Have You Heard? is a series in which the team from Pod Bible meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. While the Oh. My. Pod. section in the magazine gives a quick shout out to shows of that ilk, Have You Heard aims to go deeper in an effort to spread awareness for shows that deserve more exposure! In this week’s edition we sat down with Darren Kirby to discuss his podcast, Fitter Healthier Dad.
POD BIBLE: Tell us a bit about yourself.
DARREN KIRBY: Six years ago I was an overweight, stressed out city worker and a colleague suggested that we all enter a triathlon for a laugh. After completing that first triathlon, I became hooked. Over the following years I entered multiple triathlons and discovered the benefits of nutrition, educating myself, and managing to lose 28kg in the process. I then moved on to Ironman and am now in training to qualify for the Ironman 2020 World Championships in Kona! I am so passionate about health and fitness and how it has turned my life around, that it’s now my mission to share the knowledge that I have gained with other middle-aged men and Dads and show them that they, too, can do it. It doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming, once they embark on the journey and they will feel better in all areas of their lives.
PB: What is your podcast called and what is it about?
DK: It is called The Fitter Healthier Dad Podcast and its purpose is to provide informative, unbiased information to Dads and men about fitness, health and well-being matters to help inspire and motivate them on their health and fitness journey. The idea is to keep it as simple as possible and to give the Dads actionable tips to take away and implement into their daily life so that they can start to feel the benefits immediately.
PB: Why did you decide to start podcasting?
DK: After setting up the Facebook community, I realised there were a lot of Dads seeking advice on how to improve their fitness and health. I wanted to get information out to these Dads in an easy to digest format. I already enjoyed listening to podcasts. Podcasting is a great medium that you can listen to whilst commuting or going out for a walk. It is the perfect solution for busy people, like my audience.
PB: What is the first podcast you ever listened to?
DK: Great question; it was The Doctor’s Kitchen by Dr Rupi.
PB: Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
DK: High Intensity Health with Mike Mutzel, Dr Chatterjee’s Feel Better Live More podcast, and The Doctor’s Kitchen.
PB: Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
DK: Dave Asprey from the bio hacking company Bullet Proof.
PB: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
DK: Just to not be too scripted and structured, and to let the conversation flow.
PB: Do you work alone or as part of a team? Why does this work for you?
DK: I very much work as a team. It works as I just wouldn’t be able to record and produce all of the shows and all of the other content which goes with it.
PB: Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
DK: I would say start from episode 1 and work your way through them!
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