150 episodes

Life’s too short to be half right! Veteran podcasters Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald 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.

Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

50% Facts with Silent Mike & Jim McD Jim McDonald and Mike Farr

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 188 Ratings

Life’s too short to be half right! Veteran podcasters Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald 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.

Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

    Is this the golden age of MMA? w/Urijah Faber

    Is this the golden age of MMA? w/Urijah Faber

    A special edition episode.
    UFC Hall of Famer, and fellow Sacramento gym owner, Urijah Faber joins us. We talk about how sports fit into the hierarchy of human needs, the growth of combat sports in the past several years…and the power of excuses. He also explains how The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act helps top boxers earn bigger purses than top MMA fighters.
    Tussana Martdee also joins us to offer perspectives from her background in Muay Thai.
    You can find Urijah on Instagram at @urijahfaber and his podcast is at TheCaliCast.com. Tuss is on Instagram at @tusqy10.
    Subscribe for updates about our new gym (Third Street Barbell) and apparel line at 3sb.co! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our next drop!
    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).
    Produced by Jim McDonald
    Production assistance by Sam McDonald.
    Theme by Aaron Moore.
    Branding by Joseph Manzo.

    • 59 min
    Sponsorships: Are they worth it for smaller brands? Are they fair to athletes? | April Q & A

    Sponsorships: Are they worth it for smaller brands? Are they fair to athletes? | April Q & A

    April’s Q and A episode kicks off with an unplanned behind-the-scenes discussion where we explore the question of sponsored athletes/ambassadors. What do brands like ours really expect to get from sponsoring athletes? How much influence do they really have and how would you measure it? What the difference between awareness advertising and direct response advertising with “promo codes?” How would we decide the best fit? Having been on both sides of this question leads us into a lively discussion.
    We also tackled a few more questions:
    Do we still talk to the people we used to lift with? Why are we trying to go to Mars when we don’t even know what’s in our own oceans? Can we settle on our three favorite movies? Subscribe for updates about our new gym (Third Street Barbell) and apparel line at 3sb.co! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our next drop!
    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).
    Produced by Jim McDonald
    Production assistance by Sam McDonald.
    Theme by Aaron Moore.
    Branding by Joseph Manzo.

    • 56 min
    Do influencers create culture or just reflect it? Are there any original creative ideas left? w/Bart Kwan of Barbell Brigade

    Do influencers create culture or just reflect it? Are there any original creative ideas left? w/Bart Kwan of Barbell Brigade

    Bart Kwan is a man with a HUGE platform, so his thoughts on creativity, culture, and social media influence are well…influential. In our second episode with Bart, we broke down these issues, as well as some related questions:
    Is everyone born creative? Does high-quality production undercut authenticity? Where should the moral line be for influencers in promoting products and ideas? You can find Bart on Instagram @bartkwan, at barbellbrigade.com, and on YouTube.
    Subscribe for updates about our new gym (Third Street Barbell) and apparel line at 3sb.co! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our next drop!
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    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).
    Produced by Jim McDonald
    Production assistance by Sam McDonald.
    Theme by Aaron Moore.
    Branding by Joseph Manzo.
     

    • 49 min
    Does Power Unlimited hold up? w/Tommy and Tanner of Massenomics

    Does Power Unlimited hold up? w/Tommy and Tanner of Massenomics

    Inside the Massenomics gym in Western Northeast South Dakota, an ever-vigilant DVD player spins a copy of the circa 2007 documentary “Power Unlimited” around the clock. Who better to have on deck for a look back at that film than the owners of that very gym? We were excited to have Tommy DeFea and Tanner Baird join us for the crossover event nobody knew they needed:
    What was their reaction the first time they saw the film, and how did they get their DVD copy? What scene in the film gets us the most fired up? What’s aged the best, and worst, since it was released? Is powerlifting fundamentally different than it was then? What’s the least believable story? How do Tommy and Tanner fare when we turn the tables and have them play the Overrated/Underrated game from their own podcast? You can find Massenomics on Instagram @massenomics, at massenomics.com, and on their podcast.
    Subscribe for updates about our new gym (Third Street Barbell) and apparel line at 3sb.co! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our next drop!
    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).
    Produced by Jim McDonald
    Production assistance by Sam McDonald.
    Theme by Aaron Moore.
    Branding by Joseph Manzo.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Do you have what it takes to lift and work at home forever? w/Bart Kwan of Barbell Brigade

    Do you have what it takes to lift and work at home forever? w/Bart Kwan of Barbell Brigade

    (This is the first of two episodes with Bart. The second will appear in a few weeks).
    The experience of running multiple businesses over zoom calls, and trying to stay in shape while rarely leaving the house, was enough for Bart and his wife Geo to decide they could free themselves and their family from LA life and move to Las Vegas. The plan? To continue to largely operate remotely as much as possible. With a number of businesses, including a demanding comedy production company and a powerlifting gym with a huge membership, how do they think they’ll make it work?
    Some of our questions:
    When is remote actually better and when is it worse? Is it harder for some than others? What do you do when your motivation for actually working out in a gym is the desire to be around other people? You can find Bart on Instagram @bartkwan, at barbellbrigade.com, and on YouTube.
    Subscribe for updates about our new gym (Third Street Barbell) and apparel line at 3sb.co! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our next drop!
    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).
    Produced by Jim McDonald
    Production assistance by Sam McDonald.
    Theme by Aaron Moore.
    Branding by Joseph Manzo.
     
     

    • 34 min
    “The Last Blockbuster” | A preview of the death of retail? w/Dean Saddoris of Caffeine and Kilos

    “The Last Blockbuster” | A preview of the death of retail? w/Dean Saddoris of Caffeine and Kilos

    The fifth show of any month could literally be about anything. This time it’s a documentary review with our buddy Dean Saddoris. Think of it as meathead movie nerds looking for lessons for our own lives in popular media.
    The hot Netflix documentary “The Last Blockbuster” is a humorous – and quirky – look at the fall of a business that was a huge cultural institution. Could the business cycle of a retail category like video rental stores foretell what effects technological advancements, changes in consumer taste, and well…greed can have on other brick and mortar retail? Even those in the fitness industry? We talk about our experiences with having to actually leave our houses to get movies, and the characters and structure of this super low-budget doc about the Bend, Oregon movie rental store that’s the very last of the chain.
    Some of our questions:
    What personality traits do you need if you’re going to fight an uphill battle to keep a business alive? Could Blockbuster really have bought Netflix, and did Netflix really kill it? Are we supposed to know who all the people featured in the movie are? Would a Blockbuster first date have been the perfect first date? Why didn’t this doc talk about game rentals, too? You can find Dean on Instagram @deansaddoris.ck and at Caffeineandkilos.com
    Subscribe for updates about our new gym (Third Street Barbell) and apparel line at 3sb.co! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our next drop!
    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd).
    Produced by Jim McDonald
    Production assistance by Sam McDonald.
    Theme by Aaron Moore.
    Branding by Joseph Manzo.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

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Geek fest

The GOAT podcast. Two different sides of the same coin bumping their gums has produced a fascinating insight into Powerlifting for the average lifter.

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Silent Mike and Mic out on a great slow that is entertaining and informative.

Tons of great guest speakers and good content. I highly recommend this podcast.

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