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Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer involves. THEN, we bring in a subject-matter expert to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong. We walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Hosted by Mike Farr and Jim McDonald. Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer involves. THEN, we bring in a subject-matter expert to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong. We walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Hosted by Mike Farr and Jim McDonald. Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer involves. THEN, we bring in a subject-matter expert to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong. We walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Hosted by Mike Farr and Jim McDonald. Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer involves. THEN, we bring in a subject-matter expert to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong. We walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Hosted by Mike Farr and Jim McDonald. Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com
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Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer involves. THEN, we bring in a subject-matter expert to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong. We walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Hosted by Mike Farr and Jim McDonald. Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer involves. THEN, we bring in a subject-matter expert to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong. We walk away with a better sense of the facts…and so do you. Hosted by Mike Farr and Jim McDonald. Business inquiries: Jim@thejimmcd.com

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Episodes

Blood Flow Restriction Training: Is it all it’s pumped up to be? w/Layne Norton, PhD

1/16/2019
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You can call it Blood Flow Restriction (BRF), occlusion, or Kaatsu, but the idea is all the same: Keep some extra blood in the muscles of your arm or leg and get a massive pump. But is this superior to working out the regular way? When should you use it, and does it have any effect on rehab/recovery? We ponder these questions and discus our own experience. Then, we bring in Layne Norton, someone with a long history of using this type of training, to help us understand what the actual...

Duration:00:27:27

Is Sports-specific Training a Gimmick? w/Jacob Ross

1/9/2019
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Can activities in the gym that are built around the requirements of a specific sport actually help athletes get better at that sport? Our good friend, Jacob Ross -- an athletic performance coach and consultant who currently works with Luol Deng of Minnesota Timberwolves – joined us as our expert to answer this question. As always, the question spawns more questions: We kick off the episode talking about how technology is getting more challenging for us to keep up with. Our ideas about...

Duration:00:47:13

Is All the Fake Sugar Hate Just Fake News? w/Layne Norton, PhD

1/2/2019
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We get started by talking about what’s becoming a pretty uncommon experience for a lot of people: Actually leaving your house to watch a movie. Wrapping up a run of nutrition and diet-related episodes, we talk about a group of substances that are common in a lot of people’s diets at this time of year: Artificial sweeteners (fake sugar). Is fake sugar’s impact on our gut micro-biome a problem? Does fake sugar cause an insulin response similar to sugar. Is there a legitimate cancer...

Duration:00:26:41

What is (Dietary) Fat and Why Does It Make Everything Delicious? with Eric Helms, PhD

12/26/2018
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Our fourth episode takes a look at the final macronutrient: fat. We spend a few minutes discussing the documentary “Transformer” about Janae Marie Kroczaleski…and our small part in it. We also discuss streaming services and how hard it is to get everything we want to watch in one place these days. Then, we jump into fat. We know that fat has the most calories per gram of the three macros, and that people on ketogenic diets eat a lot of it. Beyond that, we have a lot more questions: Why...

Duration:00:40:14

What is the Glycemic Index (and should it make us eat some kinda way)? w/Layne Norton, PhD

12/20/2018
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In our third episode, we take a side step from carbs into the glycemic index – the potential impact of differing amounts of carbs in foods. We kick things off with a quick discussion about the inherent strangeness of making friends with people we’ve never met in person. Shifting to this week’s question (and some related issues): Is the index accurate for non-diabetics? Does it really have that much of an impact on weight gain or loss? Is brown rice better than white rice? What impacts...

Duration:00:51:57

What Are Carbohydrates (and Why Is Everybody So Mad at Them)? w/Eric Helms

12/12/2018
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Our second episode is a look at a second macronutrient: carbohydrates. After a quick discussion about the fact that we’re probably both HSP (Highly Sensitive People), we talk about some of our goals for the show and ways that you can get involved. We run down some of our basic “knowledge” about carbs, but were left with a few questions: Are some sugars better than others? If all sugars end with “-ose?” Do you sound like a douche if you use the term CHO? Then, we bring in Eric Helms,...

Duration:00:45:30

What is (Dietary) Protein Anyway? (with Eric Helms, PhD)

12/5/2018
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We’re kicking this new show off by asking seemingly basic questions about diet and nutrition. First up, “What is (dietary) protein anyway?" After a quick catch up session, we talk through the “facts” of what we think we know about this question – which, of course raises even more questions like... How much protein do you really need? What’s a complete protein? How many essential amino acids are there? Then, we bring in Eric Helms, PhD. to give us the low down. Eric has a BS in fitness...

Duration:00:50:54

Introducing "50% Facts" | December 5, 2018

11/28/2018
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Introducing 50% Facts! A brand new show from Mike Farr and Jim McDonald Premiering December 5, 2018 Most of us walk around knowing about HALF of what we think we know. On this show, we take a single, granular question on a particular topic (related to health, fitness, nutrition, mental health, sex, etc.) and try to list what we THINK the answer involves. THEN we bring in a subject-matter expert to tell us what we got right and what we got wrong. We walk away with a better sense of the...

Duration:00:01:36

PC250 | FINAL POWERCAST | Guest: Tyler Cartwright of Keto Gains

2/1/2018
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This is the final episode of the PowerCast, released on Feb 1, 2018. The new show in this feed is 50% Facts with Jim McDonald and Mike Farr. Tyler Cartwright used to weigh over 500 lbs. After years of work, he doesn't anymore. Listen to the story of the day that caused him to decide to take his life in a different direction. Through the Keto Gains community, he's helped many more people work toward solutions to lifelong weight problems. You can find him on the Keto Gains website and on...

