The intersection of Effort, Art and Philosophy, a.k.a. The Worst Fitness Podcast in the World, formerly known as The Dissect Podcast. Hosts Michael Blevins and Mark Twight explore the overlapping worlds of effort, action, art, digital and analog in conversations riddled with innuendo, inside jokes, and occasional insight. If you know, you know. Published weekly, usually.
# 177 — Slim Fast with Burkey
Burkey returns for his sixth episode burdened with a little case of "empathy fatigue", i.e. when you exhaust your capacity to tolerate minor inconveniences. We had no useful advice or sympathy for him but did briefly discuss which affects us more, the virus itself or fear of it, and how one goes about vetting information should s/he refuse to take it at face value. After highlighting the difference between asking for permission and asking for information, which is an important distinction and one we are rarely able to self-monitor, Burkey accurately described 2020 by declaring, "it's about power, they need to do it willingly."
A discussion about the NXIVM cult leads to comparisons with the federal government ... I mean, why wouldn't it? Because, when someone else — someone in a leadership position, elected, self-appointed or otherwise — tells you what is information and what is misinformation, well, then you don't have to bother thinking for yourself. Wait, this podcast MUST be disinformation because we are encouraging you to think for yourself.
When the conversation finally turns to diet, Michael declares that it has nothing to do with science, that it is unknown and unknowable ... as mysterious as religion or the universe itself and yet, people "know enough to be ashamed" (of their behavior) but clearly don't care because, "they still drink SlimFast™."
Rabbit holes in this episode include Australia, the War on Drugs, marketing and s****y incentives, decision-fatigue, censorship, and raw milk.
# 176 — Another Perspective
Michael joins Erin and Elodie Guegan to discuss their perspective on athletic training for females and their own journeys through the process of discovering, pursuing, and ultimately growing from their participation in sport.
# 175 — Endurance is Love
Nine months before we published the NonProphet Endurance Manual Michael and Mark sat down with George Briones to discuss which aspects of endurance are important, how to present them coherently, and how to tune the language of fitness to communicate about this particular characteristic. The conversation wasn't intended to be a podcast but instead a forum to explore ideas and refer back to while writing the manual. This was recorded in March 2020 but/and remains relevant because the lessons are timeless and universal. So now it's a podcast episode.
# 174 — Quit, Don't Quit
A few weeks back, Michael sat down with Tyr, Nichole, and Trevor from Black Rifle Coffee to discuss the valuable lessons surrounding the public’s reaction to Olympic athlete Simone Biles' voluntary withdrawal from the women’s individual gymnastics event. The importance of this — however trivial it seems — sparks something deeper, something primal and ancient to human nature, which is why the reaction was worth discussing. “Quit or Don’t Quit” is a fundamental question marking an intersection that each of us will have to acknowledge, and yet there are few honest conversations about it.
# 173 — Rob and Mitchell
Rob is prior-military, now working in the civilian sector, and his son, Mitchell has just been commissioned as an officer after graduating from Army ROTC. Our conversation rambles over many topics, starting with, "What should I be reading?", and touching on language, fitness, tools and appropriate use of them, and Rob's experience of joining the infantry after graduate school in the post-Cold War era, among other things. It was fun to chat with an intelligent, inquisitive, and thoughtful 22 year-old who has chosen the path of service instead of a corporate career in the private sector.
# 172 — Scholarship
Michael and Mark speak about the upcoming NonProphet Symposium, the importance of environment (again), skills as tools, tools themselves, scholarship requirements and applications to attend the Symposium as our guest. The topic of diet and specifically a "primal diet" rears its head, but they don't ever really talk about fitness.
SF Derek episode was amazing
The episode with SF Derek was amazing. Finally someone is talking about the trauma and resulting PTSD that is driving the suicides of so many of our veterans. I applaud Derek for bringing the topic out into the open and letting others know there is treatment. The military has done a terrible job of protecting our soldiers from long term, life-ending mental health issues. I’m sure this one soldier’s talking about his experience will help others find the courage to be vulnerable and get some help. SF Derek will save lives. Thank you for your service and courage.
I wish there was a way to perhaps rate individual podcasts. However, the last one was a really gem in saying, “of course” or “sure”. Anyway, I dunno what I think about this podcast. There are episodes that are good. However, the one on the “scholarship” was pretentious. Like good for you for starting jiu jitsu and training actors. Talk about hubris and humility. Sure you guys are cool in person. The podcast with Jon B was good; he always delivers.
Kegan Is Gone
Back to the OG crew.
Kegan felt forced and fake, wanting to be like blevins and mark.
A great shift back to the original