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The intersection of Effort, Art and Philosophy, a.k.a. The Worst Fitness Podcast in the World, formerly known as The Dissect Podcast. Hosts Michael Blevins, Kegan Dillon and Mark Twight explore the overlapping worlds of effort, action, art, digital and analog in conversations riddled with innuendo, inside jokes, and occasional insight. If you know, you know. Published weekly, usually.
 
How can one summarize my podcast? The answer to that is to listen to the music that has been provided for your listening pleasure. I grew up in chicago, where house music was a house hold name at one time. It's totally underground now, where lolly pop rap dominates the mainstream airwaves. My attempt is to give you what you have been missing. Attempting to have style all my own. I have the influence of Frankie Knuckles, Andre Hatchett, Ron Hardy, Pharris Thomas, Steve Silk Hurley, JamMaster ...
 
Since 2002 Alpinist has striven to push creative boundaries with everything we do, from award-winning climbing journalism and creative writing to photography and art. Now, with the Alpinist podcast, we aim to extend our conversations with climbers and community members into interviews and oral histories that will entertain and educate our listeners with everything from dramatic and humorous adventure tales to in-depth discussions of the most significant issues in the climbing world today. Mo ...
 
VERITABLE INFUSION is one of several French translations for Naturally Flavoured. That is the only common denominator going on here; the music is naturally flavoured, crashing and gliding through many styles, from really old country and blues to dalliances with psychedelia, a lot of soul and funk from around the world, and usually topped off with a dose of reggae. Most weeks I insert some theme which is hoped to add some edification to the entertainment. Themes vary from the earliest Canadia ...
 
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The topic and use of social media is more of a minefield today than ever and many are examining their relationships with the various platforms. Michael, Kegan and Mark discuss their individual ideas (again) and map out a plan to wean themselves and the NonProphet project off the social media teat. The various issues addressed begin with the fact th…
 
On Episode 212 of the Enormocast, brothers in spray, Andrew Bisharat and Steve Dilk return for the annual chat about the fallen trends in climbing. Despite 2020 being a hellscape, we still managed a tongue-in-cheek raucous conversation about the stuff we lost to COVID’s shut downs and economic hardship, as well as long time trends … Continue readin…
 
Drew Manning is a NYT best selling author, Coach, and Keto advocate. He first gathered attention in 2011 by purposefully gaining 72lbs of body fat and allowed the world to witness his ability to get back to a fit and lean state. Through that journey he discovered the power of empathy as a coaching tool that changed the way he saw his clients and th…
 
Kevin is an athlete, business-owner/operator, seeker, new dog-owner and a fellow we have been talking with about fitness and competition and preparation and expectations and injury and dealing with all of that since mid-2018. In this spontaneous conversation — that surprised all of us — we cover a lot of ground. If you want to hear some insight abo…
 
On Episode 211 of the Enormocast, I connect with climber and photographer, Drew Smith. After growing up in Eastern Montana, Drew Smith set out on a life of adventure and work in his late teens. A snowboarding accident lead him to discover the relatively impact free world of climbing in his early twenties. Coupling climbing … Continue reading "Enorm…
 
In another mobile installment Mark sits down with Heidi Franz and Joe Holmes to talk about riding and racing bikes. Heidi is a professional racer, currently riding for Rally Cycling. She describes her rapid trajectory to the pro ranks, from starting with a collegiate club where she earned the national omnium title twice as well as winning the natio…
 
In this episode, Derek Franz narrates “To Look the Bear in the Eye: The Life of Yasushi Yamanoi,” a story by Sartaj Ghuman that was first published in Alpinist 62 (Summer 2018). Yamanoi is among the few who have established new climbs, alone and in alpine style, on 8000-meter peaks. His many significant climbs earned him a Piolet d’Or Asia Lifetime…
 
On Episode 210 of the Enormocast, we journey into the impossibly distant past of a year ago for an interview recorded in the pre-pandemic bliss of January 2020 with climber, guidebook author, and artist, Jason Nelson. Jason hails from Maine, but is most associated with the small town with big climbing aspirations: Ouray, Colorado. As … Continue rea…
 
Josh Tyler was visiting from the east coast so Michael, Kegan and Mark convinced him to sit down and discuss current affairs like prostate exams, virology, cannibalism, vocabulary and the effect of language on life experience. Later in the conversation they unveil the NonProphet New Years Resolution Challenge and discuss possible strategies for com…
 
Ian Strimbeck grew up in New England and spent a lot of time outdoors, hiking, camping and riding a mountain bike before joining the Marine Corps upon graduating from high school. After separating he earned a degree in journalism-focused communication, with a minor in psychology, and took a variety of jobs, doing executive protection, working doors…
 
Kegan, Michael and Mark talk about COVID, of course, how one should comport oneself when meeting and greeting others these days, and how to handle personal hygiene/care: wear a mask where appropriate, create distance when feasible, wash your hands, don't touch eyes, mouth, nose, etc., oh, and lose weight, eat better, exercise to stimulate immune fu…
 
