The Absolute Strength Podcast

Welcome to The Absolute Strength Podcast hosted by author, powerlifter and fitness entrepreneur, Kyle Hunt. This is a show dedicated to providing quality information on all things strength culture. The podcast features conversations with some of the biggest names in fitness, sports, and business. New episodes are released every week! Business inquiries:
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May 5, 2017

In this episode, I answer questions from Instagram (@huntfitness) 

Here are the questions:

Q1: joe_tsa - Where do you see the direction of the fitness industry going next?

Q2: ashlynbrierre - Which is easier on your knees front or back squats?

Q3: mo_a89 - Implementing controlled cardio in a powerbuilding program a good idea?

Q4: i_am_ray_wong - When should one reset their day's macros if for example one has a a few overnight shifts throughout the week. Keep it consistent and reset macros when it's a new day or dependent on person sleep cycle.

Q5: bee_stayfit - Are you going to train for another meet in the near future?

Q6: brandonpapp_ - When do you recommend moving up in a weight class?

Q7: nicholasjames45 – My question is about chest press form and the high arch. I see a lot of people giving people a hard time about the huge arch. What is the right form to use to get strength on your bench? My other question is when is okay to take your butt off the bench when your pressing? I saw you do it a couple times in your past videos. I do it sometimes too but I've been trying not too.

Q8: chrisgates14 – I got into training late -- not until my late 20's. I've heard people suggest that being late to the game effects the amount of progress & gains you can make in the gym (you miss the major growth period in your teens/early 20's, testosterone levels decrease, etc). Is that true? If so, how drastically?

Q9: 8talltines - Do you think your podcast would be successful if you didn't already have a following on another platform? Reason for my question is, I want to start a hunting podcast, but I don't have a following on any other platform. Thank you for your input!

Q10: gijohns3 - Best way to incorporate cardio in a routine? And also where do get epic swim trunks haha 

Q11: americanbeauty37 - How do you implement an 80/20 IIFYM approach to eating? More specifically do you calculate 80% of each macro or can the 80% be determined from total calories?

Q12: edwardgardner6190 - How strong are you?

Q13: yuryk0877 - What kind of mobility/warmup/stretching drills do you incorporate pre-workout (upper and lower body) and what post-workout routines do you do for better recovery after lifting?

Q14: erickmandoval - What's your biggest problem with the fitness industry today? 

Q15: corey_perfection – Did your chest get that big just from benching all these years?

Q16: wavvy.boy - Best excessive for legs and calfs.

Q17: rubenbrammer - How do you do your HIIT? If you do HIIT?

Q18: tcpower_91 - Thoughts on the Wendler 5/3/1 program?

Q19: grambi00 - Have you ever had a massage before? Sports massage? Deep tissue? If so, did you find them helpful, especially with lifting?


Connect with me:

Instagram: @HuntFitness

YouTube: @HuntFitnessTV


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Apr 28, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with fitness YouTuber Maxx Chewning! This conversation was a lot of fun. We talked a lot about the importance of sticking to a training program, the benefits of percentage based training and getting stronger while maintaining or losing weight. We also dug into why Maxx feels he has been so successful on YouTube. 

Connect with Maxx: 

Instagram: @MaxxChewning



Connect with Kyle: 

Instagram: @huntfitness



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Apr 21, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Gary Vee's old trainer, Mike Vacanti. Mike has an interesting story that I know you are going to enjoy! We started off the show talking about caffeine consumption. How much caffeine do we drink? How much is too much...can there ever be too much lol? Next we dug into our early days of fitness, what is the learning process of a fitness pro? You might be surprised! Next, we ventured into social media a little bit. We talked about the pros/cons and why most people are program hopping on life! This lead us to talk about how Mike became Gary Vaynerchuck's coach. This is a great story in taking advantage of your opportunities! Lastly, we talk about the importance of learning if you can take a punch for real and in life. (the end is my favorite). 

Connect with Mike: 

Instagram: Mike Vacanti

YouTube: Mike Vacanti YouTube


Connect with Kyle: 

Instagram: @HuntFitness

YouTube: @HuntFitnessTV


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Apr 12, 2017

In this episode, I answer questions submitted from my newsletter subscribers! 

