Best gym culture podcasts we could find (Updated August 2018)
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Mark Bell's PowerCast is a weekly show featuring humorous and informative interviews with top names in powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman, athletic training, coaching, and CrossFit. It is hosted by pro powerlifter, inventor and magazine publisher Mark Bell, along with co-host Jim McDonald. (Mark was featured in the 2008 Sundance documentary "Bigger Stronger Faster" and the 2015 Tribeca documentary "Prescription Thugs"). Sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, Apeman Strong (apemanstrong.com), Comp ...
 
Starting Strength Coaches Katherine Bickford and Cassi Niemann offer candid conversations on strength and its culture for the more female lifter. Together they discuss training topics with a healthy heaping of perspective, feelings, and humor.
 
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Barbells & BS
Monthly
 
Barbells & BS was born of a desire for three friends to find a way to get what they talked about in the gym to a larger audience of people. Matt Murphy, Justin Davis, and Vic Rosales posess years of knowledge on topics ranging from endurance and weightlifting training to sport specific diet and training needs. In addition to ourselves, guests will frequently appear to provide unique insight and knowledge that we may not be able to provide. Of course, the 'BS' in Barbells & BS will be prevale ...
 
Mark Bell's PowerCast is a weekly show featuring humorous and informative interviews with top names in powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman, athletic training, coaching, and CrossFit. It is hosted by pro powerlifter, inventor and magazine publisher Mark Bell, along with co-host Jim McDonald. (Mark was featured in the 2008 Sundance documentary "Bigger Stronger Faster" and the 2015 Tribeca documentary "Prescription Thugs"). Sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, Apeman Strong (apemanstrong.com), Comp ...
 
Access to Playboy's infamously eye-opening articles and jaw-dropping editorials. Read up on the latest in sex, politics, culture, and pop culture. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
 
Your daily arts & culture update, brought to you by Slate. Hear more Slate articles at Slate.com/Voice. Want to hear a daily selection of the magazine’s best stories? Learn more at slate.com/voice A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
 
Examine issues, explore culture and join discussions on the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news that matters most to the LGBT community. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
 
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Project Hustle
Weekly
 
A podcast that welcomes all walks of life. Conversations with professionals, friends, enemies and family. The podcast has evolved over the months and has become a platform for discussion surrounding multiple topics. Enjoy!
 
Super Strength Show is a podcast dedicated to the world of Physical Culture. Ray Toulany cuts through the BS by providing listeners with the best information on strength, conditioning, muscle building, endurance, fat loss, nutrition and the mindset needed to succeed in training and in life. In each episode, Ray Toulany interviews health and fitness leaders and legends from a variety of different backgrounds, including Powerlifters, Strongman Competitors, Bodybuilders, Olympic Weightlifters, ...
 
Access to Playboy's infamously eye-opening articles and jaw-dropping editorials. Read up on the latest in sex, politics, culture, and pop culture. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
 
Sports Buzzed with The Church Party Podcast is a weekly show where the hosts sit down, have a beer, and talk sports. Each episode will be jam-packed with knowledge bombs, unique comedic stories, and the occasional barage of useless information. Whether we talk, baseball, basketball, football, crossfit, nutrition, fantasy football, or just joke around, you can find it all right here. The podcast's hosts are Chris Churchwell, Chris Lowry, and Nick Cox.The show's music is brought to you by Drea ...
 
Your daily arts & culture update, brought to you by Slate. Hear more Slate articles at Slate.com/Voice. Want to hear a daily selection of the magazine’s best stories? Learn more at slate.com/voice A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
 
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Dumbbell Diaries
Weekly
 
Dumbbell Diaries is an expose on the worst of gym culture and how-to's on proper gym etiquette
 
Examine issues, explore culture and join discussions on the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender news that matters most to the LGBT community. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
 
Betches Media presents Diet Starts Tomorrow, a new podcast on all things weight loss, wellness and fitness from the no-bullsh*t perspective of real women who have experienced the struggle throughout most of their lives, and have come to lose substantial weight. In a world where wellness looks perfect on instagram but feels impossible in real life, this podcast acknowledges the reality of the psychological and emotional side of weight struggles and that not everyone has a Pilates home gym or ...
 
Our nationally recognized critics and writers put their deep knowledge and critical acumen to work to help readers make informed choices about how to negotiate the area’s rich array of cultural offerings. Whether it’s a long-established arts organization or an all-but-unknown project that’s just getting off the ground, The Chronicle’s readers know about it first from us. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when y ...
 
