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The Scholars & Iron Podcast

Dec 23, 2019

In our last episode of 2019, Joe interviews Josh Rondeau on his first book, 'High School Barbell Club' which was published earlier in the year. Rondeau takes the reader through the very basics of lifting for strength and athleticism, making this work ideal for anyone who has never entered the weight room. But 'High...


Dec 16, 2019

Soviet conjugate training, the Bulgarian method...two systems of strength training which yielded incredible results, ultimately toppling the American dominance over the sport of weightlifting for over a decade. I spoke to veteran Olympic weightlifting coach and author Andrew Charniga (sportivnypress.com) about the...


Dec 9, 2019

In ancient Greek mythology, Hephaestus is the God of Fire. Powerful, clever, he also walks with a limp, disabled since childbirth. Mocked by some, revered by others, his ability to achieve greatness in spite of his disability inspires others. James Norris of Handi-Capable Fitness does just that—inspires others...


Nov 27, 2019

I recently spoke to Heather Squire, an activist and Muay Thai fighter based in Philadelphia, whose own journey from being fearful to conquering herself, manifested in more ways than victory in the ring. We spoke about her training, her political beliefs, and what lay in store next for Heather, as she ventures into...


Nov 25, 2019

Joe talks with James Robinson, PhD candidate in History at Northeastern University, whose dissertation uncovers the forgotten narrative of working-class and leftist athleticism in the 20th century. Unions, it turns out, did more than just fight for wages and better working conditions—they also hosted sporting events...