The 38 Best Fitness Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

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Where do you turn when you need fitness motivation? If you’ve tried books, magazines, YouTube channels, and fitness apps—but you’re still searching for some inspiration or education—consider turning to fitness podcasts, where fitness pros with diverse backgrounds share their personal stories and expertise.

Learning From Fitness Podcasts

Depending on the fitness podcast you choose, you may learn about an array of topics including:

But, regardless of the topic of each episode, the hosts of these fitness podcasts aim to do one overarching thing: help you become fitter and healthier.

So, set your sights high, pop in your earbuds, and get listening—Verywell Fit has rounded up 38 fitness podcasts to propel you to your goals. 

Fitness in the Age of COVID-19

Verywell Fit is sensitive to the changing landscape of fitness, and we understand that your relationship to fitness might look and feel different right now—in fact—our own staff has made tons of changes to their fitness routines!

Whatever your workouts look like these days, know that it's perfectly fine to take an extra rest day, opt for gentler movement or choose non-workout workouts. Your body is probably asking for something specific as your emotions may be running at an all-time high. Honor those needs and enjoy movement as it comes to you.

Beginners

If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, you might feel intimidated or nervous. Shush your nerves with one of these fitness podcasts for beginners, where you’ll learn all the basics from industry experts, as well as learn how to tune out all of the noise (a.k.a. fitness fads) you don’t need right now.

Diet Starts Tomorrow

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Diet Starts Tomorrow, by Betches co-founders Aleen Kuperman and Samantha Fishbein, is all about navigating the health and fitness world with confidence and ignoring the stuff that doesn’t matter. With episode names like, “Wait, I Don’t Have To Be Killing Myself At The Gym?” and “Weight And Health Are Not The Same Thing,” it's easy for listeners to know what they're getting before they hit play.

Mind Pump Podcast

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Four fitness professionals come together for the Mind Pump Podcast to fill your brain with cold, hard facts. You may find yourself surprised when the Mind Pump hosts debunk a health myth you thought to be true—but you’ll be all the better for separating fact from fiction. The four hosts of the Mind Pump Podcast will challenge you to take a closer look at the beliefs you hold about health and fitness, and if you listen to this podcast as a beginner, you'll start your journey on the right foot (and with the right mindset).

20 Minute Fitness Podcast

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If you’re a busy bee who still wants to make time for a fitness podcast, the 20 Minute Fitness Podcast by Shape Scale is a great place to start. This podcast highlights important fitness topics, such as injury prevention, exercise burnout (a.k.a. overtraining syndrome), hydration, and fitness nutrition. You’ll also hear from big-time industry experts, like Shaun T and Brian Keane, which is a great way to get motivated as a beginner. 

Runners 

Running requires a particular kind of motivation to get through the tough times. When the last thing you want to do is run, one of these great running podcasts can help you turn your mindset around and get out on the pavement.

Ali On The Run Show

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Ali Feller is a fun, quirky, inspirational dancer-turned-runner who has turned her entertaining rambles into a fantastic running podcast. In fact, you might think you’re running alongside Ali when listening to the Ali On The Run Show, during which she talks to runners who discuss why they started running and why they haven’t stopped (among many other topics). 

Science of Ultra

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If you’re serious about running, the Science of Ultra podcast is perfect for you. This podcast dives into the nitty gritty of long-distance running, answering questions like “Why do we get cramps?” and “What exactly is a long run?”

This podcast is entertaining to listen to while you run and generally any time you want to learn something cool about running, but it's especially fun for those who like to nerd out on what's actually happening to their bodies while they run. 

Run Selfie Repeat

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Another fun running podcast, this one hosted by runner Kelly Roberts, Run Selfie Repeat talks about “life with a side of running.” Roberts promotes a health-at-every-size approach to running and (in a very good way) continually calls out brands, influencers, and celebrities who don’t. So, if that’s your jam, this is your podcast. 

Roberts' Instagram is an extension of this podcast, so for more running inspiration, hilarious lifestyle content, and health myth-busting, give her a follow.

Yoga

Yoga: It’s relaxing, it’s flowy, and it’s restorative—but dang, it can still be tough sometimes. These fitness podcasts for yoga will reinvigorate your love of the practice and simultaneously teach you new things to keep your mind (and yoga trivia knowledge) sharp.

