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Eating for strength, aesthetics, or health: How are they different? w/Jason Phillips

May 15, 2019

This episode is sponsored by Green Chef. greenchef.us/facts Episode notes: Nutrition coach Jason Phillips joins us for this episode. Serious strength, aesthetic, and health goals can seem to require very different nutrition…

Is deadlifting bad for your back? w/Squat University’s Dr. Aaron Horshchig

May 8, 2019

Is deadlifting bad for your back? w/Squat University’s Dr. Aaron Horshchig  IF you heard this deadlift episode last week under the title “Why do people think squats are bad for your back?” go back and re-download that title …

Why do people think squatting is bad for your knees? And is it? w/Squat University’s Dr. Aaron Horshchig

May 1, 2019

Is it an old wives tale that squatting is bad for your knees? Or is there actually data behind it? Here’s what we came up with: Maybe there’s a body type that’s bad for squatting? Is the leg press somehow better? Does it po…

Is it too late to create a successful YouTube, podcast, or social media presence? w/Omar Isuf

April 26, 2019

So many people are focusing on building personal brands or becoming “influencers”--  often through social media, YouTube, podcasts, etc. – but has the time already passed? Will it still work if you start today? We asked our …

100% Feelings? w/Omar Isuf

April 24, 2019

We had some fun with this episode by breaking format and having an extended conversation with our good friend, Omar Isuf. Omar is a successful YouTube content creator, a partner with Silent Mike and Bart Kwan on Kizen Traini…

Where do discipline and motivation come from? w/Dr. Matt Johnson

April 17, 2019

Can people really just “suck it up” and stay disciplined and motivated? This question was prompted by a recent episode of the Joe Rogan experience.    Some of our thoughts on this question: If you choose a particular diet …

How do you fix ticked off tendons? w/Squat University's Dr. Aaron Horshchig

April 10, 2019

Seems like a lot of lifters we know are always complaining about “tendonitis,” so we asked physical therapist (and founder of Squat University) Dr. Aaron Horschig the help us straighten out our understanding of what they’re …

How do you bounce back mentally from injury? w/Dr. Johnson

April 3, 2019

For a lot of athletes, physical recovery from injury is only half the battle. How long does it take to learn to trust your body again?  Does the mental aspect affect everyone or are some people just immune? How do you keep …

Are some exercises useless or even potentially harmful? w/Dr. Jordan Shallow

March 27, 2019

Not all exercises are created equal. That much is certain. But are any of them at best a complete waste of time, and at worst, damaging? Some of our questions were: Does anybody need Jawzercize? Do hip thrusts really do any…

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

March 21, 2019

Dr. Matt Johnson, a Certified Sport Psychology Consultant (and former Notre Dame quarterback), joins us to discuss a fundamental question about performance under pressure. Our thoughts: Are some people just born to be gamer…

Chiropractor vs. Physical Therapist: Which one should you pick? w/Dr. Jordan Shallow

March 13, 2019

We’re committed to having a physical therapist join us in the future, but THIS time we’re talking to a chiropractor. Our questions: What’s different about their education? What’s similar about their approaches? What’s diffe…

Heat & Cold Shock Proteins: Are Fire & Ice Nice to Your Body? w/Dr. Andy Galpin

March 7, 2019

We know that heat and cold shock proteins form in the body in reaction to changes in temperature, but what do they do and should we be trying hard to get them? How much do you need to change your body temperature to get a r…

Is Cracking & Popping Your Joints a Bad Thing? w/Dr. Jordan Shallow

Feb. 27, 2019

We’ve all heard the old tale about cracking your knuckles and arthritis, but what about your neck, back and all the other parts of you that crack and pop? Is there actually a connection to arthritis? Why do chiropractors an…

Muscle Fiber Types: How Much Does Your Mix Matter & Can You Change It? w/Dr. Andy Galpin

Feb. 20, 2019

We follow up the episode “Can You Teach Speed?” with a deeper dive into muscle fiber types that we touched on in that episode:  What’s the difference between fast twitch and slow twitch fibers? Does the mix of fibers tend t…

Can You Teach Speed? w/Jacob Ross

Feb. 14, 2019

Our good friend, Jacob Ross returns as our expert to answer this question. Can you teach speed? Specifically, speed for sports? As we talked through the question, we of course came up with even more thoughts: Is it purely g…

Is Olive Oil the Best Oil? w/Mike’s Mom Maria

Jan. 31, 2019

Mike’s mom, Maria Farr, is a certified olive oil judge and sensory panelist. With all the recent focus on fats in our diets, we decided to bring her on to help educate us – and you – on a particularly tasty fat. Our question…

Vertical Jump/Box Jump: Can you improve & should you try? w/Jacob Ross

Jan. 24, 2019

Vertical jump has become a test of athleticism, but is it something you can train? Box jumps have come around again in popularity, but are they an important training tool...or just a cool trick? What contributes to being goo…

Blood Flow Restriction Training: Is it all it’s pumped up to be? w/Layne Norton, PhD

Jan. 16, 2019

You can call it Blood Flow Restriction (BRF), occlusion, or Kaatsu, but the idea is all the same: Keep some extra blood in the muscles of your arm or leg and get a massive pump. But is this superior to working out the regula…

Is Sports-specific Training a Gimmick? w/Jacob Ross

Jan. 10, 2019

Can activities in the gym that are built around the requirements of a specific sport actually help athletes get better at that sport? Our good friend, Jacob Ross --  an athletic performance coach and consultant who currently…

Is All the Fake Sugar Hate Just Fake News? w/Layne Norton, PhD

Jan. 3, 2019

We get started by talking about what’s becoming a pretty uncommon experience for a lot of people: Actually leaving your house to watch a movie. Wrapping up a run of nutrition and diet-related episodes, we talk about a group …

What is (Dietary) Fat and Why Does It Make Everything Delicious? with Eric Helms, PhD

Dec. 26, 2018

Our fourth episode takes a look at the final macronutrient: fat. We spend a few minutes discussing the documentary “Transformer” about Janae Marie Kroczaleski…and our small part in it. We also discuss streaming services and …

What is the Glycemic Index (and should it make us eat some kinda way)? w/Layne Norton, PhD

Dec. 20, 2018

In our third episode, we take a side step from carbs into the glycemic index – the potential impact of differing amounts of carbs in foods. We kick things off with a quick discussion about the inherent strangeness of making …

What Are Carbohydrates (and Why Is Everybody So Mad at Them)? w/Eric Helms

Dec. 13, 2018

Our second episode is a look at a second macronutrient: carbohydrates. After a quick discussion about the fact that we’re probably both HSP (Highly Sensitive People), we talk about some of our goals for the show and ways tha…