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Life’s too short to be half right! Veteran podcasters Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald try to answer a single question without any research – then ask an expert what they got right or wrong. Any question is fair game, but most involve health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, culture…even sex. They walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you.

Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

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Life’s too short to be half right! Veteran podcasters Mike "Silent Mike" Farr and Jim McDonald try to answer a single question without any research – then ask an expert what they got right or wrong. Any question is fair game, but most involve health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, culture…even sex. They walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you.

Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

    New Episode Friday plus Name Our Bear contest!

    New Episode Friday plus Name Our Bear contest!

    Due to scheduling, we're recording this week's episode on Friday 10/30. You can join us live on Jim's YouTube channel at 1:30pm Pacific. The audio episode will be available later in the day.

    This time we have a question for you: What kind of powerlifting video content are you dying to see? 

    ALSO we're running a contest to our bear...the mascot of Third Street Barbell...a name. You could win $250 of merchandise from our next 3sb.co drop!

    Bear contest IG post

    • 2 min
    Why do people think powerlifters have to be fat? Q to the A

    Why do people think powerlifters have to be fat? Q to the A

    Time for a Q and A episode:

    The question was “how do I back off powerlifting gradually and get in better shape?” Our answer is why do people feel like they have to decide between being in good shape and lifting heavy?
    Should you tell your crush Happy Birthday?
    What are our favorite video games?
    What is the definition of a deload?
    And more…

    • 1 hr
    How does a concept become a brand identity? w/Oliver Munby

    How does a concept become a brand identity? w/Oliver Munby

    Our London-based designer, Oliver Munby, joins us to talk about translating the conceptual idea of a brand into the real world. He helped create the overall branding for our new gym and apparel line. Though we didn’t cover it much in the episode, he did a ton of research on our city and our preferences before helping us settle on the look and feel that matched what we had in our heads.

    • 41 min
    What have we learned so far? (PLUS A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT)

    What have we learned so far? (PLUS A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT)

    Rather than surveying what we’ve learned doing this show so far, our 100th episode is a look back at the last few months of our experience of trying to open a gym…during a pandemic.

    Here are some of our thoughts:

    What’s been our biggest challenge so far?
    What’s been the biggest surprise?
    Why do we think we have what it takes to be successful AND happy as gym owners?
    Just how much bullshit is “getting comfortable with being uncomfortable?”
    What are our biggest concerns and unknowns goin

    • 58 min
    Bonus episode for Suicide Prevention Month w/John Romaniello

    Bonus episode for Suicide Prevention Month w/John Romaniello

    We wanted to reinforce our message that while having discussions about mental health can be difficult, they shouldn’t be avoided. The better we understand the struggles others face, the more comfortable we can be in talking about our own.

    This episode is an excerpt from Jim’s The Less Than Obvious Podcast (2018) featuring New York Times bestselling author John Romaniello. He discusses how his lifelong struggle with depression led to a sincere suicide attempt that he initially kept secret from everyon

    • 18 min
    Can injuries be prevented? w/Dr. Ramsey Nijem (Encore)

    Can injuries be prevented? w/Dr. Ramsey Nijem (Encore)

    Injuries can be huge setbacks for competitive athletes. Everyone has a certain window of time in which they can play their best. Time out of competition is time lost that can’t be recovered. For some, they can end a career.

    The question dovetails well with episode 46’s discussion of workload management, but obviously that’s not the whole story. Dr. Ramsey Nijem gives us insight from his doctoral thesis, as well as his work with professional athletes.

    • 45 min

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