Emily Abbate: What We Need in Fitness Journalism

Emily Abbate is a veteran fitness journalist who walks the walk (okay, more like runs). She’s best known as the creator and host of Hurdle, one of the most popular fitness podcasts in the world. Emily has interviewed fitness icons like Tia-Clair Toomey, spent a day in the life of Rich Froning, and asked tough questions of sports celebrities like Alex Morgan. And she’s only getting started.

But her fitness cred goes beyond the podcast space. A contributor to Women’s Health, Men’s Health, GQ, SELF, and many more, Emily has covered almost everything hot, new, and relevant in wellness. That makes her INCREDIBLY good at seeing through the smoke and mirrors to determine what’s legit — and what’s fluff — in fitness and nutrition.

Emily joins the BarBend podcast to discuss the past, present, and future of fitness journalism. She also gives us tips on how to separate the real from the hype online, including which types of fitness influencers to avoid. Emily also opens up about her personal struggles, and how leaning into wellness inspired the creation of Hurdle and fueled its growth.

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