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We review the best podcasts, documentaries and playlists for workouts.
Documentary following Kim Chambers' attempt to become the first woman to swim a 30 mile open ocean, shark-infested route. Kim took up swimming as part of her rehab after she nearly lost a leg due to injury. "If you think you can't do something, or you're afraid of doing something, that's exactly when you should do it." - Kim Chambers
The story of climber Alex Honnold's attempt to climb 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park solo and without a rope. Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Meru) tell the story of this incredible athletic endeavor with stunning cinematography and fascinating context. Awe-inspiring. Recommended for aerobic base training or rehab work on the treadmill or indoor bike trainer, but it'll make you sweat even if you watch it on the sofa.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgesen take on the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite. An astounding 10-year effort to climb an unclimbable route as well as an unexpectedly emotional story about dealing with all kinds of adversity. Not just for fans of climbing, the extraordinary feats of athletic and mental strength on display in this movie will inspire awe in any viewer and reset your idea of what is possible.
Podcast with Dr Seth O'Neill providing detailed information on the latest research and protocols for achilles injury rehab and prevention. Highly recommended for runners who have struggled with achilles issues.
Save this one for when you are feeling low. When your injury rehabilitation program seems endless and results are hard to see. Or just one of those days when you know a run will make you feel better but you don't quite feel as though you can do it. This amazing story will likely put a kick in your step and a smile on your face.
POV film of an hour-long trail run at Red Rocks in Colorado, USA. Awesome scenery and bright blue skies plus some technical sections to keep you focused. The audio has no added music so you just hear the runner's steps and the sounds of nature.
Feature-length documentary covering the run-up to the 2017 Crossfit Games and the competition itself. As with other Crossfit Games documentaries this is entertaining, fast-paced and full of intensity from the get-go. The amazing physical feats of strength, skill, agility and endurance combined with pump-up music and flashy editing are all super-energizing. Great for treadmill runs.
What happens when two friends sign up for a 100 mile race? Brendan Leonard and his buddy Jayson Sime had never run an ultra before but signed up for the 2017 Run Rabbit Run 100. It makes for great treadmill TV. Especially if you want to see what an ultra running race and the training for it looks like for regular guys who aren't sponsored athletes.
Why would anyone run 100 miles? That's the question Billy Yang considers as he runs the Leadville 100 Trail Race. Beautifully shot, stunning scenery, an inspiring race and questions to consider.
"What are you willing to do and what are you willing to give up to be the best you can be?" Tom Brady offers an intimate look at his mental and physical preparation for the 2017 NFL season. in episode 1 "The Physical Game" we see some of the dynamic gym work and mobility training he uses.
Ski-racing legend Bode Miller interviewed by Lance Armstrong. A fascinating conversation between two pros who competed at the top of their sports. Miller describes how he got into ski racing and the factors that fueled his competitive fire. Also some very interesting insight into the mindset that World Cup ski racers have to work on due to the danger of the sport.
Audio & Video links included. Courtney Dauwalter is an extraordinary athlete. In October of 2017, just before this podcast was recorded, she won the Moab 240 mile ultra running race in a time of 2 days, 9 hours, and 59 minutes, faster than any of the men in the race and ahead of the second-place finisher by more than 10 hours. The distances she runs expands your perception of what is possible and makes a regular training run seem like no more than a warm up.
Find out what it's like to run the longest trail race in the USA. Kerry Ward ran it in 2017 and documented the experience. Great for a long treadmill session.
Caroline Gleich is a ski-mountaineer who has to work hard to gain respect for her impressive achievements. This short film tells her story so far. Skiers will love this but it will resonate with anyone who loves to challenge themselves in the outdoors.
Feature-length documentary by National Geographic covering Nike’s project to break 2 hours for the marathon. Amazing attention to detail, insight into training and fascinating profiles of the runners that took part. Perfect for watching while you run on a treadmill. I had to stop my first workout before the movie was over and I couldn’t wait to get back to run again and find out what happened.
Winner of the 2018 Academy Award, this feature-length documentary starts with filmmaker and cyclist Brian Fogel investigating doping in his sport. As he digs deeper the story develops into something much bigger than anyone imagined. Recommended for treadmill or indoor bike trainer sessions.