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Sami and Aleen are back and feeling great! Sami just returned from a brief vacation where she put her intuitive eating to the test. At 1:45 she reports that intuitive eating while on vacation helped her sit at a dinner table and worry less about food, and pay more attention to the people whose company she was sharing. At 11:10 Aleen gives her “ ...…
 
A core mission of this podcast is to increase the accessibility of barbells to all people, and especially those who have historically not been included in strength culture. On today’s episode, Cassi and Katherine begin their discussion about what inclusivity means when it comes to gyms, how you might approach inclusivity if you want to change y ...…
 
Long ago — and even now — a popular view held that athletes should keep their mouths shut. But as everything from the Olympic Games to race relations to current controversies involving the national anthem have proved, there’s a counter notion: Athletes can play a vital role in transforming society. Few athletes have demonstrated this more vivid ...…
 
In the Roman Catholic calendar, today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. This separates us from our Eastern Orthodox friends who believed in dormition. I’m no theologian, so here’s the gist: The Orthodox believe that Mary went to sleep for three days, and the Roman Catholics made the assumption that she went direc ...…
 
Editor’s Note: It’s time for yet another installment from our nationally syndicated (in his dreams) advice columnist, that Doctor of Communications himself, well known to his legion of mythical fans as simply Doctor C. Dear Dr. C: I’m 27 years old, and I was always taught by my parents to respect my elders. With that in mind, I’ve always addres ...…
 
Holy Craft has the priciest beers at this year’s Outside Lands. Outside Lands 2018: Drink prices have gotten out of control No one goes to a music festival for cheap drinks. When you enter the festival gates, you are willfully submitting to a universe in which a slice from Escape from New York Pizza costs $10. That’s usually OK. That’s the barg ...…
 
The oldest child starts out as an only child, which is probably why the oldest child is so annoyed by the middle child. The middle child never gets to be an only child, which explains why the middle child is so middle child. The youngest child gets to be the only child after he gets rid of his predecessors. Brother Not X was an only child in So ...…
 
Sami and Aleen are joined by Kelly Clarkson approved Doctor, Steven Gundry, to talk about his new book/diet “The Plant Paradox”. At 4:00 they talk about the diet plan which isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. At 8:00 they break down how to eat organic food correctly. Sami and Aleen are amazed to find out that ‘free range’ doesn’t necessarily mean y ...…
 
Long before having children of my own, I asked an author and father how long he thought it might take me to return to writing after giving birth. Two weeks, he said. “Maybe a month, if you’re nursing.” I held onto that assertion throughout my pregnancy, but then — like many of my best laid plans—it went awry. His situation was not mine, after a ...…
 
Caleon Fox is also the creator of “AnimeFit 9000,” a show he writes and stars in on Super Deluxe, the online content platform owned by TBS. Rapper Caleon Fox of Oakland produces and performs the music, makes the videos and comes up with the eye-catching artwork for his releases. Caleon Fox says, as a kid “I was very socially awkward. I was alwa ...…
 
My daughter and son-in-law joined us last weekend for a family get-together in the mountains. Naturally, they brought along our first grandchild, a 14-month-old girl. It had been a few weeks since I’d seen my little granddaughter, and considering her advanced age, I thought maybe things would change. But when I made a beeline for her and threw ...…
 
Left: “Menstrual Bindi” by Vasudhaa Narayanan is among the works by artists of color in the gallery’s 27th juried exhibition. From 1936 to 1966, a New York City mail carrier named Victor Hugo Green published an essential road-trip guide titled “The Negro Motorist Green Book.” “The Green Book,” as it was called, was a product of the Jim Crow era ...…
 
“Puzzle” belongs to a category of movie that deserves some attention: the secret genius movie. This invariably is the story of someone living a somewhat disappointing life, but not a horrible life by any means, who finds out that he or she is a mathematician of dazzling dimension, a chess master in waiting, or, in the case of “Puzzle,” a puzzle ...…
 
Sami and Aleen are back and they’re fed up with beating themselves up over their diet missteps. They dig into the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating to take a healthier mental approach to food and break down the fact that no one is a “failure” for succumbing to temptation. At 11:50, Sami explains that people need to listen to and adjust to what ...…
 
RYAN KOST’S OFF-THE-RADAR PICK Carly Rae Jepsen is playing The Independent on Thursday night, and you should do everything in your power to go. Am I biased? Probably. Did I once write hundreds of words about how much I (really, really, really really, really, really) like CRJ? I did. Did some of you send me hate mail as a result? You did; I didn ...…
 
Having once lost three children in one day, you’d think I’d be good at it but, no, this whole sending-Zane-away-to-school comes under the category of crunchy grief.
 
