Donnie "Super D" Thompson knows a thing or two about lifting heavy weights. He earned himself the nickname "Mr. 3000" by being the first human to total 3000lbs in powerlifting back in 2011.


Over the years, Donnie has had his fair share of ups and downs. He also has an infectious positive attitude, a passion for helping people, and an unquenchable thirst for learning. These elements make for a conversation that is educational, entertaining, and full of life lessons - whether you are a lifter or not.


In this episode, Super D shares his learnings and philosophies with Managing Editor Becca Borawski Jenkins and Coach Chet Morjaria.


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These days Donnie is co-owner of a gym called The Compound and helps athletes to reach better performance through mobility, performance therapy, and lifting heavy weights - all with the help of a few of his own evil tools and inventions.


00:00 - New things at Breaking Muscle

01:36 - Introduction to Donnie Thompson

03:55 - Where the nickname "Super D" came from

06:14 - Donnie's powerlifting records

08:40 - Balancing life and focusing on your goals

13:18 - Getting the body to work properly

15:50 - An explanation of body tempering

21:32 - What you need to perform body tempering on yourself

23:52 - Donnie's daughter

24:35 - Donnie' s recent inventions and intellectual property theft

31:17 - Donnie's current focus, looking after the body

34:27 - Using powerlifting techniques to get people ready for different sports

38:10 - The marriage mistake - doing the same thing over and over again

40:27 - Advice on avoiding training fads and traps

44:51 - Why you need to think for yourself

47:02 - Donnie's seminars and products