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Do you need a mentor? | One Good Question

Feb. 2, 2023

This week’s question from our Discord: EvilFern asked, “How important is having a mentor? Am I missing out by not having one? Feel like it's something that should happen naturally instead of seeking one out somehow.” J…

Our best and worst takes on what powerlifting looks like in 5 years Guest: Joe Stanek

Feb. 1, 2023

Joe Stanek of Gameday Barbell joins us for this discussion. You can find Joe on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@thejoestanek ____ Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on socia…

Ground turkey vs ground beef vs ground chicken | One Good Question

Jan. 27, 2023

This week’s question from our Discord: ArrogantFool asked, “Why do people use ground turkey instead of ground beef to lose weight when the macros and calories are nearly identical and there isn't a cost advantage?” We ki…

The Pandora’s Box of Powerlifting

Jan. 25, 2023

Where’s the line between holding an organization accountable for turning a blind eye to unspeakable acts and stirring an angry mob to chase Frankenstein’s monster with torches and pitchforks? (Are there any more metaphors we…

Can you be too talented to need a coach? | NetFlix Doc series Break Point

Jan. 18, 2023

Dean Saddoris is back to help us break down the first episode of the new Netflix documentary series “Break Point,” which documents up-and-coming tennis stars during the 2022 Grand Slam season. Gifted “bad boy” Nick Kyrgios …

Most people give low effort in the gym? | Topic Thunder

Jan. 13, 2023

This episode is about reacting to a hot take that was sent to us: Most people are putting in such low effort in the gym, it’s a waste of time! Our own Kyle Castro and Sebastian Brambila on Instagram join us for thi…

Pete Rubish

Jan. 11, 2023

Pete’s on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pete.rubish/ and his website https://www.koa-strong.com/ ____ Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use …

Should gym owners yell about stuff like dirty bars? | Topic Thunder

Jan. 6, 2023

Our own gym manager Kyle Castro and lead trainer Avi Lieu join us for this one. Kyle’s on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kyle.castroo/ and Avi on https://www.instagram.com/avi.lieu. ____ Have a question for one…

What’s the best condiment? | Topic Thunder

Jan. 4, 2023

Our own Kyle Castro and Sebastian Brambila on Instagram join us for this one. Kyle’s on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kyle.castroo/ and Sebastian at https://www.instagram.com/sebastian_brambila. ____ Have a qu…

Should powerlifting be judged by robots? | Topic Thunder

Dec. 30, 2022

Our own Kyle Castro and Sebastian Brambila on Instagram join us for this one. Kyle’s on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kyle.castroo/ and Sebastian at https://www.instagram.com/sebastian_brambila. ____ Have a qu…

How to handle big business changes? | One Good Question

Dec. 28, 2022

This week’s question from our Discord: Frequent contributor Keith Honeycutt asked, “What are some unexpected changes you have had to make to the gym or your business model since opening the doors?” Our own Kyle Castro…

Craziest question or comment from a total stranger? | Topic Thunder

Dec. 24, 2022

We’re in Topic Thunder mode for most of our episodes over the holiday break. What’s Topic Thunder? It’s the name of our roughly 10-minute “rant” show with a four-member panel who throw out as ideas as possible about a parti…

Forget resolutions. Build your legacy instead

Dec. 22, 2022

It’s the time of year that everyone is making resolutions. Maybe a better idea is to set goals. Resolutions sound like goals, but they’re really just things you want to change about yourself. They try to make a positive out…

Why do coaches need coaches?

Dec. 16, 2022

This week’s One Good Question comes from our Discord: Iced-T asks: “Why is it that I keep seeing people offer coaching but they have a coach themselves? No hate here just a good example, I have noticed Mike keeps refer…

From powerlifting to marathons with Joe Grinstain

Dec. 14, 2022

Our friend and local gym (HyperThrive Athletics) owner, Joe Grinstain, got bored with powerlifting meets and decided to find something else to compete in. He chose running, and he recently qualified for the 2024 Boston Marat…

Words we don’t want to hear in 2023?

Dec. 9, 2022

In fitness, in social media, in life period, there are some words we’re just sick of hearing. Do you have any? Like if we never heard the word “liver” again… ____ Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Questio…

Our annual fitness trends episode…with a twist!

Dec. 7, 2022

Every December for the past few years, we’ve chosen an article from mainstream media that attempts to predict the next year’s fitness trends. Then, we discuss which one’s actually have a chance of happening, and which are re…

The biggest animal you could take out by yourself?

Dec. 2, 2022

This week’s question came from Avi’s social media. It went a little off the rails, but we had fun with it. You can find Avi on Instagram @avi.lieu. ____ Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” ep…

The Liver King & The Public Persona Trap

Nov. 30, 2022

Riffing on the YouTube expose by More Plates More Dates (which can be found here -- and our own view of the industry -- we cover some of the reasons why we never bought “Liver King” Brian Johnson’s “natty” claims in the firs…

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles: The only Thanksgiving movie?

Nov. 23, 2022

We called our own 20-somethings, Sebastian and Avi, in to help us look at the most iconic Thanksgiving movie ever. Steve Martin and John Candy starred 1987’s Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The film was written and directed…

Glute activation warm ups for squat and deadlift? | One Good Question

Nov. 18, 2022

This week’s question from our Discord: SilentKilr asks “How important are glute activation warmups prior to squatting and/or deadlifting?” Do you need them? Is your ass really asleep? ____ Have a question for one…

Why does the holiday season suck?

Nov. 16, 2022

Some people really struggle at this time of year. Why is it so difficult, and what specific things do experts recommend to help make things a little more tolerable? If you’re gripped by depression and experience suicidal…

Tradeoffs when you trade in your 9-5? | One Good Question

Nov. 11, 2022

From 3SB Discord member msoli7: For Jim more so: As someone that pivoted from a traditional career into fitness/gym ownership/content creation what were the tradeoffs? Is there a best time in your life to do it or anythin…

Stan Efferding

Nov. 9, 2022

The Rhino himself, Stan Efferding, joins us to talk about weight training for kids, the simplicity of good diet, and the 10-year anniversary of the Backyard Meet of the Century. Was that meet the “ribbon cutting” on the age …