Athletes Unfiltered – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talked about my experience with the podcast: Athletes Unfiltered by Strava. The podcast is new and ranking well as it explores athletes relationship between their sport and their lives.

PodApplaud- Athletes Unfiltered  

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to examine the podcast: Athletes Unfiltered.

Athletes unfiltered is a storytelling show in which remarkable stories are curated from the world of biking and running. Episodes have little variance in length around the 30 minute mark. There are currently  5 episodes with a new one coming out every 2 weeks.

The about section of this podcast is pretty descriptive so I’ll share that now. “Are you looking for a little extra motivation on your next run or bike ride? In Athletes Unfiltered, you’ll hear from a runner who loses his sight and discovers a new community. A drummer who passes up the after party so he can get up early to ride bikes with his fans and connect in a way he never could from on-stage. A mountain biker who watched the trails he loved burst into flames and then created an app to help rally his community around rebuilding them. And along the way, we’ll tackle some of the big, scary questions every athlete has to find answers to. Why am I doing this? Am I getting too old? Will I ever run again? The answers these athletes give might just help you find some of your own.”

Firstly Athletes Unfiltered is produced and created by Strava, a social network for runners and cyclists to track themselves and connect with others. I mention this because even though the show is called athletes unfiltered you should be aware you’re only going to hear from runners and cyclists in this show, and at points this comes across as contrived. Also why is it unfiltered? I don’t remember any foul language or rough around the edges moments. If anything this podcast feels too sanitary at times. Regardless, the stories are quite eye opening, someone who is getting winded at the gym just might actually draw the inspiration from these tales to push through to the end of a workout. We manage to hear from people who accomplish amazing feats in every themed episode. These episodes delve into ideas such as aging, continuing on despite everything going wrong, overcoming setbacks, and finding or creating a place within the community of fellow runners or bikers. The format of the show feels like the host had a long discussion with the guest and they edited it down and overdubbed it to feel like the storytellers monologued out their tales. It flows well and the audio sounds great. One of the stories got me in the feels too which always worth note. I can always appreciate a show that actually makes you feel something.

Listening to the show episodes zoomed by pretty quick and left me at points where I was if not motivated by the athletes, I was genuinely moved by their grit and determination. I did end up getting pretty fatigued hearing about just runners and bikers after a while though. This show is probably much more fascinating if you are in these communities, but that ain’t me.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! This show for me was a 3, I might presume the show to be more highly rated by runners and bikers. If that was me I’d probably still be drawn to a podcast that’s more fanatic and connects on a more personal level than this show. There is value here, I’m sure a lot of people are really enjoying the show, but it won’t be staying in my personal rotation. I’d recommend Athletes Unfiltered to people who are coming up against walls such as age, injury, or adversity and need some motivation to continue in their pursuits.


So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.