Best Gymculture podcasts we could find (Updated December 2018)
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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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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, ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Sep 7, 2017. Part two of our conversation with Dave Spitz and Wes Kitts of the weightlifting gym/team, Cal Strength. This episode includes a conversation about Cal Strength's NFL combine prep course, the most funny/painful story in the history of the show that DOESN'T involve poop, as well as other topics. ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Sep 5, 2017. Dave Spitz, owner of California Strength, a well-known weightlifting gym on the Bay Area, and his top lifter Wes Kitts joined us recently. Wes is the owner of the American record for the snatch with 175kg (385.8 lbs). Part 1 largely focuses on Dave’s foray into weightlifting and how it led to t ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Aug 31, 2017. Reaching a goal often has rewards of one type or another, but there’s always a price to pay. We talk about the recent deaths of bodybuilders Rich Piana and Dallas McCarver, what was really at stake in the McGregor/Mayweather fight, and how even health and fitness goals come with a price tag. W ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Aug 29, 2017. Our guest this week is a powerlifter who has pulled four times bodyweight. He’s trained (and interned at Westside Barbell). He’s a self-confessed terrible student who has nevertheless started his own training business at an early age and now creates some powerful infographics that explain impo ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Aug 22, 2017. IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Frank McGrath joined us back in April for the last of our LA shows. Frank talks about his early successes in bodybuilding, how he dabbled in powerlifting, and what it has taken for him to come back from injury, particularly a terrible car accident a few years ago. We also ...…
 
PowerCast originally released on Aug 15, 2017. Way back in episode #5 of the podcast, we asked Chris Bell to tell us some crazy stories from “The Mecca” – Gold’s Gym in Venice, CA. This week’s guest is perhaps the person we should have been asking for those over-the-top stories all along. Mike Ryan was a long-time manager of Gold’s starting in ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Aug 8, 2017. When you hear the name “Kevin Ogar” a lot of you are probably thinking, “He’s the guy who got paralyzed doing CrossFit.” That’s not the whole picture, and it’s not even right story. If you’ve seen the video that so many people have seen, well, that doesn’t really tell the whole story either. In ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Aug 1, 2017. Are you ready for some football…talk? Heath Evans played 10 years in the league (Seahawks, Patriots, Saints), and then transitioned seamlessly into an analyst role with the NFL Network. He shares stories from his playing days, and offers valuable insights into one of the greatest coaching minds ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Jul 25, 2017. Part 2 with Matt Wenning, featuring your questions. What body fat percentage makes you too fat for carbs? What should you already have done if you’re pursuing a special forces career? Does conjugate training work for raw lifters? All these and more. You can find Matt at @realmattwenning and ht ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released on Jul 19, 2017. Matt Wenning again joins us in studio while his summer motorcycle tour of the nation. Matt is a strength coach, multiple world record holder, government contractor, a gym owner, and speaker. We talk about the heyday of Westside, geared versus raw lifting, and things you’re probably doing wr ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Jul 11, 2017. The Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Boxing match is set for Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you saw any of the press conference this week, you know this thing is going to be a monster. This episode features our conversation with George Lockhart, the cream of the crop in nutritional ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released on Jul 8, 2017. In this bonus episode recorded this week, Mark talks about the first Keto style diet he was ever given. He was a teenager, and the coach who gave it to him only let him have meat and water at first. This coach (Ron Fedkiw), is a brilliant mathematician, is now Stanford professor, and has an ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Jul 4, 2017. Recorded on location in Los Angeles. We had the opportunity to sit down with a couple of successful trainers whose athlete and celebrity client lists are beyond impressive. Gunnar Peterson, who has been a humble giant this field for decades, graciously invited us into his gym and his home for t ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Jun 27, 2017. Steve Johnson – whom a lot of people know as Forsaken Warrior – joined us a couple months ago along with Lauren Quinn. Steve is a powerlifter with an 804 squat, 501 bench, and 843 deadlift, and Lauren just won her IFBB Women’s Physique pro card. Steve shares some of his personal ups and downs, ...…
 
PowerCast episode originally released Jun 23, 2017. What should you be thinking about if you want to strike out on your own and follow your passion? Our guest for #206, Jacob Ross, and our buddy Matt Vincent, met for the first time a couple months ago. Someone had the great idea of capturing their first conversation on video. They talked about ...…
 
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