On Episode 209, I sit down on home turf in Carbondale, Colorado with climber and engineer, Natalie Afonina. Natalie grew up in the States but with a strong connection to her parents homeland, mother Russia. Fluent in Russian and holder of dual citizenship, Natalie has used that pedigree to her advantage as she’s travelled the … Continue reading "Ep…
 
Michael and Mark open this conversation discussing a fraudulent business and hypothesize how NonProphet might relax ideals and standards and ethics in order to achieve success using the same tactics. But lies and inauthenticity are not in their nature so marketing bullshit isn't on the menu. Part of any analysis of one's business includes understan…
 
Michael and Kegan sit down with co-author of the Essential Carnivore Cookbook and the glue that holds everyone together, Erin Blevins, as well as 2020 guest of the year Josh Goldstein. They discuss their experiences with the carnivore diet, how to use diet and nutrition strategies to figure out what practice allows you to feel the best, not just lo…
 
On Episode 208 of the Enormocast, I have a very enjoyable and inspiring talk with ice climber and author, Margo Talbot. Margo is Canadian and based out of Canmore, Alberta. In her memoir, All That Glitters, Margo reveals that she had a youth of drug addiction, depression, and suicidal tendencies but found climbing ice to … Continue reading "Episode…
 
We really wanted to have a post-election episode, once everything had been decided, but it seems very few things have been decided and we are in for a long autumn of recounts and legal challenges and Votus Interruptus. Of course, Michael, Kegan and I spoke of that but also of the newly-imposed COVID-19 measures here in Utah, how we feel about the v…
 
In this episode, Chris Kalman narrates “Less Rich Without You," a story by Nick Bullock that was first published in Alpinist 68 (Winter 2019-20). The story chronicles Bullock's attempt to climb a new route on Minya Konka, a 7556-meter peak in Sichuan Province, China, in 2018. At age 52, on his twenty-fourth expedition, he and Paul Ramsden make thei…
 
Michael, Kegan and Josh Goldstein — a Californian "riding out the election" in Utah — talk about the election as it is happening, the notion that few are voting For while many are voting Against, discuss cancel culture (again), the leading cause of death, the difference between violence and destruction, how terrible life must have been in the mid-1…
 
On Episode 207, Tara Kerzhner joins me via the Internet tubes to discuss her life as a climber, but more importantly, her life behind the lens. Tara came up a sheltered child in Bend, Oregon, and grew into an awkward, dark-poetry-writing tween before finding her mother’s old Pentax. Quite a few cat photos later, and … Continue reading "Episode 207:…
 
For 141 years since its first ascent, mountaineers from around the world traveled to climb la Meije in the Massif des Écrins of France. Meanwhile, the permafrost that held its stones together was melting. On August 7, 2018, rockfall destroyed much of the normal route. In this On Belay story from Alpinist 68 (Winter 2019-20), Benjamin Ribeyre and Er…
 
Darryl Bolke retired after 19.5 years as a full time officer from a Southern California police department where he also worked as the Firearms Instructor and Armorer for the Special Weapons and Tactics Team for 17 years. He participated in the investigation of over 75 officer involved shootings, assisting with the firearms portion of these investig…
 
This episode (recorded 9/1/20) starts in the gutter but quickly develops into a conversation about real estate and exodus-related price increases in states like Utah, Idaho and Colorado, where remote workers flock after realizing they don't need to tolerate the bullshit imposed by city, county and state governments in places like California or New …
 
Scott Coldiron grew up in a low-income family with his single mother and two siblings near the remote peaks of Montana's Cabinet Range. He wrote in Alpinist 64, "Since childhood, I've found solace in harsh landscapes. Friendships formed on mountains insulate against a howling emptiness." After serving in the Iraq War and overcoming a subsequent deb…
 
The first hour wasn't useful so we deleted it. Then we settled in to discuss an idea tied to The Space, which was what we call our gym. The Space Program is a virtual gym, where the more creative coaches in our circle may post and discuss training concepts they are working with, examples of the physical expressions of those concepts, i.e. workouts …
 
On Episode 206, we get down to climbing talk and climbing stories with Andres Marin. Andres was born and grew up in the mountains of Colombia, but immigrated to the US as a young man. Ending up in Grand Junction, Colorado, Andres was quickly drawn to the climbing opportunities in his back yard. Soon, he … Continue reading "Episode 206: Andres Marin…
 
Let's talk about fitness! Or something. Fifteen years ago Mark designed and implemented the training, diet and recovery practices for the actors and stunt team making a movie titled "300". Some say this work changed how male action stars looked on the big screen, and whether that is accurate or not, the bodies shaped by this program caused a lot of…
 
