Natural Strength Night is an informative, humorous, sometimes a little raucous, good-time of myth busting and honest training information from the trenches. We strive to help everyone involved with old school strength training (without steroids) to not make some common training mistakes. Along with great information, you'll hear a fair share of steroid bashing, flamingo sightings, breaking goons, iron game history, and honest drug-free training information from various leaders and strength coaches in the field to help you get real results! If your primary training information comes from reading "Muscle & Fiction" magazine we'll help get you straightened out. If you love high-intensity strength training, dinosaur style training and just like lifting heavy weights ... or loved Jack Lalanne, Sandow, Grimek, Peary Rader's Iron Man magazine, Brad Steiner's articles, Stuart McRobert's Hardgainer, Iron Nation, Osmo Kiiha's The Iron Master, you will love the show.



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Roger La Pointe Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 24) - 06 May 15


Tonight our guest is Roger La Pointe. I’ve known Roger for almost 20 years… he was just out of college and working for York Barbell when I first met him. He has a lot of interesting stories about his time at York … we’ll be talking about them tonight.
Roger practices what he preaches and is pound for pound one of the strongest guys around in NATURAL strongman competitions and Olympic lifting. He has overhead pressed … atlas stones … heavier than his bodyweight.
Roger is the CEO and owner of Atomic Athletic a great company that was a sponsor of several of my Capital City Strength Clinics. 
Atomic Athletic makes some of the toughest, hardcore strength training equipment you will find.  I’ve bought many items from Atomic Athletic, including 4 Granite stones, … Farmers Walk utensils, … thick bars, … chalk and many other items.
If you want to buy Strongman Stones, be sure to get them from Roger. Atomic Athletic Stones are chiseled out of GRANITE and are not the cheap stones on the market that are made of CONCRETE, that crack and break when you drop them. Everything from Atomic Athletic is top quality. Be sure to visit Roger's website at:
 Roger, its great to have you on the show and welcome to NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT.

Osmo Kiiha Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 23) - 05 Mar 15


Tonight, I'm honored to have as our guest Osmo Kiiha. Osmo is one of the most respected and knowledgeable guys in every aspect of the Iron Game. From training knowledge, to competing, to the history, Osmo is second to none. He is also my best friend in the Iron Game. I’ve been talking to Osmo regularly for around 25 years and I consider him a brother. He is my “go to guy" whenever I have a question about Iron Game History.

In addition to being a true gentleman and a first class guy, Osmo ranks as pound for pound one of the strongest Iron Game Guys too. At the age of 21 years old, Osmo cleaned and jerked 418 pounds. He competed in the 1968 Senior nationals in the 198 pound class. At the age of only 21 years old, he retired from competitions. Who knows what he could have done if he kept competing for another 10 years or so. He probably would have been a world champion.

Osmo is the founder and editor of THE IRON MASTER magazine which ran from 1989 to 2000. It was one of the highest quality and most informative Iron Game History magazines of all time. I’m proud to have written many articles for THE IRON MASTER. Osmo is also one of the worlds foremost experts on the history of Physical Culture and the Iron Game. He has one of the largest Iron Game memorabilia collections in the world and his house is literally a museum. He will tell us a lot about his vast collection tonight. Osmo, its an honor to speak with you again and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

My friends, I'm taking a break for the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!

The next podcast will be out after the New Year.

Tommy Kono Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 22) - 11 Nov 14


TONIGHT… It’s a huge honor for me to have as our guest one of the greatest and strongest athletes the world has ever known. A man who is truly the best all around Iron Game athlete in the history of Physical Culture … the legendary Tommy Kono.

In his day, Tommy was the best in the world in both Olympic Lifting and Bodybuilding. During the 1950's, from the time he won his first Gold Medal in the Olympics in 1952, Tommy was invincible. He was undefeated internationally for 8 years until the 1960 Olympic Games, where he took a Silver Medal. He set a total of 26 world records in 4 weight classes. This feat has never been matched by any other weightlifter.

