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

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Malta: The Most Underrated Vacation Spot

Your next vacation destination awaits you

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Have you ever heard of Malta? It's a country off the coast of Sicily.

Before someone had mentioned it to me, I didn't even know it existed. After beginning to research it, I found out that it offers some amazing sights and relaxation. To some, it could be their honeymoon destination, to others an amazing tropical getaway. With so many little cities to visit, it's sure to be a great vacation.

I had 4 days in Malta and I planned to make the most of them. The capital city of Valletta boasts great restaurants, sea views, and pretty gardens.

Places like the Blue Grotto, Dingli Cliffs, and Popeye Village make for great photo opportunities. Additionally, there are 2 other islands worth visiting: Comino and Gozo. Whether you spend a day swimming in the Blue Lagoon or walking around the Vittorija citadel, you're sure to have a great time.

With so much to see and do, if I had to do it again, I'd go for at least a week. 4 days wasn't long enough.

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