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. On The Rugged Individual, we talk about obscene subjects like: success, motivation, liberty, Americana, capitalism, Jesus, self defense, guns, sports, eating meat, testicular fortitude and whatever the host wants. Relax. Here we are still a free country. The Rugged Individual... where good people roam.

Jedd Johnson Diesel Crew Grip Strength Richard Sorin Captain of Crush Inch Dumbell Blob Pinch Grip Red Nail Fat Bastard Barbell Atlas Stone - Jedd Johnson interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 37) - 13 May 17


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Tonight our guest is Jedd Johnson. Jedd is owner of The Diesel Crew, widely recognized as a world leader in Grip Strength and for strength & Conditioning of athletes as well.  I’ve been Facebook friends with Jedd for several years, but I’ve known about Jedd for about 15 years mainly through my good friend Dan Cenidoza (who can be heard on episode #34.) The night I had Dan on my D.C. radio show as a guest, Jedd and The Diesel Crew flooded us with calls.

Jedd is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and is a regular speaker at the Pennsylvania NSCA Clinic. He has written numerous articles on Grip training, Strongman Training and Athletic Strength & Conditioning for Straight to the Bar, The Diesel Crew and others.

Jedd is Not a “Grip Only" guy. He is whole body strong and can lift heavy. He has lifted a 400 pound Atlas Stone and has put close to 350 pounds overhead. He has competed in, and won, many Grip and Strongman contests as well.

He is an Iron Mind Certified Captain of Crush. He has lifted the 50 pound Blob, pinched two 45-pound plates, deadlifted the Inch Replica dumbell with one hand, bent the IronMind Red Nail and the Fat Bastard Barbell’s Grand Bastard Nail, as well as several other renowned grip feats.


To contact Jedd, Visit the website: DieselCrew.com … That’s Diesel Crew Dot Com.


Jedd, It’s great to have you on the show and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

Doug Eidd Doug's Gym Dallas Jackson Barbell JFK Jack Ruby Chuck Norris Bob Hoffman York John Grimek Alan Calvert - Doug Eidd interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 36) - 11 March 17

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Tonight our guest is Doug Eidd. Doug is a physical culture pioneer and a true living legend both in the gym business and in the personal training field as well.

Doug is 86 years old and still trains heavy, hard and regular. He has over 70 years of weight training experience and he looks and acts decades younger than he is.

Doug owns Doug's Gym in Dallas, Texas. He opened the gym in 1962 and has been running the gym in the same downtown location for fifty five years! The gym has become a landmark in downtown Dallas.

Doug’s Gym has been recognized repeatedly as one of the best and The Best hardcore gym in the USA by many newspapers and training magazines.

Doug's Gym is old school and exudes a hardcore old fashioned feel. It still contains most of the original workout equipment from the 1960s. The gym has mainly barbells, dumbbells, power racks and free-weight workout equipment with also a few machines.

Jack Ruby, yep that Jack Ruby, … the one who shot Lee Harvey Oswald owned a business just down the street. Doug has some interesting stories that relate to this and he will share them with us on the show.

Many big names in the Iron Game, … Sports, … and Television … have passed through the doors of Doug’s gym. … Several episodes of Walker Texas Ranger … were filmed there too.

Tonight we are going to take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of Doug’s colorful history from more than a half century in the Gym business.

To contact Doug, visit the website: Doug’s Gym Dallas .com … That’s Doug’s Gym Dallas .com.

Doug, It’s great to have you on the show and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

Dick Conner Arthur Jones Deland Kim Wood Hammer Strength Bob Hoffman John Grimek Vince Gironda Joe Gold - Dick Conner interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 35) - 22 February 17

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Tonight we welcome back my good friend Dick Conner. Dick has been a regular on the show and was on the very first episode of Natural Strength Night, as well as episodes 2, 4, 6, 17 and 25.

I've known Dick for over 20 years. I love the guy. We talk frequently and rarely have a conversation that is less then an hour long.

Dick made the long drive from Indiana to Washington, DC to be a speaker at several of my Capital City Strength Clinics.

Dick one of the most honest, nicest, and funniest guys in the field. He’s been involved in strength training for over 60 years and he has a treasure trove of knowledge. We are going to be picking his brain tonight about some of the many places and colorful iron game individuals he has met over the years.

Dick is the FOUNDER of the Famous Pit Gym in Indiana and is one of the greatest powerlifting coaches of all-time.

Dick’s PIT GYM powerlifting Team won 19 state championships and 9 national championships. The team traveled all over the country to meet any challenger.

