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Iron Culture

Eric Helms & Omar Isuf
Health & FitnessSports

Iron Culture was started by Eric Helms and Omar Isuf as a means of exploring the world of physical culture and attempting to distill a unified philosophy of lifting and to help listeners find greater meaning from the iron. The lifting community has become fractured over the last ~70 years and this Podcast will attempt to explore the fundamental threads that unite these different tribes. The Podcast focuses on dispensing practical, useful information to the listener, bouncing from history, to philosophy, to contemporary lifting culture issues, to science. This can range from teaching the audience about lifting, programming, nutrition, supplements/PEDs and the history of lifting culture. The format includes casual conversations between the two hosts on a variety of topics, discussions with a panel of experts and interviews with authoritative figures in the lifting community.


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Latest Episodes

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4 days ago

Sometimes you just gotta shoot the s**t and talk some s**t. In this episode of Iron Culture, we discuss some of the recent insane competitions in the world of powerlifting. If you live under a bridge, you might not be aware that a ton of ridiculous n... more

11 days ago

Motivation is for the weak, commitment is for the REAL lifers! Right! Right? Well maybe not so much. Join us on an existential journey into what motivation really means. What are our motives to train, how does this relate to our identity, and self de... more

18 days ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 1.1k ratings
  • Love the science but not the snark

    I think the guests and Helms do a good job discussing data and findings in a clear way. After recently listening to the turkesterone episode I was really turned off by the host’s snarky side commentary. It very much distracted from the discussion.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States4 months ago
  • Lovely

    I could write about how I am a big fan of good science communication and how iron culture is such a great podcast because they’re fighting all the nonsense being spread online. I could also point out that listening to the show has helped me make better decisions about my training and nutrition. I might even point out that I applaud the critical thinking of the hosts and how important it is to teach people how to deal with the overload of bad information online. However I want to be honest and ad... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Germany4 months ago
  • Eric and Omar are masterful storytellers

    I took mushrooms I had been growing and listened to both of the history of lifting episodes and transcended past the confides of 3 dimensional pyramids to infinite dimensional tessellations, when will my cult membership be arriving in the mail? more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago
  • What more can you want/need

    The value that this whole podcast has is invaluable. Thank you guys so much you have provided me and thousands of people with knowledge that they’ll take to their grave. The best podcast out there !

    Apple Podcasts
    Void Hennig
    United States5 months ago
  • I have recommended this podcast to my friend and here’s what he said

    “ This morning after I dropped Meagan off at the airport. Anyways in my dream my phone wouldn't turn off and it was so loud and I couldn't talk to anyone just hearing this podcast. I literally restarted the phone. Got it to turn off. It kept playing. Uninstalled the apps. I threw my phone away but it was still playing. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States5 months ago

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