their inner athlete. His writing has been featured on reputable publications such as T-Nation.com, the PTDC, and Men'...
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This Friday’s question from our Discord. Steve Waffleirongym asks: What is a really weird meal or meal combination you guys absolutely love? Garlic in ice cream? Peanut butter on a hamburger? What have you guys got? Have a question for us? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us! Join our Discord for free! Check out our gym (Third Street Barbel...
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The past few years have seen the untimely deaths of several pro bodybuilders. Are the rewards of any extreme “sport” worth the sacrifices, and indulgences, that competitors put themselves through? Has something fundamentally changed about steroid use the top levels that have made the lifestyle more dangerous? We also discuss the challenges of airline travel in the post-pandemic world. Have a question for us? Hit us up on social med...
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This Friday’s question from our Discord. Eddydrizzle asks: Is there really an issue with “cookie-cutter” programming? For example, your programming methodology is working up to a single at whatever RPE is prescribed per lifter, and then you have backdowns with sets/reps/RPE varying per lifter as well. Accessories afterward vary as well, depending on the weak points of the lifter. Since the sets/reps/RPE are all customized to each i...
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April 6, 2022 73 min
We reflect some on the history of this show and chat about the nearly 400 combined podcast episodes we’ve done together. In addition to a few other topics, we get into the value of coaching relationships and why Mike doesn’t coach anymore, and how friction in business relationships is actually a good thing. Have a question for us? Hit us up on social media (or our discord) and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If we pick your quest...
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Another great Friday question from our Discord. Lucas Franco asks: How important/ over-hyped is "weak-point" training and do people/coaches over-obsess and misdiagnose them when the solution may be to just get stronger? That being said, when targeting weak points, do you look at the movement or the muscle for additional training (i.e. more triceps training for a weak bench lockout vs partial ROM via pin/board presses as a m...
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As with (pretty much) any story, the Chris Rock/Will Smith incident has more than one side. But does any of it matter beyond being an ugly incident in a crappy telecast of the Oscars? Does anyone bat an eye if the same thing happened in a bar on Saturday night? How many of us knew that Jada had alopecia and Chris Rock had Non-Verbal Learning Disorder going in? We try to take a look at what’s actually seems to be behind the actions ...
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We got what was really a cluster of fun (and related) questions from Keith Honeycutt on our Discord: (See link below to join.) Will time travel ever be possible? Would you want to travel in time? When would you like to visit? If you could have lunch with anyone in the world alive or dead who would it be? (Excluding family and friends that have passed.) If time travel is possible in the future wouldn’t we already know in the prese...
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We’re not strongman competitors or boxers for that matter, but we do pay attention to what moves the needle on awareness of strength sports in the general population. On March 19, 2022, Hafþór Björnsson, the 2018 World’s Strongest Man met Eddie Hall, the 2012 World’s Strongest Man in a boxing exhibition streamed for free around the world. (Spoiler: Hafþór won by unanimous decision.) Both men state that they have retired from WSM co...
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