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This week’s question from Discord: Mikexbull asked “As someone who wants to open a gym eventually - what do you think is the most important part of the planning? A lot of people concentrate on all the wrong things. What grade would we give ourselves when we look back at…

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Newbie lifters make mistakes, but we all make decisions based on the information we’re exposed to, the people around us, and what makes sense to us as individuals. In this episode, we discuss beliefs we’ve held during our time as lifters that have proven to be partially…or completely…wrong. Sometimes the…

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This week’s One Good Question from our Discord crew: Nwojjj asked: “What's a movie/documentary that doesn't have a sequel but you think it should?” Is this a “careful what you wish for” question? Are all the streamers asking this same question and will that steal our answers? ____ Have a…

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As the NBA prepares to take the courts for the 2022-23 season, we take a look a new Netflix documentary about the 2008 US Olympic basketball team, Redeem Team. How much do coaches affect winning? How did a team full of NBA talent ever manage to lose on the world…

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This week’s question from our Discord crew: Helios Grime asks, “How do you drink your coffee and why is your way the only correct way?” ____ Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If…

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This is a bit of a shorter episode, due to Jim’s laryngitis. Does music, maybe even specific music really make you lift better? We talk about what motivates us, and how and when to use external motivators like music, ammonia, or whatever does it for you. Listener resources: Research on…

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From our Discord, ArrogantFool asked, “Alan Thrall recently posted a video about why he doesn't do PEDs. What are your why's? Is there anything that would push you closer to doing PEDs?” Avi Lieu, a USAPL pro powerlifter, joins us again. You can find Avi on Instagram @avi.lieu and Tiktok…

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There’s no dispute that working out once a week is better than not working out at all. But why does the media promote studies claiming that one workout a week is as effective as multiple workouts a week? And how come these stories repeat in cycles year after year? Probably…

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Say you could only have a home gym, and that home gym could only have three pieces of stand-alone gym equipment -- outside of the basics. What would they be? How would you choose? Your favorite ones? Or the most versatile ones? Avi Lieu, a USAPL pro powerlifter, joins us…

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For better or for worse, our brains let us believe a lot of things that aren’t true. One good example is the Mandela Effect – misremembering the facts around something in popular culture. We kick things off with a little quiz to see how affected we are by this phenomenon.…

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This episode started as a part of our warmup conversation for Wednesday’s episode, and it ended up taking on a life of it’s own. Does organized religion install morality or is it already there? Which social structures actually create community? What role does lifting play in your life? Avi Lieu,…

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Did anyone think that in 2022 that someone would need to coin the term “bench depth?” The International Powerlifting Federation has imposed new performance rules on the competition bench press. Are they really that big a deal? Will that many people be affected? How hard are they going to be…

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One Good Question warrior from our discord, Keith Honeycutt asks if we’d rather give up the Internet for one year or bathing. What does bathing really mean? Can you ask someone to do it for you? ____ Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit…

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We wanted to spend a little time talking about some simple, actionable ways to be helpful if someone you know is struggling and may be suicidal. Check the article below for more. We kicked off with a discussion of good and evil in high fantasy shows like the current spinoffs…

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Here’s an interesting one from our Discord crew:msoli7 asked, “If you could see any movie remade with a different actor/actress, what would it be (i.e., Titanic starring The Rock?” ____ Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use…

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This week we’re taking a look at one of the latest entries in the Netflix “Untold” documentary series. On September 11, 2012, Notre Dame football sensation Manti Te’o told various news outlets that his grandmother and his girlfriend had died on the same day. Some of that statement proved not…

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Aug. 31, 2022

Supermodels Catfishing?

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Nico Flores and Joe Stanek of Gameday Barbell (Austin, TX) helped us out with this one. Is one of them a cheater? Which is better? Overhead pressing or weighted push-ups? You can find Nico on Instagram @nicoflores83kg @nicoflores83kg and on TikTok @nicoflores83kg. Joe is @thejoestanek on Instagram and @joegameday on…

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Continuing our visit with the team from Gameday Barbell (Austin, TX), Nico Flores and Joe Stanek sit in to talk about the origins of their gym, theories about why some lifters are prone to injury, coaching philosophies, Ninja Turtles, and we break down how our past connects to a nickname…

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@Silent Mike thinks that powerlifter Nico Flores looks like a Ninja Turtle. Excerpt from the 50% Facts podcast episode with Joe Stanik and Nico of Gameday Barbell in Austin, TX

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Tim Thibodeau (Gameday Barbell) and Nadeem Hamidy (Barbell Brigade) stuck around to help us with this question from our Discord: Keith Honeycutt asked: What would you pick to be your last meal if you were on death row? Is it about the food, where it comes from, or how it…

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Tim Thibodeau (Gameday Barbell) and Nadeem Hamidy (Barbell Brigade) stuck around to help us with this question from our Discord: Keith Honeycutt asked: What would you pick to be your last meal if you were on death row? Is it about the food, where it comes from, or how it…

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