My wife is aging before my eyes. Not physically, of course, but mentally. She’s clearly concerned about the years taking a toll on her brain, because she’s taken up bridge. I’ve got nothing against the game of bridge. It’s the perfect activity — for old people. My grandmother played bridge. And then she died. “You are way too young to be playin ...…
 
Michael Deni of Geographer performs at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The musician is relocating to Los Angeles in August. Michael Deni of Geographer gave his last concert as a San Franciscan at the Fillmore. San Francisco is about to lose another good one. Michael Deni, the musician who records and performs under the moniker Geographer, played ...…
 
Who was Ernst Lubitsch? To the converted, Lubitsch is a cinema god. He’s the genius behind such comic masterpieces as “Trouble in Paradise” (1932), “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940) and “To Be or Not to Be” (1942). Those of us who admire him spend a good chunk of time puzzling breathlessly over how he did what he did, how he made such sexy, s ...…
 
Sami and Aleen aren't sure if they should begin the pod because gluten-free pizza is on its way. They talk about society's tendency to value men more for what they say, do, and think, but women for how they look. There's no better way to summarize it than the "dad bod" sensation. At 16:48 they take a letter from a listener whose boyfriend is a ...…
 
This may have been the best week in the history of Western civilization for women’s athletics starting when Steffi Graf played Venus Williams in an insanely great rain-punctuated quarterfinal match at Wimbledon that produced some of the most brain-boggling tennis ever seen. Venus Williams is an astonishing athlete not yet in her prime; Steffi G ...…
 
When a note from professional pianist Joshua Raoul Brody popped up in my inbox, with a subject line referencing a column preferring Flower Piano amateurs to Flower Piano pros, I winced. “I am one of the scheduled piano players to whom you gave only medium-sized shrift, as compared with the praise you heaped upon the walk-ups,” he began. I hunke ...…
 
There’s a relationship between the writer and the reader. Some have glanced at this column once and decided they don’t want to read anything more about the crazy quilt family in the bedlam bungalow in the outer outer outer outer Excelsior. And there are those of you who read week after week, silent witnesses to this pilgrimage we call family. W ...…
 
I know this space gets nauseatingly nostalgic sometimes, so I apologize in advance for doing it again. I’ll just come right out and say it — I miss Flipper. Anyone older than 60 knows what I’m talking about.
 
Seven years after the disappearance of KUSF, the pioneering college station, a rockin’ semblance of it has materialized. It’s KXSF-LP (Low Power), which is planned to debut this month at 102.5 FM with the intention of bringing back the kind of indie music and community radio that KUSF, based at the University of San Francisco, provided for thre ...…
 
Sami and Aleen talk about the issues that drive our eating aka emotional eating. They discuss the book Intuitive eating, triggers, and the “last supper” phenomenon. It’s that day where you utter to yourself “diet starts tomorrow” and then feast on everything and anything in anticipation of restriction. So what’s really making us eat everything ...…
 
Being a strength athlete can take many forms, and Sarah Al-Khayyal knows this first hand. She joined us from Reno, where she is the General Manager for apparel powerhouse Doughnuts and Deadlifts, to talk about her journey to the barbell, her experiences managing chronic back pain, and her perspective on maintaining a relationship with strength ...…
 
With brooding ‘80s hits like “The Ghost in You” and “Love My Way,” the Psychedelic Furs were one of the most influential British acts of the postpunk era. The band left a mark on everyone from the Killers to Tame Impala. But frontman Richard Butler says he recoiled when the Furs went mainstream via “Pretty in Pink,” the song that inspired the J ...…
 
In 1950, Nurse Vivian gave birth to Brother Not X, nine months and 11 days after her wedding. Her mother-in-law, Grandma Sadie, counted each and every one of those last 11 days to make sure that her grandson was legitimate. They named him Harold, after his father. Two years later, Nurse Vivian gave birth to Brother X. For most of the ’50s the f ...…
 
Episode 65 features an awesome guest, Anthony Sirianni jr. Anthony has lived an interesting life despite being a spritely 30 year of age. Caleb and Anthony talk about his interest and path into environmental law as well as his experience living in China for several years. Anthony is a wealth of information and the podcast is extremely informati ...…
 
“Oh, Grandfather, such a beautiful room, all marble and gold!” “Hush, son. This is the Senate Chamber. We must talk in whispers to show our veneration for the majesty of this great institution.” “And those men, they look so important. Are they the Senators, Grandfather?” “Yes, son. It is a great honor to be a Senator.…
 
Episode 64 welcomes back friends of the show Nolan Throne and Hunter Shaw. The trio dives deep into the world of a young person entering the work force. The dynamic between finding work place continuity and being ambitious. Enjoy!
 