He has written many articles for Hardgainer Magazine and NaturalStrength.com. Dick also wrote a great chapter for IRON NATION.

Dick is still at THE PIT a few days per week. If you are going to be anywhere near Evansville, Indiana, you need to get a workout with Dick.

To contact Dick, Visit the website: The Pit Barbell Club.com

Dick buddy, Thanks your time, and welcome back to Natural Strength Night.

Dan Cenidoza Captain Of Crush Grip Strength Bending Red Nail Strongman Farmers Walk Kettlebells - Dan Cenidoza interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 34) - 31 January 17


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Tonight our guest is Dan Cenidoza. I have known Dan for about 15 years. He lived in Maryland, north of Baltimore when I lived in Washington, DC. Dan made the long drive several times to workout at my gym Whelan Strength Training. Dan is one of the best high quality, and most well rounded guys I know. A true family man who really gets what life is about.
Dan had the Farmers Walk record at WST, usually done after the workout. We used a pair of Atomic Athletic utensils loaded to 110 pounds each and we competed by who had the least amount of times putting down the weights to finish the course. Most people put them down 20 times or more to finish. Dan had the record with one. He was the only trainee to carry 110 pounds in each hand (220 total) around the entire city block surrounding the gym, only putting them down once.
Dan used to leave various metal objects on my desk almost every time he came. These were things like metal bars and objects that he had bent and twisted into all sorts of designs and shapes. I was building quite a scrap metal collection in my office from Dan. His car was filled with phone books, nails and other tools of the strongman trade and he would do various feats too after his workout was done.
Dan is a certified "Captain of Crush" and I have seen him close my Iron Mind number # 3 gripper with ease on several occasions. He competes as a Strong Man and he won the "Maryland Strongest Man" contest and has also been a 6 time National Qualifier.
Dan has a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Towson State University and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. He holds other fitness certifications as well. Dan has also spent time working with the Baltimore Ravens.
He has written several articles for Natural Strength.com and Strong First.com
Dan is also involved with boxing and the martial arts too.
To contact Dan, Please visit his website … ArtandStrength.com … that’s Art and Strength .com.
Big Dan, Thank You for your time and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

Chuck Miller Stuart McRobert Hardgainer Brawn Natural Bodybuilding Powerlifting - Chuck Miller interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 33) - 9 January 17


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Tonight our guest is Chuck Miller. I have known Chuck for almost 20 years. He lived in the DC area when I was there and had several workouts at my gym, Whelan Strength Training. I’ve seen his strength first hand. He attended several of my Capital City Strength Clinics too. Chuck was the first trainee at WST to shoulder the 250 pound Atomic Athletic Granite Stone.


Chuck has competed as a powerlifter for many years and has totalled “Raw Elite” in two weight classes. Chuck had a 600 pound squat, a 380 Bench Press, and a 620 Deadlift in the 220 pound weight class.  He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has written dozens of articles for Hardgainer, Milo and others.

Chuck is going to be talking to us tonight about his great new book written about the training principles of Stuart McRobert:

INSIDE THE MIND OF AN IRON ICON

It’s an in depth interview with Stuart. Stuart is the author of BRAWN and many other GREAT training books as well as the publisher of HARDGAINER Magazine, one of the best training magazines EVER, … if not, THE best.  I’m proud to have been a regular writer for HARDGAINER … from 1994 to 2004. I strongly endorse all of Stuarts products at Hardgainer.com. I had Stuart on the show a few years ago too. We had a great interview … its on Episode # 21.

To order Chucks GREAT NEW BOOK… INSIDE THE MIND OF AN IRON ICON … or to contact Chuck, … Please visit Chucks website at … “Train with Chuck.com”.  Chuck buddy, its great to have you on the show and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

Australian Rules Football American Combato Bradley J Steiner Peary Rader Hardgainer - David Sedunary interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 32) - 19 December 16



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Tonight our guest is David Sedunary. I have known David for over 15 years by email, phone and Skype. He was very active on my old Physical Culture Board. David has written several articles for NaturalStrength.com and Hardgainer magazine. He has been a repeat client of mine at Web Strength Coach.com and is one of the most dedicated guys I know.

David is from Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. He’s had a lifetime love of strength training since the age of 15. He was obsessed with getting bigger, stronger, and gaining muscle. His first set of weights were home made. They were made from ice cream tins filled with concrete. They had a one inch hole in the middle to fit a broom stick. He used mainly this for his training for 2 whole years till he got his first set of weights at age 17.