During this same period Tommy dominated bodybuilding as well, winning the Mr. World competition in 1954, and Mr. Universe titles in 1955, 1957 and in 1961.

He was also an Olympic Weightlifting Coach for the USA, as well as West Germany and Mexico too.

In addition to being a great champion, Tommy is one of the nicest, most humble and classiest gentlemen you will ever Find. Be sure to get Tommy’s two great books: *** WEIGHTLIFTING OLYMPIC STYLE, and CHAMPIONSHIP WEIGHTLIFTING at Tommy's website: Tommy, its an honor to speak with you again and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

Stuart McRobert Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 21) - 2 Nov 14


Tonight it’s an honor for me to have as our guest Stuart McRobert, the publisher of Hardgainer Magazine. I’ve known Stuart for over 20 years. I consider him my strongest ally in the promotion of good honest training information. The one word that best describes Stuart is integrity. Stuart is one of the few out there with enough guts to take a real stand against the use of PEDS in strength training. You will never see Stuart compromise by using the "drugged-up stars" to sell his products like most others do. You won’t see their pictures on his website or books either. I admire him for that. I’m proud to say that I wrote for Stuart’s great magazine Hardgainer for a 10-year span from 1994 to when the magazine ended in 2004. I owe a lot to Stuart for giving me my start in writing and getting me established.

Stuart saved the modern physical culture movement IMO. I remember those dark days after Perry Rader sold Iron Man, way back in 1986. I was working as a Federal Agent at the time, even before I was transferred to Washington, DC and way before I started Whelan Strength Training. There was nothing new that was good to read. All the magazines were crap. The new Iron Man was swiftly ruined by the new ownership after 1986. They turned that great magazine into another "Muscle and Fiction" drug-rag. I ended my subscription.

Along came Hardgainer in 1989. What a God send! It was an honest magazine for the drug free trainee, and whose message was strongly against the use of drugs. No BS advertising, ... just truthful information for the genetically typical and even the genetically dis-advantaged! Hardgainer turned out to be even better than IronMan in my opinion. Even Peary Rader compromised with the top drug using stars and had a place for them. Stuart never did. I consider Hardgainer to be the best magazine in the history of Physical Culture. It came at just the right time and was so needed.

Stuart has published many great books and has written hundreds of great articles. My favorite book is his original Brawn. It is still the first book I recommend to my clients. The good news is HARDGAINER magazine is now being digitized, under the title of BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE. The first two volumes of BODYBUILDING GOLD MINE are now available in Kindle format from Check out all Stuarts great books and get Bodybuilding Goldmine at Stuart, welcome to Natural Strength Night.

Marvin Eder Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 20) - 22 Oct 14


Tonight you are in for quite a treat. Our guest is pound for pound the strongest drug free man to ever walk the face of the earth. The legendary Marvin Eder. I have been friends with Marvin for over 10 years and we have had many long phone conversations. I wish I had them all recorded. Marvin was the recipient of the Physical Culture Award at my last Capital City Strength Clinic, and today, the day of this podcast, October 22nd, its Marvin's 83rd birthday. Happy birthday Marvin.

Listen to what the great iron game historian Osmo Kiiha wrote about Marvin Eder:

“Marvin set the strength world on notice in the early 1950's His incredible power along with a world class physique set him apart from other men of his era. He had tremendous natural gifts, thick joints, great leverage, all his lifting was done way before the era of drugs. Marvin's strength feats were almost super human, he was able to surpass the efforts of almost all super-heavies of the time, weighing only 196-198 pounds. He was the third man in the world to bench press 500 pounds and the only man under 200 pounds to accomplish this fabulous feat in the 1950's. His one single parallel bar dip has never been equaled, 434 pounds, at the bodyweight of 198. He cleaned and military pressed 355 as a middle-heavyweight in 1953, which exceeded the official American record by 74 pounds, but due to being declared a professional athlete at the time, was unable to claim his rightful place as the American and world record holder. Marvin was the original high intensity training kid, very few could stand up to his training volume or load, truly Marvin Eder was pound for pound, the ‘Strongest Man’ who ever walked the face of the earth.”

