283 episodes

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 every Wednesday. Shorter episodes every Friday, dedicated to answering a question from listeners.

Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

50% Facts with Silent Mike & Jim McD Jim McDonald

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 1.8K Ratings

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 every Wednesday. Shorter episodes every Friday, dedicated to answering a question from listeners.

Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

    Ground turkey vs ground beef vs ground chicken | One Good Question

    Ground turkey vs ground beef vs ground chicken | One Good Question

    This week’s question from our Discord:

    ArrogantFool asked, “Why do people use ground turkey instead of ground beef to lose weight when the macros and calories are nearly identical and there isn't a cost advantage?” We kinda misread this question in prep for this episode, so ground chicken got thrown in the mix as well.

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    Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us!

    Join our Discord for free! https://discord.com/invite/XVvJ5eNzdq

    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com https://www.thirdstreetbarbell.com/ and subscribe for updates about our apparel line at 3sb.co https://3sb.co/!

    Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our NEXT DROP!

    Check out our podcast website: 50percentfacts.com https://www.50percentfacts.com/

    50% Facts is a Spreaker Prime podcast on OCN – the Obscure Celebrity Network.
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    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) https://www.instagram.com/silentmikke/ and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). https://www.instagram.com/thejimmcd/ Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Sam McDonald. Theme by Aaron Moore. Branding by Joseph Manzo (@jmanzo523)

    • 11 min
    The Pandora’s Box of Powerlifting

    The Pandora’s Box of Powerlifting

    In the time since we discussed this situation last week, the scandals of a particular powerlifting federation -- the USPA --have come into sharper focus. Pandora’s Box has been flung open, and there’s been a scramble to stuff the evil and suffering back inside.

    Where’s the line between holding an organization accountable for turning a blind eye to unspeakable acts and stirring an angry mob to chase Frankenstein’s monster with torches and pitchforks? (Are there any more metaphors we can muddle here?)

    Can organizations recover when called on the carpet for their lack of accountability? How are lifters supposed to react, and better yet, where should they lift? How much change can members truly expect if leadership changes but ownership remains the same?

    We have more questions than answers, but the questions bear discussion.

    Listener resources: That first IG post about the USPA ____

    Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us! Join our Discord for free! https://discord.com/invite/XVvJ5eNzdq

    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com https://www.thirdstreetbarbell.com/ and subscribe for updates about our apparel line at 3sb.co https://3sb.co/! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our NEXT DROP!

    Check out our podcast website: 50percentfacts.com https://www.50percentfacts.com/ 50% Facts is a Spreaker Prime podcast on OCN – the Obscure Celebrity Network.

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    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) https://www.instagram.com/silentmikke/ and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). https://www.instagram.com/thejimmcd/ Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Sam McDonald. Theme by Aaron Moore. Branding by Joseph Manzo (@jmanzo523)

    • 32 min
    Can you be too talented to need a coach? | NetFlix Doc series Break Point

    Can you be too talented to need a coach? | NetFlix Doc series Break Point

    Dean Saddoris is back to help us break down the first episode of the new Netflix documentary series “Break Point,” which documents up-and-coming tennis stars during the 2022 Grand Slam season.

    Gifted “bad boy” Nick Kyrgios and his play during the Australian Open is the focus of episode 1. He has no coach, only plays tennis nine or ten weeks a year, and has an explosive on-court personality. We explore whether some athletes are so gifted that coaching and consistent, disciplined practice might make them LESS successful.

    We kick off the episode with a conversation about a series of IG posts by @goob_u2 detailing scandals within the USPA and the federation’s unwillingness to deal with them. Dean Saddoris of Caffeine & Kilos is back for this discussion. You can find Dean on IG @deansaddoris.ck and at caffeineandkilos.com

    Listener resources: Break Point on IMDB That IG post about the USPA
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    Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us! Join our Discord for free! https://discord.com/invite/XVvJ5eNzdq

    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com https://www.thirdstreetbarbell.com/ and subscribe for updates about our apparel line at 3sb.co https://3sb.co/! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our NEXT DROP!

    Check out our podcast website: 50percentfacts.com https://www.50percentfacts.com/ 50% Facts is a Spreaker Prime podcast on OCN – the Obscure Celebrity Network.
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    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) https://www.instagram.com/silentmikke/ and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). https://www.instagram.com/thejimmcd/ Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Sam McDonald. Theme by Aaron Moore.

