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Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer involves. THEN, we bring in a subject-matter expert to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong. We walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Hosted by Mike Farr (Momma's Boys Podcast) and Jim McDonald (The Less Than Obvious P ...
 
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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 gamers? To perform at a high level in the clutch? Can regular people learn to handle pressure situations better? Is visualizatio ...…
 
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 different? Which may fit you best? How can you tell if you’re getting scammed? Dr. Jordan Shallow is a chiropractor and competit ...…
 
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 reaction? What, if anything, are cryo- chambers good for? Is it enough to just get hot or do you need to moving (like doing ...…
 
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 and other manual practitioners pop or “adjust” your back or neck? What about shoulders, hips, and knees that pop on their own ...…
 
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 to affect performance? Aesthetics? Is changing your mix of fiber types possible, and if so, is it even helpful. Dr. Andy Galp ...…
 
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 genetics? Are there muscle fiber type differences between men and women? Can strength training really impact speed? How impo ...…
 
True to the premise of this show, we don’t do any specific prep before we talk about the question at hand. This time, it bit us in the ass a bit. We had seen the new paper on “intermittent dieting” co-authored by previous guests Eric Helms, PhD, Layne Norton, PhD, and our guest for this episode, Andy Galpin, PhD (among others). We’d assumed the ...…
 
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 questions went something like this: What does “extra virgin” even mean? (It’s not “first pressing.”) Is olive oil better than othe ...…
 
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 good at either or both? Can you make significant improvement with training? Our good friend, Jacob Ross -- an athletic perfor ...…
 
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 regular way? When should you use it, and does it have any effect on rehab/recovery? We ponder these questions and discus our own ...…
 
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 works with Luol Deng of Minnesota Timberwolves – joined us as our expert to answer this question. As always, the question ...…
 
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 of substances that are common in a lot of people’s diets at this time of year: Artificial sweeteners (fake sugar). Is fake ...…
 
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 how hard it is to get everything we want to watch in one place these days. Then, we jump into fat. We know that fat has th ...…
 
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 friends with people we’ve never met in person. Shifting to this week’s question (and some related issues): Is the index ac ...…
 
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 that you can get involved. We run down some of our basic “knowledge” about carbs, but were left with a few questions: Are som ...…
 
We’re kicking this new show off by asking seemingly basic questions about diet and nutrition. First up, “What is (dietary) protein anyway?" After a quick catch up session, we talk through the “facts” of what we think we know about this question – which, of course raises even more questions like... How much protein do you really need? What’s a c ...…
 
Introducing 50% Facts! A brand new show from Mike Farr and Jim McDonald Premiering December 5, 2018 Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer ...…
 