Duration:01:35:45

PCBONUS4 | Best of 2017 Encore | Stan Efferding: Small Changes, Big Impacts #180

1/3/2018
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PowerCast episode originally released Jan 3, 2018. Our informal poll on Instagram a couple weeks ago showed that Stan Efferding was YOUR favorite guest of 2017. While we're still on a break, here's an encore of the most downloaded episode we did with Stan in 2017. Original Episode Notes: Stan Efferding returns to the show for our first episode of the new year. We talk about how your success in business is shaped by how you get started, and about how very small changes in your diet and...

Duration:01:45:33

PCBONUS3 | Best of 2017 Encore | Steve Austin Returns! | Ep #201

12/29/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Dec 28, 2017. Another great encore episode while were on holiday break! Original Episode Notes: WWE legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin returns to the show while we’re on location in Los Angeles. You didn’t know Steve had been on the show before? Hell, he was on episode #11! This was his first time on the show in person rather than on the phone. Steve joined us at Chris Bell’s house and Chris sat in as guest co-host. We kick it off with some trash...

Duration:01:24:47

PCBONUS2| Best of 2017 | Kelly Starrett & Matt Vincent #202 + Bonus Content

12/27/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Dec 19, 2017. While we're on a holiday break, here's the most popularly downloaded episode of 2017...and in this case...ever! This time we've thrown in about 10 bonus minutes at the end from episode 6 of Matt's UMSO podcast, which is an interview with Kelly. Original Episode Notes: Our good friends bestselling author and mobility guru, Kelly Starrett, and Highland Games champ, Matt Vincent join us for a fun and insightful conversation. We cover a...

Duration:02:37:39

PC249 | 2017 Round Up

12/22/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Dec 19, 2017. With over 60 guests, 69 original episodes (representing over 90 hours of audio content, AND 90 hours of video content), 2017 was a big year for the PowerCast. We talk through the impact of some the most notable guests and episodes from this year. We also discuss the results for our informal “Favorite Guest of 2017” poll. Thanks to all of our guests and everyone who listened or watched…And thanks to all of our 2017 sponsors! PowerCast...

Duration:01:47:07

PC248 | Paul Gomez - Raw and Authentic

12/20/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Dec 19, 2017> From the beach to the boardroom might sound like a cliché, but our guest has been there. Paul was a co-founder of the surf brand Hurley, joined Nike when it acquired the company, and now works with Progenex. He also works with growing businesses on branding. His story is different than any we’ve featured on the show. This episode was recorded in May…and kinda got lost in the shuffle in the intervening months. Mark Bell and Jim McDonald...

Duration:01:58:31

PC247 | Stick to the Script!

12/15/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Dec 14, 2017. Some of the Sling Shot staff put together a list of topics for us, and we tackle them without any prep. Some of the topics, Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, rumors of another McGregor v. Mayweather fight, suspensions at the NFL Network for sexual misdeeds, and the after effects of that viral bullying video. Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo. Audio and Video...

Duration:01:02:06

PC246 | JP Price: Building Toward Success and More 1,000 lb Squats

12/13/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Dec 12, 2017. JP Price, one of just a few men to have squatted over a grand, walked out and raw, joins us. We talk about his love of training, his joy in building a strong community of lifters, and his latest challenge --- running a new powerlifting gym in Kansas City. Be sure to check this one out. JP is one of the most positive people in powerlifting, and he's a professional Santa! You can find JP on IG at @jplifts_sbc Mark Bell and Jim McDonald...

Duration:01:15:43

PC245 | Maybe Just Keep Your Hands To Yourself?

12/8/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Dec 7, 2017. We talk about the current sexual harassment scandals, and contemplate whether there are considerations what should be made in the gym environment. Mark reaches out across the country for web help, and then makes another trip to the Onnit Academy. Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo. Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald

Duration:00:47:40

PC244 | Phil Stevens of the Iron Radio Podcast

12/6/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Dec 5, 2017. Jim had a chance to sit down with one of our long-time friends, Phil Stevens, at the recent Reebok Record Breakers meet. Phil has been a co-host of the Iron Radio podcast for 10 years, and owns a small, but profitable, harcore gym where he only takes on the clients he wants to work with. That's a situation that every trainer/coach would love. He had just successfully returned to the platform after a couple for major surgeries, including a...

Duration:00:36:59

PC243 | Brooke Ence – Acting with Superheroes, Overcoming Injuries, and Battling Imposter Syndrome

12/1/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Nov 30, 2017. Crossfit Games Athlete (2015) Brooke Ence joins us to talk about appearing in the Wonder Woman and Justice League films as an Amazon, overcoming a painful neck injury, and learning to get past the feeling that you don’t deserve what you’ve worked hard to gain. You can find Brooke on social media at @brookeence. Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo. Audio and Video...

Duration:02:11:19

PC242 | Greener Grass Syndrome

11/29/2017
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PowerCast episode originally released Nov 28, 2017. We talk about how often people changes workouts, diets, and even coaches because results are not coming as fast as they want. Is that a good idea? We also get into the Turnover Chain, The Sexiest Man Alive, and the explosion of gun violence. Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host. @thejimmcd PowerCast theme by Aaron Moore PowerCast logo by Joseph Manzo. Audio and Video produced by Jim McDonald

Duration:01:24:44