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Pro Bodybuilding: Is the juice worth the squeeze?

April 14, 2022

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…

Do cookie cutter programs get a bad rap? | One Good Question

April 8, 2022

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 lift…

Looking back – Episode 200

April 6, 2022

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…

Who needs sticking point training? | One Good Question

April 1, 2022

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…

Louie’s Legacy? | Will’s toxicity?

March 31, 2022

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…

If you could time travel, where would you go? | One Good Question

March 25, 2022

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 visi…

Will the Thor vs Eddie fight help the popularity of strongman?

March 24, 2022

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 Str…

Do we believe in “Fake it ‘til you make it?” | One Good Question

March 18, 2022

Another good question from our Discord. (See link below to join.) User “DrillPressed” asked if it was better to be confident and wrong or hesitant and right? And how do those states apply to the “fake it ‘till you make it” m…

Do your pre-lift rituals work or do they just make you look stupid?

March 16, 2022

Is there any science behind all the little things we habitually do before a big lift, a tough training session, a meet, or any other kind of performance? Do they help keep us calm, make us more likely to succeed, or better a…

Why do (some) pro athletes pick gimmicky strength and conditioning coaches? | One Good Question

March 11, 2022

Why do some pro athletes end up doing silly exercises with coaches whose qualifications seem mostly revolve around their social media following? Is it clout-seeking? Is it boredom with more conventional programs? This questi…

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty – First impressions | Plus will we ever go back to the Arnold?

March 9, 2022

The “Showtime” era of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s probably saved professional basketball and created the NBA as we know it today. The sport was quickly falling out of the mainstream of American sports conscience. CBS…

How does your personality affect your training style…and can you change it?

March 4, 2022

Piggybacking on our previous episode where we took a 300 question personality assessment, we reflect on how different personality traits may influence how people train (and live their lives). Is it possible to change aspects…

Why does your personality suck (or not suck)?

March 2, 2022

So last year we took a test to see if either of us is a sociopath. We came out OK on that one, so we thought we’d give a full, 300 question personality assessment a go. No, not the Myers-Briggs. This assessment is from Perso…

How do you get your kids into lifting? | One Good Question mini-episode

Feb. 25, 2022

We asked you for suggestions for a single question you’d like to hear us cover in one shorter episode. @arrogantfool asked us on Instagram, “How, as a dad who lifts, should we approach getting our kids under the bar? 'force'…

Why does everybody love the bench press?

Feb. 24, 2022

Specifically, why does the general public get so excited about the bench press record? We kick around this question in light of the recent 804 lb. training press by Danial Zamani. We talk about being present for Eric Spoto’s…

Bulk, cut, or nah? | Topic Thunder mini-episode

Feb. 18, 2022

Are big bulks or big cuts worth it? Will you get what you want out of them or do they (almost) always go bad. And if you’re on a bulk, how many glizzies can you eat in 48 hours? We throw out some opinions on this and share s…

Modest calorie restriction for longer “health span” and a droid that carries your lunch

Feb. 16, 2022

A grab bag of topics, including conversation about a new study linking moderate, “short term” calorie restriction and its impact on life span and “health span.” We also take a look at a motorized lunch box/ice chest that wil…

Our biggest fitness mistakes? | Topic Thunder mini-episode

Feb. 11, 2022

Maybe the biggest fitness mistake is not committing to being fit, but what were the biggest mistakes we made once we made that commitment? Where did we waste our time/money/both? Listen and see if you did some of the same cr…

Can we treat adaptive athletes as athletes first? | Guest Sam Schaefer

Feb. 9, 2022

Sam Schaefer is an adaptive and inclusive trainer, a fairly recent below-the-knee amputee – but and first and foremost, he’s an athlete. He shares the story of how he pushed himself forward through over nine years of constan…

Which sport is the most athletic? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

Feb. 4, 2022

Standing at the crossroads of the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, a few weeks from the NBA All-star game, and a likely delayed MLB season, this seemed like a good time to debate which sport is the most athletic. We came to …

Which “underground” sports will actually work on TV/streaming/etc.?

Feb. 2, 2022

This discussion started with a basic question: If Olympic weightlifting is really leaving the Olympics, will a mass audience ever be able to watch it again, and will it even survive? This brought up a larger question: Which …

Pain, Fame, and Anthony Bourdain | Our Review of Roadrunner

Jan. 29, 2022

Roadrunner -- A Film About Anthony Bourdain, was released in July of 2021. It documents the rapid rise of a middle-aged chef, turned writer, turned TV host who took us along as he sampled foods that most of us would never ta…

Which sports (if any) should allow TRT? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

Jan. 27, 2022

Due to some production scheduling stuff, we’re flipping the script this week and dropping a Topic Thunder episode on a Wednesday and a regular episode on a Friday. Is nothing sacred? And speaking of sacred, which sports shou…

After the Fear? Our first after-show

Jan. 21, 2022

After our conversation with Garrett Fear in the previous episode, we kicked around some additional ideas about the viability of powerlifting as entertainment for “gen pop” audiences. We also talked about what we watched duri…