Podcasts are a little like radio shows. The episodes are hosted by regular presenters who may invite guest experts onto their spoken word show to talk around a given topic. Episodes are individual pockets of information around a theme, which are often searchable so it’s not necessary to listen to the entire back catalogue of a show if you’re interested in a specific area.
Podcasts are available for free on the Podcast app (iPhone), on your Android phone through many apps, although a popular one is PocketCasts), and everywhere through Spotify.
#1. The Online Trainer Show
The Online Trainer Show is aimed at personal trainers who want to build a personal training business online. Run by industry authority Jonathan Goodman, alongside Carolina Belmares, and Ren Jones of theptdc.com. New episodes are released on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the focus is on marketing, training, coaching, and running hybrid sessions with a face to face business. Episodes are less than an hour long, so they are easy to keep up with, and include clear suggestions on the software, apps, tools, routines, books, habits, time management tricks that you need to make a success of your online fitness business.
#2. The NASM-CPT Podcast
This is the official podcast from the National Academy Of Sports Medicine. Episodes are around an hour in length and are released weekly on Thursdays. Aimed at the industry professional rather than a casual fitness enthusiast, the focus of this podcast is on technical mastery, with discussions with expert guest speakers around topics like corrective exercise, strength and conditioning, and programming to hit different energy systems. This is a well established podcast which has been running since August 2019, so the back catalogue from this trusted source is substantial.
#3. Ben Coomber Radio
With new episodes released every 3 or 4 days, this is a podcast that gives you a lot to think about each week with an enormous back catalogue. Ben Coomber is the host and is sometimes joined by a guest. Topics range from discussions about running a coaching business to nutrition topics and how fitness impacts our every day lives. Episode length varies a lot on this one, but the content is always enjoyable and accessible, with plenty of practical guidance that you can implement into your own business immediately.
#4. LTB Podcast
Stuart Aitkin of Lift The Bar hosts roughly hour-long interviews with industry leaders on a broad range of topics. Started in January 2017, the episodes are the sort of outstanding quality you would expect from industry leaders, Lift The Bar. Notable recent topics have included body image, hypertrophy and nutrition. New episodes are released weekly on a Monday. Occasionally a shorter episode will focus on more specific topics, such as lead generation or business systems.
#5. Personal Trainer Daily
This is a newer podcast, but because Chris Burgess of Lift The Bar goes live each day to answer questions from personal trainers, there’s already quite a back catalogue. This podcast is the audio of those straight to the point answers. For members of Lift the Bar, these live streams are also available in high-quality video online. One of the best things about this podcast is that the episodes deal with one single question, which makes them easy to search, and Chris gives an honest, direct answer. After around 10 minutes, you leave feeling as though you have some real perspective on a complex topic.
#6. Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth
The goal of Mind Pump is to expose and correct the myths peddled by the fitness industry. With new episodes every few days, each over an hour in length, these four friends are on a mission to replace “snake oil” with evidence-based scientific principles. The focus is broad, from nutrition to training, and the format is conversational. Particularly useful is the time stamping in the show notes, so specific answers can be searched to the minute.
#7. The Dumbbells
Hosted by American comedians, Eugene Cordero and Ryan Stanger, each episode of this podcast is a mix of educational content delivered in a funny and casual conversational style. With episodes around an hour in length and published roughly every week, the hosts invite guest speakers onto The Dumbbells podcast in a relaxed interview-style show. Guests often have their own podcast so if you especially enjoy their content, you can learn more directly from them.
#8. Fit & Fearless
This podcast is not currently publishing, but as it’s excellent quality production (it’s a BBC podcast) and the episodes are a bite-size 30 minutes in length, it is definitely worth mentioning. This podcast is hosted by 3 female personal trainers, known collectively as the #GirlGains crew. They bring in experts on a given topic and the show takes an interview format. This podcast would be suitable for fitness professionals and fitness enthusiasts, as it’s very accessible and not overly technical. It may be a great resource for your personal training clients, too.
#9. How To Become A Personal Trainer
This podcast is hosted by Jordan Syatt and Mike Vacanti, both personal trainers to Gary “Vee” Vaynerchuk. They focus on practical, actionable tips to make you a better personal trainer with a significant (although not exclusive) emphasis on coaching online clients and growing an online personal training business. Episodes are around an hour in length, but as it’s a conversational format, will often cover more than one individual topic per episode and without a timestamp, it can sometimes be difficult to find a specific answer that you’re looking for. If you’re able to listen to the full episode though, the content is valuable.
