The Dumbbells

with Eugene Cordero and Ryan Stanger

A funny fitness podcast where comedian/hosts Eugene Cordero and Ryan Stanger guide your life towards Training Dirty, Eating Clean and Living In-Between.

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    Stuck in a rut? This is the episode for you. The ‘Bells welcome Adam McCabe (Horny 4 Horror) to The Weight Room. McCabe and Stanger go way back. The show opens up with some discussion about horror movies and the most recent Halloween. Then the boys start talking fitness. McCabe talks about his upbringing in Bakersfield and how his family deals with fitness and nutrition - it’s good and bad. Then they get to the bottom of why people slip into bad habits and how to break out. Last, McCabe shares personal experience with the two extremes and gives some advice about how to get back on track! ”Light Weight Babyeee!!!”

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    It’s Dumbbells time babies! The man, Dan Lippert, is in The Weight Room - you know him from the Teachers Lounge podcast. Dan is a super funny dude with a great perspective on things. He tells the ‘Bells about growing up super tall and only playing basketball for a portion of his childhood despite everyone thinking he should be a basketball player. The guys help him with some back and shoulder issues and as a group they come up with a plan of action to get him into a gym and working with a trainer. *HINT* it involves him owning being a basketball player! Dan is a great guy and this is a fun episode! “Light Weight Babyeee!!!” .

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    Holy smokes!!! Hayes Davenport (Hollywood Handbook, The Flagrant Ones) is the damn Weight Room. Hayes is a very funny dude and he brings it this episode. The ‘Bells get the lowdown on how he grew up with a star athlete for a younger brother. They learn about the Lord of The Rings loving nerds he rowed crew with in high school. They learn about being his motivation for being a vegetarian (it’s not his wife!) and Hayes learns what be needs to do to start a consistent workout program and do 5 pull ups in 2019. This is one for the ages BellBabies! “Ain’t nothin to it but to do it!!”

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    Eugene had a CRAZY busy year that really challenged how much time he could spend with exercise. He and Stanger talk all about what he did right and where he could improve. They decided he needs a foundation. So he lays out his plan of attack for the new year this episode. Also, The ‘Belles answer some listener questions! ”Yeah Buddy!!!”

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    It’s another Dumbbells family episode!!! The powerful Stone Stanger makes a triumphant return to The Weight Room. This is a wild episode to say the least. Stone does a lot of different voices and even whispers some of his answers to give you an idea of how off the rails this one went. Stone, Eug and Stang have some fun talking about Christmas presents and even manage to get in some talk about nutrition and school lunches. Last Eug and Stanger read some of the listener “Strength and Weaknesses, Temptations /Tips) and Stone picks the winner of The Dumbbells hoodie! Much love from The Dumbbells family to you and your family! “Light Weight Babyeeee!!!!”

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    Happy New Year BellBabies!!! It’s been one hell of year for the ‘Bells and they really appreciate you guys putting them in your ears. For their first episode of 2019 the Guys welcome Charlie Sanders (Key and Peele, Weird City) to The Weight Room. Charlie and Eug go waaaaaaaaay back, like almost to the beginning. They talk about their first impressions of each other and how Eug could be a little brutal at times. Then Charlie tells his story and how his unsupportive father caused him to squander some natural strength and made him miss the boat on sports. But his story has a happy ending as he found gyms at different times of his life and his wife really helped him get on the right track. Also, Charlie had a bad experience with a gym and the guys encourage him to rant about it; everyone lays out what you should expect from your gym. Happy New Year!!! “2019 is gonna be LIT!!!”

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    Merry Christmas BellBabies!!! The ‘Bells welcome Ryan Rosenberg (Big Grande) to The Weight Room. “Rose” is so funny and relatable, his story is a Christmas present to everyone out there trying to get fit. He and Stanger grew up close to each other and they talk about it!! Also, Rose comes from a family where sports were encouraged and he had a sister that was a baller but he never felt like he measured up. He tells the guys all about his on again off again relationship with exercise, how he lost a ton of weight, gained some back and is going to lose it again. Rose had been through it all and is very candid. This is the perfect episode for the holidays and to jumpstart you into the new year! ”Merry Christmas you cotton candy eatin mother fuckers!!!”

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    Euge and Stange are back at it in full force. This week they got Beth Appel (Everything Is Rent podcast) to chop it up with them in The Weight Room. Beth is a musical theater aficionado so Stanger grills Euge and her on all things musical. Then they get into it! Beth has a very relatable fitness origin story - she tells the guys about growing up in Colorado playing scoccer (but never loving it) riding bikes and doing crunches. Also, letting go of all of it for college and part of her 20s and finally how she made a triumphant return to a healthy lifestyle and completely transformed! Last Beth gives her tips and temptations for The 'Bells Holiday Strengths and Weaknesses segment. Keep sending in yours- winner gets a hoodie!! "Light Weight Baby!!!"

