Let’s face it: it can be annoying as heck to get motivated to hit the gym. The couch is so comfortable and the book you’re reading or the TV show you’re watching is so enticing! Why can’t you just sit here and relax? I’ll tell you why! Because working out is healthy and good and, if nothing else, will help build up an appetite for that nice dinner you’ve been planning. So, let’s get moving! And to help that process, we’ve created a list of some of the best podcasts to listen to – whether you like sports content or interviews – while you’re pumping iron or walking a mile or four on the treadmill. You’re welcome!
Winging It: Want to know what it’s like behind the scenes in the National Basketball Association? Well look no further than this show from Atlanta Hawks players, Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore. They tell it like it is!
House of Carbs: An average Joe’s take on the world of food, this show, hosted by Joe House, takes you around the food scene talking with magazine editors, chefs and other hungry and happy diners.
The Ringer NBA Show: A deep dive into the world of the NBA from avid fans of the game. Get deep insight and analysis from self-proclaimed “blog boys” who care about nothing more than the minutiae of professional basketball.
WTF: An interview podcast with a bent towards the funny side of things brought to you by the often-brooding Marc Maron. Hear tales told by the world’s most accomplished folks, from Barack Obama to Seattle movie director Lynn Shelton.
Fresh Air: This is the Gold Standard when it comes to interview shows. Host Terry Gross doesn’t mince words in her exchanges with the day’s most interesting people. Learn about global political issues and about the newest Hollywood blockbuster.
The Rewatchables: Speaking of movies, this show delves into the world of movies you’ve seen dozens of times, dissecting films like ‘Jaws’ or ‘Miami Vice.’ The histories and factoids behind your favorite flicks are dished by a rotating cast.
The Hoop Collective: A grouping of some of the best sports writers ESPN has to offer, this show keeps up with professional basketball’s major issues on and off the court. Listen for insights and rumors shared by the most plugged in folks in the game.
Fantasy Focus Football: If you’re like millions of Americans, chances are you play Fantasy Football with a group of friends. If so, or if you want to learn more about the game, this is the podcast for you.
The Lowe Post: Host Zach Lowe is a fan favorite for his quirky vocabulary and love of the game of basketball. Learn everything you need to know about strategy, the players and the business side of the sport here.
PTI: A look back on the day’s hot issues in sports, this show is hosted by well-respected journalists and longtime friends Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. You learn as much about friendship and professionalism from these two as you do about the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
The Bill Simmons Podcast: One of the most popular podcasts on the internet, Bill Simmons, who many call “The Podfather,” takes you through the worlds of pop culture and sports, offering keen opinions and celebrity interviews.
You can add these pods to your to-do list, and share your own favorite motivational pods, on the Likewise app. Happy Gymming!