Heavy Conversation

Heavy Conversation

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Join Bruce from Chubstr and Jody from Bear Skn for a new podcast, Heavy Conversation with Bruce and Jody. The Heavy Conversation podcast discusses the issues many plus size people deal with every day. From finding clothes that fit, to dating, to the my…


Back To Work, Back To Reality
Jun 30 • 20 min
Bruce and Jody talk about getting back to work, the future of photo shoots, and drink two brand new beers!
Things You Can Do During This Socially Distanced Summer
Jun 23 • 38 min
Bruce and Jody talk about their socially distanced summer plans.
We Found Big & Tall Swimming Trunks You’ll Actually Want to Wear
Jun 16 • 38 min
Bruce and Jody share their list of the best places to find big & tall swim trunks that look great and fit well.
Here’s Where to Find Big & Tall Pride Gear
Jun 9 • 31 min
Bruce and Jody talk about how to celebrate Pride even when you’re stuck at home.
How You Can Support Protesters and Help Fight Racial Injustice
Jun 2 • 29 min
This week, we’re sharing ways you can support protesters around the country & push back against race-based discrimination and police brutality.
Finding the perfect Big & Tall Suit
May 26 • 52 min
Bruce and Jody share their fit tips and the best places to shop for a big & tall suit or tuxedo.
Make Your Home More Plus Size Friendly With These Tips
May 19 • 41 min
Bruce and Jody share tips to help you revamp your living space.
How Often Should You Replace Your Big & Tall Basics?
May 12 • 36 min
Bruce and Jody talk about when to throw out your old socks and crusty boxers, and what you should replace them with.
Hairy or Hairless? Talking Big Men & Body Hair
May 5 • 41 min
Bruce and Jody talk all things big & tall body hair related.
Here’s Where to Shop for Big & Tall Shorts
Apr 28 • 34 min
Bruce and Jody talk about the best brands of big and tall shorts and where to get them.
Heavy Conversation’s 100 Episode Celebration
Apr 21 • 30 min
It’s our 100th episode!
Play These Games While You’re Stuck at Home
Apr 14 • 31 min
This week, Bruce and Jody share the games they’re playing - video games, board games and more.
You Don’t Have to Be Productive During the Apocalypse
Apr 7 • 26 min
Bruce and Jody discuss why you don’t HAVE to be productive all the time during the pandemic.
Where Are All the Young Guys in Big & Tall Modeling?
Mar 31 • 29 min
Jody and Bruce talk about the continuing lack of diversity in the industry and how to fix it.
How We’re Getting Through the Pandemic
Mar 24 • 30 min
This week, we’re talking about what we’re doing to stay sane while we’re stuck at home and sharing some tips while you do the same.
Spring Style Trends for Big & Tall Guys
Mar 17 • 30 min
The guys share the latest big & tall style trends and talk about how to make them work for you.
Should Photos of Plus Size Models be Retouched?
Mar 10 • 26 min
Jody and Bruce discuss the pros and cons of retouching photos.
Is Abercrombie’s New Campaign Really So Body Positive?
Mar 3 • 28 min
Bruce and Jody talk about the new campaign from Abercrombie & Fitch.
Are Some Major Brands Embarrassed to Carry Big & Tall?
Feb 25 • 30 min
Bruce and Jody talk about some major brands make extended size clothing but will only sell them through big & tall retailers.
The Plus Size Men’s Fashion Show Nobody Knew About
Feb 18 • 32 min
Bruce and Jody talk about a fashion show featuring plus size male models took place in NYC during fashion week.
Talking Jillian Michaels, Concern Trolls, & How to Beat Them
Feb 11 • 17 min
A few weeks ago, Jillian Michaels body shamed Lizzo in the media. She’s since doubled down on her comments. We talk about why body shaming and concern trolling is still a lot more common than it should be.
89: Should Obesity Be a Protected Class?
Feb 4 • 26 min
Bruce & Jody talk about obesity becomes a protected class.
88: Bruce’s Birthday Extravaganza
Jan 28 • 24 min
It’s Bruce’s birthday and we have a very special guest joining us this week.
87: How Do Men Really Feel About Their Bodies?
Jan 21 • 28 min
Bruce & Jody talk about their own struggles with body image and how they’ve handled it.
86: Is 2020 the Year for Men’s Plus Size Luxury Fashion?
Jan 14 • 30 min
Dolce & Gabbana recently promoted their extended sizes on Instagram - is this the beginning of a trend?
85: New Year, New Decade, Same Old Resolutions
Jan 7 • 30 min
Bruce & Jody came up with a few resolutions that have something to do with diets or weight loss.