This is the final episode of the PowerCast, released on Feb 1, 2018. The new show in this feed is 50% Facts with Jim McDonald and Mike Farr. Tyler Cartwright used to weigh over 500 lbs. After years of work, he doesn't anymore. Listen to the story of the day that caused him to decide to take his life in a different direction. Through the Keto Ga ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Jan 3, 2018. Our informal poll on Instagram a couple weeks ago showed that Stan Efferding was YOUR favorite guest of 2017. While we're still on a break, here's an encore of the most downloaded episode we did with Stan in 2017. Original Episode Notes: Stan Efferding returns to the show for our first episode ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Dec 28, 2017. Another great encore episode while were on holiday break! Original Episode Notes: WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returns to the show while we’re on location in Los Angeles. You didn’t know Steve had been on the show before? Hell, he was on episode #11! This was his first time on the show ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Dec 19, 2017. While we're on a holiday break, here's the most popularly downloaded episode of 2017...and in this case...ever! This time we've thrown in about 10 bonus minutes at the end from episode 6 of Matt's UMSO podcast, which is an interview with Kelly. Original Episode Notes: Our good friends bestsell ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Dec 19, 2017. With over 60 guests, 69 original episodes (representing over 90 hours of audio content, AND 90 hours of video content), 2017 was a big year for the PowerCast. We talk through the impact of some the most notable guests and episodes from this year. We also discuss the results for our informal “F ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Dec 19, 2017> From the beach to the boardroom might sound like a cliché, but our guest has been there. Paul was a co-founder of the surf brand Hurley, joined Nike when it acquired the company, and now works with Progenex. He also works with growing businesses on branding. His story is different than any we’ ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Dec 14, 2017. Some of the Sling Shot staff put together a list of topics for us, and we tackle them without any prep. Some of the topics, Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, rumors of another McGregor v. Mayweather fight, suspensions at the NFL Network for sexual misdeeds, and the after effects of that vir ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Dec 12, 2017. JP Price, one of just a few men to have squatted over a grand, walked out and raw, joins us. We talk about his love of training, his joy in building a strong community of lifters, and his latest challenge --- running a new powerlifting gym in Kansas City. Be sure to check this one out. JP is o ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Dec 7, 2017. We talk about the current sexual harassment scandals, and contemplate whether there are considerations what should be made in the gym environment. Mark reaches out across the country for web help, and then makes another trip to the Onnit Academy. Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd Powe ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Dec 5, 2017. Jim had a chance to sit down with one of our long-time friends, Phil Stevens, at the recent Reebok Record Breakers meet. Phil has been a co-host of the Iron Radio podcast for 10 years, and owns a small, but profitable, harcore gym where he only takes on the clients he wants to work with. That's ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Nov 30, 2017. Crossfit Games Athlete (2015) Brooke Ence joins us to talk about appearing in the Wonder Woman and Justice League films as an Amazon, overcoming a painful neck injury, and learning to get past the feeling that you don’t deserve what you’ve worked hard to gain. You can find Brooke on social med ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Nov 28, 2017. We talk about how often people changes workouts, diets, and even coaches because results are not coming as fast as they want. Is that a good idea? We also get into the Turnover Chain, The Sexiest Man Alive, and the explosion of gun violence. Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd PowerCas ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Nov 21, 2017. Stan shares his insight that you don’t have to have perfect conditions, a perfect organization, or perfect product before you get started in a new business. He also relates discusses how his appearance on Shark Tank has improved his business. You can find Stan at @stanefferding on social media ...…
 
PowerCast episode released Nov 16, 2017. We talk about some recent coaching decisions that seemed reasonable (to us at the time), but didn’t turn out well for the lifters. How much second-guessing should you do? To what extent do things just happen because powerlifting is a physically demanding activity…and sometimes people get hurt? Mark Bell ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Nov 14, 2017. Stan stops in to celebrate his 50th birthday, and to share how he used his own experience, and research (including writings by Dr. Stuart McGill), to overcome tendonitis and a herniated disc. You can find Stan at @stanefferding on social media, YouTube, and of course, thekooler.com. Mark Bell ...…
 
