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Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald are entrepreneurs (lifestyle apparel company and a barbell gym) and veteran podcasters. In every episode, they try to answer a single question. Any question is fair game, but most involve health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, culture…even sex. They examine common misconceptions and then try to get to the correct answer -- often with the help of subject matter experts. They walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Full episodes ev ...
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This week’s question comes from Mike’s Instagram: “ Would you ever be able to talk about overhead and planning from when you opened 3SB (our gym, Third Street Barbell)?” So yeah, we can…and we do! The financial part is definitely not the hardest part, but it’s important for sure. Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in …
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Prompted by a Reddit question, we talked through the impact of reducing attempts from three attempts per lift to two attempts per lift. Would meets move faster? Would warmup rooms be chaos? We also compared the top 10 Canadian athletes and the top 10 Texan athletes. Can one state beat a whole country? Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran th…
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This week’s question comes from Mike’s Instagram: “How do you organize your thoughts, wants, and plans when you’re building a business.” Everybody has their own personal organizational approaches (with varying degrees of success). We talk about what has worked for us. Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one.…
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It looks like changes are afoot. Instagram may be changing how its algorithm serves up shared (versus original) content. Will this entirely change the meme game? We also ran down lists of the most intelligent animals and discussed some more surprising genetic traits (in humans). Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in o…
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Does a PR song really help you get a PR? Does the tempo of music change the speed of your cardio workout? Maybe most importantly, does it affect your motivation to lift? Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one. Listener resources: Science on music and exercise performance: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ar…
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We’ve always been told not to judge a book by its cover, but does that stop us? No! Even when it’s not a good idea. Why do we make these judgments? We look at three physical characteristics that humans tend to let themselves be influenced by when judging the people we meet. Some things can be changed through reasonable effort (getting muscles), but…
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This week’s question is more of a parenting question than a physiology question. When should parents introduce strength training? The answer is simpler than you’d think. Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on this one. Do you have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Share it with us on soc…
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If short lifters can use blocks under their feet in competition, why can’t tall lifters use a taller bench? That’s just one example, but when you take a closer look there are definitely some things that don’t make sense. We also talk NBA, Taylor Swift, local crime, and bidets. Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and chimed in on …
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We've got a business question this week. What do you bring to the table as a potential business owner? What one thing would make you a better business owner than an employee? Our Wednesday guest, Ryan Thompson, joined us for this one. You can follow Ryan on Instagram at @rhinorooterplumbing. Do you have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Qu…
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Ryan Thompson is a plumber. He’s actually Jim’s plumber. But he didn’t plan to be a plumber. After fighting through addiction, a chance moment at a gas station led to a path forward for him. Locking in on new goals -- and relying on discipline learned through sports and in the gym --- he found a rewarding trade and career that changed his life. He …
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Recent studies (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2024/apr/02/new-science-of-death-brain-activity-consciousness-near-death-experience) show that the brain is furious with activity in the minutes after death. Areas of the brain that don’t generally work together suddenly team up, and the visual cortex is particularly active. If your brain is going…
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Our head trainer at Third Street Barbell, Avi Lieu (@avi.lieu), is making moves. She brings us up to date on what’s next and we try to fill her in on Firesticks, AppleTVs, and Rokus. Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and joined us for this one. Do you have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up…
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This week’s question from our Discord: dingleberrykumquat asked, “What separates a good athlete from an elite athlete? Is it genetics, luck, discipline, and/or resources?” In other words, how does the nature vs nurture debate play out in athletes? Do you have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media a…
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We’ve seen people on social media, TV, etc. talk about their “porn addiction.” Most people nod their heads as if they believe and understand what the person is going through. Addiction is addiction, right? But…several years ago, scientists stopped believing in the condition. Studies didn’t support that it exists, and there’s no way to diagnose it. …
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This week’s question on our Discord: WarBoyWonder asked, “Thoughts on IIFYM or sticking to proper healthy foods during a cut?” It’s not always about Poptarts? Or is it? Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran the board and joined us for this one. Do you have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social med…
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While this is technically the 400th episode of the show, we’re treating it more like the “faux-hundredth” because we’ve used “rewind” episodes 11 times since we started. Look for something (hopefully) for our 400th episode of original content. We talked through the recent New York Magazine article about Andrew Huberman, the legal issues hounding Se…
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This week’s question came from a member of our Discord. Bronzielocks asked, “Give us your best macro-friendly recipe that anyone of any skill level can cook!” One of our gym members, Jerry (@megaa_pandaa), joined us, along with Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila), who ran the board and joined us for this one. Do you have a question for one of …
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We all practice self-sabotage sometimes. We use different methods, but in the end we all do it. We share our own experiences and talk about the fallout from what we do to ourselves. We start off in a dangerous zone…talking about how much money we’d have to be paid to do a particular kind of “media.” One of our gym members, Jerry (@megaa_pandaa), jo…
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The exploding popularity of weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy has raised awareness and demand for these “medical miracles” among the severely overweight…and the not-so-severely overweight. Some questions have arisen about side effects – some merely annoying and some potentially dangerous. One complaint is the loss of lean muscle mass. While…
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Mike shares some signs that fitness social media and YouTube are regaining some of their old traction (2015-17 vibes, anyone?). Even attendance at the Arnold seems to be on the upswing again. Speaking of the Arnold, are we bummed that we didn’t go this year after making a return as spectators last year? Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila) ran …
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Deep question this week. What is your biggest fear? We learned something about each other with this one. Do you have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. Join our Discord for free at goodcompanydiscord.com! Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStre…
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We didn’t have this announcement on our radar: “The IPF and CBS Sports (broadcaster of the Super Bowl 2024) have signed a multi-year agreement to bring IPF powerlifting to the TV in the USA and the whole of North America.” (Full release here: https://www.powerlifting.sport/about-ipf/news/news-detail/ipf-secures-tv-broadcast-partnership-for-north-am…
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Today question sets up a bit of an “addition by subtraction” situation. If you could eliminate one thing from the world, in order to improve a lot of other things, what would it be? We took some creative swings at this one. Our own Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila), and Matt Ogihara (@matt_ogi), joined us for this one. Do you have a question…
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We’ve all seen lifters go hard at the beginning and then burn out fast. Is it possible to pace yourself and continue to enjoy it year after year? Is competing the answer? We start off with trying to get consensus on what kinds of dogs we remind each other of. Mike accuses Matt of being into Warhammer, and we wonder if ren fairs are still a thing. O…
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This week’s question comes from our Discord (goodcompanydiscord.com). Bronzielocks asked, “Can you talk about using the sauna for recovery? Or what are your favorite recovery activities?” With all the fads in the fitness space, what --- in our opinions – actually works for us? Our own Avi Lieu (@avi.lieu), Sebastian Brambila (@sebastian_brambila), …
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