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#25 "The Government and the Gains" - Dr Rachel Louise Moran

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Release Date: 07/14/2020

#35 #35 "Teaching the Iron" - Michael Dalton

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I sat down with high school Spanish teacher and natural bodybuilder, powerlifter and strongman--Mr. Michael Dalton (or if you're not his student, just Dalton). We had a great time talking about his high school powerlifting club and what it's like to teach young adult the fine art of the barbell. Plus, I have some updates for the podcast you won't wanna miss! 

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#34 #34 "Philosophize with a Barbell" - Kyle Keough

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The knowledge of using tools is effectively the knowledge of how we extend our bodies beyond are given physiology. Kyle Keough is a powerlifting coach and a student of philosophy, and writes about the barbell in a similar manner. We discussed philosophers like Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michel Foucault, and what they can tell us about powerlifting and its own evolution.

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#33 #33 "Iron Sharpens Iron, II" - Swede Burns

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Continuing on from our previous episode in Iron Sharpens Iron, Part I, Swede discusses his new calling as a Christian and the need to help others. We also discussed faith under quarantine, and why sometimes political divisions need not be so emotionally-charged.

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#32 #32 "Iron Sharpens Iron, I" - Swede Burns

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What does it mean to have faith under the bar? And how does Christianity relate to a support where risking it all means injury—if not certain death? Joe sits down with with Swede Burns, elite powerlifter, father of the 5thSet methodology, published poet, and devout Christian to talk about faith and the iron. This is part one in a two-part series called Iron Sharpens Iron.

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Women Empowered show art Women Empowered

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Chris Praml of Precision Video Solutions and Joe are teaming up to create high-quality content on the cultural, social, and philosophical disposition of physical strength in our society today. The first in the series is Women Empowered (2021) which looks at at the changing perceptions and challenges of women powerlifters. The film is dedicated to raising money for Pull Your Heart Out, a women-led nonprofit focusing on powerlifting for women.

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#31 #31 "The Practicing Life" - Daniel Kunitz

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How do we view fitness in our live? Today, there is a small, but significant population who have shirked its hobby-like status and have transformed fitness into veritable outlook on life itself. They seek to embody what writer and journalist Kunitz calls, the practicing life. But is this just another cultish byproduct of late modernity, or does being physically have deeper philosophical roots than we might expect?

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#30 #30 "Monumental Differences, Same Goal" - Blaine Dulin

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Blaine Dulin is a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and a powerlifting coach here in Northern Virginia. He’s trained numerous champs in powerlifting of all ages, and has observed the differences when it comes to gender as well as age. Most of Blaine’s athletes have been trained from the ground up, and understands how some of the bigger factors like age and genetics play.  

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#29 #29 "On Basque Rural Sports" - Maeve Eguzkia

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Indigenous strength sports have been around for hundreds of years—if not a millennia—with nearly every culture claiming their own. These sports are centered on lifting or throwing stones, oxcarts, and axes. But will the popularity of these pre-industrial sports survive and changing and unpredictable economy? I spoke with Maeve Eguzkia, a Basque-American, who’s a competitor in powerlifting, Scottish Highland Games, as well as Herri Kirolak—or Basque popular sports.

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#28 #28 "Suicide and Lifting" - Dr Marilia Coutinho

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Dr Marilia Coutinho is a member of the Ronin Institute, a Brazilian academic trained in both the natural and social scientists—and she’s also an elite powerlifter. She will be releasing a book on suicide and its relationship to lifting, entitled “Lifting and Suicide:  How Lifting and Strength Sports Help the Hopeless” published by the Ronin Institute. Dr Coutinho spoke about how lifting can play a preventive role, but the culture may have some pitfalls for those who are prone to it.

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#27 #27 "Of Powerlifting and Poetry" - Swede Burns

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Swede Burns is an elite powerlifter, author of the famous 5th Set, and he is also a published author in his own right, his first collection called “Clues About Ghosts” poems of intimacy and despair”. Swede has been compared poets like Charles Bukowski, touching on the kaleidoscope world of romance, love-loss, miscommunication, in a very contemporary, relatable manner.

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The ideal physique is often seen as a product of individual labor, and could be interpreted in some sense as counter-cultural to how most people look today. But did you know that in the 1930s, the US government was actively promoting and shaping the ideal masculine physique? It’s hard to imagine any administration doing such a thing, but according to Dr Rachel Moran, in her book, Governing Bodies, presidents such as Franklin Roosevelt as well as John F Kennedy were spearheading state-wide initiatives to get American men looking lean and strong. I spoke to Dr Moran, who’s an assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas about her book, and some of its key findings.