Questions from the show:

Question 1 – My take on aggressive fat loss diets. 

Question 2 – Would I ever consider offering guided programming? 

Question 3 – Carb cycling 101

Question 4 – French Press Coffee ratios and how to recover from a cold/flu?

Question 5 – Bulgarian Training for Powerlifting 

Question 6 – Over saturation in the fitness industry? 

Question 7 – Lifting and nutrition advice for a 13 year old?

Question 8 – What to do after a linear progression program? 

Question 9 – Daily Undulation Periodization

Question 10 – Do I still track my macros every day? Should you? 

Question 11 – Best exercises for back and core?

Question 12 – Should you use creatine while cutting?

Question 13- How to train for MMA?


Sign up for the newsletter here:


Connect With Kyle:

Instagram: @HuntFitness

YouTube: HuntFitnessTV


Get Strong Now:


Mar 31, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with the director of branding and marketing for Gamma Labs, Sal Triolo. We had a great conversation. I wanted to have Sal on the show because we have a lot in common and always have epic conversations when we are together. We started out the show talking about why there is REAL 24 Karat Gold in Gamma Labs new pre workout 24K. We then spent some time talking about MMA, wrestling and of course training. Sal also laid out the strategy Conor McGregor can use to be competitive with Floyd Mayweather...

If you want to try the new pre workout 24K from Gamma Labs go to

*Use the code "teamhf" for 10% off.


Connect with Sal:


YouTube: Sal Triolo


Connect with Kyle:




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Mar 28, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Jorge Rosado. This was a great conversation! We covered so much content, it would take an essay to write it all out for you. The overlaying theme of this episode is improvement - be honest with yourself, take a helicopter view on your life, and make changes to improve. 

Connect with Jorge: 

Instagram @fitness_iq

YouTube: @flexibledieterz


Connect with Kyle:

Instagram: @huntfitness

YouTube: @huntfitnesstv


Get Stronger Now! 

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Mar 24, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with my longtime friend Kevin Lisak. We went over a ton of topics during this episode. 

Topics of the show: 

*Contest Prep 101

*How the presentation of "Flexible Dieting" has changed over the years. 

*The story of how Kevin got destroyed by a prowler. 

*Overcoming injuries and training smart

*The gluten free diet fallacy 

*How social media has changed the fitness industry. 

*Setting goals and staying motivated

And more! 


Connect with Kevin:

Instagram: @KevinLisakFitness




Connect with Kyle: 

Instagram: @HuntFitness

YouTube: @HuntFitnessTV



Get Stronger Now!

Absolute Strength eBook:


Mar 21, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with CrossFit games hopeful Tim Paulson. Tim is a gym owner and competitive CrossFit athlete. 

Topics of the show:

*The process of opening up a successful gym. 

*Explaining the qualifying standards for the CrossFit Games. 

*The yearly and weekly training cycle for a CrossFit athlete. 

*Benefits of hiring a fitness coach.

*The strength standards for CrossFit

*How Flexible Dieting has made him a better athlete. 

*The difference between a CrossFit lifestyle and the CrossFit Games. 

*And More 


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Connect with Tim:

Instagram: @trexpaulson


Connect with Kyle:

Instagram: @huntfitness

YouTube: HuntFitnessTV


Get Stronger Now: 

Absolute Strength eBook:


Mar 17, 2017

In this episode, I answer questions submitted from my newsletter group. 

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Questions from the show:

1 Alain: What are your thoughts on the highly popularized YouTube strength standards (bench 225, squat 315, and deadlift 405 -all for reps)? Realistic? 

2 Nick: (1) You're thoughts on expos like the Arnold? And would you ever have a booth or complete there? (2) Dumbbells vs barbells, should you do both? (3) How important is stretching and warming up? Specially to prevent injury or to improve your lifts? (4) What is the top necessary equipment you need to bring to the gym?