Love, Curvy Yoga

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Love, Curvy Yoga is all about showing yourself kindness. With the help of podcast host and “Curvy Executive Officer” Anna Guest-Jelley, you’ll learn how to appreciate yourself and your body for what it can do, take the focus off of the way you look, and cultivate a meaningful yoga practice that leaves you feeling strong and refreshed.

The Yoga Hour

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The Yoga Hour podcast dives into the healing science of yoga: why it works and how to make it work better for you. You’ll hear about the history of yoga as a practice and its evolution into modern-day yoga, as well as the many different types of yoga and what they’re best for. This is a great podcast for the yogi interested in personal development, transformation, and deepening the practice of yoga. 

The Yogi Show

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For yogis who appreciate a bit of comedy, hosts Pedro and Bryan bring yoga and fun together with The Yogi Show. They started the podcast because they felt yoga was often taken too seriously, and they wanted to make people aware that yoga can be fun, easygoing, and lighthearted.

CrossFitters 

CrossFitters have the reputation of being some of the most serious fitness fanatics out there. Whether you’re new to “fast fitness” or not, these fitness podcasts will shine some light on CrossFit, its deeper purposes, and how it became such a massive fitness phenomenon.

The WODcast Podcast

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Hosted by comedian and CrossFitter Eddie Ifft, The WODcast Podcast is a humor-filled show that talks about CrossFit as a sport, the CrossFit lifestyle, the CrossFit Games, CrossFit history, and much more. 

Beyond the Barbell

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In the Beyond the Barbell podcast, CrossFit experts Ben Alderman and Blair Morrison talk coaching, the business of CrossFit, how to own a CrossFit gym, and what it’s like to live as a competitive CrossFit athlete, among other CrossFit topics. The two hosts also interview subject matter experts to discuss fitness nutrition, trends in CrossFit, gear, and more.  

Talking Elite Fitness

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This is the podcast for CrossFitters interested in the lives of elite CrossFit Games athletes. Hosted by CrossFit Games analysts and two CrossFit filmmakers, Talking Elite Fitness covers CrossFit competitions, what makes a great CrossFit athlete, and what’s going on in the lives of some of the most famous CrossFitters, like Mat Fraser and Annie Thorisdottir. 

Powerlifters and Olympic Lifters

Like CrossFit, powerlifting and Olympic lifting are known for being high-level and intense. If you’re going to partake in such an intense sport, you may as well listen to an intensely educational podcast, like one of these three fitness podcasts for lifters.

The Breaking Muscle Podcast

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If you want to hear experts talk about topics like “The Underpinning Reason That Stops You From Building Muscle” and “Nerding Out on Muscle Growth, Strength, and Rep Schemes,” go ahead and subscribe to The Breaking Muscle Podcast.

Think of this podcast as an extension of the helpful and detailed library of fitness content on the Breaking Muscle website—it’s truly the podcast for those looking to expand their knowledge about the sport of lifting

BarBend Podcast

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The BarBend Podcast is another fact-filled show with insights from industry experts, who give tips on training and competing in various fitness disciplines. You may hear about anything from powerlifting to CrossFit to strongman competitions, but no matter the topic, you’ll find yourself learning top tips from the best in the business.

Empowered By Iron

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Calling all female weightlifters! The Empowered By Iron podcast by Dr. Kristin Lander and Dr. Mary Morton divulges what it’s like to be a woman in the weightlifting world, and why women shouldn’t be scared of the barbell. Dr. Lander and Dr. Morton both found empowerment through weightlifting, and they want you to, too. 

At-Home Workouts

Who says you need a gym membership to get fit? If you’re all about that at-home fitness life, these podcasts are right up your alley.

The Jillian Michaels Show

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The queen of at-home workouts, Jillian Michaels brings you an extension of her many best-selling fitness DVDs and fitness app with The Jillian Michaels Show.

It’s a lot of fitness, but it’s not all fitness: Jillian also talks about love and relationships, travel, and career, driving home the point that your life doesn’t have to revolve around fitness in order for you to be fit. 

Crunches & Cosmos Podcast

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Mickie from One Strong Southern Girl, a blog about at-home fitness, provides detailed and honest reviews of at-home workout programs in the Crunches & Cosmos Podcast. She also divulges her best at-home workout tips, gives recommendations for gear and equipment, and occasionally tackles the age-old question of “home or gym?”.

