The Dissect Podcast
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They prefer verbs over nouns, action over words, and ends over means. But every once in a while Mark Twight, Michael Blevins and Ross McGarvey must tie the loose ends together or cut them off to make a new end. The Dissect podcast is where they do that.
||ExplicitEpisode 55||In this episode Michael and Mark speak with Ian Seabrook about Mark's book titled REFUGE, the production of which Ian documented on in real time. Ian is an Underwater Director of Photography in the Motion Picture and Television Industry.||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 54||Adam Giles works in the field of technology marketing (and he’s damn good at it). He took a hiatus from that path to explore the world of personal coaching and fitness. What he discovered is rarely talked about, but should be for anyone interested in.||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 53||The guys speak with Nate Pack about capacity and tolerance, about the engine and its gas tank, and get down in the weeds about numbers, which is no surprise as Nate holds a PhD in bioengineering and is a self-described “smart guy”. He also has...||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 52||Kegan drove out from Reno or maybe it was Texas to spend a few days with us in February 2018, coincident with a seminar on Endurance taught by Joe Holmes. He was clearly searching for something, the next step, a new direction, and … aren’t...||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 51||Paul Becker is a Producer in VFX/3D, but he prefers the title “Crimson Bashar”. His list of credits in film is mind-blowing. He has watched from close proximity the effects that Mark and Michael’s training philosophy had on set,||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 50||Michael, Joe, and Kegan put Mark in the hot seat to discuss his relationship to the bike, how it became a surrogate for climbing, and chasing similarly (sometimes) transformative experiences using a different means.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 49||Mark, Michael, and Kegan talk about the influence that male bodies seen on the big screen has on the self-esteem of young men, or any males who can’t help but compare themselves to what they see in a movie. This conversation was based on a...||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 48||In this episode Mark, Michael and Kegan speak with former professional cyclist and current artist and U.S. Junior National Team Director Billy Innes. Originally from Brooklyn, Billy now calls Menlo Park “home” – that is when he is not living in Eu||11/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 47||Mark, Kegan, and Michael have a rambling discussion about entitlement, equality, participation trophies and their effect on personal development, how difficult it it to establish Point A and its distance from Point B when setting objectives and plannin.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 46||Mark recorded this episode with Shawn Kingrey five hours after Shawn won “Death By” variant of the Nightmare Tour fondo/race, which traces the perimeter of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, covering 225 miles and 22,||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 45||In this episode Mark confesses to Ross, Nicole Morgenthau, and Joe Holmes about having left the rails to make a Zine unrelated to RAZE, which might be viewed as distraction. He insists it is an utterly necessary,||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 44||Mark and Michael speak to Scott Backes, with whom Mark climbed some difficult and beautiful routes back in the day, and who Mark describes as, “The wisest man I know.” Despite living in Minnesota, Scott discovered climbing in the ’70s,||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 43||George Briones a former Recon Marine and current Head of Human Performance for Soflete, a company started by current and former SOF personnel to better train the tactical athlete. Soflete was formed to fill a specific void in the fitness industry but h.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 42||The night before we presented the Endurance For Strength For Endurance symposium at the NonProphet Event Center Michael, Kegan and myself hosted a live podcast event. We tossed around some topics beforehand with the group—about 30 people attended—be||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 41||Heber Cannon is a Director, Writer, and Cinematographer. To date, his four documentaries have captured the journey of what makes a CrossFit Games champion. Heber sat with Michael and Mark to discuss capturing physicality, PED use,||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 40||In this episode Mark, Michael, and Kegan speak with D. Randall Blythe. He is best known as the vocalist for the American metal band, Lamb of God, and sometimes he “sings the fast stuff” for Bad Brains as well. He is an accomplished surfer, a...||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 39||Rebecca Rusch has a nickname: The Queen of Pain, which she earned … well, you’ll have to listen to learn that. Reba was a climber before she began adventure racing, which was before she started riding a mountain bike—something she did formally at||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38||In early-September Mark and Michael sat down with Red Bull team members Tim Johnson and Payson McElveen midway through the Queen’s Stage Race put on by Rebecca Rusch. Tim is a six-time national cyclocross champion who competed in numerous UCI world ch||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 37||Mark, Michael and Kegan talk about fitness models, silly air bike challenges, supplemental oxygen, structuring training to overcome self-imposed limitations, and what happens when a 300-pound power lifter can starts doing endurance activities.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 36||Mark, Michael and Ross speak with Andy Stumpf, a former Navy SEAL who played on the varsity squad for most of his career. He is the host of the Cleared Hot podcast, a consultant, an active BASE jumper and wing suit pilot who also flies...