David’s training foundation grew from reading Strength and Health and Peary Rader’s Iron Man, til Peary sold the magazine. David wrote to Peary Rader in 1983 and Peary kindly wrote back. David still has the letter and cherishes it. David became a big fan of Hardgainer magazine and has every issue.

He has an extensive background in self defense. He uses the principles taught by Bradley J Steiner’s American Combato. David travelled to Seattle and visited Brad a few years back We’ll talk about that on the show.

David is somewhat of a legend in the sport of AUSTRALIAN Rules Football ... (also called Aussy Rules Football.) David has spent close to 50 years in the sport … as a player, coach and League Commissioner. … and has won numerous awards. David was a pioneer and leader in changing the views of strength training for Aussie Rules Football. David, … its great to have you on the show and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

David's contact info: DavidSedunary@BigPond.com

Old School Weight Training, Mental Aspects, Big Arms, Powerlifting, Christian Iron - Dave Yarnell interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 31) - 13 April 16



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Tonight our guest is one of the top muscle writers of our time, Dave Yarnell. Dave is a true dyed in the wool iron game expert and historian. He has spent 43 years in the lifting trenches, started weight training at age 12, and since then has read almost every book and magazine related to the subject. He has also competed in Powerlifting for close to 30 years and has some impressive lifts. He has written for Powerlifting USA, Natural Strength.com and others.

But its his books … that really make Dave shine.

Dave has written 14 great iron game books. Just to name a few, … his titles include: King Squat: Rise to Power, … Forgotten Secrets of the Old Time Strong Men, ... Getting In The Zone: The Mental Aspects of Strength Training Revealed, … The Old School Strength Training Secrets Bible, … The Illustrated Old School Muscle Building Secrets Manual, and several others that I’ll mention in my questions.

Dave is a well rounded guy and has other passions too including conservative politics and fishing. He is a writer for a fishing magazine. Dave is also a devout Christian. He has a great website called Christian Iron.com

Dave, its great to have you on the show and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

Ken Mannie, High Intensity Training, Strength and Conditioning, Dan Riley, Coaching, Leadership - Ken Mannie interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 30) - 17 February 16



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Tonight our guest is one of the best strength & conditioning coaches in the world, if not the best, my friend Ken Mannie. I’ve known Ken for over 20 years. He wrote a great chapter in Iron Nation called: Steel City Tough. We’ll be talking about that later. Ken has been a big help to me in my career … with websites, books …. you name it. When I started NaturalStrength.com, way back in 1999, Ken encouraged me more than anyone. I still remember him saying .. “If you build it… they will come.” … There is no one in this field that I appreciate more and respect more than Ken Mannie.

Ken is a 42 year coaching veteran and is now in his 22nd year as the head strength & conditioning coach at Michigan State University.

If I read all of his awards and credentials we would be here all day. His great bio could be a book, ... but just to name just a few: He has a masters degree in exercise science from Ohio State University, and also holds several certifications. In July 2014, he was inducted into the USA Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame.

Ken is also a prolific writer. He has written hundreds of articles for: Coach and Athletic Director, Championship Performance, NaturalStrength.com and many others.

Ken is an advisor for: Athletic Strength and Power, Ultimate Strength and Conditioning and more.

He is also a consultant to several NFL teams. He has coached numerous All-Americans, and many players who have gone on to have highly successful NFL careers.

To describe Ken as a dynamic speaker is an understatement. I’ve never seen one better. If you ever get a chance to see him speak at a clinic, … you gotta go! He is super high-energy, speaks from the heart, and he’ll keep your mind glued to every word he says. His enthusiasm is contagious and its easy to see why his players love him.

Ken, its an Honor to have you on the show and welcome to Natural Strength Night.

Natural Bodybuilding Champion, Staying Lean & Strong, Bill Pearl, Getting Ripped, Cancer Research - Ian Duckett interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 29) - 31 January 16

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Tonight our guest is one of the top natural bodybuilders in the world ... Ian Duckett. I’ve been watching Ian’s career with great respect for over 20 years. The guy has so many titles in natural bodybuilding that if I read them all, it would take all day! ... But, just to name a few, … his titles include: Natural Mr. Britain, … a Natural World’s win, … a Natural Masters win, … Mr. Muscle Mania Europe, … the NPA Pro Title, and the UNBN World Title … and the list goes on and on! …. And these are just the body building titles! … He has also won many natural powerlifting contests as well.

Ian is lifetime steroid & PED free … and he gives rock solid information you can take to the bank. He has written several great e-books and also has a brand new book coming out too. He will be telling us about it on the show. Please visit Ian's website at: BodyInDesign.co.uk

Ian, ... welcome to Natural Strength Night.


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