#10. Personal Trainer Mentor
This podcast is hosted by Kate Martin and focuses on running a successful fitness business. Episodes focus on single topics, making them easy to search and hyper-relevant. The majority of episodes are around the 20-minute mark so they are digestible and easy to follow. The occasional departure to a longer format happens when Kate interviews an industry leader about a set topic - these “deep dive” episodes are 90 minutes to 2 hours in length.
#11. The Trainermind Podcast
This podcast is hosted by Jamie Alderton, in a mix of longer, interview-style episodes and shorter “advice and tips” style episodes. More suitable for fitness professionals than as a recommendation for your clients, these episodes will help a personal trainer to build a successful business - online and offline. Jamie Alderton has a particular talent for using social media as a promotional lead generation tool and owns an educational platform known as Trainermind Pro.
#12. The Fitness Entrepreneur Podcast
This podcast is hosted by Phil Graham and takes the form of short, actionable content. The show has a long back catalogue and releases weekly episodes. It has also recently launched a video component on YouTube, although the content of the show doesn’t require a video element. Topics are broad, but useful for a personal trainer that realises they’re a business owner, including marketing, sales, service delivery, building your team, and even personal and professional development. Phil has a no-nonsense approach to business and is widely considered to be one of the most influential and successful fitness business owners.
#13. 20 Minute Fitness
Released weekly on a Thursday, these short episodes are something a little different from the usual fitness content. The focus is on the nutrition, technology and science in fitness news, in easily digestible 20-minute episodes. The format is an interview with an expert guest, often in a little known niche. This podcast is perfect for the personal trainer with a broad interest in all things fitness as the content is extremely diverse.
#14. Escape Your Limits
Released weekly on a Monday, the long-form interview-style episodes take around an hour to explore the perspectives on industry leaders. The episodes, led by host Matthew Januszek, look at the “physical, mental and emotional ingredients” to stand out in the fitness market, through lessons taken from gym owners and CEOs. This podcast is aimed at highly ambitious, innovative fitness entrepreneurs.
#15. Muscle, Mindset & Meal Prep
Hosted by Simon Mitchell of Iron Paradise Fitness, an online coach, a new episode is released daily. Each episode is short, usually less than 20 minutes long - with a longer episode released on Sundays which is an omnibus of the content released throughout the week. The Monday-Saturday episodes deal with one idea at a time, making them easy to dip in and out of. The focus is on both nutrition (Simon is a Mac Nutrition graduate) and fitness. Episodes are jargon-free, so it can be a great way to learn a little about a complex topic yourself, as well as making it suitable to recommend to your clients.
#16. Fitness Unfiltered
This podcast dates back to 2018 and has a substantial back catalogue. Episodes are released regularly, roughly once a week, and over the years have got longer. Episodes are now around an hour in length. Three hosts take complex topics and make them feel very accessible. While probably more useful to you than your clients, the content of these episodes is more education around fitness, nutrition and related ideas than actionable business content. One of the hosts, Dr. Mike, is a medical doctor, so the content of the episodes is trustworthy, evidence based and scientific. Despite this, it is never dry or boring; the hosts and expert guests work hard to keep the content easy to understand.
#17. The Fitness And Lifestyle Podcast
Hosted by Danny Kennedy, he spends around 30 minutes talking to industry experts about a wide variety of topics. With a back catalogue dating back to 2016, this is one of the most well-established fitness podcasts out there, and still being updated roughly once a week. Guests are often athletes or experts with personal experience to draw on which gives each episode particular depth.
#18. 40+ Fitness Podcast
Health, fitness and nutrition advice aimed at fitness enthusiasts over 40, or those that train them as a dedicated niche and need to be familiar with the issues this demographic care about. The episodes are around 30-60 minutes long, and are done in an interview style with host Allan Misner. These episodes are informative and give advice that can be actioned quickly. This podcast dates back to 2015, and has a huge back catalogue - making it one of the most well established recommendations on this list.
This is a Nike podcast, and focuses on holistic training to make you a better coach and athlete. Suitable for both personal trainers and the fitness enthusiast, Trained episodes are around 30 minutes long and take an interview style with leading experts and competitive athletes on diverse topics in the sphere of fitness. Trained takes the approach that to be great takes commitment to the training process, and that champions are made, not born. The goal of the podcast is to give you support to grow into and develop around your gym based fitness.
#20. 3 PTs and a Cup of Tea
This fairly new show is hosted by three personal trainers based in The Foundry Fit Gym - who claim to be the most inclusive gym in the UK, and conversations feel like a casual chat between friends. The focus is mainly on what it’s like to be a personal trainer, what it’s really like to run your own gym and more generally, health and fitness. Mainly of interest to personal trainers rather than fitness enthusiasts, each episode is around 30-60 minutes long.