In today's digit world, it's really easy to find quality information with blogs, research articles, videos, etc. One of my favorite ways is through podcasts.
If I'm ever traveling anywhere for more than 20-minutes, I pop up a podcast and give it a listen. I'd say in any given week I knock out ~10 podcast episodes.
Below are my favorite 10 podcasts that I keep in my phone. Each one varies on it's emphasis, guests, quality of information, and how well the host asks questions or evoke discussion. So here are my top 10 in order and my reasoning behind it.
1. Coach Your Best Podcast - Jeremy Boone. This podcast is all about being a better coach and the various factors that go into coaching - motivation, creating buy-in, athlete psychology, coach feedback, motor learning, practice structure, etc. Jeremy Boone, the host, brings in great guests (mostly authors) to talk about their research and how it applies to coaching and skill development. He also does a great job of asking quality questions and usually breaks down his guests into multiple segments so it allows for more time to be spent on dealing delving into each topic. For these reasons it is my go to podcast.
2. CVASP - Jay DeMayo. Jay DeMayo puts on an incredible clinic in the summer and this podcast is basically an interview lead up with the presenters at the clinic. The great thing about this podcast is the quality of the guest - he literally brings in the best coaches in the world - coaches who truly are on the edge of innovation, sports science, and challenge human physiology. The quality of the guests is what makes this podcast a must.
3. The Perception Action - Rob Gray. This podcast is all about motor learning/development and how we practice or train affects this. So things like skill acquisition, decision making, motor neuroscience, designing practice, developing contextual interference and environmental constraints, etc. I'm really into the science of motor learning and skill acquisition and how to better design practice - and this podcast does just that.
4. Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach - Keir Wenham-Flatt. This is a great podcast because it comes from an in the trenches coach. Keir brings in some high quality guests and has good discussions with them about all things physical performance. Keir is great because he asks some really thought provoking questions and veers deeper into topics with his off the cusp questions - not just following a strict script. I constantly find myself thinking of questions, and the next thing you know Keir asks this questions - so it's more like a discussion rather than an interview.
5. Iron Game Chalk Talk - Ron McKeefery. The IGCT is a great weekly resource and McKeefery has hundreds of great episodes with awesome guests and topics in his bullpen. A great thing about this podcast is the variety of guests, from S&C coaches, to scientists, to financial advisors, to excel demonstrations, to physical therapists, to nutritionists, etc. McKeefery also asks a ton of good questions and doesn't just follow a script - plus at the end of every episode he asks for favorite book, quote, and app - which is always interesting hear. The only negative part is the first 4-5minutes is advertisement and promotions for his sponsors - which I understand he has to do, but you just have to skip this promotion part.
6. The Fit Cast - Kevin Larrabee. The Fit Cast is the most of all the podcasts, but presents the least amount of quality info. Kevin is an awesome host and keeps things really light-hearted. He has a really good relationship with the guests, which can lead to great convo, but also to a lot of small talk. The Fit Cast also hosts mostly private sector and online presence types of guests, rather than my personal presence of college and professional coaches or sports scientists. Either way, the fit cast is still a go-to for mine, and I really enjoy the content.
7. The Strength Doc - John Rusin. Rusin is a physical therapist from right down the road in Madison, WI. He has a pretty interesting podcast with some quality guests. I like Rusin's podcast because he has longer episodes which allows a more thorough discussion. Rusin also asks quality questions and does a great job getting involved and personal with the guests. The only drawback is this podcast is it's fair share of advertisements and commercials which I don't really enjoy, but understand it's the nature of this business.
8. Physical Preparation Podcast - Mike Robertson. The PPP is a nice podcast from Mike Robertson that puts out episodes every couple of weeks. His guest list is pretty solid with the only caveat that it seems Robertson likes to bring in guests that align with his philosophies and back much of what he preaches. He also follows a pretty strict script and doesn't veer off on opportunities for guests to further delve into topics. But there's no denying the guests provide great information and tend to be high performance coaches with incredible experiences and backgrounds.
9. Pacey Performance - Rob Pacey. The Pacey Performance podcast is a great resource with some awesome coaches from the States, Europe, and Australia. The cool thing about this podcast is the variety of S&C coaches on the line-up including a lot of rugby, soccer, sports scientists, and Olympic center coaches. The only major drawback of the Pacey Podcast is the accent of the Rob and his guests can make it difficult for us Americans to understand at times, but again that's no one's fault except my own.
10. The Strength Coach Podcast - Anthony Renna. The Strength Coach podcast is essentially Mike Boyle's podcast, and this podcast is the longest running podcast on this list and consists of a ton of great episodes. The guest list for this podcast is vast and contains a ton of top coaches and awesome topics. Renna is a tremendous host and does a really good job with the guests and asking quality questions. The only portion of this podcast I don't specifically enjoy is it often takes 15-20min to get to the main speaker because they have 2-4 segments before hand that often consist of advertisement, promotion, Coach Boyle talking, or business tip. These segments don't usually add much value to the podcast, just promote Perform Better or the FMS or some other Boyle backer.
Hope this list helps you find quality content!
Go Get 'Em!