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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.

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If you could only have three pieces of equipment for the rest of your life? | One Good Question

Sept. 23, 2022

Say you could only have a home gym, and that home gym could only have three pieces of gym equipment. What would they be? How would you choose? Your favorite ones? Or the most versatile ones? Avi Lieu, a USAPL pro powerl…

How do you know what you don’t know (but think you know)?

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Is the gym your church? The barbell your religion? | One Good Question

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About those new IPF bench press rules…

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Did anyone think that in 2022 that someone would need to coin the term “bench depth?” The International Powerlifting Federation has imposed new performance rules on the competition bench press. Are they really that big a dea…

One year without bathing or one year without internet? | One Good Question

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Good and evil, spitting gum, and thoughts on Suicide Prevention Week

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About the Hosts

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Jim McDonald

Creator and Co-host

Jim left the corporate world behind a couple of decades ago and became a consultant in IT and healthcare marketing. In the early 2000s, he discovered powerlifting and began to document its training and some of its greatest performances as an early YouTube fitness creator. He focused on visuals that helped the audience understand not only the technical aspects of powerlifting but also the emotions that drive lifters to lift. Eventually, he created a chart-topping podcast along with Mike Farr… just before the worldwide explosion in podcast listenership. His role at 3SB is both administrative and creative, and he’s finding the balance between those a day at a time.

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Mike Farr


Mike Farr, aka Silent Mike, has dedicated his life to supporting others in their goals and to building community. After spending over 15 years playing and coaching basketball he switched gears into the weight room. Over the last decade, he focused on helping thousands of athletes around the world with their strength and fitness goals. Powerlifting is considered an individual sport but Mike has found his role in helping others through education and entertainment using the barbell as his vessel.