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    It's a happy day in The Weight Room! The mighty, mighty Eugene has returned!!!! This episode is all about Stanger and him catching up and getting back in the groove. Eugene breaks down his grueling shooting schedule and how having little to time for exercise affected him. He wasn't able train as much as he wanted but did he stick to his diet?? Also the 'Bells give you some holiday mentality tips and ask the listeners to send in their tips and temptations to be read throughout the holiday season - a special winner will be selected at random and awarded with a Dumbbells hoodie!!! "The Euge is back babyeee!!!!"

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    Stanger is still holding it down and he's joined this week by the awesome Jon Mackey (Big Grande, The Teachers Lounge) This is the second time in The Weight Room for Mackey and be delivers! He and Stanger do a quick recap on what they discussed on his first episode. Mackey has made an incredible fitness transformation and it's still going - he's currently down 100lbs! He tells Stanger how he shifted from doing DDP Yoga at home to training 4 days a week at the gym. Mackey learned how to lift from DIY videos on YouTube and he's got some great tips on how to get started. He and Stanger round out their discussion with Mackey's common sense approach to nutrition and they answer a listener question about how to put on muscle. "Yeah Buddy!!!" Check out Jon Mackey's podcast, The Teacher's Lounge.

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    Stanger is holding down the fort and he is joined by the incomparable Melissa Stephens (Fear Based Life Podcast, Finding The Asshole) Melissa is a total boss. She and Stanger recently worked on a project together that Melissa directed, this project is discussed. This discussion leads to a bunch of talk about MTV's Road Rules, Real World Challenge. Finally they get back on track and the talk turns to Melissa's fitness background - how she grew up in the South, played sports and ate junk!! Melissa has been threw a lot and suffered from eating an eating disorder and is very open and honest about her experiences. This is another must listen show! "Light Weight Baby!!!" Thank you to Care/Of for sponsoring this episode. For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, visit TakeCareOf.com and enter DUMBBELLS at checkout.

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    Happy Thanksgiving BellBabyz!!!! The 'Bells (actually just Stanger again) made sure to get you a nice little ep before the holiday that demands you overeat. Andrew Bowser (BIZARRE STATES, WELCOME TO THE SHADOW ZONE) joins Stanger in The Weight Room. Stanger and Bowser go way back - they start the show off by complimenting each other and it's uncomfortable to listen to. Then Bowser regails Stanger with stories of his youth as a heavy kid growing up in Baltimore. We find out, Bower's now on a ketogenic diet and is trying to figure what he wants to do next for exercise. Last, Stanger and Bowser answer a listener question about how to get what you need from your doctor. "Happy Turkey Day! - use that feast as fuel for an amazing workout baby!!!"

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    This is a very special episode. Stanger, flying solo still, managed to get Angela Gulner (Welcome To The Clam Bake, BINGE) in The Weight Room. Angela is an amazing writer, actor and podcaster who suffered from an eating disorder and got treatment. She walks Stanger through how her disorder first manifested and how she came out on the other side. She experienced some scary times but found a course of treatment that worked well for her and finally gave her some relief. Angela turned her story into an incredible series on YouTube called BINGE that Stanger is in - the production is discussed on the pod. This episode contains a lot of great information and practical advice about eating disprders and some dumb shit from Stanger too. "Yeah Buddy!!!" Thank you to Care/Of for sponsoring this episode. For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, visit TakeCareOf.com and enter DUMBBELLS.

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    Stanger is still holding down the fort this week but he recruited another special guest to help him out. Mark Rennie of the Fantasy Flix Leaugue Podcast is in The Weight Room to save the day. Mark is a very funny writer and comedian, he and Stanger start the show by talking movies. They touch on th current box-office, A Star Is Born and the actors' bodies and costumes in the Marvel Movies. Then Stanger gets the skinny on Mark's fitness past and where he's at now - he needs to lift more weights!! Last they answer a listener question about how to encourage a spouse or partner to exercise. This is a fun one guys!! " Yeeeaaaahhhh Buddy!!!" This episode is brought to you by RXBAR. For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/fitness and enter promo code: FITNESS at checkout. Valid in the US only.

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    You're in for a treat BellBabyz!! The guys got the great Erin McGown to come back and co-host with Stanger 'cause Eug is STILL shooting! And they welcome the mighty Krickit Hodges as their special guest. Krickit is a repeat guest and she is an incredibly experienced trainer as well as the owner and cofounder of GoTribe fitness. Stanger gets the lowdown on Erin from Krickit, who knows her well. Then the group gets right in to all the listener questions for Krickit. The questions range from tips for trainers, to workout ideas, to eating clean motivation. Krickit gives tons of great info in this episode and is an endless source of positive motivation!! "Light Weoght Babyeee!!!"