3 Mike: How important is sleep for training?

4 Ian and Don: Would love some advice/guidance on nutrition and eating on a day of a powerlifting meet. (24 hour vs 2 hour)

5 A Few People: How to decide what weight class to compete in?

6 John: Hey Kyle my question is about social media. I am designing a trading card game similar to yugioh or Pokémon if you have ever played those and I'm trying to get a bigger following what is the best way to do that? Second question is that I'm designing a bodybuilding card game where you collect meals sleep and workouts to get your "gainz" lol do you ever play board games and would you play one about bodybuilding? 

7 Kurt: How often do you feel DOMS after your workouts? 

8 Victor:  What is your take on Christian McCafferys 10 reps on the bench press portion of the NFL combine? Does it accurately depict his future at the running back position?  

9 Mitch: I had the question about why powerlifters, bodybuilders, etc. don't incorporate wild game into their diet? Lower fat content and organic.

10 A few people asked: I do powerlifting programs but I wanna grow my arms. How would you go about combining the two?

11 Issac: Thanks for answering my previous question! I would like to ask what to do when I get buried by linear progression, should I move on to periodization? For a little bit of context my lifts are definitely what most people would call novice, but I am a small guy (48kg).

12 Ethan: What was your motivation when you started cross fit and would you ever consider going back to it?


Connect With Kyle:

Instagram: @HuntFitness

YouTube: HuntFitnessTV


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Mar 10, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Mike Farr, also known as Silent Mike. This podcast was a lot of fun!


Topics of the Show: 

- The story behind why we were standing outside a Columbus Ohio bar in the freezing cold watching McGregor vs Diaz. 

- How Mike found powerlifting.

- The benefits of using good equipment. 

- Why fitness and powerlifting is on the rise. 

- Would being in the olympics even benefit powerlifting?

- How genetics play a bigger part than we sometimes realize. 

- Mike's plans for 2017

And more...


Connect with Silent Mike: 




Connect with Kyle:




Show Notes:


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Mar 3, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with strength and conditioning coach Pete Bommarito. This was a fascinating discussion on how to train NFL athletes.

Pete is the owner of Bommaritio Performance. His company has trained some of the BEST athletes in the world. His client list reads like a NFL Pro Bowl roster - Leveon Bell, Lesean McCoy, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, Tyrod Taylor, Rob Gronkowski, Von Miller, the list goes on! 

In the show we talked about:

- The  NFL draft prep process.

- How his company handles every aspect of combine prep - the training, nutrition, supplementation, mindset work as well as the logistics - housing, transportation, etc. 

- The yearly periodization plan for a NFL veteran to peak for mini camp, training camp, and the end of the season.

- The ratio of weight room work vs field work. 

- What role do olympic lifts play in their training?

- The top techniques to get athletes faster. 

- Who was the fastest and strongest athletes he has ever worked with?

- Why did he recommend Leveon Bell lose weight?

- What are the best resources for strength and conditioning information?

- How to become a strength coach that works with pro athletes?

- Why the entrepreneur mindset is essential for a strength coach. 

Find more information about Pete and Bommarito Performance at:


For the show notes visit Hunt Fitness at


This episode is brought to you by my best selling ebook, Absolute Strength.

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Feb 28, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Matty Fusaro. This episode was a lot of fun. I was hyped up for hours after we got done talking and I think you will be as well! 

Topics Include: 

- Flexible Dieting

- How Matty went from an overweight, insecure teenager to a popular fitness YouTuber. 

- The business of fitness

- The mistakes we made in the past...this was funny!!!

- Common mistakes people make in their fitness journey

- The current landscape of YouTube fitness. 

- Why the best investment is the investment in yourself. 

And more


Check out Matty's YouTube channel at:



For the show notes, go to the Hunt Fitness website




Feb 24, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Sean Noriega one week out from the Arnold. 

Topics of the show: 

- Sean's big goal heading into the Arnold.

- How training for baseball lead him to powerlifting.

- Sean's step by step strategy for cutting weight leading up to a meet. 

- The first food he eats after stepping off the won't believe it! 

- The benefits of flexible dieting. 

