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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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. 

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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...


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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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Dec 14, 2016

In this episode, I sit down with Buffalo Bills sideline/beat reporter Sal Capaccio!

This is a special "bonus" episode I know you are going to love. This is a nice change of pace from the type of shows you are used to.


During the show we talk about: 

- How Sal broke into the broadcasting industry. 

- How a love of sports turned into his dream job. 

- The importance of being a multisport athlete in high school. 

- Are video games changing sports culture? 

- What NFL stadiums are the most impressive from the sideline? 

- What it's like getting to travel with a NFL team. 

- A day in the life for an NFL reporter. 

- What's wrong with my Bills :( 

And more...


Follow Sal on Twitter: @SalSports 


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Dec 9, 2016

In this episode, I sit down and talk with Marc Lobliner. Marc is the owner of MTS Nutrition and CMO at I have been friends with Marc since 2012. He is a character to say the least, so I knew this was going to be an EPIC conversation! 

Some of the topics we discussed: 

- How Marc got into lifting and bodybuilding.

- Why his first (and only) powerlifting meet turned into a "blowout". 

- What is was like being on set with John Cena on Fox's American Grit TV Show. 

- Marc's current training split. 

- What NEW supplement ingredients will be making waves in 2017.


Check out Marc's YouTube channel at "The Tiger Fitness"


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


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Dec 2, 2016

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

Some of the questions asked...

Q1- What is Kyle Hunt's training/programming currently looking like?

Q2- How would set a program for someone who is switching from bodybuilding training to powerlifting style of training?

Q3- How to stay on track with training/marcos with the holidays coming up?

Q4- Hey Kyle just started listening to the podcast just wanted to what your thoughts are on making a living personal training? 

Q5- What is your opinion on doing a mini cut after bulking for 3-4 months? What body fat percentage do you recommend for someone to begin bulking at or to begin cutting?

Q6- What's your thoughts on keto diets?  

Q7- Can you talk about programming for weaknesses? For example, if your lockout on bench sucks what exercises would you recommend?

Q8- What is the healthiest meal you could take to work a normal 9-5 job that is quick and easy?

Q9- I train fasted in the AM now and have started to incorporate BCAA's. Do you track BCAA's? Do you think they have caloric value?

Q10- Can you name a couple of books that have inspired you or have contributed to your success in life,business and sport. 

Q11- Is it good to take creatine while cutting? What time should you take it? 


FREE EBOOKS talked about on the show:


For the show notes go to the Hunt Fitness website



Nov 25, 2016

In this episode, I sit down with Hani Jazayrli from The Strength Athlete. 


During the show we talk about...

How Hani first got involved in the sport of powerlifting.

How he transitioned from his day job to a full time powerlifting coach.

The benefits of having great mentors and coaches. 

How many times should an athlete compete per season?

Unique programming techniques for each of the big three lifts.

And more! 


Follow Hani on Instagram @Hani_tsa


For the show notes go to the Hunt Fitness website:


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Nov 18, 2016

In this episode, I talk with Ian McCarthy from the Lifting For Life YouTube channel and No Bullshit Bodybuilding Facebook page.  

This was a great discussion! I recommend listening to this episode twice to make sure you catch everything we talked about.  

Topics of the show:

- Flexible Dieting

- What it means to be evidence based

- How anorexia got Ian into lifting weights

- Training Frequency

- Supplementation 

and more! 


Check out Ian's YouTube channel here:


For the show notes head over to Hunt Fitness 


Nov 13, 2016

*Bonus Episode* 

In this episode, I sat down with my good friend Nick Wright. This is a bonus episode, the second podcast this week. You are essentially a "fly on the wall" during our conversation as we catch up. 

Topics include: 

- What are Nick's future powerlifting goals?

- Making small changes for big improvements. 

- The story about how we met.

- Powerlifting Programming (frequency, assistance movements, etc.)

- The importance of good training partners

- The technique aspect of powerlifting

- And more...



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This episode is brought to you by Hunt Fitness 


Nov 11, 2016

In this episode, I sat down with Joey Percia from 

Joey has a great story I think a lot of people can relate to!

We talked about a wide range of topics including...

Building muscle, powerlifting, programming, education, recommended books, and more. 


Overall it was a great conversation, I know you are going to enjoy. 

To find out more about Joey, check out his website

There is a lot of great content on there. 


For the show notes go to Hunt Fitness: 







Nov 4, 2016

In this episode, I talk with Joe Stanek from The Strength Athlete. 

We covered a lot of ground in this show! 

Some of the topics discussed are:

- How Joe got into powerlifting.

- Why he decided to study exercise science at Syracuse University.

- What is the best way to break into the online coaching industry.

- His top 3 assistance movements for the big 3 squat, bench and deadlift. 

- What his current training and nutrition protocols are.

and more. 


This episode is brought to you by Hunt Fitness




Oct 28, 2016

In this episode, I answer questions on a variety of topics. 


Questions in the show: 

1: Will people who purchased Absolute Strength get V2.0 for free? 

2: What is the typical setup for Absolute Strength? Is it 6 days in a row, 3 on 1 off, etc? 

3: What is your favorite book? 

4: Where are you from? 

5: Besides The Absolute Strength Podcast, what are your other favorite podcast to listen to? 

6: In-season training for wrestlers? 

7: How much water do you need to drinking and how important is it for performance and recovery? 

8: Aside from going home and weighing out the food yourself, how much do you trust the serving sizes listed by certain restaurants? ex. Chipotle 

9: Should you wear a belt during all squat/deadlift work? Does it hold back core strength?

