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.

Muscle Museum, Jackson Barbell, Charles Atlas, Bur-Bel, Bernarr Macfadden, Sig Klein's Gym, Iron Nation Cover - 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

Muscle Beach, Bill Pearl, Leo Stern's Gym, Joe Gold, Vince Gironda, Dick Conner's Gym Travels, The New Pit Gym - Dick Conner Interview with Bob Whelan - NATURAL STRENGTH NIGHT podcast - (episode 17) - 19 Sep 14


Tonight we welcome back my good friend Dick Conner who is a regular on the show and one of the nicest and most honest guys in the field. Dick also has a great sense of humor which I love. Dick has been involved in strength training for over 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 humorous information about his visits to many gyms around the country and meeting Leo Stern, Vince Gironda, Joe gold, Vic Tanney, George Eiferman and others. You'll get some great info on the new awesome Pit Gym too. We have another great sound-bite of the great Jack Lalanne from his TV show in the early 1960’s. Enjoy the wisdom of a man way ahead of his time. Todd Baisley called in an entertaining Flamingo Sighting and Bob gives some great training tips in a segment called "In a Nutshell."

Successful Coaching Philosophy, Jack Lalanne, "Shock the Muscles" BS, We Used to Be a Cult, The Scourge of Bread & Wine - 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!