- The benefits of using the RPE scale. 

And more...

Follow Sean on Instagram: @hamstringpapi83


For show notes head over to the Hunt Fitness website: 


This podcast is brought to you by my best selling ebook - 

Absolute Strength. 

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Feb 20, 2017

In this episode, I take questions from my newsletter on a variety of topics! Sorry this episode is a few days late. I will make it up to you! Thank you so much for all the support and feedback! The podcast has been growing a ton lately! If you enjoy the show, please share it with ONE friend you think would enjoy it also! 


Q1, Nick - When should you cut your calories lower or add more cardio during a cut. Or which one should you try first?

Q2, Cameron - How to get your meals/macros in when you have a busy schedule and aren't a big eater. Bulking

Q3, Abigail - What kind of pre-workout would you recommend to use during meet prep for USAPL?  

Q4, What supplements do I recommend and not recommend? 

Q5, Don - How to go about reverse dieting? Macros to follow when reverse dieting and should refeeds be included until bmr is reached

Q6, Jaime - What is your favorite physical feature about yourself? Your favorite non-physical quality about yourself?

Q7, Sarah - I would love for you to talk about: How to build muscle as a female, how many rest days one should take a week, etc. for a female trying to add size!

Q8, Kevin - In regards to programming, how often, or in what training blocks, do you prescribe heavy singles prior to volume work or is it something that you regularly program throughout the year? 

Q9, Isaac - Hey, Kyle wanted to ask if you have ever struggled with gaining weight (the mental part of it) after being lean

Q10, Grambi - What's your favorite donut? lol and if you're not a donut fan, favorite cookie? favorite ice cream?

For the show notes head over to the Hunt Fitness website


This podcast is brought to you by my best selling ebook - Absolute Strength 

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Feb 10, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with my friend Johnny Brown and we talk about entrepreneurship, social media, and powerlifting. This is the first in-person guest podcast. During the show, we went through about a half a bottle of whiskey so the second half of the episode get's pretty interesting!

Topics include: How a passion for online gaming became a business venture; How Johnny went from a gamer to powerlifter; When is the right time to start powerlifting; Training for strength vs. aesthetics; Meet PR's vs Gym PR's; What are the BEST social media platforms in 2017; At the end we opened the show up to questions from Instagram live. 

For show notes go to: 



Feb 7, 2017

In this episode, I talk with elite powerlifter Casey Williams. His best raw lifts to date on the platform are an 810 squat, 540 bench, and 738 deadlift with a 2088 total at 242 pounds with wraps. 


Topics we go over: 

- Why it's important to reach out for help.

- The process of opening up a gym.

- Searching for "more" when you have greatness in you. 

- Rehabbing injuries to get back on the platform. 

- The program he is on preparing for the Arnold. 

- Attempt selection. 

- Nutrition for powerlifting performance. 

And more...

Follow Casey on Instagram: @thecaseywilliams


For show notes head over to the Hunt Fitness site:



Feb 3, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with natural pro bodybuilder Jeff Nippard. We had a great discussion on a wide range of topics. 

Some of what was discussed: 

- How Jeff went from the basketball hardwood to the bodybuilding stage

- What is the relationship between building muscle and strength? 

- Is it beneficial to powerlift if your ultimate goal is to be the best bodybuilder?

- Best way to improve each body part - Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms, and Legs. 

and more! 

Check out Jeff's YouTube Channel:


Sign up for the newsletter:


Follow Kyle:

@HuntFitness on IG

HuntFitnessTV on YouTube

Jan 27, 2017

In this episode, I answer your questions. 

The questions answered in the show: 

- How to start an IIFYM diet?

- Top 5 books I would recommend to clients and friends?

- Is online training still a good business idea? How would I do it if I was starting in 2017?

- Thoughts on high protein non-traditional keto diets? Can you lose fat and build muscle with a keto approach? 

- What music do I listen to at the gym?

- What are my thoughts on Prohormones? 

- Advice for a first time powerlifting meet.

- What do I do to pump myself up at a powerlifting meet?

- How long should you stay on a training program?


