Looking for more 'on brand' working-out-to tv
April 26, 2019 7:42 AM   Subscribe

I'm on day 6 of going to the gym (yay me!) I'm trying to build a habit. I've been watching Queer Eye on Netflix during my 20 minutes elliptical (eventually I'll do longer and more varied gym things) Any good shows (Netflix is easy, or YouTube, even Amazon prime probably...) that are 'on brand' like - you are fabulous/self esteem boosting.
posted by PistachioRoux to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
If you don’t mind vegan content and a weight loss emphasis, I really liked Unsupersize Me, available on Amazon Prime.
posted by FencingGal at 7:51 AM on April 26, 2019

This might not seem like it fits, but my first thought was Nailed It (on Netflix). Nicole and Jacques are so kind and supportive to these terrible, terrible bakers.
posted by velocipedestrienne at 8:08 AM on April 26, 2019 [5 favorites]

posted by sacchan at 8:19 AM on April 26, 2019 [1 favorite]

Great British Bake-off? Maybe not if you are dieting at the same time.
posted by runincircles at 8:29 AM on April 26, 2019

I immediately thought of Nailed It too, for the same reasons already articulated.
posted by saladin at 8:42 AM on April 26, 2019

Not sure if you're into it, but Netflix has a couple Crossfit documentaries that always want to make me climb mountains when I watched them! They would be really inspiring to work out while watching I think.
posted by katypickle at 8:45 AM on April 26, 2019

The Barkley Marathons is on Prime. It is about an insane race that most people don’t even finish. I’m not a runner, but I loved it.
posted by FencingGal at 8:52 AM on April 26, 2019 [1 favorite]

Netflix has this garden show called something like small spaces, big ideas starring a dude named Monty, who is apparently a superstar in Britain, who comes and looks at your back yard (sorry, back garden) and helps you achieve your dream landscaping project in it. It's nice because Monty wears rumpled linen Roald Dahl-looking outfits and the gardeners love him. They always have some deep emotional craving that can only be soothed through planting a bunch of shit in their yard and Monty helps them do it and everybody's charming and constantly making tea. When I finished Queer Eye, I struggled for a while and then I lucked into that and it's scratching the itch.
posted by Don Pepino at 8:57 AM on April 26, 2019 [11 favorites]

(Big Dreams, Small Spaces)
posted by Spathe Cadet at 10:09 AM on April 26, 2019 [1 favorite]

Free Solo is a recent movie about an unusual guy, Alex Honnert, with a peculiar goal, free-climbing (without ropes or other aid) El Capitan, a 3000-foot rock face; a task that is both technically challenging, and in which a fall after the first 10 minutes of the climb or so would be fatal.

Honnert is dedicated and goal-oriented, but also has a kind of focus that most of us don't have -- one which kind of harms his social life because it comes off as a flat affect in a lot of ways. So he has other goals, like keeping his eager but annoyed girlfriend and sustaining other social relationships. But in the last 25 minutes of the 96-minute movie, his makes his ascent, and while it's edge-of-your-seat for the audience, it's absolutely uplifting at the end. You'll want to watch the final climb in one session, and you'll want to have a good grip on your handrails.
posted by Sunburnt at 4:09 PM on April 26, 2019

There's an excellent documentary series on Netflix called Losers about athletes who lose, but really win in the end. It's pretty inspiring and covers athletes in sports like boxing, Iditorad, figure skating, soccer, golf, etc. The episodes are fairly short, around 30 minutes or so. I found it very interesting even with sports I don't know anything about like golf and curling.
posted by ceejaytee at 6:14 PM on April 26, 2019

You could try RuPaul's Drag Race! I just blew through all ten seasons while breastfeeding my daughter.
posted by just_ducky at 7:09 PM on April 26, 2019

There are probably some not-quite-healthy themes going on, but I was inspired by Strong on Netflix.

Brene Brown has a something on Netflix, and I freaking love her. I haven't watched it yet, so I don't know for sure it's what you're after, but she's generally uplifting and awesome.

If you're down with network specific sites, Worst Cooks in America is hugely inspiring. Foodnetwork.com has it, but Hulu does, too.
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 12:37 AM on April 27, 2019

I am so pumped. Thanks all, much to look forward to.
posted by PistachioRoux at 4:06 AM on April 27, 2019

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