Parents

Let’s be real. Being a parent is hard. And trying to stay fit as a parent, well, that’s even tougher! But with some motivation from people who have been (or still are) in your shoes, you can meet any fitness goal you fancy.

Another Mother Runner Podcast

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You needn’t be a runner to adore this podcast from host Sarah Bowen Shea, a mom of three and 14-time marathon runner. In Another Mother Runner, episodes feature topics as simple as “Why I Love Running” to topics as complex as “Running After Heart Surgery.” Sometimes it’s casual, sometimes it’s intense—just like life, parenting, and running

Work, Play, Love

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This married couple does it all—they compete professionally in endurance events, own a nationally distributed snack brand, raise two children, and, of course, run a podcast. And they want you to know that you can do it all, too. Tune into Work, Play, Love as Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas talk about the highs and lows of parenting while training and tending to all of life’s duties. 

Fit Dad Fitness Podcast

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If you’re a dad who works out—or a dad who wants to start working out—you’re the perfect match for the Fit Dad Fitness Podcast. Host Michael Ashford talks about the basics of fitness, plus how to live an active, healthy life with your children and teach your kiddos about the benefits of physical activity. 

Fit Seniors

It’s never too late to reap the benefits of exercise. So, whether you’ve had a lifelong exercise habit or are just getting started, add to your knowledge base with these fitness podcasts designed for exercisers in their 50s and beyond. 

Live Foreverish

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Two doctors discuss what’s going on in the medical, health, fitness, and wellness industries and present that information in actionable ways.

If you’re an older adult interested in delaying the signs of aging, preventing chronic disease, and learning how to apply research findings and health information to your own life, you will find Live Foreverish engaging and helpful. 

Legendary Life Podcast

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Okay, so, this one isn’t just for seniors, but it is for those who are middle aged and older. In the Legendary Life Podcast, fitness pro Ted Ryce is talking to men and women over 40 who want to make a change for the better. He covers healthy aging, nutrition, safe fitness for adults, injury prevention, and overcoming limiting beliefs as you get older. 

Losing Weight

For many people, part of getting fit is losing weight, at least in the beginning. If you’re just starting your fitness journey and you’re looking for weight-loss tips, motivation, and inspirational stories, these two podcasts will do the trick.

Nutrition Matters

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Paige Smathers, RDN, takes the stage in the Nutrition Matters podcast that covers the many nuances of nutrition. Her episodes get deep and eye-opening as she interviews people who have overcome weight struggles, eating disorders, and other issues with food. 

Muscle, Mindset, & Meal Prep: A Fitness & Nutrition Podcast

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The Muscle, Mindset & Meal Prep: A Fitness & Nutrition Podcast is your practical how-to for all things nutrition and weight loss. Host Simon Mitchell helps you cut through the clutter and provides actionable tips for meal-prepping, sticking to your healthy eating regimen, and building healthy habits through self-kindness. Many episodes also answer questions about supplements and how they fit into a healthy eating pattern. 

Half Size Me

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A weekly show by Heather Robertson, Half Size Me focuses on sustainable weight loss—the host herself is a formerly overweight mom who lost 170 pounds and has kept it off.

Robertson covers yo-yo dieting, disordered eating thoughts and habits, weight maintenance, and more. Popular titles include “How To Identify Diet Cycle Triggers” and “How To Deal With Emotional Eating During The Holidays,” which gives you a pretty good idea of what Half Size Me is all about. 

Longtime Fitness Buffs

 If you think you know all there is to know about fitness, think again. These podcasts will pique the interest of people who have been into fitness for a long time and have a desire to learn more about the physiology of exercise, overcoming plateaus, and maximizing your potential. 

The WHOOP Podcast

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The WHOOP wearable is about maximizing recovery and thus maximizing human performance. If you’re itching to learn how to unlock your fitness potential, listen to WHOOP Founder and CEO Will Ahmed talk about body strain, physical stress, sleep, mindfulness, and other components of recovery in the WHOOP Podcast.

