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 • 1.8K 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 bodybuilding a sport? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    Is bodybuilding a sport? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    If a sport requires a physical performance that is measured against other competitors, can bodybuilding really be a sport? Or is the actual sport in the preparation? Or is it more like a pageant or even a dog show? We’re totally unqualified to answer these questions, but that didn’t keep us from having opinions.
    Dean Saddoris of Caffeine & Kilos joined us in this discussion. You can find Dean on IG @deansaddoris.ck and at caffeineandkilos.com, along with our gym manager, Kyle Castro @kyle.castroo.
    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com and subscribe for updates about our 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 (@jmanzo523)
     
     
     

    • 11 min
    Why does CrossFit get so much hate? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    Why does CrossFit get so much hate? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    Full-length Wednesday episodes return next week!
     
    As powerlifters, we've observed the impact that CrossFit has had on general fitness, weightlifting, powerlifting, etc. On balance, its influence has been pretty positive, right? So why did/do so many people hate and make fun of it? 
    Dean Saddoris of Caffeine & Kilos joined us in this discussion. C&K has been heavily associated with both CrossFit and weightlifting since the beginning of the brand, so it was great to get his perspective. You can find Dean on IG @deansaddoris.ck and at caffeineandkilos.com, along with our gym manager, Kyle Castro @kyle.castroo.
    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com and subscribe for updates about our 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 (@jmanzo523)
     

    • 10 min
    If you could delete one thing from the fitness world, what would it be? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    If you could delete one thing from the fitness world, what would it be? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    Which one thing do you think we’d be better off without? Is it a social media posturing? A training method? A useless supplement? Or is it just the ways that “fitness” is sold to us?
    Dean Saddoris of Caffeine & Kilos joined us in this discussion. You can find Dean on IG @deansaddoris.ck and at caffeineandkilos.com, along with our gym manager, Kyle Castro @kyle.castroo.
    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com and subscribe for updates about our 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 (@jmanzo523)

    • 10 min
    What’s the best pre-workout? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    What’s the best pre-workout? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    While the main show is on a holiday break, please enjoy this episode of our show, Topic Thunder. 
    How do people decide that they need a boost just to get through a workout? Are some too much and some not enough? What can you get from a pre-workout than you can’t get from a cup of coffee or a caffeine pill?
    Dan Stornaiuolo joined us in this discussion. You can find Dan on IG @stormcloud415, along with our gym manager, Kyle Castro @kyle.castroo.
    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com and subscribe for updates about our 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 (@jmanzo523)

    • 10 min
    Are New Year’s resolutions a cop out? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    Are New Year’s resolutions a cop out? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    Does it matter when you decide to set goals and make changes in your life? Should you keep your goals private until you’ve made some progress? Does stating your goals out loud more or less likely to keep pursuing them? Is any period of improvement worth it…even if you don’t meet your goals?
    Dean Saddoris of Caffeine & Kilos joined us in this discussion. You can find Dean on IG @deansaddoris.ck and at caffeineandkilos.com, along with our gym manager, Kyle Castro @kyle.castroo.
    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com and subscribe for updates about our 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 (@jmanzo523)

    • 10 min
    Who’s on your Fitness Mt. Rushmore? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    Who’s on your Fitness Mt. Rushmore? | Topic Thunder Mini-episode

    While the main show is on a holiday break, please enjoy this episode of Topic Thunder.
    Which four people have contributed the most to the current state of the fitness industry? Or what you enjoy about the industry? Who’s had the broadest impact, and who has meant the most to us?
    Dean Saddoris of Caffeine & Kilos joined us in this discussion. You can find Dean on IG @deansaddoris.ck and at caffeineandkilos.com, along with our gym manager, Kyle Castro @kyle.castroo.
     
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    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com and subscribe for updates about our 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 (@jmanzo523)
     

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Marisa J2 ,

LOVE IT!!!!

This is an great podcast!! This show offers insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!! This show is a must listen!!

Weak power lifter ,

Ect Ect

Good podcast. Have enjoyed the more laid back and actually interview format the last few months vs the original format.

Still miss the OG power cast but some loser had to ruin the best lifting related podcast ever with His selfishness.

Keep up the good content guys! Ect Ect

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!

Jim, host of the 50% Facts podcast, highlights all aspects of health & fitness and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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