This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!
Q & A with Tommy Caldwell from The Outlaws of Health Show
When did you start podcasting?
We put our first video cast out on youtube about a year and a half ago. Since then we have gone to primarily audio casts, but me still mix in special video casts every once in a while.
Why did you start podcasting?
We started podcasting in the hopes that we could get people thinking less dogmatically about health related topics, as well as get health professionals talking about ‘edgy’ areas of health that others would avoid because of the stigma attached
(E.X. Medical Marijuana, Psychedelic Plants for Mental Disorders and Addictions etc).
We just felt as though truly honest conversations in health were missing in several areas of the subject, and we wanted to get into those ‘dirty corners’- we feel that we have found a way to accomplish this goal in a very entertaining way.
What’s your show about?
The Outlaws of Health is about every health related topic under the sun- from CrossFit, to Performance Enhancing Drugs, to supplementation.
Where our show differs from other health related podcasts is in how the content is approached in conversation. We don’t avoid taboo topics, we speak our minds, and we get people to look inwardly at their health choices to justify the ‘why’ behind the actions they are taking in their own health.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
We started out using a simple macbook and some usb microphones and skype. Now we are going full studio with Audiobox mixing and software, Audio Technica hardware for the recording technology, and still with mac products for the CPU platform.
It’s fine to start with what you have, but audio quality can sometimes be more important than anything else when it is the primary delivery system for your message.
How have you promoted your podcast?
Up until this point it has just been word of mouth and promotion from bigger names in the industry.
We aren’t looking to monetize or get famous- we just want to get a different kind of information out there to an audience that appreciates it. That could change in the future, but for now the focus is on getting better at what we are doing and increasing the quality of our product.
We are 60 Episodes in but nowhere near as effective as we want to be in the near future.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I knew that people who don’t like what you’re doing will be more vocal about your show than those who love it- and that engaging with those listeners is a waste of time.
In the beginning we spent time addressing and altering our show based off of negative feedback instead of affirming our positives through our enthusiastic listeners.
I’ve come to realize that a good base of ‘haters’ is a key indicator to your rising success, but you can’t adapt your process to anyone other than the true fans.
If you want honest and no holds barred conversation about fitness then you really do need to subscribe and be an Outlaw of Health! And while you’re at it, if you want to work out with these guys in real live you can do so over at Hybrid Fitness!
If you want to have a conversation that is not being had out there then you need to start podcasting! We’d love to help you out.