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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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Recent Episodes

Eric Helms: What is Fat and Why Does It Make Everything Delicious? | Rewind episode

June 24, 2022

This episode completes our basic macro rewind trilogy with Eric Helms. This was the fourth episode of the show, but the third we recorded back in 2018. We’ll be back with brand new episodes next week. Original show notes:…

Eric Helms: What are carbs and are they poison or what? | Rewind episode

June 22, 2022

Today’s ep is another episode. This time back to episode 2 of the show, We dive into some basic nutrition of facts about carbs. We were joined by the always awesome Eric Helms! Original show notes: Our second episode i…

Eric Helms: What is protein and how much do you really need? | Rewind episode

June 15, 2022

Today’s ep is a rewind back to episode 1, where we went looking for some basic facts about protein. We were joined by the always awesome Eric Helms! Original show notes: We’re kicking this new show off by asking seemin…

If you could change one small decision in the past, would it be worth it? | One Good Question

June 10, 2022

This week’s question from our Discord: Keith Honeycutt asked: “(After 2 years of having Third Street up and running. Have you guys gotten to the membership count you expected or wanted to be at? Does the gym have a hi…

Is the new Top Gun any good? Is either of them a sports movie?

June 8, 2022

This is our first shot at taking a look at a huge box office hit (Top Gun – 1986) that Mike had never seen and combined that with the opportunity to watch its huge box office hit sequel (Top Gun – Maverick). Dan Stornaiuolo …

Is seeing a chiro regularly a waste of money for most lifters? | One Good Question

June 3, 2022

This week’s question from our Discord: “other_oswald” asked “Is there value for the average lifter in regularly visiting a chiropractor or is it a waste of money?” If you’ve done this, what did you feel you got for fr…

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.