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The Scholars & Iron Podcast


Jan 6, 2020

French philosopher René Descartes once suggested that the earliest conceptions of the gravity stemmed from our understanding of the soul. And for the powerlifter, this connection between the mind and gravity ought to give us some pause—it certainly did for JM Blakley. Many know Blakley for his impressive records he held while an elite bench presser at Westside Barbell. He’s a PhD, coach, and ordained reverend, who has his own unique brand of metaphysical insight. Joe speaks to JM about the mind and body, Eastern philosophy, what grad school was like for him, his critique of conjugate training, and his own personal theology. Season 2, Episode #14 is one heavy-hitter!