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“The Last Blockbuster” | A preview of the death of retail? w/Dean Saddoris of Caffeine and Kilos

April 1, 2021

The fifth show of any month could literally be about anything. This time it’s a documentary review with our buddy Dean Saddoris. Think of it as meathead movie nerds looking for lessons for our own lives in popular media. The…

What do ya wanna know? | March Q and A

March 25, 2021

Time for our monthly swing at your questions. Some of the topics: Who are our favorite Lord of the Rings characters? Which powerlifting bars do we have in our gym? Did Eleiko really start out making waffle irons? Is our gym…

What do you need to know when starting a gym (or any business)?

March 18, 2021

This started out as a question asked on Mike’s Instagram: What did we learn in starting a gym? It quickly evolved into a larger discussion of the challenges associated with starting any business. We cover some of our previou…

Did “Pumping Iron” create the fitness industry? | Reaction & Review w/Dean Saddoris of Caffeine and Kilos

March 11, 2021

In 1977, moviegoers were presented with images of sweaty, oily, and extremely muscular men wearing as little clothing as possible. Many cultural observers believed this was the dawn of what is now a multi-billion-dollar indu…

What do regular gym guys think of powerlifting? w/Fat Dan & his brothers from the Bridge to Bridge Podcast

March 3, 2021

We brought in two of our buddy Dan Stornaiuolo’s hilarious and engaging brothers, Dom and Mike, to give an outsider’s perspective on powerlifting accomplishments – particularly their “little” brother’s lifting. Don and Mike …

How do parents (or any busy people) fit fitness into family life? | Monthly Q&A

Feb. 24, 2021

We’re setting a new pattern of episodes for the next few months. The final episode of each month will be a Q & A about…whatever you (our audience) want to talk about: previous episodes during the month, business, life, train…

What would a perfect powerlifting federation look like? w/Marcus “Filipino Thunder” Sannadan

Feb. 18, 2021

Our long-time friend and teammate Marcus Sanadan joins us. We review some old lifting footage from not long after we all met and from his recent meet. Then we take Jonnie Candito’s recent video announcing his break with the …

“Fake Famous” | What did Instagram do for (and to) fitness?

Feb. 11, 2021

The HBO documentary “Fake Famous” examines some of the ways that Instagram can be manipulated to create “influencers” with large followings (50-60% of which might just be bots) that advertisers are willing to pay to reach. W…

What do new studies say about training for powerlifting vs bodybuilding? (and other discussions) w/ Eric Helms & Omar Isuf

Feb. 5, 2021

Full transparency, the main question is discussed in the last 15 minutes of the show. In part 1, we talk about what we’ve been up to during our production break for the holidays and plans for some future episodes of the show…

Top fitness trends for 2021?

Dec. 23, 2020

Our second annual take-a-random-trends-list-and-unpack-it episode. Do trends lists offer any real insight or is it all too obvious? Has the current situation made it basically impossible to predict? We also offer some heartf…

Do you have goals or do you have plans?

Dec. 12, 2020

The end of the year has us all thinking about changes we want to make: Are there a right way and a wrong way to make New Year’s resolutions? Are you really serious about your goals if you need to wait for a specific time to…

How did strongman get so popular? w/Alan Thrall and Joey Szatmary

Dec. 5, 2020

Strongman is having a moment. More people are watching strongman related content. More people are involved in strongman training now, even if they don’t plan to compete. The bottom line is probably that it’s just fun, but is…

Sports have changed due to the pandemic. Which changes will last?

Nov. 20, 2020

Twenty-twenty has brought some major changes to the ways we do…well, almost everything. A recent article at TheAthletic.com highlighted some of these changes and speculated on which of these changes will likely stay in place…

How is training athletes different than training Gen Pop? w/Joseph and Nolan Grinstain of Hyperthrive Athletics

Nov. 12, 2020

We invited some successful local trainers/business hours to talk about their approach to training and how they built their business model. Joseph and Nolan Grinstain are two of the three brothers atop Hyperthrive Athletics. …

When and how should kids start powerlifting?

Nov. 5, 2020

We took on a topic that was posted to the video version of last week’s episode by viewer Mateus Daniel: The topic I'm most interested at the moment is how kids should begin to learn powerlifting: at what age should they star…

What kinds of powerlifting content do YOU want to see?

Oct. 31, 2020

We turned the tables and asked you a question this week. Was the dropoff in views for fitness and powerlifting videos on YouTube caused by the pandemic and people not being able to film lifts…or was it something else? Has t…

Why do people think powerlifters have to be fat? Q to the A

Oct. 22, 2020

Time for a Q and A episode: The question was “how do I back off powerlifting gradually and get in better shape?” Our answer is why do people feel like they have to decide between being in good shape and lifting heavy? Shoul…

How does a concept become a brand identity? w/Oliver Munby

Oct. 15, 2020

Our London-based designer, Oliver Munby, joins us to talk about translating the conceptual idea of a brand into the real world. He helped create the overall branding for our new gym and apparel line. Though we didn’t cover i…

What have we learned so far? (PLUS A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT)

Oct. 7, 2020

Rather than surveying what we’ve learned doing this show so far, our 100th episode is a look back at the last few months of our experience of trying to open a gym…during a pandemic. Here are some of our thoughts: What’s bee…

Bonus episode for Suicide Prevention Month w/John Romaniello

Oct. 1, 2020

While we’re still on a break from producing new episodes, we wanted to reinforce our message that while having discussions about mental health can be difficult, they shouldn’t be avoided. The better we understand the struggl…

Can injuries be prevented? w/Dr. Ramsey Nijem (Encore)

Sept. 23, 2020

Injuries can be huge setbacks for competitive athletes. Everyone has a certain window of time in which they can play their best. Time out of competition is time lost that can’t be recovered. For some, they can end a career. …

Clutch Performances & Flow States: Are heroes born or taught? w/Dr. Matt Johnson (Encore)

Sept. 16, 2020

We're working on our studio, so this week's episode is an encore.  Dr. Matt Johnson, a Certified Sport Psychology Consultant (and former Notre Dame quarterback), joins us to discuss a fundamental question about performance u…

How do you stay on the path to your goals? w/ Chris Long of Tailored Sacramento

Sept. 9, 2020

We’re inspired by a lot of people in different situations. This week’s guest is someone we’ve talked about on the show quite a few times. His growing success – and the focus and attitude he brings to his goals – has inspired…

Should you back off or double down? w/ Danny Lehr & Dean Saddoris of Caffeine and Kilos

Sept. 3, 2020

We took this episode to catch up with our long-time friends – and owners of the lifestyle brand Caffeine and Kilos -- Danny Lehr & Dean Saddoris. This show was recorded in our new, still-under-renovation gym, which is the sa…