Ben Greenfield Fitness

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One of our 2020 Champions of Wellness, Ben Greenfield is an award-winning personal trainer and author, and his expertise shows in his podcast. Greenfield interviews experts across the fitness and wellness industries, including big names like Mark Hyman, MD and Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum. For those looking for a critical look at important fitness and nutrition topics, the Ben Greenfield Fitness podcast is for you.

Stronger By Science

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Yes, more science—that’s what fitness really comes down to, isn’t it? The Stronger By Science podcast breaks down high-level fitness topics, such as cellular repair, how supplements really affect the body, cutting and bulking in bodybuilding, metabolism, and so much more. 

To Listen to During Your Workout

When you need some entertainment to get you through a workout, dial in with one of these podcasts for cardio, weightlifting, or gentle exercise like stretching. From educational insights to pure comedy, one of these will give you the push you need to finish strong.

For Cardio

Sometimes you need all the help you can get when it comes to pushing through a cardio workout, and these podcasts for cardio are sure to get you through your next sweat session.

The Runner’s World Show

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Whether you’re a runner or not, you can take away a great deal from The Runner’s World Show. This podcast, hosted by Runner’s World editor-in-chief David Willey, covers everyone from ordinary people to elite athletes and all of their notable (and inspiring) feats. You’ll also learn about running and workout gear, nutrition, preventing sports injuries, and more.

This Podcast Will Kill You

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If you’re a fan of all things eyebrow-raising, you’ll love This Podcast Will Kill You from two friends (both named Erin!) who discuss medical mysteries and weird ways to die. It may not be for the faint of heart, but it’s certainly entertaining enough to draw your mind away from the side cramp you just developed during your long run

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

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In a different vein of entertainment, Conan O’Brien will make you giggle out loud mid-StairMaster session while he interviews celebrities and tries to make new friends in his podcast Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend. It’s another great listen for taking your mind off of your workout—you’ll actually be sad that your sweat session is over.

For Weightlifting

Weightlifting is typically slower-paced than cardio, so these hand-picked podcasts match that tempo. But, as weightlifters will tell you, a slower pace doesn’t mean lesser fitness gains—and these podcasts are all about the gains.

Iron Radio

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This podcast is all about weightlifting education. The host of Iron Radio, known as Dr. L, covers all types of weightlifting, including powerlifting, bodybuilding, and Olympic lifting, and he interviews experts to better expand on the episode topics. 

Bodybuilding Nerds Radio

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If you want a little bit of fun to go along with education, check out Bodybuilding Nerds Radio, where two hypertrophy-loving friends discuss the history of bodybuilding, do product reviews, and speculate about the culture of bodybuilding.

Brute Strength Podcast

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Hosted by Michael Cazayoux of Brute Strength Training, the Brute Strength podcast covers everything there is to know about competitive fitness. It’s a great listen if you want to learn more about developing a competitor’s mindset and using your full potential.

For Stretching

When you’re ready to take things down a notch, unwind both your mind and muscles with one of these insightful, motivational podcasts. 

School of Greatness

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Lewis Howes is one of those uber-inspirational people who makes you want to uproot your life and chase your dreams. He also happens to be the host of the School of Greatness podcast. Listen in for tips on cultivating the life of your dreams and making every moment count.

The Art of Charm

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The Art of Charm podcast is all about life—host AJ Harbinger interviews experts on business, health, relationships, lifestyle, networking, and entrepreneurship. Turn this on during your cool down and you’ll already be fired up for tomorrow’s workout.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

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Who isn’t familiar with Oprah’s ability to light up everyone in a room? She takes that special skill from the TV to your earbuds with her SuperSoul Conversations, where she shares advice on love, health, focus, career, and so much more.

For Your Absolute Hardest Workouts

Sometimes, you need all the help you can get during a workout. You know—those workouts where you just feel like stopping in the middle of your set, packing up your gym bag, and heading home. When that feeling strikes, turn on this podcast for a serious talking to that’ll set a good tone for the rest of your workout. 

Pushing The Limits With Lisa Tamati

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This podcast digs deep. From elite athletes to wildly successful entrepreneurs, Pushing The Limits features interviews with people from all walks of life who have successfully pushed past their mental limits to reach their goals—and surpass them.

You can’t feel sorry for yourself while listening to this podcast, so turn it up when you need a bit of a mental push to finish a workout (or get yourself to the gym in the first place).

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