Top 6 Fitness Podcasts You Need to Listen To
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With YouTube, Instagram, and Spotify, it’s easier than ever to find useful health and fitness info. Back in the day, if you wanted to learn how to work out, you had to just spy on the jacked guys at your gym. While there is nothing wrong with soliciting “jailhouse” gym advice, there is something to be said for listening to true health and fitness experts. These people need not be egg-shaped academics. Real world-experience and finding someone who is personally in great shape to give you the best fitness advice via a platform like fitness podcasts are important, but you also want someone who has done the research—it’s the best of both worlds.
This is where fitness-focused podcasts come in. Several podcasts (available mainly on YouTube, but also in helpful snippets on Instagram) have emerged over the past as standouts in an otherwise crowded marketplace.
My top-6 favorite fitness podcasts are:
While this list is by no means comprehensive, all six of these fitness podcasts have the perfect blend of practicality and science. Whether you are looking for diet advice or more effective ways to build your triceps, these podcasts got you covered.
Mindpump is like the Howard Stern of fitness podcasts. This free-wheeling show brings together friends Sal DiStefano, Adam Shafer, and Justin Andrews for an almost daily conversation about a variety of interesting fitness topics. In spite of the casual way in which these guys seem to approach the podcast, they actually really know what they are doing/talking about. If you are looking for an entertaining way to get useful fitness advice, look no further than the Mindpump podcast. Keep in mind. This podcast is also especially good if you prefer casual, freeform conversations as opposed to more structured, interview-style ones.
3 Best Mindpump Episodes
Here are three of my favorite videos and episodes from the Mindpump Podcast
The ONLY Way You Should Be Doing Dumbbell Bicep Curls
Learning how to Dumbbell Bicep Curls is important if you want to build muscular, boulder-like arms. The problem is that because dumbbell bicep curls are such a classic exercise, many gym-goers seem to assume that they automatically know how to do them. This video explains some of the bicep-curl mistakes that you may be making and gives you solutions for building bigger, stronger biceps.
The ONLY Forearm Workout That Matters
This video goes into detail on one of the most often-ignored upper body muscles: The forearms. Your forearms are not only an incredibly important aesthetic muscle (which makes the fact that they are often ignored surprisingly). They are also very important for overall upper-body muscle strength. Why? Because your forearm muscles play a role in your grip strength and your grip matters for literally every single upper body exercise. So, watch this video, and don’t forget about forearms!
How to Incline Dumbbell Press
This video gives some simple instructions on the proper form for the incline dumbbell press. Incline press is one of the most important overall exercises for building strong, well-shaped pecs. When people think pec workouts, they usually jump immediately to a standard flat bench press and, while standard benching is excellent, if you want truly toned pecs, you can’t skimp on the incline.
Creator of the WHOOP’s Will Ahmed has his own fitness podcast that relies mostly on incredibly entertaining and knowledgeable guests. Doctors, professional body-builders, and more. If he or she is a big name in the fitness community, there’s a good chance they have appeared on the WHOOP podcast. I also have my own opinion on the WHOOP device and its functionality vs. the Apple Watch.
3 Best WHOOP Episodes
Here are three of my favorite videos and episodes from the WHOOP Podcast
Rory McIlroy talks performance, training & sleep
In this episode, Rory McIlroy, one of the world’s top-ranked golfer, is interviewed by podcast host Will Ahmed about his career, his fitness, and what drives him. This episode gives you a good sense of the overall tone and direction of the podcast.
Fitness Expert Ben Greenfield Talks Biohacking the Human Body | WHOOP Podcast
Making his first of two appearances on this list, Ben Greenfield (a fellow fitness-podcaster) talks about “biohacking” the human body in his never-ending pursuit of optimizing his physical and mental life.
Why is Sleep so Important? How it Impacts your Health and Performance
Sleep is one of the most critical aspects of overall health and fitness. This episode of the WHOOP podcast talks about why proper sleep is so essential for your health and overall performance, including the benefits of REM & slow-wave (deep) sleep, effects of sleep deprivation, how much sleep you need, and how to sleep more efficiently.
3. Ben Greenfield
Ben Greenfield is one of the fitness communities more interesting characters. He is, to say the least, extreme. Here’s a quick test: Do you like David Goggins? If yes, you will like Ben Greenfield.