84: Best of Heavy Conversation: Plus Size Sex Positions 101
Dec 31, 2019 • 29 min
It’s the end of the year and we’re bringing back one of our most popular episodes from 2019: Plus Size Sex Positions 101
83: Listener Q + A & Holiday Beer Tasting
Dec 24, 2019 • 58 min
Bruce & Jody take listener questions and trying a selection of tasty holiday beers.
82: Has Big & Tall Gotten Better in the Last 10 years
Dec 17, 2019 • 26 min
Bruce and Jody discuss the last 10 years in men’s plus size apparel
81: Travel Horror Stories
Dec 10, 2019 • 34 min
Bruce and Jody talk about some of their worst travel experiences.
80: Making Friends as an Adult is Hard
Dec 3, 2019 • 22 min
Bruce & Jody share tips to help you meet people and make some new friends.
79: Here’s How Big & Tall Brands Are Failing Their Customers
Nov 26, 2019 • 28 min
The rise of brands selling big & tall clothing is a great thing, but there are still some major issues that many of them need to address.
78: Eating Season is Upon Us
Nov 19, 2019 • 22 min
Bruce & Jody talk traditions, food, and what they’re looking forward to this year’s Thanksgiving.
77: Need a Refresh? Here’s How to Reboot Your Life
Nov 12, 2019 • 28 min
Doing the same thing over and over every day gets old. Bruce & Jody talk about about how they get themselves out of a rut?
76: How Do You Defeat Your Inner Critic?
Nov 5, 2019 • 17 min
Bruce and Jody talk about how they handle that negative voice in our heads and what can happen when you push back against it.
75: To All the Furniture We’ve Destroyed Before
Oct 29, 2019 • 25 min
Jody and Bruce share their not-so-great experiences with broken furniture and how they (try to) avoid it.
74: Plus Size Halloween Costume Ideas
Oct 22, 2019 • 27 min
What are YOU going to be for Halloween? The guys talk about their best costumes and what they’re going to be this year.
73: Make Your Passion Your Full Time Thing
Oct 15, 2019 • 31 min
Bruce and Jody talk about how they got to the point that they were able to do the thing they love.
72: Oktoberfest Beer Tasting & Listener Questions
Oct 8, 2019 • 49 min
Today we are answering YOUR questions about big & tall, life style and shopping!
71: Our Big & Tall Style Picks for Fall
Oct 1, 2019 • 33 min
The guys talk big and tall fashion for fall!
70: Do Children Really Need a Weight Loss App?
Sep 24, 2019 • 43 min
The guys discuss the new Weight Watchers app for kids.
69: Why is the Men’s Plus Size Fashion Industry So Far Behind?
Sep 17, 2019 • 38 min
Another NYFW came and went with a glaring lack of plus size male model representation. Why is that?
68: All Our Favorite Apps
Sep 10, 2019 • 21 min
his week, we’re talking about the apps we’re obsessed with, what we love and what we don’t.
67: How Do You Disconnect?
Sep 3, 2019 • 23 min
Bruce and Jody talk about how they disconnect and enjoy themselves.
66: Movies We Love
Aug 27, 2019 • 29 min
This week, we talk about movies!
65: Finding That Perfect Work/Life Balance
Aug 20, 2019 • 21 min
The guys talk about their own struggles of finding that perfect work-life balance.
64: Whats On Your Bucket List?
Aug 13, 2019 • 27 min
Bruce & Jody talk about the things they’d like to do but have not done yet.
63: Do You Wish You Were Thin?
Aug 6, 2019 • 17 min
If you could wave a wand and magically be thin, would you do it?
62: Grilling With Bruce & Jody
Jul 30, 2019 • 20 min
The guys talk about their favorite grills, methods of barbecuing and more.
61: What’s Missing in Big & Tall Fashion?
Jul 23, 2019 • 26 min
Though we’re seeing progress, there are still a lot of things we’d like to see more of in men’s big & tall clothing.
60: Hair and Beard Care Basics
Jul 16, 2019 • 20 min
This week, we’re talking about how to care for a variety of hair types, plus what we do with our beards.
59: Is the Friend Zone Really a Thing?
Jul 9, 2019 • 22 min
The guys give their take on what’s the friend zone really means and why it might be you, not them.
58: How to Keep Cool This Summer
Jul 2, 2019 • 27 min
It’s already hot as hades, so how can you keep cool this summer?
57: Here’s How We Handle Family Drama
Jun 25, 2019 • 23 min
We talk about dealing with family drama and how you can make holiday gatherings and time spent with relatives a little less stressful.
56: Dealing With Imposter Syndrome
Jun 18, 2019 • 29 min
It’s not uncommon to feel inadequate from time to time. So, how do we get over these feelings and understand that we’re worth it?
55: Best Big & Tall Swimwear for Summer 2019
Jun 11, 2019 • 22 min
Summer is almost upon us and you need big & tall swimwear that fits.
54: What We’re Drinking (& You Should Too)
Jun 4, 2019 • 27 min
We don’t ONLY drink beer - there’s a wide world of beverages to enjoy out there.
53: Ultimate Date Night Ideas
May 28, 2019 • 21 min
The guys share their favorite date night experiences so that you can have some of your own.
52: Plus Size Guide to Sex 101: Positions
May 21, 2019 • 30 min
Plus size people are having sex!
51: Men’s Plus Size Style Trends for Spring
May 14, 2019 • 26 min
Spring is here and we’re talking about our favorite trends of the season.
50: Here’s Why Fat Thor is AWESOME
May 7, 2019 • 27 min
Avengers: Endgame surprised us with a fat superhero!
49: Wanna Know Something Weird?
Apr 30, 2019 • 31 min
From weird medical conditions, awesome heritages, good (and not-so-good) tattoos, and real-life brushes with Batman…
48: What’s Up With Bruce & Jody?
Apr 23, 2019 • 17 min
When we’re not talking and drinking a beer, we’re running our respective body positive businesses.
47: Here’s Why We Love Shrill
Apr 16, 2019 • 23 min
The guys talk about their favorite parts of the new Hulu series Shrill.
46: Here’s Why We Hate Going to the Doctor
Apr 9, 2019 • 22 min
When you’re a plus size person, going to the doctor can be fraught with fear, frustration and embarrassment.
45: Fat Friendly Products for the Bathroom
Apr 2, 2019 • 24 min
We’re talking about products for the bathroom that plus size people might just find handy.
44: First Jobs, Worst Jobs, and Weirdest Jobs
Mar 26, 2019 • 35 min
We talk about our first jobs, worst jobs, and they share the weirdest jobs they’ve ever had.
43: There’s More Than One Type of Plus Size Body
Mar 19, 2019 • 25 min
We’re only seeing one type of plus size body represented in mainstream media right now. Where is the representation for everyone else?
42: Meet the Most Fat Friendly Cities in America
Mar 12, 2019 • 26 min
We share which cities are great for body positivity, fat acceptance and community.
41: These Are Our Favorite Fat Actors
Mar 5, 2019 • 23 min
The guys talk about their favorite fat actors.
40: Our Favorite Podcasts
Feb 26, 2019 • 26 min
Bruce and Jody talk about their favorite podcasts.
39: What’s the Problem With Before & After Photos?
Feb 19, 2019 • 20 min
Can posting before and after photos on social media be harmful to the people who look the ‘before’ photo?
38: The Benefits of Being a Big Guy
Feb 12, 2019 • 21 min
Bruce & Jody talk about the perks and benefits of being bigger.
37: Where’s All The Big & Tall Activewear?
Feb 5, 2019 • 24 min
Lots of bigger guys like to get out there and get active. What are they wearing when they do it?
36: Are Big Guys Allowed to Feel Good About Their Bodies?
Jan 29, 2019 • 20 min
The guys talk about what they do to stay positive, love their bodies and love themselves.
35: How a CPAP Machine Changed My Life
Jan 22, 2019 • 25 min
Bruce shares his own CPAP story and answers Jody’s questions about it.
34: What is Masculinity, Anyway?
Jan 15, 2019 • 24 min
Bruce and Jody take a look at modern masculinity, the idea of “manliness” and how it’s all changing (for the better).
33: What We Learned in 2018
Jan 8, 2019 • 24 min
The guys reflect on the highs and lows of the last year, what they learned, and what they’re bringing with them into 2019.
32: Heavy Conversation New Years Resolutions List
Jan 1, 2019 • 21 min
Bruce & Jody talk about past resolutions, what worked, what didn’t and the ones they avoid at all costs.
31: Holiday Tradition Time!
Dec 25, 2018 • 26 min
Gather round the fire as we grab a tall glass of eggnog and share our favorite holiday traditions.
30: Here’s what WE want for Christmas
Dec 18, 2018 • 25 min
The guys talk about the gifts they want for Christmas (and maybe one or two they went ahead and picked up for themselves)!
29: Listener Questions!
Dec 11, 2018 • 26 min
We take on your questions about style, body image, where to shop and more in our first listener-driven episode.
28: Are Plus Size People Well Represented in Fashion?
Dec 4, 2018 • 27 min
Is it true that plus size models are represented well enough in fashion?
27: The Heavy Conversation Guide to Mixed Drinks
Nov 27, 2018 • 20 min
Everybody needs a go-to cocktail - here are a few easy recipes you can recreate for yourself!
26: The Black Friday Big & Tall Shopping Guide
Nov 20, 2018 • 24 min
Tis the season for shopping!
25: Dealing with Trolls - on the Internet and in Real Life
Nov 13, 2018 • 24 min
Bigger people unfortunately sometimes have to deal with trolls, both online and in the real world.
24: The Big Big Gaming Episode
Nov 6, 2018 • 24 min
This week we’re sharing our love of games: board games, card games, video games and more.
23: Our Favorite Shoes for Big Feet
Oct 30, 2018 • 24 min
Bruce and Jody talk about finding shoes that actually fit big feet, their favorite brands and the styles they love.
22: What’s in for Big & Tall This Fall?
Oct 23, 2018 • 24 min
We’re taking a look at some of the most popular big and tall fall trends and giving our take.
21: Where are the Halloween Costumes for Fat Guys?
Oct 16, 2018 • 24 min
Halloween is almost here - what are you going to be?
20: Accessories for Big Guys: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship
Oct 9, 2018 • 31 min
One way to spice up your big & tall look is by adding the perfect accessory.
19: The ‘D’ Word: Big Guys Talk Dieting
Oct 2, 2018 • 20 min
Bruce and Jody talk about their experiences with the diet industry and why you don’t have to be part of an industry that makes you feel like you’re not good enough.
18: Big & Tall, Plus Size, or Just Plain Fat: What’s Your Favorite Term?
Sep 25, 2018 • 26 min
We talk about the terms we like, the ones we don’t and the terms you’ll be hearing more in the future.
17: The Best Cars for Bigger People
Sep 18, 2018 • 27 min
We take a look at the best cars for bigger people and talk about our own favorite (the downright horrible) rides we’ve owned.
16: Our Favorite Plus Size Male Models & Influencers Vol. 1
Sep 11, 2018 • 26 min
We share a very incomplete list of our favorites - people you should definitely be following.
Behind The Brand Bonus Episode!
Sep 10, 2018 • 15 min
In this bonus episode of Heavy Conversation, Bruce introduces Behind The Brand, a new Chubstr web series.
15: Fighting Male Loneliness
Sep 4, 2018 • 26 min
On today’s episode, we take a closer look at what male loneliness actually is, and some ways to combat it.
14: Who Makes Furniture for Fat People?
Aug 28, 2018 • 29 min
Today we share some of our own furniture fails and talk about ways to avoid them.
13: Fat Tax
Aug 21, 2018 • 27 min
We talk about the cost of big and tall clothing and the mysterious “fat tax” you hear so much about.
12: So You Want To Be A Plus Size Model?
Aug 14, 2018 • 26 min
We share tips and tell you what you need to do to get noticed.
11: Working Out While Fat
Aug 7, 2018 • 27 min
We talk about the reasons why and how we feel about going to the gym.
10: Why Won’t Companies Promote Their Plus Size Collections?
Jul 31, 2018 • 22 min
More brands and retailers are selling plus size clothing, but many of them just won’t promote those lines.
Bear Skn Box Bonus Episode!
Jul 27, 2018 • 13 min
In this bonus episode of Heavy Conversation, Jody introduces the Bear Skn Box, the 1st plus-size underwear of the month club.
9: Traveling While Fat
Jul 24, 2018 • 29 min
The guys share a few of their traveling horror stories, as well as some tips to make that flight or train ride a little more bearable.
8: Self Care At Any Size
Jul 17, 2018 • 26 min
We explain why you should be treating yourself, and talk about the things we do to relax, feel good and spoil ourselves every so often.
7: Where Do (These) Big Guys Shop for Plus Size Clothing?
Jul 10, 2018 • 29 min
Bruce and Jody share where they shop for their own big & tall clothing, as well as a few tips that help them find exactly what they want in the sizes they need.
6: Fat Guy Stereotypes and How to Break Them
Jul 3, 2018 • 26 min
When it comes to the mainstream, big guys can be the the villain, the slob or the funny fat guy.
5: Where Are All The Fat Superheroes?
Jun 26, 2018 • 27 min
Bruce and Jody geek out about a few of their favorite superheroes, and what they’d like to see in the future.
4: Dating While Fat 101
Jun 19, 2018 • 20 min
We share a few tips to make navigating the dating world easier and we share some of our own dating stories while we’re at it.
3: Your Men’s Plus Size Clothing Primer
Jun 12, 2018 • 30 min
Let’s face it - finding clothes you actually want to wear in the sizes you need can be a pain.
1: Fat & Active
Jun 5, 2018 • 26 min
There’s this myth that if you’re fat, you can’t be active.
2: Freshen Up Your Look
Jun 5, 2018 • 27 min
This week we’re giving you a few tips to help you change up your look, find the right fit and get on the road to figuring out your style.
0: Introduction
Jun 1, 2018 • 3 min
Get to know the hosts of Heavy Conversation: Bruce Sturgell and Jody Koenig.