Month: 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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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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Total Human Optimization with John Wolf – Episode 271

This week we traveled to Onnit Academy in Austin, Texas, to talk to their Chief Fitness Officer, John Wolf. Onnit’s mission is to help people achieve total human optimization, and John’s the one to get you there.

He’ll be the first to tell you that movement and training is just a part of total human optimization. You might know Onnit best from their nutrition supplements and fitness accessories (like these kettlebells, for example). When John was brought on as CF[itness]O, he was tasked with creating a system that incorporated everything Onnit was already doing — and to use all the information available to make the best humans.

John’s focus is conscious movement practice, the one thing that’s non-negotiable when clients come to train with him. Longevity and performance go hand-in-hand at Onnit Academy, because the person who can stay in the game the longest is going to be the most fit.

In this week’s episode, John gets into some solid, specific technical about how to make your movement more efficient. At Onnit, they love working with all kinds of athletes: They don’t care what the application is; movement is movement. And, as John points out, the most incredible athletes often do not have the best movement — they’re often very good compensators.

Learn how to train better longer, in season and out, by reprogramming your dialogue with your body in order to achieve the best, most sustainable performance.

Bonus: Get 10% off your order with Onnit when you go to

This Week on Barbell Shrugged, We Interview John Wolf to Discuss:

  • Unconventional training and tools, and why they work
  • Neuroplasticity, and how changing the way you move changes the way you think
  • How to bring all your fitness practices together to create the best system of total health
  • What specific things you can do to move better today

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