10: Can you make gains with powerlifting? Ex. build muscle, lose fat, etc. 


This episode is brought to you by Hunt Fitness.


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Oct 21, 2016

In this episode, I discuss whether or not the sport of bodybuilding is dying. 

The popularity of fitness is at an alltime high. Why is bodybuilding not following suit? 

Is social media responsible? 

Is it because there are so many other fitness options? ie. CrossFit, Powerlifting, Spartan Races, etc. 

This episode is brought to you by Hunt Fitness. 

Oct 14, 2016

In this episode, I talk about the top 8 exercises I feel are the most overrated and the truth about muscle soreness. 

The Top 8 Overrated Exercises / Implements 

1- Bands and Chains 

2- Partial Range of Motion 

3- T-Bar Rows

4- Upright Rows

5- Barbell Shrugs 

6- Front Raises 

7- Leg Extension 

8- Leg Press

Is muscle soreness a key indicator of a good workout? 


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Oct 7, 2016

In this episode, I talk about 3 key tips that will make a big impact on your bench press strength. 


Tip #1: Dial in your form (you probably bench wrong)


Tip #2: Frequency is KEY 


Tip #3: Choose the right assistance movements. 


PS- What do you think is the most "overrated" bench press

assistance movement? 



Hunt Fitness Bench Press Specialization Program:





Sep 30, 2016

In this episode, I talk about the 5 Fitness Facts I learned in The Past 5 Years. 

The idea for this episode started when I found an old training journal from 2011. It brought back a lot of old memories and made me realize how far I have come in the past 5 years. 

Here are 5 things I have learned since 2011:

1- There is a huge benefit to slowly increasing calories. 

2- When it comes to strength, specificity is key. 

3- Nutrition is just a math equation. 

4- There is a huge gap of knowledge in the fitness industry. 

5- The answer to every question/problem is just to train (work) harder. 


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


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Sep 23, 2016

In this episode, I answer 10 questions on training, nutrition and business! 

The Questions:

Q1- Should refeed days be on your hardest training day? 

Q2- What is the BEST training program for skinny guys to gain mass? 

Q3- How often do you really need to take a rest day? 

Q4- What's the deal with overtraining? Is there a such thing?

Q5- If you could go back and start over, in terms of your fitness journey, what would the road map look like to becoming an elite drug free bodybuilder? 

Q6- How do you decide attempts in a powerlifting meet? Why is it that some people's gym PRs are often higher than their meet PRs? 

Q7- What is your morning ritual? Do you prime yourself for the day? 

Q8- What are some of the best tips and tricks that might be out of the norm to help with getting good quality sleep or rest? 

Q9- How to reverse diet out from a long cut or show prep diet? 

Q10- What suggestions do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs in regards to transitioning from a full time job to working for yourself full time? 


This podcast is brought to you by Hunt Fitness


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Sep 16, 2016

In this episode, I talk about how to get started in the fitness industry. 

I start the episode off with why I am not going to the Olympia this year. 


Points of discussion in the show:

My first job in the fitness industry. 

The first step in becoming a personal trainer. 

How I started Hunt Fitness. 

How I got a bunch of clients right from the start. 

The pros and cons of getting an exercise science degree. 

What I would do differently if I started Hunt Fitness today. 

How to run a successful online fitness business in 2016. 


My Top 5 Business Books:

1- The 4 Hour Work Week

2- Crush It

3- #AskGaryVee

4- Time Management for Entrepreneurs 

5- The War of Art


This podcast is brought to you by Hunt Fitness



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Sep 9, 2016

In this episode, I talk about the number one thing holding back your training and give you my opinion of many "popular" training programs. 


Question of the day: In regards to building strength vs. testing strength, how often should you test your strength?


In the show I explain...

The definition of periodization.

How to develop a program with built in progression. 

What the difference is between a "list of exercises" and a real training program. 

Why random workouts suck. 

And more. 


I also give my opinion of the following programs...

Jim Wendler's 5/3/1

Starting Strength/Stronglifts 5 x 5

Smolov and Smolov Jr.

Westside Barbell (for Raw Powerlifting?) 

Bodybuilding Bro Splits


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Sep 2, 2016

In this episode, I answer the following 10 nutrition questions...

1- How many servings of fruits and veggies should you eat per day?

2- Is it possible to diet without tracking macros? 

3- Are cheat days on a cut beneficial? How much damage can be done?

4- How to set up Pre/Intra/Post Workout Nutrition?

5- Are BCAA products worth the money?

6- What is my opinion of the Keto diet?

7- How to make weight for weight class sports?

8- Should you consume more carbs on training days? 

9- What to eat if you train first thing in the morning?

10- Should you track Net Carbs? 


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Aug 26, 2016

I kick off this episode with a trip down memory lane. I talk about my first experience lifting weights and how I bench pressed 195lbs as a high school sophomore at under 100lbs bodyweight!

Later on in the show I dig into the topic of using powerlifting style training for athletic development.

What type of athletes would benefit the most from powerlifting?

Are there any downsides of powerlifting for athletes?

Olympic lifting vs.Powerlifting...which is better? 


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Aug 20, 2016

In this episode, Kyle talks about the following topics...why he likes Podcasts more than YouTube videos, how Robb Wolf and Joe Rogan lead to the Absolute Strength Show, the 2016 Summer Olympics and if steroids should be allowed in sports. 

FREE ebooks mentioned in the podcast: 

Flexible Dieting Manual:

The Big 3 Technique and Programming Guide: