Mighty Cast 41: The Trouble with Strength and Fitness

Episode 41

The Trouble with Strength and Fitness

The Rogue Trainer joins us again in this week’s Mighty Cast to discuss the trouble with strength and fitness.

What’s wrong with the strength and fitness industry?

We discuss:

  • The History of the Strength and Fitness Industry
  • The Many Money Making Machines
  • The Extension of Celebrity Culture
  • The Good Guys
  • The Bad Guys
  • The Ugly-est of the Ugly

As well as the usual suspects: Fads, Supplements, Steroids & Straw Men!

Many thanks again to our special guest, The Rogue Trainer (Brian Nassar), for bringing so many great stories and highlights to our discussion!

Our longest podcast yet weighing in at just over 3 hours and 18 minutes, it’s a strength buffet to feast on!

Enjoy!

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Show Notes

Myth Busters: Duct Tape Hour 2

Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the Manly Culture of York Barbell by: John D. Fair publisher: Penn State Press, published: 2008-06-16 ASIN: 0271018550 EAN: 9780271018553 sales rank: 212751 price: $34.93 (new), $24.94 (used)

From the 1930s to the 1980s, the capital of weightlifting in America was York, Pennsylvania, the home of the York Barbell Company. Bob Hoffman, the founder of York Barbell, propagated an ideology of success for Americans seeking physical improvement. Often called the “Father of World Weightlifting,” Hoffman was a pioneer in marketing barbells and health foods. He popularized weight training and inaugurated a golden age of American weightlifting. Muscletown USA–part biography, part business history, and part sports history–chronicles how Hoffman made York the mecca of manly culture for millions of followers worldwide.Hoffman created his so-called muscle empire out of an oil-burner business that he started in the early 1920s. Within a decade, his passion for sport exceeded his need to produce oil burners and by the outset of the Depression he began manufacturing barbells at the factory. He soon discovered a willing public of aspiring weightlifters like himself who would buy not only barbells but also health and fitness products. Hoffman soon recruited a remarkable group of athletes, whom he tagged his “York Gang.” He gave these men jobs in the factory, where they trained for national and international meets. Gradually, Hoffman emerged as one of the most prominent muscle peddlers in America, using his fame and fortune to promote competitive weightlifting, bodybuilding, and powerlifting. Muscletown USA reveals other innovations in which Hoffman played a major role, including weight training for athletes, health foods, bottled spring water, isometrics, and women’s weightlifting. Even anabolic steroids, first used by weightlifters in the early 1960s, were a direct outgrowth of the fitness culture spawned by Hoffman.Meticulously researched and engagingly written, Fair’s book will appeal to a wide range of readers, including anyone fascinated by American sports history and the iron game. John D. Fair is professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Geography at Georgia College & State University in Milledgville, Georgia. He is the author of two books on modern British history. He has competed in more than fifty Olympic and powerlifting meets, coached several teams, taught weight-training classes, staged meets, been a national referee, served on the national weightlifting committee, and even judged a Mr. America contest.

 

IRON NATION by: Bob Whelan publisher: Iron Nation LLC, published: 2011-09-03 ASIN: B005LSD1T8 sales rank: 99857

“There is so much misinformation out there and so many books that are comprised of pseudo scientific mumbo jumbo bull by authors who look like pencil neck geeks. Iron Nation is just the opposite. This book is chock full of REAL information by authors who TRULY know the Iron Game and what it takes to build strength, power, and muscle! Iron Nation is literally a Lessons Learned Bible from some of the best minds in the Iron Game. The workouts alone are a gold mine and the stories will make you smile and laugh. This book will supply all the information you need to attain your physical goals. I highly recommend it!” –Bill Piche, Editor Cyberpump.com

*** THIS IS A BOOK FOR LIFTERS BY LIFTERS. IF YOU ARE A GENERAL FITNESS TONER WHO NEEDS SOMEONE TO TEACH YOU HOW TO DO A TRICEP KICK-BACK, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. IF YOU ALREADY KNOW YOUR WAY AROUND A WEIGHT ROOM YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK! ***

Here is just a tiny sample of what IRON NATION, Passion for Hard Training, will Teach You:

*** First-hand Accounts of How the Old-Timers Really Trained *** Behind the Scene at York Barbell *** Olympic Lifting *** Odd Object Lifting *** High Intensity Training *** Wisdom from Dr. Ted Lambrinides *** Strength & Conditioning in the NFL and College Athletics *** Stories of Brutal Workouts *** Wisdom from Dr. Ken E. Leistner *** The Best Ways to Build Muscle *** Lifting The Inver Stone with Randall J. Strossen, PhD. *** Slow Speed Training *** Powerlifting *** A Brutal Brooks Kubik Dinosaur Workout *** How Arthur Jones Trained *** Bill Starr Workouts *** How to Train Smarter and Avoid Injuries *** How Peary and Mabel Rader Got Started *** Great Training Information from Osmo Kiiha *** Great Information as always from Stuart McRobert *** How Dennis B. Weis Trains *** How Bill Pearl Trains *** Great Information from Bradley J. Steiner

*** OVER 30 DETAILED CHAPTERS COVERING EVERY ASPECT OF WEIGHT TRAINING

 

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by: Carl Sagan publisher: Ballantine Books, published: 1997-02-25 ASIN: 0345409469 EAN: 9780345409461 sales rank: 3938 price: $8.24 (new), $1.25 (used)

“A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.” *Los Angeles Times

“POWERFUL . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.” *The Washington Post Book World

“COMPELLING.” *USA Today

“A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.” *The Sciences

“PASSIONATE.” *San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today’s so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.