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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

Why can’t you reach your goals?

May 18, 2022

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 …

Can you keep your gains without weights? | One Good Question

May 13, 2022

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 …

Does your coach have bad habits? Guest Joe Grinstain

May 11, 2022

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 jus…

What are you afraid people see when they look at you? | One Good Question

May 10, 2022

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…

Dr. Mike Battaglino: How to check in with that buddy you’re worried about | Mental Health Awareness Month

May 10, 2022

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 ha…

What are you afraid people see when they look at you? | One Good Question

May 6, 2022

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? H…

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

Co-host

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.