    • 58 min
    Most people give low effort in the gym? | Topic Thunder

    Most people give low effort in the gym? | Topic Thunder

    This episode is about reacting to a hot take that was sent to us:

    Most people are putting in such low effort in the gym, it’s a waste of time!

    What’s the right amount of effort for most people? Is any effort really better than sitting on the couch? Is any time in the gym really wasted?

    Our own Kyle Castro and Sebastian Brambila on Instagram join us for this one. Kyle’s on Instagram at @kyle.castroo and Sebastian at @sebastian_brambila .
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    Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion.

    If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us! Join our Discord for free! https://discord.com/invite/XVvJ5eNzdq

    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com https://www.thirdstreetbarbell.com/ and subscribe for updates about our apparel line at 3sb.co https://3sb.co/! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our NEXT DROP!

    Check out our podcast website: 50percentfacts.com https://www.50percentfacts.com/

    50% Facts is a Spreaker Prime podcast on OCN – the Obscure Celebrity Network.
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    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) https://www.instagram.com/silentmikke/ and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). https://www.instagram.com/thejimmcd/ Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Sam McDonald. Theme by Aaron Moore. Branding by Joseph Manzo (@jmanzo523)

    • 8 min
    Pete Rubish

    Pete Rubish

    We catch up with one of our favorite lifters from one of our favorite eras of powerlifting, Pete Rubish. We chat about adapting to drug-free lifting, how powerlifting has grown and changed in the last decade, and how it feels to no longer be one of the young, up-and-coming lifters. We also get Pete’s thoughts on three years of owning a gym, and what impresses him when evaluating young lifters in his gym.

    Pete’s on Instagram at @pete.rubish and his website koa-strong.com

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    Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us!

    Join our Discord for free! https://discord.com/invite/XVvJ5eNzdq

    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com https://www.thirdstreetbarbell.com/ and subscribe for updates about our apparel line at 3sb.co https://3sb.co/! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our NEXT DROP! Check out our podcast website: 50percentfacts.com https://www.50percentfacts.com/ 50% Facts is a Spreaker Prime podcast on OCN – the Obscure Celebrity Network.

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    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) https://www.instagram.com/silentmikke/ and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). https://www.instagram.com/thejimmcd/ Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Sam McDonald. Theme by Aaron Moore. Branding by Joseph Manzo (@jmanzo523)

    • 55 min
    Should gym owners yell about stuff like dirty bars? | Topic Thunder

    Should gym owners yell about stuff like dirty bars? | Topic Thunder

    Not every gym member knows the unwritten rules…or follows the written ones.

    How should gym owners handle those situations?

    Our own gym manager Kyle Castro and lead trainer Avi Lieu join us for this one. Kyle’s on Instagram at @kyle.castroo and Avi on @avi.lieu.

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    Have a question for one of our Friday “One Good Question” episodes? Hit us up on social media and use the hashtag #onegoodquestion. If your question is picked, you’ll get something special from us!

    Join our Discord for free! https://discord.com/invite/XVvJ5eNzdq

    Check out our gym (Third Street Barbell) at ThirdStreetBarbell.com https://www.thirdstreetbarbell.com/ and subscribe for updates about our apparel line at 3sb.co https://3sb.co/! Local memberships and international fresh fits! Get early access to our NEXT DROP!

    Check out our podcast website: 50percentfacts.com https://www.50percentfacts.com/

    50% Facts is a Spreaker Prime podcast on OCN – the Obscure Celebrity Network.
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    Hosted by Mike Farr (@silentmikke) https://www.instagram.com/silentmikke/ and Jim McDonald (@thejimmcd). https://www.instagram.com/thejimmcd/ Produced by Jim McDonald Production assistance by Sam McDonald. Theme by Aaron Moore. Branding by Joseph Manzo (@jmanzo523)

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Mrandio1 ,

One of my favorites

Always funny, always dropping knowledge and no fake stuff. Just some good guys teaching you about being a better person, better lifter, and having some laughs along the way. Been following Mike and Jim for a long time now and there’s a good reason for it.

thrdskreat ,

Was better

Jim is great. Mike...ehhh. But.....Avi? No thank you. She doesn’t have much to contribute. Nothing personal, but her voice isn’t made for this kind of platform.

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!!

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