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Documentaries about star athletes who were secretly transgender (Part 1)

Sept. 16, 2021

We spend a couple of episodes talking about a couple of high profile (in their sports) transgender athletes through the lens of documentaries about their lives: “Transformer” about the life of powerlifter/bodybuilder Janae K…

Do we need heroes?

Sept. 10, 2021

Humans seek heroes. They probably always have, but is this a good thing? And who qualifies as a hero? Can you be considered a hero just because of your job title? Does performing a heroic act make someone a hero? Do heroes h…

Anxiety self-help, carb cycling, conjugate versus progressive overload questions. | September Q&A

Sept. 4, 2021

Discussion about the book, "The Power of Now" and other approaches that help people with anxiety live in the moment. Viewer questions include our funniest gym moments, whether carb cycling is worthwhile, and making progress …

Is sharing explicit content (of yourself) on social media going too far to make a buck ?

Aug. 26, 2021

This is a conversation about the limits and challenges of monetizing a presence on social platforms. Last week the OnlyFans platform announced an end to explicit content. This week that decision was reversed. Since many pers…

“Untold: Malice in the Palace” Documentary Review – How did the Pacers-Pistons brawl really start?

Aug. 19, 2021

The 2021 Netflix documentary “Untold: Malice in the Palace” unpacks some overlooked elements of a riot that broke out during an Indiana Pacers/Detroit Pistons in November 2004. The careers of Pacers’ Jermaine O’Neal, Reggie …

“Athlete A” Documentary Review – How did medals become more important than children?

Aug. 13, 2021

The 2020 Netflix documentary “Athlete A” details the scandal that nearly destroyed USA gymnastics. Team doctor Larry Nassar sexually violated young women gymnasts for decades before a shocking number came forward to tell the…

What are algorithms and why do they rule our lives?

Aug. 11, 2021

After a brief, unplanned break last week, we’re back to follow up on another of the words/phrases that people say all the time but not everyone understands. Nearly all the social media and streaming platforms we all encounte…

What makes a sociopath a sociopath? Are you one?

July 29, 2021

Since we like to tackle one health- or mental health-related issue every month -- and since we’ve developed an interest in words and phrases people use but don’t necessarily understand – we decided to look into the definitio…

“I am Bolt” Review | Olympics Kickoff with a look at one of the fastest humans ever, Usain Bolt

July 22, 2021

With the postponed 2020 Olympics finally opening in Tokyo, we decided to take a look at the 2016 documentary about eight-time Olympic Gold medal Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt. The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at (som…

Are we divided by a common language? Words and phrases not everybody understands

July 14, 2021

We asked the question, “People say (word or phrase) all the time, but I don’t know what it means. From training terms like “spread the floor” to slang like “no cap” to old school sayings like “getting down to brass tacks” we…

Fairness in athletic competition: Is anyone owed a level playing field?

July 8, 2021

Head to 3sb.co for our once-a-year blowout sale! Episode notes: As the time nears for the pandemic-postponed Olympic Games to commence in Japan, we dive into the issue of the rules around international competitions. Should s…

WeWork Documentary: Why do we want to fall for hucksters? | Review and Reaction with Dean Saddoris of Caffeine and Kilos

June 28, 2021

Head to 3sb.co for our once-a-year blowout sale! The 2021 documentary, WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn, presents what seems like an age-old story. A “charismatic” leader paints a rosy picture of a…

Is Seaspiracy really about pollution or nutrition? | Review and Reaction with Dean Saddoris of Caffeine and Kilos

June 23, 2021

The 2021 Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy, is a bit of a Trojan horse. It’s (so very) earnestly concerned with the many disconnected threats to life in Earth’s oceans, but it ends up in a far different place with a far differ…

Does being “disciplined” in the gym automatically carry over to anything else? | June Q & A

June 17, 2021

Mike brings a “hot take Tuesday” issue to the table. Is how you do one thing really how you do everything? Other questions include whether we’re getting any World’s Strongest Man visitors? Do we have hobbies outside the gym?…

Does fit/fat shaming accomplish anything? w/Kelly Lenahan

June 9, 2021

We all see instances of what many people categorize as “fat shaming” both in conversation and on social media. What’s the real intent of these comments? Is it meant to hurt or help? Do people ever make permanent, positive be…

“Super Size Me” – How did this junk food movie fool anyone? | Review and reaction

June 3, 2021

The 2004 Morgan Spurlock documentary, “Super Size Me” posited that fast food – and a sedentary lifestyle – caused America’s growing obesity epidemic. Spurlock spent 30 days eating food from McDonald’s three meals a day for 3…

Mental health awareness month special episode w/Lisa Lampanelli, Nick Scopoletti, and Beau McDowell of the Losers with a Dream podcast

May 27, 2021

Nick Scopoletti returns to the show -- this time with fellow standup Beau McDowell, and their life coach, retired comic Lisa Lampanelli. Their podcast “Losers with a Dream” features conversations between Nick and Beau about …

How much of success is just showing up? | May Q&A

May 19, 2021

We shifted the schedule around a little in anticipation of some special guests for next week’s show. This week, we address some comments and questions from social media. Is there a particular way that we’re totally wrong for…

Icarus: Steroid documentary or spy thriller? | Reaction & Review w/Dean Saddoris of Caffeine and Kilos

May 12, 2021

This month’s media review and react episode is centered on the documentary “Icarus.” Dean Saddoris joins us to discuss this Oscar-winning 2017 documentary. This episode definitely contains spoilers. Filmmaker and cyclist Bry…

Is this the golden age of MMA? w/Urijah Faber

May 6, 2021

A special edition episode. UFC Hall of Famer, and fellow Sacramento gym owner, Urijah Faber joins us. We talk about how sports fit into the hierarchy of human needs, the growth of combat sports in the past several years…and …

Sponsorships: Are they worth it for smaller brands? Are they fair to athletes? | April Q & A

April 28, 2021

April’s Q and A episode kicks off with an unplanned behind-the-scenes discussion where we explore the question of sponsored athletes/ambassadors. What do brands like ours really expect to get from sponsoring athletes? How mu…

Bart Kwan: Do influencers create culture or just reflect it?

April 21, 2021

Bart Kwan is a man with a HUGE platform, so his thoughts on creativity, culture, and social media influence are well…influential. In our second episode with Bart, we broke down these issues, as well as some related questions…

Does Power Unlimited hold up? w/Tommy and Tanner of Massenomics

April 14, 2021

Inside the Massenomics gym in Western Northeast South Dakota, an ever-vigilant DVD player spins a copy of the circa 2007 documentary “Power Unlimited” around the clock. Who better to have on deck for a look back at that film…

Do you have what it takes to lift and work at home forever? w/Bart Kwan of Barbell Brigade

April 7, 2021

(This is the first of two episodes with Bart. The second will appear in a few weeks). The experience of running multiple businesses over zoom calls, and trying to stay in shape while rarely leaving the house, was enough for …