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How fast can you move when a judge says your gym can re-open? w/ Joe Sullivan

May 27, 2020

Joe Sullivan is a powerlifter and coach. Early this year, he became a partner at Pinnacle Performance in Columbus, Ohio…just in time for the pandemic to cause a wave of temporary gym closures. Joe shares the story of how he …

How do you follow through on “GRAND” goals? w/ Chris Duffin

May 20, 2020

Chris Duffin is a Guinness World Record holding powerlifter, a gym owner, an engineer, an author, a gym equipment manufacturer…and the list goes on and on. You get the idea. We’ve known Chris for quite a few years, but we ha…

How do you keep members coming back (when gyms finally re-open)? | w/ Jay Ashman of Kansas City Barbell

May 13, 2020

Yet another format breaking episode. (We may be in this mode until the world settles down a bit.) Jay Ashman is one of founders of Kansas City Barbell in Kansas City, MO. His gym is poised to reopen in just a few days -- aft…

What’s the future of online coaching? w/ Matt Reynolds of Barbell Logic

May 6, 2020

Another format breaking episode. Matt Reynolds is the founder and CEO of Barbell Logic Online Training. He’s a former gym owner, former pro strongman, and a former high school teacher. He also hosts the Barbell Logic podcast…

How do you stay positive when the world turns negative? w/ Jeremy Scott

April 29, 2020

We’re living in extraordinary times (which is why you’ll notice that we’re still taking a break from our regular format). A world of great uncertainty, division, fear, and sadness. A few weeks ago when we spoke to Dr. Reef K…

What if globo gyms go bankrupt? | Q & A

April 22, 2020

On the spur of the moment, we decided to do a Q and A episode on Mike’s channel on the Twitch streaming platform and take some questions from viewers there. We don’t usually act as experts on this show, but it’s ok once in a…

How do you choose the right equipment for your home gym? w/Brandon Campbell Diamond

April 15, 2020

Gyms are closed, and everyone is scrambling to build out their home gyms so they don’t lose all their gains. Even in the best of times, it can be hard to decide what equipment you really need and where to buy it. We got Alan…

What can we say about the elephant in the room?

April 9, 2020

No expert this episode due to some availability issues on our side. We talk about how we’re filing time during this lockdown and address an issue that a lot of people have asked us about privately the last few days. “With gr…

A slight delay and a recommendation

April 8, 2020

Today’s episode of 50% Facts is somewhat delayed but will appear later today. In the meantime, check out this episode of the This is Actually Happening podcast from Whit Missildine entitled “What if you were a human shield?”…

How can you rise in the face of adversity? w/ Dr. Reef Karim.

April 1, 2020

Challenging times right now. How retain your sense of self well enough to meet them head on? We turned to Dr. Reef Karim, a leading expert in human behavior, to help us understand how we as humans react to prolonged stress a…

How do you avoid emotional eating…especially now? w/ Adrienne Ngai, RD

March 25, 2020

The world is packing a lot of fear and anxiety into every day right now. That can complicate anyone’s emotions (and diet). It's especially for those of us who tend to be emotional eaters. Is staying away from the foods we l…

Is bouncing dead in the age of COVID-19 or was it already dead? w/ “Fat Dan” Stornaiuolo

March 18, 2020

We invited our old friend and training partner, Fat Dan, into the studio to talk about his private security business, and the disruptions were all facing in the wake of the Coronavirus. Why do people continue to put themsel…

Stuff that’s just out of reach…

March 11, 2020

While waiting around for a guest who we couldn’t quite reach on the phone, we talked ended up talking about some things that people strive for that are hard…or even impossible to reach. Similar to a recent episode of the po…

What if that nagging pain is really something serious? w/Jacob Ross

March 4, 2020

A few weeks ago, our good friend Jacob Ross was very sick but he didn’t know it. What he thought was a pinched nerve turned out to be a dangerous, and potentially lethal, accumulation of fluid around his heart. He’s much bet…

Introducing Life's Little Mysteries

March 2, 2020

A special treat for 50% Facts listeners: We're helping introduce a new science podcast called, "Life's Little Mysteries."  Life's Little Mysteries is the newest Audioboom original podcast and co-production with Live Science.…

How do you prep for your first Ragnar or Spartan Race? w/James Van Prooyen & Rich Nicholes of the Ragnar Life Podcast

Feb. 26, 2020

We’re not runners, so we’re definitely not racers. We followed up last week’s episode on starting to run with a conversation about setting a goal to compete on one of a couple of popular types of races. Both of these have la…

How do you get started running (and why it might be a good idea)? w/James Van Prooyen & Rich Nicholes of the Ragnar Life Podcast

Feb. 19, 2020

A lot of people grew up running for sports, but plenty of people stop just as soon as they can and never do it again. We ask runners James Van Prooyen & Rich Nicholes to tell us how to get started (or started again). Once y…

How do you build a strongman community so great that it ends up in a Super Bowl commercial? w/Kalle Beck of Starting Strongman

Feb. 12, 2020

We finally connect with Kalle Beck, the man behind StartingStrongman.com. If you saw the Facebook commercial during the Super Bowl, the Oscars, etc., you’ve seen Kalle and some of the members of the online strongman communit…

Are jacked celebrities on the sauce? What makes a good PL gym? Plus, many other questions w/Omar Isuf

Feb. 5, 2020

Our good friend Omar Isuf is in town, so he joined us for a conversation in which we actually talk quite a bit about celebrity, fitness, and how Omar accomplished his recent transformation? So much of the coverage of celebr…

Which top fitness trends for 2020 are legit and which are total BS? | 100% Opinion

Jan. 29, 2020

In a “just us” episode, we take a look at a couple articles claiming to track the top fitness trends for 2020 – notably one from Will personal trainers really be like rock stars in 2020? Are you really working out hard eno…

“How much do the labels ‘beginner, intermediate, or advanced’ matter to your programming?" w/Greg Nuckols

Jan. 22, 2020

Some programs claim to have been written for beginning lifters. Others for intermediates, etc. How do you when you’re past the beginner stage, and how much does it really matter? We asked Greg Nuckols to break it down for us…

“Should women train differently than men?” w/Greg Nuckols

Jan. 15, 2020

Does women’s training really need an entirely different approach or just a couple tweaks? We asked Greg Nuckols, someone who recently wrote an article on this topic, to break it down for us. Here are some of our thoughts: D…

“Which research studies should you believe?” w/Greg Nuckols

Jan. 8, 2020

New Year. New avalanche of fitness and nutrition-related studies to confuse the resolutionistas (and the rest of us). How are we supposed to decide which ones to believe? We asked Greg Nuckols, someone who spends a lot of ti…

Our Star Wars Holiday Special…kinda: What did we think?

Dec. 27, 2019

The next regular episode will drop on Jan 8, but we thought we’d have some fun and throw in this holiday bonus episode. We both saw “The Rise of Skywalker” so we talked through our thoughts and opinions. We also used the Bus…