As always, find the show notes at



Jan 20, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Bryce Lewis from The Strength Athlete. 

Bryce is an elite powerlifter in the USAPL. He is the 2016 USAPL 105kg

National Champion. 


For the show notes go to


Topics of the Show: 

- How the quest to get better at volleyball lead Bryce to powerlifting.

- What has he done differently the past couple years to dramatically increase

his total? 

- The resources that were most beneficial when learning how to structure quality programming.

- What is the best way to make weight for powerlifting? Are there any special tricks?

- What unique aspects do each lift require for optimal results? (programming, assistance movements, technique cues, etc.)


For more information about Bryce, check out his website:


As always, this episode is brought to you by Hunt Fitness




Jan 15, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Alain Gonzalez. 

This was an especially fun show. We started off with a conversation about training for MMA and dug into the future of UFC's Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor. 

Alain has a really cool story. He only weighed 107lbs in his early 20s! Knowing he had to make a change, he got into lifting weights, and as they say, the rest was history! 


Find out more about Alain at his website:


As always, this episode is brought to you by Hunt Fitness. 

To read the show notes go to




Jan 13, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Jordan Syatt! Jordan coaches author/entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. 

Topics of the show:

- How are backgrounds are very similar. Did we just become best friends lol?

- What it's like training Gary Vaynerchuk?

- How he got the job training Gary's a pretty crazy story! 

- Jordan reveals his top secret tips to improve your deadlift. (He deadlifts 4x his bodyweight!)

- The current mistakes online coaches are making

And more...


Check out Jordan's website at:


As always, this episode is brought to you by Hunt Fitness.


Jan 6, 2017

In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Layne Norton! 

Layne has a PhD in Nutritional Science, is a Pro Natural Bodybuilder and Powerlifter. 


Topics include: 

- How Layne became one of the pioneers in the "online fitness coaching" space. 

- The difference between training for strength and muscle. 

- Why most elite athletes don't make great coaches. 

- Why Layne uses Blood Flow Restriction training MORE when powerlifting than


- How Layne is working to get back from his injuries. 

- Does Layne know of the BEST "secret" fat burning ingredient? 


For more info on Layne, check out his website:


This podcast is brought to you by Hunt Fitness. For the show notes go to 


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Dec 30, 2016

In this episode, I finish off 2016 with a review of the past year and look into what my goals are for 2017! 

This turned into a really fun podcast! I talked about a wide range of topics. I started off with a name drop...what BIG name was supposed to be on the show this week?

Next I dug into the online coaching space. Doesn't it seem like everyone is an online coach these days? What does the future hold? 

What are my 3-4 "New Year's Resolutions" I want to work on in 2017? 

I then went over what was the one take away I got from each of my Podcast guests in 2016? 

I finished up with a review of my new article titled, "The 9 Best Assistance Exercises for Raw Powerlifting" 

Read the article here:


As always, this podcast is brought to you by Hunt Fitness. 

For more information, check out the show notes for all podcast at: 






Dec 23, 2016

In this episode, I talk with Nick Bare from Bare Performance Nutrition. 

I had a lot of fun catching up with Nick. It had been about 2-3 years since we last connected so this was far overdue. 

In the show we talk about:

- The process of starting a supplement company

- Overcoming the struggles and limitation of being a small startup company. 

- What has contributed the most to his YouTube success

- Nick's current training routine

- How doing what you love is really the only option. 

And More...


Check out Nick Bare's YouTube Channel:



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Dec 16, 2016

In this episode, I sit down with the host of Barbell Shrugged Mike Bledsoe!

We talked about a wide range of topics. This is a podcast you do not want to miss! 


Some of the topics in the show: 

- How Mike's approach to training and nutrition has changed in the past couple years. 

- The biggest mistake fitness entrepreneurs make. 

- How important is an exercise science degree? 

- The importance of quality movement and deep breathing in overall health and performance. 

- How to start meditation. 

- Best books Mike has read in 2016

And more...


Follow Mike on Instagram at Mike_Bledsoe 


For the show notes go to Hunt Fitness 


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