Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Moving Through Injury with Dan Pope and Ryan DeBell – Episode 273

What’s more fun than working out when you’re in crazy amounts of pain? If you answered, “Uh, like, everything,” you are correct! Injury is the biggest factor that can keep a person away from realizing their full physical potential. So today, we went to Physical Culture in Encinitas, California, to meet up with Dan Pope (@fitnesspainfree) and Ryan DeBell (@themovementfix).

Unlike other strength and fitness coaches we’ve interviewed, Dan is also a physical therapist specializing in pain management. His business is Fitness Pain Free. And Ryan is a coach and chiropractor specializing in making sure you don’t mess yourself up. He’s the man behind The Movement Fix. Their forces combine on this week’s podcast to help you heal, keep you from hurting yourself, or both, all while getting an awesome workout.

Listen in to hear about specific modifications for specific injuries or differences. Every body is different, and the ideal squat isn’t going to look exactly the same for everyone. Learn about the squat technique that both helps pinched hips and has caused our guests to receive hate mail! Listen in as Ryan and Dan talk us through backs, hips, knees, and ankles, and how to get the best performance out of all of our often uncooperative bones and muscles.

Bonus: If you need help modifying workouts for athletes who have pain or even yourself, check out Ryan and Dan’s course on modifying workouts. Get $100 off the course when you use the promo code “shrugged” at checkout. Go to to learn more about the course.


This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview Ryan DeBell and Dan Pope to Discuss:

  • Specific modifications for common injuries
  • How natural differences in body shape can create different “neutrals”
  • Squatting. All about it.
  • Differentiating a workout for competition or overall fitness

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Biohacking with Dave Asprey – Episode 272

This week, we went to Bulletproof to meet with founder Dave Asprey (Twitter: @bulletproofexec), a company you might know best for the “butter in your coffee” craze. But Dave’s work, and Bulletproof, are so much more — they’re in the business of “biohacking,” or changing your environment inside and out so that you can have the most possible control of your biology.

Dave was a guy who was doing everything right (by the standards of the time) — he was in the gym for 90 minutes a day, six days a week, doing cardio and lifting weights; he’d eat salads and bran muffins. But as he describes it, he was still fat and didn’t feel very good. It wasn’t until later, when he was an executive at a non-profit for anti-aging research, that he began to understand the nutritive shortcuts — the biohacks — that we can activate for our best health. He started blogging about it on the side, as a way to get karma points for any versions of his 20-year-old self who might be interested in learning early instead of learning the hard way. And out of that grew the Bulletproof biohacking empire.


We also discuss his new bestselling book, Head Strong, and about how he’s tried and failed on both a raw vegan diet and a full keto diet. Listen in as he talks to us about being the boss of your mitochondria, how nootropics compare to “smart drugs” for brain performance, and how there’s not a lot of convincing science to support coffee enemas… Something we wish we’d known a few weeks earlier.

Order Dave’s Book Head Strong here

This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview Dave Asprey to Discuss:

  • The concept of biohacking – what it is and how to do it
  • The difference between cravings and hunger (and how to shut the cravings down)
  • What nootropics are and how they make your brain perform better
  • Coffee enemas… That’s all we’ll say about that right here.

Additional books mentioned by Dave in this episode:

Smart Drugs II by Ward Dean, John Morgenthaler, and Steven Wm. Fowkes

The Better Baby Book by Lana Asprey and Dave Asprey

The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Meet the Athletes of Invictus – Episode 270

This week, we went over to CrossFit Invictus in downtown San Diego — where Mike did his Level 1 class in 2008 (memories!) — to meet up with some of the very best athletes in the world. This week’s six-for-one special includes insights from four Games competitors and two Invictus coaches about what it takes to go from great to the greatest.


Part I: Garret Fisher (Instagram: @garretmfisher) and Holden Rethwill (Instagram: @holdenrethwill)

Training for the Games is a tremendously long season, and CrossFit is a sport that tends to attract athletes who don’t take breaks. In the first segment of our show, we talk to training partners Garret and Holden about how they resist the temptation to train during their short off season, how to relax or rest, and how to know when to power through versus when it’s time to let their body heal. We also cover:

  • How their different workout styles compliment and challenge each other
  • How mental burnout has impacted past performance
  • What it’s like to train for an athletic event with so many unknowns

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Part II: Maddy Myers (Instagram: @Maddy.myers1) and Lauren Fisher (Instagram: @LaurenFisher and @grownstrong)

We noticed that a lot of people threw around the term “insanely talented” when talking about 20-year-old Maddy Myers, who just set records in both clean-and-jerk and total at Worlds. She’s been lifting for only three years. At 23-years-old, Lauren is the veteran who provides wisdom. They’re both top-tier athletes. In the second segment of our show, we talk to them about:

  • The difficulty of being elite in both weightlifting and CrossFit, and why they’ll likely need to pick a specialty in order to stay elite
  • How Lauren’s hyper-competitive family life brought her into this profession, and how Maddy’s non-competitive, academic family support her in a somewhat befuddled way
  • What they eat to bulk up without moving into another weight class


Part III: Coaches CJ Martin (Twitter: @CJInvictus) and Tino Marini (Instagram: @tinomarini)

Finally, we talk to Invictus owner CJ Martin, who’s coached over forty individual athletes to CrossFit Games, and Tino Marini, who’s coached at Invictus since 2012. What we most want to know from them is what they think sets these four athletes apart from other elite performers. Listen in as they describe:

  • The competitive drive that makes Lauren uniquely good
  • The resilience that allows Garret to shake off setbacks to move forward
  • How Maddy balances impressive natural talent with being a new athlete
  • How Holden’s work ethic keeps him ahead of even the most elite competition

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Flow States & the Consciousness Revolution with Aubrey Marcus – Episode 269

This week we stopped by Onnit in Austin, Texas, to talk about some pretty big ideas with CEO and founder Aubrey Marcus. If, for example, you want to know how to change the world for the better, then this is the episode for you.

“If you want to be of service for society at large, you’ve got to be fit for service. And to be fit for service, you have to do these personal practices. You have to get yourself in a state where you’re able to affect change and really help people.”

Aubrey shared a lot of insight about what he does to get himself fit for service, and he peppers the podcast with both the science and ancient philosophies that justify his practices. Y’all know about ecstatic dance? If you don’t, you will by the time you’re done listening (and you might be looking up where to find it in your area). Aubrey tells us about how to stack practices wisely for the best results. Looking at health through the lens of identity and consciousness, Aubrey’s practices take functional fitness to a new level. Ecstatic dance is just one item in the toolkit he employs to reach a flow state on the regular. Meditation, floating, yoga, and (of course) the gym all have their place, too.

He describes flow states as a “pause from all the stress and worry. It’s a really dramatic reset. Just like sleep resets all of these biological functions, I think flow resets a lot of these emotional functions… You get to escape that for a little while. And sometimes it’s waiting for you on the other side, but at least you’ve given yourself that break.”

This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview Aubrey Marcus to Discuss:

  • The conscious self vs. the identity self, and when to employ them
  • How to stack your health and fitness practices
  • Sleep! How to make it count when you don’t get enough of it
  • Our place in the universe, the meaning of life, and other trivial matters

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