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How do you escape from a scary religious cult? | The Way Down docu-series parts 2 and 3

Oct. 28, 2021

In this episode, we discuss the final chapters of The Way Down. These episodes cover the impact on the lives and families of the cult surrounding the Remnant Fellowship and diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara. Many former members d…

Should stringers be banned? | Topic Thunder (Mini-episode)

Oct. 22, 2021

We take a lighthearted look at the world’s most minimal gym wear. Are stringer tanks a fashion statement or just a way to get around the rules that make you wear a shirt in the gym? Should they be banned, or should only some…

What happens when a diet guru launches a scary religious cult? | The Way Down docu-series Part 1

Oct. 21, 2021

The author of the bestselling diet book The Weigh Down, Gwen Shamblin, appeared on national TV talk shows and sold her weight loss philosophy to people across America. Especially churchgoers. By 1999, she had essentially sta…

What sucks (and doesn’t suck) about home gyms? | Topic Thunder (Mini-episode)

Oct. 15, 2021

In this mini-episode, we share are thoughts and experiences with lifting in home gyms versus commercial gyms.  The pandemic forced a lot of people into home gym situations. Some people hated it, while others joined the ranks…

Ba-dee-ya, Myers Briggs, and canceling Gruden?

Oct. 14, 2021

To what extent is “canceling” someone in 2021 just a way to take someone off the board? Does intent matter? And can people really be educated/rehabilitated? We take a look at the recent scandal around former Raiders’ head co…

Who you gonna let yuck your organic yum? | Topic Thunder (Mini-episode)

Oct. 8, 2021

Welcome to another short Friday episode of the show we’re now calling “Topic Thunder with the Gossip Boyz” (subject to change). In this episode, we discuss not so much whether organic food is better but whether we should pay…

More things people say without knowing what they mean w/ Dan Storniuolo

Oct. 7, 2021

Dipping back into a kind of causal series we’ve been doing about common words are phrases that we use all the time, but we may not entirely understand: Do you really want someone to “break a leg?” Does “getting the upper han…

Does giving up “self love” equal “self improvement?” | The “no fap” trend | Topic Thunder (Mini-episode)

Oct. 1, 2021

Welcome to another short Friday episode of the panel discussion segment we’re now calling “Topic Thunder with the Gossip Boyz” (subject to change). In this episode, we take on the “No Fap” trend which has guys (and maybe gir…

How do you make your first meet a success? w/ Sebastian Brambila

Sept. 30, 2021

Hey, powerlifting-specific content! We asked one of our gym members who had just competed in his first meet, the USAPL California State Championships, to talk about the experience. We also share our personal experiences and …

Who are you really training to impress? | "Topic Thunder" Mini-episode

Sept. 24, 2021

We wanted to share a side project that we’re working on. It’s a panel show that mostly relies on opinions – some outrageous, some insightful, and some just well…funny. All packed into roughly ten minutes. We’re joined on the…

Documentaries about star athletes we didn’t know were trans (Part 2)

Sept. 22, 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…

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…