The Top Fitness Podcasts To Become Stronger And Smarter

The Top Fitness Podcasts To Become Stronger And Smarter

Get fitness tips and life hacks from listening to these podcasts.
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Podcasts are an extremely underutilized means to educate yourself on a whole host of topics. Most people think that podcasts were this thing that popped up with the first iPods and quickly died out. The podcast industry, however, is alive and kicking, and Especially when it comes to the topics of health and fitness. As a college student, I do a lot of walking, 50 miles most weeks according to my Fitbit. When you add it up, that is a lot of time walking. A long time ago, I made the decision to use that time to try to get better instead of just listening to music. Podcasts were the means by which I would accomplish this, and I discovered dozens of fitness related topics that I love.

Mark Bell PowerCast

Hosted by high caliber powerlifter Mark Bell and his sidekicks Silent Mike and Jim McD, the Mark Bell "PowerCast" takes an unconventional and often hilarious approach to talking about fitness. Mark Bell’s brother Chris was the director of one of the best fitness documentaries in existence, “Bigger, Faster, Stronger," and Mark owns the Super Training Gym in Sacramento. Their guests frequently include some of the top powerlifters in the world, but they have been known to interview top level bodybuilders or strongmen from time to time. The PowerCast is great because it is easy to listen to. Priceless words of wisdom are sandwiched between inappropriate jokes and guests frequently having to describe in detail their best poop story.

My Top Picks: Brian Shaw Interview, Furious Pete Interview, CT Fletcher Interview, 3DMJ Interview

Joe DeFranco Industrial Strength Show

This is a great podcast if you are in the personal training or strength and conditioning world and are trying to learn about a specific topic from one of the best. Joe DeFranco trains everyone from NFL football players to WWE Superstars. DeFranco breaks down the practical side of training but isn’t afraid to get technical. His focus is on athleticism and sports performance. Some episodes may go over the head of the casual listener, but more dedicated lifters can grow in leaps and bounds listening to what he and his guests have to say.

My Top Picks: Anything on Stoicism, Wim Hoff Interview, Patrick Arnold Interview

Generation Iron Podcast

The "Generation Iron Podcast" is relatively new in the field of fitness podcasts, but it is interesting because it is hosted by Kai Greene, one of the current top bodybuilders in the world. Each week, Kai and his co-host Krystal break down topics in the bodybuilding news and answer training-related questions. Although they can often become sidetracked and go on tangents, the podcast is worth a listen to just to be able to hear advice straight from the mouth of one of the best in the game.

My Top Picks: Is Bodybuilding Healthy? (#10), Bigorexia (#3), Ins-and-Outs of Judging (#8)

Physique Science Radio'

"Physique Science Radio" which is hosted by Dr. Layne Norton and jam-packed with scientific advice related to both training and nutrition. After listening to more casual interviews, it is nice to hear Dr. Norton and his guests really hammer down into the science behind a lot of concepts. The episodes regarding diet and nutrition are especially worth listening to because they are topics that not very many other podcasts tend to cover.

My Top Pick: Eric Helms Interview (#27), Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry (#25), Blood Flow Restriction Training (#7), Reverse Dieting (#5)

Ben Greenfield Fitness

Ben Greenfield is unique from the other podcasts that I listen to because he primarily competes as an endurance athlete. Whereas most other shows are hosted by bodybuilders, powerlifters, Olympic lifters, or other coaches focus on power and speed, Ben provides a balance by often talking about the endurance side of training. Ben is also big on biohacking and talks a lot about the little things that you can do to improve your life and function at the highest level.

My Top Pick: Anything on fitness, sleep, or diet biohacking


Barbell Shrugged

The "Barbell Shrugged" podcast has been one of the most popular fitness podcast for years. Although most episodes focus a great deal on Crossfit, the knowledge of the presenters and their guests can be absorbed by people like myself who have no current interest in Crossfit. "Barbell Shrugged" also has a great spinoff podcast called "Barbell Business" which is all about the behind the scenes stuff that goes on when running and owning a gym. It is a great resource for the fitness entrepreneur.

My Top Picks: Rich Froning Interview, Dmitry Klokov Interview, Mark Divine Interview

Barbell One Show

There was a period of time where I would listen to this podcast every day on my way to work in the weight room. The host, John Bosse, used to review a scientific journal article related to fitness or nutrition, break it down, and then apply it to practical everyday life usually in under 15 minutes. Although he does not update as frequently, his show has a history of hundreds of shows and hundreds of articles that are reviewed. Trust me, listening to one of these articles is 100x better than having to sit down and read it by yourself.

My Top Pick: There are so many articles you just have to pick the topics that interest you and go!

Other Podcasts worth mentioning:

-Joe Rogan Experience

-Power Athlete Radio

-MPNation Podcast

-The Unbeatable Mind Podcast

“Under the Bar"

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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