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 35||In this brief episode, Michael and Mark discuss the Strength For Endurance For Strength seminar that will be offered at the Nonprophet Event Center on September 15-16, 2018. Conceptually, this is a “How to Think” seminar specifically aimed at questi||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34||Mark, Michael, Erin and Kegan attempt to take the topic of diet seriously but realize that the knowledge, the misconceptions, the promises, and the snake oil that are prevalent keep them from actually doing so.||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 33||Mark and Michael speak with Kristen Ulmer. For more than a decade she was considered the best female extreme skier in the world who also survived her participation in paragliding, ice and rock climbing, kiteboarding,||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 32||After a so-called training camp in June where Joe Holmes and Shawn Kingrey tried to help Mark get back into shape they join Michael and Ross to discuss over-reaching, the allure of “The Canyon”, riding with Pro Tour competitors,||8/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31||After too many serious episodes Mark, Michael, Kegan, and Ross take a stab at free will, waking up at dawn, obesity, the perception—and misconception—of positive body image, privilege vs. oppression, eating from the center of the grocery store,||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30||Chris Burkeybyle recently traveled from Detroit, Michigan where he owns and operates a few businesses, including the gym: Station 515. Mark and Michael have a long history with Burkey, which allowed them the opportunity to explore the details of owning.||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29||Chris Burkeybyle recently traveled from Detroit, Michigan where he owns and operates a few businesses, including the gym: Station 515. Mark and Michael have a long history with Burkey, which allowed them the opportunity to explore the details of owning.||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28||Alex Hutchinson is a Canadian author and journalist who started out in physics—he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, ran middle-distances for the Canadian national team, and in 2011 penned the wonderfully useful book, “Which Comes Firs||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27||In this episode Mark and Michael speak with Boone Speed about his introduction to sport climbing, basically inventing it in the vacuum of the Wasatch without much exposure to early, outside developments, and that some of the hardest routes in the count.||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26||“Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the co-founder and director of research of the Flow Genome Project.” He sits down with Mark, Michael, and Kristen Ulmer to discuss drugs, flow states,||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25||Michael and Mark are joined by Jeremy Jones and Josh Vert to talk about Style, snowboarding, and the influence of surf and skate on snowboard culture. Jeremy recounts where and when he saw an Ollie for the first time and how that incident changed the...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24||Michael and Mark speak with Andy Dorais, an E.R. physician who has represented the U.S. in the Ski Mountaineering World Championships, holds the fastest known time on the White Rim Trail near Moab, and once traversed the summits of the SLC skyline: 65 .||6/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23||Mistake—noun an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc. a misunderstanding or misconception.||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22||Margaux Alvarez is a 6-time CrossFit Games competitor and CrossFit level 1 seminar staff. Margaux and her partner/coach, Alex Cardenas sit down to discuss the fine balance required to excel at the highest level of her sport,||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21||Ben Staley earns a living by making documentaries. He feeds his soul by shooting still pictures. The trajectory of his life took him from rural Alaska—with no electricity or running water—to the pressure cooker of Los Angeles.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20||In the first mobile recording of the Dissect podcast, Mark sits down with friend and mentor, Brian Enos, to talk about shooting, Zen, temperament, road tripping, psychedelics and thinking about how to think.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19||Chris Worden is a photo journalist, motorcycle enthusiast, and student of physical fitness. He sat down with Michael and Mark to talk about their auspicious friendship, the importance of being a “thinking man”,||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18||Josh Vandenbrink is the owner, operator, and artist at Iron Mountain Designs, where he has built a company from the ground up. He sat down with Mark, Michael, and Kegan to talk about his time as a PJ, patriotism, and the topic of freedom.||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17||Jeremy Jones is one of the most recognizable names in professional snowboarding. Mark, Michael, and Paul sit down with him to discuss his 20-year influence on a marginal sport, dysfunctional fitness, why fixing imbalances can kill performance,||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16||Mark and Michael speak with photographer and jeweler Nicole Morgenthau about road trips, grimy hotels, car camping, living in the dirt, the Wild West, moving from film to digital, drop-down menus, dogs, climbing,||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15||Mark, Michael and Paul sit down to discuss feedback; the positive, the negative, purposeful cheerleading, pain-compliance, silence, and the ear-piercing feedback pioneered by Wayne Kramer.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14||In the longest conversation they have recorded so far Michael and Mark sit down with Matthew Weatherly-White to discuss recovery, athletic longevity, endurance, desiccants, exercising for an audience, intelligent self-awareness, transubstantiation,||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13||Greg Walsh insists that he is, “0% fun,” so, of course, the guys wanted to record a conversation with him. He is a kindred spirit, i.e. confrontational, isolationist, shaped by hardcore music, BMX, and the early days of Crossfit.