The Evolution of Fitness Culture

Jun 8, 2017


For years, Daniel Kunitz lived the life of the mind. His body though “became a trash depot.” Then he started running, which led to swimming, weightlifting, and eventually CrossFit. His health and his life steadily improved. Kunitz’s personal quest got him wondering how fitness culture has changed through the years. Why were the Greeks so buff? Why do guys do dumbbell curls? How have women changed exercise as we know it? Kunitz joins us to share what he’s learned about the evolution of fitness. (Rebroadcast at 7 p.m. MDT)

NOTE: RadioWest's 9 a.m. broadcast on Thursday, June 8 will be preempted for special NPR coverage of former FBI Director James Comey's hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Tune in at 7 p.m. MDT on Thursday to hear the show.

Daniel Kunitz has served as editor in chief of Modern Painter, as well as an editor at the Paris Review and Details. His writing has appeared in Vanity FairHarper’s, and New York magazine. His new book is Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warrior [Amazon|Indiebound].