When it comes to advice and tips for improving your fitness, there’s no shortage of books to read and articles to sift through online. But if your attention span is pretty short at the moment, what you really need is a podcast.

Whether you’re looking for some real life inspirational stories or an in-ear PT to help take your toning game to the next level, an audio series is the perfect way to expand your knowledge while you’re busy getting on with other things.

Put on the kettle and get stuck in to five of our favourites…

1. Push Pull Legs

Personal trainers Tom Hall and Dan Meek bust training and nutrition myths with their honest and to-the-point podcast format, and they don’t take themselves too seriously in the process. There’s a good mix of solid coaching advice alongside some hilarious banter and a good dose of silly nonsense in between. Recent topics of discussion include, ‘What even is Tabata?’, the challenges of taking personal training sessions onto Zoom, and the merits of tinned food.

2. No Meat Athlete Radio

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Thanks to documentaries like The Game Changers and What The Health, veganism has emerged as a growing trend amongst the gym community. Hosted by vegan blogger Ben Benulis, No Meat Athlete Radio features discussions on topics that marry together nutrition with fitness – plus, there’s as an array of guests who are doing epic things in the plant-based fitness world. Best of all, it’s not at all preachy.

3. Biceps and Banter

Celebrating stories of physical and mental resilience, female strength trainer Laura Hoggins delves into the process of overcoming challenges you may never have thought possible in her podcast Biceps and Banter. Guests include CrossFit athlete Sam Briggs and Kristin Holte, named the second fittest woman in the world. With her trademark warmth and humour, Hoggins’ soothing and uplifting stories will leave you ready to take on your next big fitness challenge.

4. Muscle for Life

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How am I training right now?⁣ ⁣ I’m repeating simple but effective workouts like this—2 to 4 exercises per workout, 4 to 6 sets per exercise, 6 to 12 reps per set, 12 to 16 sets per workout, and 15 to 18 sets per major muscle group per week.⁣ ⁣ I’m taking all band sets to technical failure (where form falls apart) and dumbbell sets to 1 to 2 reps shy of technical failure.⁣ ⁣ I’m lucky to have dumbbells and bands, but if I didn’t, I’d be doing bodyweight workouts along the same lines with more volume (25 to 30 sets per major muscle group per week), and I’d reduce rest times in between sets to 1 minute to increase the difficulty and save time.⁣ ⁣ “Isn’t that boring?” you might be wondering.⁣ ⁣ Maybe, I guess? Who cares. It gets the job done.⁣ ⁣ Effective volume is effective volume, and remember—it requires far less training volume to maintain muscle than to gain it and no progressive overload whatsoever.⁣ ⁣ So unless you have a full home gym setup or are brand new to resistance training, you probably won’t be able to make much progress right now, but you don’t have to fall behind, either.⁣ ⁣ Another reason to keep working out right now is maintaining the habit of regular exercise is just as important as maintaining your physique.⁣ ⁣ This is particularly true if you’re new to working out and training still hasn’t become a permanent fixture of your lifestyle yet. ⁣ ⁣ How long it takes you to form a new habit depends on your personality, how motivated you are, how difficult the task is, and other factors, but the more consistently you do something, the more likely you are to keep doing it. ⁣ ⁣ And as a corollary, the less consistent you are with a new habit, the less likely you are to stick to it long-term.⁣ ⁣ Let’s not forget the mental and physical health benefits of regular exercise, either, which we can all use an extra helping of right now.⁣ ⁣ It doesn’t take much to get the job done, either—research shows that even a 10-minute walk workout can brighten your mood and boost your energy levels, and most of us have the time to do quite a bit more than that right now.⁣ ⁣ Agree? Disagree? Have anything else to share? Let me know below!⁣

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If you’re missing the advice of your personal trainer, Mike Matthews is the muscled Adonis to tap up for no-nonsense knowledge. With over 10 million downloads (and counting) each episode digs deep into science-based know-how and translates it into simple, easy-to-follow inspiration that will help you build your best body ever.

5. The Power Hour

The Power Hour is the distraction-free time that host Adrienne Herbert gives herself each morning in order to achieve whatever it is she wants. Given that she’s written books, hosted TED talks, coached hundreds of clients and become a global ambassador for Adidas, we reckon she knows a thing or two about prioritising the good stuff.

Each week, she speaks to a guest about their daily habits, routines, rules to live by and what they have learnt along the way. Previous episodes feature Fearne Cotton, Fleur East, Ella Mills and Chris Smalling. It’s a motivating listen that’ll make the miles fly by on your next long run.

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