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We’re still in Topic Thunder mode this week. Our panel tries to find agreement (or not) with the suggestion that training deadlifts the risks if you’re not a competitive powerlifter. Are they actually dangerous? Or are there just better ways to spend your training time? Joe Stanek and Nico Flores…

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The final session of the meet. No audio due to music copyright issues. Recorded at Third Street Barbell, Sacramento, CA.

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The final session of the meet. No audio due to music copyright issues. Recorded at Third Street Barbell, Sacramento, CA.

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The final session of the meet. No audio due to music copyright issues. Recorded at Third Street Barbell, Sacramento, CA.

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We’re still in Topic Thunder mode this week. Our panel unpacks this hot take, “Hook grip Is unreliable and may be overrated.” Hook grip is a band wagon that most lifters jump on at one time or another to try to up their deadlift. Is that a mistake? Joe Stanek…

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Our panel takes on a couple of related questions about the giant meet we just ran from members of our Discord: AR17 asked, “What do ou believe was the most under (over) looked aspect of running/ prepping a meet?” Keith Honeycutt asked, “What all did you learn from hosting this…

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We just hosted a great big meet – maybe the largest local USAPL meet ever – and we’re beat so we’re slipping into Topic Thunder mode for a bit to recover our calm and our voices. Topic Thunder episodes are short, sometimes rant-filled, panel discussions about a listener-submitted topic. In…

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This week’s question from our Discord: EvilFern asked, “How important is having a mentor? Am I missing out by not having one? Feel like it's something that should happen naturally instead of seeking one out somehow.” Joe Stanek of Gameday Barbell joined us in addressing this question. You can find…

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Are we experiencing a plateau in the popularity of powerlifting? What happens if the sport falls off the social media radar? Will it still be able to attract young, new-to-the-sport competitors? Will the old guard lifters running federations be willing to pass the baton? Or will they be a source…

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In the time since we discussed this situation last week, the scandals of a particular powerlifting federation -- the USPA --have come into sharper focus. Pandora’s Box has been flung open and there’s been a scramble to stuff the evil and suffering back inside. Where’s the line between holding an…

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Dean Saddoris is back to help us break down the first episode of the new Netflix documentary series “Break Point,” which documents up-and-coming tennis stars during the 2022 Grand Slam season. “Badboy” Nick Kyrgios and his play during the Australian Open is the focus of episode 1. He has no…

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Powerlifter Pete Rubish explains why he squatted so deep when he came on the scene as a young lifter 10+ years ago. Excerpt from the latest episode of the 50% Facts podcast. @PeteRubish @SilentMike

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We catch up with one of our favorite lifters from one of our favorite eras of powerlifting, Pete Rubish. We chat about adapting to drug-free lifting, how powerlifting has grown and changed in the last decade, and how it feels to no longer be one of the young, up-and-coming lifters.…

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Not every gym member knows the unwritten rules…or follows the written one. How should gym owners handle those situations? Our own gym manager Kyle Castro and lead trainer Avi Lieu join us for this one. Kyle’s on Instagram at @kyle.castroo and Avi on @avi.lieu. ____ Have a question for one…

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What’s your go-to that perks up any meal? Mike thinks he has the ultimate answer. (He’s wrong. The correct answer not appearing in this episode is salt.) Our own Kyle Castro and Sebastian Brambila on Instagram join us for this one. Kyle’s on Instagram at @kyle.castroo and Sebastian at @sebastian_brambila…

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This was recorded as a Friday episode, but since it’s a bit longer and we’re on a holiday break, we moved it to a Wednesday episode. This week’s question from our Discord: Frequent contributor Keith Honeycutt asked, “What are some unexpected changes you have had to make to the gym…

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