Latest favourite training, nutrition, health podcasts

October 26, 2014

It’s been a while since I listed the podcasts I am currently enjoying. I listen to tons (as well as audiobooks) because I walk so much (dog owner living in a beautiful part of the country!)

This will be the third of these types of blog posts I’ve written; my previous podcast recommendations are here:
favourites from last year
more from 2013
and podcast recommendations from 2011 (many of which are no more)

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The Ben Pakulski Podcast
For those who don’t know who he is, Ben Pakulski is an IFBB Pro bodybuilder (he was in Generation Iron). I came across his podcast when Mark Coles of M10 (whose social media content I absolutely love) was a guest. I listened to that podcast episode, applied some of the ideas to my next leg session, had DOMS for about a week, and was hooked. Ben and co-host John Meadows interview athletes, coaches and experts in bodybuilding, strength and muscle hypertrophy about practical applications and ideas in various areas.
Ben Pakulski podcast on itunes

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Elite Muscle Radio
Phil Graham is another guy whose social media content I really enjoy, and now I can listen to his podcast too. The Elite Muscle Radio podcast explores nutrition and training in pretty high-end detail but does so in a way that won’t leave you feeling lost (or bored). I was once stuck in traffic on the M25 and listened to almost 80 minutes all about dietary fats and insulin sensitivity for sports performance and body recomp. I’m not a prep coach nor do I have a scientific mind but those 80 minutes were fascinating and I was grateful for the traffic jam. All of the episodes are similarly interesting. I truly feel like I’m “getting my learn on” when I listen.
Elite Muscle Radio on itunes

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Physique Science Radio
I’m sure you’ve heard of Layne Norton. Well, here’s his podcast. He co-hosts with Sohee Lee, a smart woman who has just released a reverse-dieting book. Layne and Sohee are known for their work on flexible dieting, reverse dieting and health-based contest prep and off-season nutrition. Expect lots of evidence-based nutrition and training advice.
Physique Science Radio on itunes

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Real Nutrition Radio
I really like this nutrition podcast, hosted by Clinical Sports Nutritionist, Martin MacDonald and his co-host, Mike Sweeney. Between the two of them, they are able to discuss and dissect nutrition topics from two angles, bringing loads of experience not just from academic study but “from the trenches” of actually treating people. It’s not all fat loss and contest prep, either, which I really like. They set out to dispel myths and misconceptions and bring real talk about nutrition for health, sports performance, muscle gain and body composition.
Real Nutrition Radio on itunes

Do you have any podcast recommendations for me?

Latest favourite training, nutrition, health podcasts is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


My current favourite fitness and nutrition podcasts

September 5, 2013

I was reminded today that it’s been ages since I’ve blogged about the fitness, nutrition and healthy-living podcasts I love. I’ve blogged about this before:
podcasts I was listening to in 2011 (many of which are no more)
my more recent podcast favourites.

Time for an update!

As you know by now, I do a lot of walking. Like, a lot. Hours and hours and hours a week. This is partly because it’s my cardio of choice, and partly (mostly) because I have a dog.

As well as plenty of audiobooks, I tear through plenty of podcasts on my twice-daily powerwalks. Here are my top three podcasts of the moment (I download them all via iTunes – you should be able to find any of them by searching the podcast name but if you struggle to find them, let me know, and I’ll code in the links)

Imprüvism
I’ve only recently started listening to Imprüvism Radio podcasts, after Leigh Peele (and old favourite of mine – sadly she no longer has her own podcast) was a guest on the show, promoting her new ebook “Starve Mode” (which I can also recommend by the way, very interesting reading).

I’ve downloaded several more episodes and look forward to listening to them: the podcast is all about how to find the truth behind, and simplify your own approach to, health, wellness, productivity and modern life.

Phil Learney’s podcast
Phil Learney is a leading body recomposition, contest prep and performance coach who’s (hooray!) from and still in the UK. You might recall I went to one of his two-day seminars at the start of the year and blogged about what I learned.