Marvin, its an honor to have you on Natural Strength Night.

Bradley J. Steiner Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 19) - 7 Oct 14


It’s a great honor for me to have as our guest, Professor Bradley J. Steiner. Brad is one of the greatest muscle writers of all time and is a world-renowned expert in two separate fields: strength training and the martial arts. (Especially self-defense and close combat.) He has written over 30 published books in these areas of study. I have read several of Brads strength training books in my early years of training and I credit his great writings in Strength & Health, Muscular Development and Iron Man for giving me a great foundation in my own training. 
 Brad was probably the first to emphasize the importance of STRENGTH TRAINING for self defense and the martial arts. Traditionally the martial arts discouraged weight training (and many still do!) Brad went against the grain and was a leader and pioneer in teaching the benefits of strength training for self defense and the martial arts. Brad is a tenth degree black belt and Founder and Grandmaster of American Combato.
Professor Steiner is President and CEO of the International Combat Martial Arts Federation an elite and prestigious organization of internationally recognized close combat, self-defense, and martial arts authorities. Brad has a great home study DVD course and a great monthly newsletter, SWORD AND PEN. For more information, please visit Brad’s two websites … and

Mike BonDurant Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 18) - 28 Sep 14


Tonight our guest is Mike BonDurant. Mike is well known as one of the top iron game memorabilia collectors and physical culture historians in the world. He’s especially known as THE guy who knows the history of strength equipment. He is the founder of the Muscle Museum in St Augustine Florida, and he’s also the publisher of the Muscle Museum Forum newsletter. I’m going to have to drive up and visit Mike now that I’m in Florida. Mike sounds like a man half his age but don’t let his youthful voice fool you. He’s well into his seventies and has over 60 years experience in the field of strength training and has done it all ... from running his own gyms, selling equipment and nutritional products, running natural bodybuilding contests, writing numerous strength trainining articles and his own personal training business. If you are going to be anywhere near St Augustine Florida you have to stop by and visit the Muscle Museum. Mike owns one of the world’s finest collections of unique iron game historical items that are the envy of collectors world-wide. Mike doesn’t have a website but you can contact him by email at

Dick Conner Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 17) - 19 Sep 14


Tonight we welcome back Mr. Dick Conner. Dick has been involved in strength training for 60 years, and he’s one of the greatest powerlifting coaches of all-time. He has written many great articles for Hardgainer, Natural and others. Dick is the founder of THE PIT, one of the best strength gyms in the country and he still works there a few days a week. Dick provides some great and humerous information. We also have another great sound-bite of the great Jack Lalanne from his TV show in the early 1960’s. This one is about PROBLEMS. Enjoy the wisdom of a man way ahead of his time. Todd Baisley called in an entertaining Flamingo Sighting too and Bob also gives you some great training tips in a segment called "In a Nutshell".

Ted Harrison Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 16) - 7 Sep 14


Tonight we welcome back a regular guest, Ted Harrison. We'll talk about the core philosophy of his personal training, who in physical culture influenced him the most, and if he believes cardiovascular exercise is needed if you do hard and progressive strength training.  We will also talk about how many people confuse STRENGTH TRAINING with EXERCISE, the pros and cons of training info in Social Media, how often to change your strength training program and some good nutrition info. We also have some vintage Jack LaLanne talking about unhappy people and Drew Israel calls in a classic "Flamingo" message. All this with a bunch of laughs with it!

Bill Piche Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 15) - 31 Aug 14


Tonight’s guest is Bill Piche. I’ve know Bill for at least 15 years or so… he is a real gentleman and one of the good guys in this field. Bill competed as a powerlifter and did a triple body weight deadlift as one of the top natural powerlifters in the country back in the 1980’s. You have to be careful shaking hands with Bill too as he is a certified “Captain of Crush” closing the number 3 gripper which is very hard to do. He has recently turned his attention to natural bodybuilding and is becoming about as cut as Clarence Bass. He is extremely knowledgable on proper nutrition for bodybuilding: mainly to lose fat … without losing muscle and I’ll be picking Bills brain on this tonight. He started one of the best … and first (if not THE First) strength training websites on the net Called Cyberpump way back in 1995. It is enormously popular and has grown into a NETWORK … and now includes several of the best and most popular strength training, grip training, and iron game history websites in the world. is the place to go for real, truthful strength training advice.