"Mark Twight began his self-described “descent into the black depths of extreme alpinism” in 1984. “This obsession,” as he wrote in the essay, “Kiss or Kill,” “destroyed my relationships, drove me into depression, and changed me from a happy, future-hopeful young man into an embittered cynic.” Twight is well-known for pushing the margins, both in h…
 
Chris Worden — who previously joined us for Episode 19 — is a photo journalist, motorcycle enthusiast, a student of physical fitness, and someone who entertains our ideas, and bounces them back at us, sometimes rather forcefully. Chris drove down to SLC to spend a week training, rewriting his dietary plan, practicing a little jiu-jitsu and basking …
 
On Episode 205 of the Enormocast, I get to go sideways from rock climbing to rock and roll with musician/climber, Alexis Krauss. Alexis is a Gunks climber, a guide, and also happens to be living one of my alternate dreams as half of the “noise rock” (Wikipedia) band, Sleigh Bells. During a tour in 2013, … Continue reading "Episode 205: Alexis Kraus…
 
Sam Elias has proven himself one of the most versatile climbers in the world, climbing everything from Everest to 5.14d, M13, WI6 and winning the Ouray Ice Competition. The water runs deeper than the physical and Sam's art covers a range from tattoos to wood block prints to t-shirts ... and pottery. He is thinker with broad sensitivity and the lang…
 
Ivan Loomis, aka @kit_badger, has had some adventures. In this conversation we catch up after first meeting at a shooting course in northern Idaho, Ivan talks about racing the Baja 1000 in a nearly-stock Toyota Tercel wagon, and, in a later attempt, going end-over-end in a Chevy Blazer when some critical steering components failed catastrophically.…
 
On Episode 204, I connect across state lines with climber, doctor, athlete, ninja, cancer survivor, and last but not least, president of the Southern Maryland Youth Foreign Film and Cuisine Club, Favia Dubyk. Favia grew up “below the Mason-Dixon line” but ended up attending Harvard and Columbia and ended up living in Cleveland and now … Continue re…
 
Josh Tyler and Erin Blevins join Kegan, Michael and Mark to discuss random topics, some current and relevant, some less so. Politics, UFOs, Sexuality, Unemployment Benefits, Small Business — and market reliance on USPS to keep private couriers' pricing in check — and, of course, Language. Mark wonders ruefully about the past tense of "Yeet" ... unt…
 
In this feature story from Alpinist 64 (Winter 2018-19), Brette Harrington writes about her life partner, Marc-André Leclerc, who died in the Mendenhall Towers of Alaska, with Ryan Johnson in March 2018. About a month after their deaths, she traveled to the Canadian Rockies to immerse herself in the wintry alpine landscapes that remind her most of…
 
Kelly Halpin is an accomplished mountain athlete, artist and author. We first spoke with her one year ago on Episode 79, and she returned along with Brody Leven for Episode 101. This time Thurk helps guide the conversation about her recent traverse of the Wind River High Route — 100 miles, 30,000 feet of elevation gain — in 59hrs 37min, setting the…
 
On Episode 203 of the Enormocast, I meet up with Mary Eden, AKA Tradprincess on a porch in Moab, UT. It was a pleasant morning prelude to scorcher of a day and Mary and I got a solid hour in just before she bailed to Flagstaff. Mary came from Appalachia and ended up in Moab … Continue reading "Episode 203: Mary Catherine Eden AKA Tradprincess – Fun…
 
We had to redeem ourselves after Ep. 128 so we decided to talk about conviction and monotheism and the Divine Feminine ... which should balance the glory hole discussion nicely. Then, after some brief housekeeping about various fetishes mentioned in 128 Michael, Kegan and Mark settle in to a discussion of training and the lessons that may apply uni…
 
If you are easily offended or triggered feel free to skip this episode. We were exhausted after the most recent Symposium so very little of this conversation provides knowledge. That said we started out talking about dogs, which is always good. Then it turned towards genocide and then pizza ... what good could possibly come from this? Josh Goldstei…
 
On Episode 202 of the Enormocast, I sit down across an internet gulf with neophyte climber and veteran MMA fighter, Celine Haga. Celine hails from Norway, but is ensconced in Albuquerque, NM to train for a sport that is illegal in her home country. Her desire to fight came after failing several physical fitness tests … Continue reading "Episode 202…
 
On July 23rd, 2020 we dove headfirst into a conversation about racism. Present were Mark, Michael, Kegan, Patrick (Kegan's father) and Mike Thurk, whose eyes were opened when he attended protests here in SLC on May 30th, coincident with the NonProphet Symposium held that weekend. The protests turned to riots rather quickly and it was all within ear…
 
Jack Carr is a former Navy SEAL sniper and NYTs bestselling author of three novels, THE TERMINAL LIST, TRUE BELIEVER, and SAVAGE SON, two of which were on the NYTs audio bestseller list simultaneously. He is a prolific reader, influenced as a writer by many of the greats of the "military/spy novel" genre, and a man who understood exactly what he wa…
 
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