It was the Fourth of July, and I was at a traditional barbecue with some people, most of whom I knew, and a few I didn’t. It was supposed to be festive, but because of politics it became depressive. The guy came out of nowhere. I had never met him before, but he seemed like a nice person. He was my age and of similar background. We were introdu ...…
 
It’s 5:15 p.m. at Orson’s Belly in the Richmond District. A 40-something wearing a septum ring says hello to Cigdem Onat-Salur, who runs the cafe with her husband, Cem Salur. She pivots between the shiny La Marzocco espresso machine and the wooden four-seat bar next to it. “How are you?” asks Onat-Salur, her wide smile and sparkling eyes framed ...…
 
Sami and Aleen are joined by therapist Lindsay Liben. They talk about the underlying factors in poor dieting and health, self-image and more. How can one use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to positively impact their behavior? Lindsay provides the three Cs: catch, check, and change. Discovering one’s preconceived ideas and how one ...…
 
Episode 63 is an awesome journey into the mind of one of Caleb's young and up and coming friends. Connor Rake. Caleb was Connors first client for his business, CR Productions. Connor recently shot for Electric Forest and the artist, Juas. The two share stories and dive deep into the meaning of following your passion! Enjoy!www.crakeproductions.net…
 
On this episode of Project Hustle Caleb sits down with long time friend and business partner, Brian Varela. Together they discuss several topics along side Brian's pool and recreation area. Hilarity ensues. Enjoy!
 
S Event AIDS Walk San Francisco Support AIDS research, programs and services while walking 6.2 miles through Golden Gate Park. Give through donations at registration, join a team or other fundraising activities. Visit website for schedule, including pre- and post-walk activities. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremony: 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July ...…
 
Today's podcast welcomes new guest to the show, Chris Penn. Chris has a fascinating history in Silicon Valley during the Tech boom of the 80's. First hand knowledge and boots on the floor experience made for an entertaining discussion. Caleb and Chris share stories and Caleb nerds out! Enjoy!
 
The year of the dog and the dog days mean that I, Bandit Banjo Fisher-Paulson, get to howl: a dispatch from Dogpatch. There are lots of celestial bodies, but the biggest is Sirius, the dog star, and the 20 days before and the 20 days after its heliacal rising are called the dog days. Heliacal. That’s a big word for a 15-pound Pekingese. I can b ...…
 
Episode 60 brings in Podcaster and friend of the show, Parker Jacobs. The guys just finished up a tough workout and share a ton of laughs. An instant classic. Enjoy!
 
The original of the original sits down with Caleb on this fun episode of Project Hustle. Noah catches us up with what he's been up to as well as he shares thoughts on the NBA, super teams and big signings. The two also play word association. Enjoy!
 
The internet was down at our house, and I couldn’t figure out why. I had just finished reading a complicated story about sea level rise and global warming. My cell phone kept inexplicably butt-dialing friends, who were getting irritated, as was I. “I need to simplify my life,” I cried to my wife. “Let’s go to the Marin County Fair.” She gave me ...…
 
Kim Gordon and Bill Nace are doing the last of their scheduled press interviews for the day. Gordon is calling in from Los Angeles; Nace from Philadelphia. They’re supposed to be talking up their experimental band, Body/Head, their new album, “The Switch,” and the fact they’ll be coming to San Francisco to play at the Lab on Saturday, July 14. ...…
 
Episode 58 welcomes back Doc, a fan favorite. Caleb and Doc discuss the state of current media and the growth of long form interviews over modern click bait. The duo also dive into diet and exercise falsehoods and truths. Enjoy!
 
For days, volcanic smog hung over the skies off the coast — a reminder that on the other side of the Big Island, Kilauea was erupting violently and magnificently. On the third morning on our family vacation, the island of Maui appeared, a dark mass looming on the horizon, and we suddenly understood how much had been missing from our view. Even ...…
 
Sami and Aleen discuss working out and exercise in this ep. They talk about how hard it is to get off the couch and to the gym. They discuss feeling obligated to work out, guilt, and how when you ultimately do get to the gym, it’s like “an internal shower.” At 15:55, they take a letter from a listener asking about gaining weight during a tough ...…
 
Aleen and Sami have broken their Keto diets due to pasta (Italian and Chinese). They are joined by nutritionist Tracy Lockwood Beckerman who disapproves of the Keto diet on a whole. They talk about the upsides and downsides, including the Keto glow (which is enhanced with maracuja oil). At 20:08, they take a letter from a listener asking about ...…
 
Our second Lifter Spotlight focuses on Katherine’s lifter, Dayva Sagal, who has developed successful strategies for getting enough protein on a vegan diet. Dayva offers up her own experience as a lifter and shares her favorite vegan protein sources. Also, Cassi recaps Richmond’s Pull for Pride! Cassi on Instagram Katherine on Instagram Richmond ...…
 
Aleen and Sami share keto updates. Sami couldn’t resist a cruffin (croissant-muffin) at Instagram headquarters. Aleen went on vacay to Italy and now can’t stop eating carbs. Then they delve into the main topic of this episode: how to manage eating in relationships and after they end, when socializing, and how to work around your significant oth ...…
 
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