Jim Bryan Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 14) - 21 Aug 14


Jim has done it all in the field of strength training and has over 50 years experience. He is a High Intensity Training pioneer and was one of the earliest college strength coaches to use the HIT philosophy way back in the early 70’s. He was truly one of the first college strength coaches period. 
Jim was also one of the first people to work directly with Arthur Jones in Deland, Florida back in the early 70’s.  I will be picking Jims brain tonight for some insight to those colorful days working with Arthur in Deland.

Randy Roach Interview (and a Ted Harrison segment) with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 13) - 12 Aug 14


An exclusive in depth (over one hour) interview with Randy Roach, author of the epic books Muscle Smoke and Mirrors (Volumes 1 and 2.) Randy gives us an update for Volume 3, describes the tremendous effort it took for the first 2 volumes as well as many other interesting gems of strength training information. A must listen. Ted Harrison gives us some great information on how to connect physical culture and iron game history to your own training for positive results. A very interesting segment by Ted as usual. We also had another "Flamingo" sighting.

Joe Aben Interview (and a Ted Harrison segment) with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 12) - 03 Aug 14


Joe Aben talks about lower rep HIT, his growing fitness empire and even provides us a home made Keffir recipe.  Some great info. Ted Harrison gives us some great training info on finding  the "purpose" and the "why" in your training. Another great talk by Ted as always. We also had another "Flamingo" sighting.

Chris Lutz Interview (and a Ted Harrison segment) with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 11) - 27 July 14


Chris Lutz talks about training and his great organization S.P.A.R.T.A. that is dedicated to helping fitness professionals.  Some great info. Ted Harrison gives us some great training tips on how to avoid injuries. Also the first "Flamingo" sighting.

Ted Harrison Interview (and a Drew Israel segment) with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 10) - 20 July 14


Ted is a high intensity training pioneer. He owned and operated one of the first successful Nautilus gyms in the UK in the early 1980’s when he was only in his twenties. Ted has had a love for strength training since he was 12 years old and has built up a vast amount of knowledge. He competed as a natural bodybuilder in the U.K., he is a certified High Intensity Training Specialist, has trained thousands of clients as a personal trainer and has over 40 years experience in strength training the RIGHT WAY … with no drugs, fads or gimmicks. He now runs VITAL EXERCISE, One of The Best High Intensity Training facilities in the UK. Vital Exercise is a private personal coaching studio, where Ted trains you one on one. If you live anywhere near Colchester in the U.K., you need to look-up Ted for some great training. For more info, go to

Most of the audio - technical problems have been fixed

I think I have this sound problem figured out. Lets keep our fingers crossed. -Bob

Ted Harrison with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 8) - 28 June 14


Despite the technical problems we still did the show and I'm glad we did. It was one of the best interviews ever as far as good information goes. Ted did a great job and provided great answers to listeners questions. If you can just listen to it despite the sound and technical problems, you will get about 40 minutes of great information. I will for sure have Ted on again soon and hopefully the sound will be better next time.

Linda Jo Belsito Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 7) - 22 June 14


I’ve known Linda Jo for over 15 years, she spoke at several of my Capital City Strength clinics in DC. In addition to being one of the strongest steroid free women in the history of the world, she is also one of the warmest and nicest people in the strength field. LJ has been drug free her entire career. She is nick-named “white lights” due to her perfect form and technique. She has won open powerlifting world titles, and 8 other master world titles in powerlifting. She changed sports in 1998 from Powerlifting to Olympic lifting and has won 15 national titles in masters olympic lifting, and recently won her 9th master world title, and 3rd master World Games Championship.

If anyone is interested in being a sponsor of Linda Jo to help off-set some of her out of pocket expenses from flying around the world to compete etc. please send an email to Bob at