PowerCast originally released Nov 9, 2017. Joel talks about the programming he uses in working with UFC Flyweight Champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, other top level athletes, and just regular people trying to get into better shape. He discusses how heart rate variability is measured, and offers strategies for improving yours. You can find ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Nov 7, 2017. Famed strength and conditioning coach to UFC Flyweight Champ Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson joins us for this two-parter. Joel’s training strategies have been used by thousands of elite performers and top athletes worldwide, including the Navy Seals, UFC champions, and dozens of teams from t ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Nov 2, 2017. Our own Steven “Lil’ Smokey” Granzella joins us for this episode. Steven is an integral part of Super Training Gym and works for Mark at HowMuchYaBench.net. Plus (and maybe most importantly) he’s the sales guy for the PowerCast. We talk about his recent biceps tendon repair and how he trained a ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Oct 31, 2017. Retired NFL fullback, and analyst for the NFL Network, Heath Evans returns to the show. We talk the current state of the NFL, Health’s move into the fitness and nutrition world, and even dip our toes into the controversy surrounding players kneeling for the anthem. You can find Heath at @heath ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Oct 26, 2017. Part two of our conversation with four-time World's Strongest Man, Brian Shaw and his wife, Keri features Brian's take on what happened in the 2017 World's Strongest Man. He also discusses his new strongman education venture, StrongmanAcademy.com. You can find Brian at @shawstrength on social ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Oct 24, 2017. Four-time World's Strongest Man, Brian Shaw joins us with his wife, Keri. They share how having a baby has changed their daily routine and Brian's training mindset, and how Keri's drive to drop the baby weight has bloomed into a new venture focused on helping new moms. They also discuss the in ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Oct 17, 2017. Mark talks about adding some carbs to his diet after having been in deep ketosis...with help from Stan Efferding. We tackle a number of topics suggested by listeners, including what has changed in the time since Bigger Stronger Faster was released in 2008. Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @the ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Oct 17, 2017. When an unassuming, 20-something grocery clerk took the all-time world record for the deadlift in the 220 lb weight class at the August, 2017 Boss of Bosses meet, he kinda turned the world upside down. Cailer joins us in studio to talk about the training that led up to the meet, the strategy h ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Oct 12, 2017. We continue our conversation with Dr. Andy Galpin. If you haven’t listened to Part 1, go back and do it. DO IT! Dr. Andy Galpin holds a PhD. in Human Bioenergetics, and is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton. His research examines the acute responses and ch ...…
 
PowerCast originally released Oct 10, 2017. Dr. Andy Galpin holds a PhD. in Human Bioenergetics, and is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton. His research examines the acute responses and chronic adaptations of human skeletal muscle in response to high force/velocity/power and fatiguing exercise from the whol ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Oct 5, 2017. There's no perfect training environment, but there are some things that definitely suck about lifting in a gym that's set up primarily for powerlifting. (There are obviously good things, too.) What's the best for you? Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore Po ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Oct 3, 2017. Hany Rambod is the CEO of Evogen and creator of the FST-7 training system, and coach to Phil Heath and Jeremy Buendia, and many others. Hany tells us why it’s all about the pump, and how to get the pump, as well as insights on the muscular imbalances that come from training exclusively as a pow ...…
 
Recorded August 8, 2017. PowerCast episode originally released Sep 28, 2017. Mark and Jim reflect on seeing Joe Rogan perform in Sacramento, Mark discusses how big an exhibitionist John Cena was when he first met him, and they run down the logic behind their own shifting diet and workout strategies. Other episodes with more time-bound content k ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Sep 26, 2017. Lewis Howes is a NYT bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former pro athlete, and current member of the US Handball team. His School of Greatness podcast is consistently in the iTunes top 100, and focuses on helping people find ways to improve their lives. Lewis shares with Mark how he ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Sep 21, 2017. Tom Pheill, probably the most interesting current member of Super Training Gym, joins us along with Chris Bell. Tom and Chris have known each other for years from Chris's early days at Gold's Gym in Venice, CA. Tom has seen the evolution of both bodybuilding and powerlifting through the years. ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Sep 19, 2017. Our fun and funny conversation with Stephanie Sanzo, Australia’s Fit Mum (@stephfitmum). We talk about her journey into fitness, the demands of social media, and her upcoming powerlifting meet (her first!). Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald Ph ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Sep 14, 2017. We field your questions about nutrition, training, and motivation on the first Q and A episode in a long while. The very first episode of the show debuted on iTunes on September 17, 2013, and we'd like to think all the listeners, viewers, and sponsors who have supported us through the years! M ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Sep 12, 2017. Former Navy Seal Jeff Nichols joined us back in July. Jeff earned a degree in exercise physiology and worked as a strength coach before spending 11 years in Navy. He was also Active Duty Human Performance Department head as a member of Seal teams. By the time he found that he needed to retire, ...…
 
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