15 Best Fitness Podcasts to Inspire an Active Lifestyle

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Podcasts are a convenient and entertaining way to learn and find motivation along your fitness journey. Whether you listen to them while you train, or in the car on the way to work, there are extraordinarily informative fitness podcasts that can help you get the results you want. Below are 15 of the best fitness podcasts available.

Mind Pump

Mind Pump often ranks at the very top of the rating chart for fitness podcasts. Hosted by three long-time personal trainers and friends, Sal, Adam, and Justin, break down common misconceptions and listener queries into science-backed comprehensive information you can actually use to see results.

Episodes are packed with basic and more complex training and sports nutrition advice, along with discussions of various lifestyle topics. Whether you're interested in building muscle, losing fat, improving longevity, boosting endurance, or increasing performance, you'll find plenty to learn in these episodes. You can even submit your own questions for the guys to address.


BarBend is a strength-based podcast that features renowned guests in the fitness space, including athletes, coaches, and influencers. The podcast touches on niches such as weightlifting, powerlifting, CrossFit, strongman, and more.

Hosted by David Thomas Tao, you'll gain insight and information about training, competition, and coaching from the experts who will share their secrets, journeys, and protocols so you can take away valuable information to use on your own fitness journey.

Stronger By Science

From Greg Nuckols and Eric Trexler, the minds and muscles behind the popular website Stronger By Science, comes a fitness podcast with—you guessed it—science-backed information on training and nutrition. You'll also hear anecdotal evidence and advice from the hosts and plenty of educational leanings from various experts in the strength space.

The episodes include discussions, question and answer sessions including those from listeners, unpacking recent studies, and off-topic chit-chat to entertain and lighten the mood—the perfect podcast for anyone wanting the latest research in a relatable, realistic format.

The Mindset Mile

The Mindset Mile is a unique podcast and activity challenge in one. Hosted by Aisha Zaza, the first 30 episodes challenge you to walk or run one mile each day while listening to the daily episode. During the cast, you'll hear discussions about mindset shifts to encourage motivation in fitness, health, well-being, and more.

Zaza focuses on making small changes over time in a consistent manner to achieve your goals. This podcast will provide you with motivation and actionable tips to get going.

RP Strength Podcast

Hosted by Nick and Lori Shaw from Renaissance Periodization, the RP Strength Podcast delves into research and listener questions to provide science and expert-backed information about fitness and nutrition. You'll be informed, motivated, and ready to apply what you've learned to your own training.

The podcast often hosts experts across various fitness fields such as athletes, powerlifters, CrossFit pros, and transformation contestants who've used RP to accomplish their physique and health goals.

The Prehab Audio Experience

Prehab is an educational teaching podcast and corresponding Instagram account run by physical therapists. In the Prehab episodes, you'll learn how to take control of your health and address your various aches and pains, optimize your performance, promote longevity, and boost your movement patterns.

Episodes often host guests in the physical therapy and fitness space that share their expert wisdom and advice for anyone who takes their physical fitness seriously. You'll learn ways to recover, mend, and prepare for various training modalities from the best in the field.

The Strength Running Podcast

Coach Jason Fitzgerald hosts this popular running-based podcast that helps beginners to advanced runners with tips and educational information. Joined by expert guests, you'll hear discussions on how to race faster, keep healthy and injury free, and build strength and stamina for running.

20 Minute Fitness

If a quick and super informative podcast is more your style, 20 Minute Fitness delivers. The cast unravels the science and tech of current fitness trends and research. You'll hear about nutrition, training, tech, and methodology in bite-sized pieces. An excellent way to stay up to date on current fitness news.

Make It Simple

Hosted by Andrea, a mother of 4, personal trainer, and nutrition coach, the Make It Simple podcast aims to encourage balance in a realistic and empowering space for women. Andrea helps break down conflicting information, fitness topics, and trends, often with the help of expert guests. You'll learn a lot and find motivation for your own fitness journey.

Iron Culture

Iron culture is more approachable than it sounds with a welcoming host in renowned Eric Helms and Omar Isuf. You'll learn from expert panels and authoritative figures involved in the lifting community about everything from overcoming adversity and building resilience, to how to address training burning and rekindle your motivation.

The Revive Stronger Podcast

Revive Stronger is another evidence-based podcast that provides educational content on training, nutrition, bodybuilding, and many other related topics. You'll hear from researchers, coaches, athletes, and other experts in the fitness space on topics like the most overrated and underrated exercises, recovery for performance, how to use bands for glute growth, and the science behind taking diet breaks.

The Beauty and The Geek

The Beauty (Holly Baxter, MS and nutritionist), and Layne Norton (PhD) unpack hot topics in fitness and nutrition with their vast expertise and wit. Joined by guest experts in the field, including big names such as Gunnar Peterson, former trainer for the LA Lakers and several celebrities, powerlifter Stefi Cohen, and Mr. Olympia Brandon Curry.

You will definitely be entertained and engaged listening to Layne challenge and debate various fads and all the while you'll learn a lot about fitness, nutrition, and related content.

Barbell Medicine

Barbell Medicine takes a look at the various health concerns that being fit and active can help combat, such as sleep apnea, plantar fasciitis, blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis, and more. Other episodes cover a wide range of topics regarding specific training techniques and tips, along with expert interviews and practical advice for your fitness endeavors and general health.

The Running Explained Podcast

The Running Explained podcast is a very informative educational podcast hosted by Elisabeth Scott that seeks to boost your knowledge of all things running. The episodes are geared toward all runners, from beginners to advanced. Topics cover nutrition, racing, recovery, gear, training techniques, lifting for runners, goal setting, and more.

Westside Barbell

Westside Barbell is famous for a reason. Pioneering strength techniques and training modalities, Louie Simmons joins Tom Barry to host this podcast offshoot of the renowned gym. Westside Barbell is a strength and conditioning-focused podcast that features question and answer sessions, expert guests, and full episodes breaking down specific lifts, such as the deadlift, to address all of your training interests and needs.

A Word From Verywell

Podcasts provide an educational and motivational outlet for entertainment that can be enjoyed in your spare time or during your training sessions. No matter what your physical pursuits, there is a podcast that can give you the information and tips you crave. The best podcasts use science backed information and have hosts that can explain complex concepts in ways you can understand and apply to your own training regimen. Try the podcasts above to find one that fits your needs and preferences.

By Rachel MacPherson, BA, CPT
Rachel MacPherson is a health writer, certified personal trainer, and exercise nutrition coach based in Montreal.