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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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: 


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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


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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:


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@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. 

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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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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 


See all show notes at 


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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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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