Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips to Slim Down & Shape Up
Category: Fitness & Nutrition
What It Is
Fitness trainer Ben Greenfield gives tips about staying healthy and fit.
There’s a new episode every week and I don’t recall ever seeing one over fifteen minutes. The iTunes archive has the most recent twenty-five eps; hit up the official website to get into the archives beyond that.
What About It
I really like the Quick & Dirty Tips model. Some expert in some field or other delivers weekly short bursts of info/education on their field. Besides this show, the Q&DT folks have shows about writing, math, parenting, personal finances, productivity and more. Some may find the whole “quick & dirty” thing to translate into “shallow & superficial,” and certainly this isn’t the place to go for an in-depth discussion or exploration of the issue at hand. One wouldn’t, for instance, use this show to build a fitness regimen from the ground up; but this show would be useful for someone into fitness who wants to find ways to change things up or maximize certain areas and such. I also like that each episode features a title that doubles as basically a description of the episode. The latest episode, for instance, is titled “5 Killer Muscle Gain & Fat Loss Workouts.” Obviously this lets the listener know immediately whether each episode will be something they should listen to or not. And the show’s topics range farther than you might expect for a fitness show. Recent episodes address the role of genetic testing in planning a fitness regimen, handling issues of fitness with children & energy boosting alternatives to coffee. The show has some flaws; the shows often feel pretty insubstantial. A ten minute episode boils down to not so much actual content once you subtract the introduction, sign-off & two ads. Anyway, I’m not a huge fitness guy, but even I can recognize that this show is pretty good quality, despite the necessary superficiality it addresses many topics with.
2 ½ stars.
You’re already into fitness, but are interested in looking at things in new ways on a regular basis.
Avoid Like the Plague If
Your last burst of concentrated exercise was during the Carter administration.
Best Entry Point
Just go for one of the new ones.