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12||Mark, Michael and Kegan Dillon tackle the subject of fitness gurus, jargon, nose breathing, how to set up tests to confirm the biased appreciation of one’s own fitness, endurance training, grammar, Paleo, and that—even if the earth is flat—the sun||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11||Mark and Michael sit down with coach, trainer and athlete Kegan Dillon to speak with photographer Vance Jacobs whose work has taken him to over 40 countries, and whose physical capabilities have allowed him to participate in many of the stories he shoo.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10||In this episode Mark, Michael, Paul and Ross discuss the positive aspects of negative thinking, their contempt for motivational posters and postings (on social media), the true meaning of the term “Die Trying”,||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9||Michael and Mark speak with Shawn Kingrey (introduced in Episode 8) about the psychological demands of endurance bike racing. Specifically, he talks about the Four Horsemen, which he won in 2014 in 18hrs 21min,||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8||In this episode Mark, Michael, Paul and Shawn Kingrey discuss Value: what they value and what has value, and how perspective changes it. Michael defends his title as the King of Tangents.||3/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7||The guys discuss the place of social media in society, the lack of real conversation and filters …||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6||As ridiculous as it sounds, in this episode Michael and Mark discuss what to count, how to count it and when to pay attention …||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5||On this episode, Mark, Michael and Ross discuss transformation and the preconcieved notions that some have about the process.||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4||Mark, Michael, Paul and Brian Harder talk about alpine climbing, bike racing, ski mountaineering racing, a ketogenic diet vs. high carb diet for endurance performance, and they get lost down a few rabbit holes along the way.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3||The group discusses the importance of competition & testing.||1/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2||The guys discuss how the Raze magazine came to be, along with Michaels run-in with a ’95 Honda driver on his way into the studio.||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1||In the beginning …||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Still looking for it's voice.
I've been a Twight disciple since 2007 and I don't quite know what the guys are going for here - mostly because Blevins keeps hijacking conversations just when they get interesting. Let Paul and Mark dig into and expound on their thoughts for more than 30 seconds and it will 10X the quality of this thing.
Should be titled Good Content
Cool to hear Mark and would love to keep listening to peal back the layers but I don’t think that’ll happen with how much Michael talks. The episode with Brian would’ve been 5x better if he would’ve been able to share more but Michael took up most of the podcast with his stories like he does in most of the podcasts. Nothing against him, I don’t know much about him and I like his perspective but it would be nice if he let guys like Paul or even let Mark talk more.
Has potential . .
I’ve been a fan of Twight’s writing for years, so the podcast was of natural interest to me. I’ve listened to around ten episodes so far and found them to be of varying quality. There is certainly great promise as these are all intelligent, worldly, and insightful people. I want to like it more and I think it can and perhaps will get better. One point I garnered from a person in the podcast (perhaps Michael?) was that he would far more like to hear a criticism/what he could do better, than a trite complement. So, in this spirit I’m going to focus on what I hope to be some “constructive” criticism . . .
At the time of this review, the latest podcast (Episode #27) features Boone Speed. As my interest in the podcast is from the climbing perspective, I was very intrigued to listen to what Speed had to say. However, I stopped at precisely 51:53 where Speed was in the middle of making a fairly serious, interesting, and somewhat protracted point. After being talked over by Twight--at 51:45--with sort of a “joke,” Speed was completely cut off, through interruption by the other host, his point left to dangle, incomplete.
I get that these shows are perhaps set up more as casual discussions among friends than formal interviews but in this case at least I found that, due to Speed’s perhaps more “serious” outlook and slower cadence of delivery, he was being lost and even ignored in the social mix. As the show’s “guest,” I think this is an error.
I am of course interested in what Twight, et al, have to say. However, because they are present every episode, the listener is sure to get her fair share of their perspective. I think that the guest should be given more of an opportunity and platform to express their own personalities and standpoints. I wanted to learn more about Boone Speed and after almost an hour in, I felt like it was a struggle to do so. I don’t think this should be the case. Perhaps a tad bit more formality would not hurt this podcast? Questions and responses, and most importantly, creating more of a space for the guest to respond to said questions. Each new episode, I am mostly interested in what the new guest will have to say. The “banter among friends” aspect of this podcasts is not always one of its stronger aspects, and can grow to be a rather tedious listen at times, especially when it wears on and at the expense of exposure to the guest's views.
Maybe the Episode #27 got better, but I sort of had to stop listening because I felt it was a bit painful to continue. I recognize this is highly subjective, but I just really want this to be better, and it think improvement would be fairly simple.
This type of scenario didn’t seem to play out with other some guests for various reasons, but it was a shame that it did in the case of this one.