I’ve been interested in pretty much everything Phil has to say for a couple of year now. He recently started his own podcast and, sure enough, it’s a great listen. Short (around 30 minutes), quick-fire and to the point. It’s just Phil, no guests (yet), but it works well – it gives the sense of a quick consult with the man himself, or a Q&A session over a cuppa. I can particularly recommend episode 6, which was a fascinating insight into how Phil approaches prepping clients for stage or photoshoots.

The Fat Burning Man Show, by Abel James
The Fat Burning Man is the podcast from content champ Abel James.

Abel (can I call you that?!) is a fat loss coach and health campaigner in the USA, and has a blog, ebooks and this podcast. Interestingly, he used to be an advisor to the food and drink industry. He’s now on the side of the consumer and a lot of his stuff is about delving into food marketing and the power of the food industry. His podcast is great, covering topics about health and obesity, healthy eating, fat loss, optimising our hormones, the way we eat, what we eat, where it comes from… and more. Abel is Paleo and, whilst I’m not, I do appreciate most of the reasonings behind a Paleo diet, and I find it interesting to listen to more on the topic. Abel has some great guests on the podcast and the show is always a worthwhile listen.

And “old favourites” (mentioned in previous blog posts) –

Muscle Girls Inc (bodybuilding competition coverage from the USA, focusing on the female athletes, with one athlete interview per show – great stuff) and The Fit Cast, (a very long-running fitness and nutrition podcast focusing on strength and conditioning as well as hot topics in training and nutrition – great presenters and fantastic guests).

Do you have any podcast recommendations for me?

My current favourite fitness and nutrition podcasts is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


Updated for 2013: my favourite fitness and nutrition podcasts

February 13, 2013

It’s been a while (… years!) since I blogged about the podcasts I listen to, and it’s definitely time for an update. Not only because I listen to a lot more of them now, but because my list of favourites has changed. Some fantastic new podcasts have come on the scene, I’ve discovered others, and some on my original list are no more.

Podcasts are a great way to “get your learn on” and are a brilliant way of turning long car drives, commutes or dog walks into productive time. Of course, sometimes it’s nice to head out for a walk without earphones on at all, to really be in the moment, but if you walk a hell of a lot (as I do), you’ll often want to listen to something. So why not make that something informative, inspirational or a little bit challenging?

Here’s my current list of go-to podcasts
(I download them all via iTunes – you’ll be able to find them by searching). If you give them a try, come back and tell me what you thought. 🙂

Access Bodybuilding
Access Bodybuilding is a behind the scenes look at the bodybuilding industry, covering events, news, competitors, gossip, industry developments and all sorts. It’s American, and doesn’t only look at the natural side of the industry (in fact I’d say mostly not – but only because that reflects the size and balance of the industry as a whole). It’s funny, interesting, irreverant and a good “magazine” style show to listen to.

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Heavy Muscle Radio
Heavy Muscle Radio is another podcast from RX Muscle. It’s funny. I know that the presenter, Dave Palumbo, isn’t to everyone’s taste but personally I find him and his commentary hilarious. It’s another magazine type show, looking at news and events from the world of bodybuilding (but mostly the USA), it has interviews and show reports and all sorts of chit chat. The shows can get pretty long but you can pick and choose the bits you want to listen to.

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Muscle Girls Inc
I love MGI! Presented by two bikini Pro competitors, it’s like getting your FBB mates together for a god old gossip and giggle. The first half of the show is usually a bit silly and often has me in fits of laughter (it’s meant to be about bodybuilding but often goes off-piste to discuss food and boys and stuff) and the second half is always an interview with a female competitor. I love the interviews; it’s so interesting to hear from competitors across bikini, figure, fitness, physique and bodybuilding classes and there’s often some meaty stuff discussed, like metabolic damage, disordered eating, relationships, etc, as well as all the stuff about prep and competing as you’d expect. I really look forward to MGI every week.

Natty Talk Radio
Natty Talk Radio is one of very few podcasts I’ve found which talk only about the natural/tested side of the sport and that in itself is enough reason for me to listen. This show interviews natural bodybuilders, has Q&A discussions about hot topics and draws on plenty of scientific research to back up the anecdotal evidence and chat, which makes for good listening.

Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution
I’m not Paleo but find the research and ideas behind the Paleo way of life very interesting. Robb Wolf is one of the leading names in the Paleo game and he’s a great presenter. His radio show The Paleo Solution is packed full of information and a great listen for anyone interested in the natural, healing aspects of nutrition, or in eating for performance and strength and physique sports. It’s been going for years and I’m currently working my way backwards through the early years.

Your Physique Radio
Your Physique Radio is great because it’s presented by two Irish guys (although one lives in the States now) so it feels a little closer to home. They discuss bodybuilding shows, competitors, news and industry developments, review products and gyms, and have some great guests. My only bugbear is that it’s not updated more regularly – in fact I think it might have ground to a halt? Still, there’s a good back catalogue of shows so, if you’ve not come across it already, you can spend a few hours working your way through the shows they’ve already done!

I also still listen to The Fit Cast podcast, The Strength Coach podcast and TED talks as mentioned in my previous blog post about podcasts 🙂

Which podcasts do you recommend? Have you ever been on a podcast – or do you have your own?

Updated for 2013: my favourite fitness and nutrition podcasts is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


My favourite fitness podcasts

May 11, 2011

I really enjoy putting a new podcast on my iPhone, plugging my earphones in and taking the dog for a long fast walk. Here are some of the podcasts I listen to (I download them all via iTunes). Whilst some may be old favourites, I’m hoping some will be new to you. If you give them a try, come back and tell me what you thought. 🙂


Competitor Radio is a series of interviews with endurance athletes from the world of triathlon, cycling and running. Both hosts (Bob Babbitt and Paul Huddle) race long-distance triathlon themselves and have been in the sport for decades. They have fantastic interviewees (everyone from Chrissie Wellington to Craig Alexander). The hosts really know their stuff and seem well-respected by the athletes they interview. As a result, you get great information and some good banter. I love listening to these podcasts when I do my own long cardio. Really inspiring.


The Fit Cast is a long-running fitness and nutrition podcast with a heavy (no pun intended) strength and conditioning focus. The hosts are S&C specialists and definitely know their stuff. They do Q&A with listeners, round up industry news, talk about hot topics and delve into debates. I really love this podcast. One thing I don’t love about it is the “off-topic” section where the hosts go off on tangents and generally have a laugh (they’re good friends and there’s a lot of banter), but The Fit Cast has recognised that not everyone wants to listen to the off-topic section and makes it clear when the podcast ends and the off-topic begins, so it’s quite easy to just skip it.


Leigh Peele is actually one of the hosts of The Fit Cast podcast, but also has her own podcast, Ask Leigh. It covers a lot of the same areas as The Fit Cast but is just Leigh, commenting on industry developments, giving her opinion on training and nutrition topics and answering reader/listener questions. She’s no-nonsense, has a great sense of humour and is devoted to rigorously researching things before passing comment. She also has a blog which I highly recommend. She’s known as the “fat loss troubleshooter” and knows her stuff when it comes to body recomposition through diet, nutrition, training and hormone balance.


The Strength Coach podcast, as the name suggests, brings together leading S&C coaches to talk about everything that’s cutting edge in the world of strength and conditioning: not just training, but business development and marketing for fitpros too. Each episode has a “Coach’s Corner” section, a quick look at a particular bit of equipment, a section about business, an in-depth look at the art of coaching and a Q&A section. All the guest coaches are fantastic. I only recently discovered this podcast and am enthusiastically working my way through the back catalogue.

And then the fantastic (although not fitness-related) TED talks which I would recommend to anyone. TED is devoted to “ideas worth spreading” and started life as a conference bringing together exciting thinkers from technology, entertainment and design. There are now two annual conferences, a TED prize and all sorts. The podcasts are recordings of speakers at the conferences: each speaker is challenged to give the talk of their lives – in just 18 minutes. This not only makes the TED podcasts very handy to listen to in short pockets of time but makes them truly fascinating. It’s impossible to try and describe the topics the talks cover. You have to try them for yourself.

Which podcasts do you recommend? Have you ever been on a podcast – or do you have your own?

My favourite fitness podcasts is a post from The Fit Writer blog.


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