94 episodes

They prefer verbs over nouns, action over words, and ends over means. But every once in a while Mark Twight, Michael Blevins and Ross McGarvey must tie the loose ends together or cut them off to make a new end. The Dissect podcast is where they do that.

The Dissect Podcast The Dissect Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2, 230 Ratings

They prefer verbs over nouns, action over words, and ends over means. But every once in a while Mark Twight, Michael Blevins and Ross McGarvey must tie the loose ends together or cut them off to make a new end. The Dissect podcast is where they do that.

    The Dissect Podcast #94 – Corey Rich

    The Dissect Podcast #94 – Corey Rich

    Corey Rich is a climber and photographer, a director, a gifted speaker and storyteller, which likely stems from being a teacher and educator at heart. He has shot some of the most iconic photographs in the field of climbing, many of these are the topic...

    • 2 hr 20 min
    The Dissect Podcast #93 – Nick Lazz

    The Dissect Podcast #93 – Nick Lazz

    Nic Lazz is a bartender, hospitalitan, rock climber, tattoo aficionado, connoisseur of experience, and a world traveler who loves punk rock. He dropped by the NonProphet Event Center to visit, discuss, and share some spirits from small, craft distillers in Mexico and also Scotland. The...

    • 2 hr 31 min
    The Dissect Podcast #92 – Rebecca Ferri

    The Dissect Podcast #92 – Rebecca Ferri

    Rebecca Ferri aka BEXX is an artist and adventurer who has called Canmore, Alberta home for almost a decade after moving, first, west (from Ontario) and then back east (from Squamish, BC). Out west she discovered the downhill mountain biking for which the Coast is...

    • 2 hr 15 min
    The Dissect Podcast #91 – WeMove

    The Dissect Podcast #91 – WeMove

    Ep. 91 Part One WeMove Magazine’s Chris Baker and James Shaw join Mark and Michael to discuss the intersection of creativity, pain, and pleasure. Traveling the world to curate content for their magazine was the practical excuse for what their spirits desired—to both meet and...

    • 1 hr 55 min
    The Dissect Podcast #90 – CHANGING GAMES, DIABETES and DEATH

    The Dissect Podcast #90 – CHANGING GAMES, DIABETES and DEATH

    Michael and Mark discuss the Game Changers “documentary” — as several others have recently — digging into contradictions, omissions, the lack of truth seeking in favor of pushing an agenda, etc. This is a trivial and boring discussion about human nature, greed, false-altruism, so-called “health...

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Dissect Podcast #89 – Profit, Prophets, Art, Porn, and Information Overload

    The Dissect Podcast #89 – Profit, Prophets, Art, Porn, and Information Overload

    Michael and Mark discuss profit, value, and win-win trade relationships as well as the so-called prophets who inundate us with information that suffocates creativity and dissent. This opens the topic of politics, control, and eventually some learning and inspiration from an unlikely podcast. Along the...

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

just keep living ,

When it’s good, it’s good, but it’s not good often

For those of you that don’t know, Mark Twight is an accomplished alpinist, coach, and endurance athlete, and he’s seen more in one lifetime than most people would see if they lived their life one ten times over. He’s made a name for himself by taking a contrarian approach to most anything he does, beginning with his climbing career. This has landed him in some hot water at times, and perhaps coincidentally, he’s had fallings out with CrossFit, an organization he was involved with in its infancy, and Gym Jones, a gym he founded with his then-wife Lisa that was elevated to a mystical status with Twight’s training of the actors for movies like 300 and Man of Steel. Twight is now on his own with his new gym/company, Non-Prophet.

I enjoy it when Twight has guests like Andy Stumpf on; people who are successful in their own right, of a like mind, yet bring a different perspective on training, mindset, and (for lack of a better term) life philosophy.

And yet, having followed Twight’s writings for a while, this podcast is disappointing. As other reviewers have mentioned, Michael Blevins, a former hair dresser who’s now working for Twight as a coach, is prone to going on pedantic tangents about topics like whatever Joseph Campbell book he’s read recently, and it’s really not the content I tune into Mark Twight for. As far as I can tell, the guy’s claim to fame is being really good at teaching other people how to exercise. Good for him, but I didn’t tune in to hear his off-topic rants.

Additionally, it seems like everyone on this podcast has watched “Fight Club” one thousand two many times. Their existentialist aversion to whatever comforts of modern life they find themselves disillusioned with recently, like the fact that the government is trying to do right by the American people by sending them one-time checks for no more than $1200 in order to soften the devastating economic fallout from coronavirus, is churlish. It’s the kind of self-seeking rhetoric you’d expect to hear from a philosophy grad student doing a thesis about Jean-Paul Sartre. Yeah, people are fat and lazy today, we get it. That doesn’t mean we need to throw out every comfort of modern life like one of their podcast guests, Jack Donovan, has all but called for in his writings. As an aside, Blevins, Twight, et. al. have been posting links for “Durden 2020” stickers on Instagram.

Again, there’s some great content in this podcast, but as someone who’s followed Twight for a while, this podcast has become something I only occasionally listen to based on who the guest is.

Alexjbond ,

Hit and miss

When Dissect is good, it’s very, very good. They have some fascinating guests and Mark Twight is an incredible thinker about motivation, personality, community, and so much. Unfortunately there are also some episodes that are really bad. Michael Blevins is borderline unlistenable - a human manifestation of the Dunning-Kruger effect who talks all over the far more interesting guests and can’t help but go off on moronic tangents and inside jokes.

The episodes where Twight and the guests drive the conversation are great, like the first Scott Backes or Brian Harder episodes for example. When Blevins takes over, I fast forward.

killingcancer ,

Off the treadmill

Love the outside of the box thinking! My first Mountaineering book was Kiss orKill. Been in the mountains ever since, although not big mountains. BC and the west. Now off to sailing, so many of your thoughts seem to translate to sailing. Love it!

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