Greenfield talks a lot about diet but also has some stellar weight room advice for building bigger, stronger muscles. Moreover, Greenfield is all about functional fitness and has very little interest in helping people build oversized muscles that are purely aesthetic. And by “oversized,” I mean not have the flexibility to even touch the top of your head because of your biceps.
3 Best Ben Greenfield Episodes
Here are three of my favorite videos and episodes from the Ben Greenfield Podcast.
How To Build An Unbeatable Brain
In this video, on Ben’s YouTube channel, Greenfield gives some of his most important cognitive secrets, including those that can help you both in the weight room and in life.
5 Ways to Suppress Your Appetite
Ben is a triathlete and Iron Man, competitor. As such, he needs to occasionally make dramatic weight cuts. There is a right and wrong way of doing so. This video provides details on how to do things the right way.
Tim Ferriss and Ben Greenfield Delve Into Tools of Titans
In this episode, Ben talks to another “great” in the personal/individual optimization business, Tim Ferris. The two discuss their routines, how they form habits and more.
4. Athlene X
Athlene X is a great fitness podcast that is especially popular on YouTube. The podcast’s host Jeff Cavaliere takes a “NO B.S,” science-backed approach to training and working out.
Jeff has worked as a physical therapist and trainer to some of the world’s best professional athletes, their teams and celebrity clients, there is no more trusted source for getting the edge you need in your training.
3 Best Athlene X Episodes
Here are three of my favorite videos and episodes from the Athlene X podcast.
Intense Ab Workout
In this video, Jeff Cavaliere walks viewers through a very intense ab workout that, when performed regularly, is sure to get you some serious results.
How to Fix “Low Back” Pain (INSTANTLY!)
Lower back pain is incredibly common both among serious athletes and weekend warriors. In this popular video, Jeff goes through some exercises and stretches that can help.
Can’t Get Big Biceps? Just Do This!
Jeff explains in this video the different exercises you have to do if you want to develop bigger, more muscular biceps.
5. Dynamic Dialogue with Danny Matranga
For something to be dynamic, it must consistently change. Dynamic Dialogue host Danny Matranga lives by this mantra, offering listeners a myriad of ways to get stronger, faster, and in better shape both inside and outside the gym.
3 Best Dynamic Dialogue Episodes
Here are three of my favorite videos and episodes from the Dynamic Dialogue podcast.
The Real Reason You Can’t Lose Fat
In this podcast, Danny goes through some of the top mistakes people make when trying to shed some excess fat and discuss how to fix them.
Dr. Stu McGill: Spine and Back Pain Masterclass
In this podcast, Danny sits down with the world’s leading expert on the mechanics, function, and longevity of the spine, Dr. Stuart Mcgill. Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 30 years.
Nutrient Timing and Chrononutrition for Gains + Longevity
In this podcast, Danny talks about nutrient timing and chrononutrition with Danny Lennon. Lennon is the founder of Sigma Nutrition and head of content creation for the company. He is known for hosting the top-ranked podcast Sigma Nutrition Radio.
6. Hyperthrive Athletics (Strength Roots)
Hyperthrive fitness offers viewers and listeners motivating workouts, practical nutrition coaching, and a fun environment where they can compare results and get inspired to keep working harder well into the future.
3 Best Hyperthrive Athletics Episodes
Here are three of my favorite videos and episodes from the Hyperthrive Athletics podcast.
Med Ball Drills to Increase Rotational Power and Velocity for Baseball
In this video, Joseph Grinstain, Hyperthrive Athletics’ Director of Strength and Performance, explains how we implement med ball drills strength and training programs. Med balls are an incredibly useful and versatile tool for elite athletes as well as anyone looking to burn fat and build muscle and strength.
Easy Meal Prep for Athletes
In this video, athletes and those looking to get in shape are given some quick and healthy meal prep options they can whip up in just a few minutes per day.
Guided Meditation and Breathing
This video is a brief 15-minute introduction to meditation and breathing.
There you have it, some of the best fitness podcasts that cover fitness and nutrition out there. Whether you have specific issues or questions you need to be answered or are just looking for something positive and informational to fill up your social media feed, these six fitness podcasts are worth following on Instagram, Spotify, and YouTube.