Barbell Shrugged

Why your mobility isn’t improving

Doug Larson

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    • You gotta fix that. This is more important that even diet and training. Air is your critical, primary fuel. And the skill of breathing well is pretty much central to everything.

  • What was the name of that sleep app he mentioned? I mentioned it at my gym and a lot of people were interested in more than just a tracker, but rather one that offered some insight.

  • Hey guys, I just wanted to say thank you for all you guys do. The content you provide is awesome and extremely eye-opening. I am a college student struggling with understanding the significance of formal education systems, other than meeting requirements to say one is “qualified” to be in some position. Since discovering Barbell Shrugged, watching your videos, and reading articles you put out, I feel I have learned more valuable knowledge and lessons from you and your guests alone than so far in college. Now thats saying something. You guys have encouraged me to seek out self knowledge that I dont think I would have sought after without finding Barbell Shrugged. Thank you guys again for what you do and I truly appreciate it. Sorry for the long post haha.
    You guys are hilarious!

    Best Regards,

  • I listen to this podcast because of great guests. But I wish the hosts would let him talk without interupting him with nonsense. It’s really annoying guys. I still listen but only in small doses. Too bad because the guests are great.

    • Jai, sorry, but I suppose you don’t understand the mission of our show. We share, we entertain. If you want a one-side lecture, you will have to go elsewhere. We don’t interrupt. We have natural discussions, as we would have in the gym…a bar. That required engagement and back and forth. And when it’s 4 people, it’s not always perfect. But that’s not what we’re after. So, hope that makes sense. Best to you.

      • The natural back and forth makes it feel very fluid. There are many places to go for lectures online, but this is a much more enjoyable experience – like being allowed into the lounge of a group of experts and sitting, soaking up the information as it comes out naturally.

  • Another great Podcast! You guys are awesome. I just discovered your podcasts 6months ago and I’m obsessed. I have been watching archived ones as well. The Eliko one may be my favorite so far! Thanks for all you do !!! 🙂

  • Great show! I’ve gotten more self help ideas from your podcasts (especially the Lindy Barber episode) than I have from any doctor or physical therapist that I have ever seen. Keep up the great work.

  • Hey dudes,

    Only just discovered this podcast…bloody fantastic!!

    I’m a chest breather and want to fix it. One of you guys were talking about practicing breathing techniques in the shower etc.

    Where can I find more info on the techniques??

    Loved the show guys!!


  • Great episode! Really enjoy the discussions on this channel.

    I have a mobility question that I haven’t found the answer to yet but seems important. When rolling, stretching, lacrosse ball massaging, what is the time frame you need to work-out or relax the tight spots. 1-2 minutes, 5 minutes? I guess I am thinking more the after workout mobility work where you are digging a bit deeper. Thanks.

  • Really enjoy the podcast guys! Great content. As someone who has had some front hip pain pretty consistently when squatting (and trouble reaching depth) for probably 15 some years, I’ve always figured that it was a mobility issue. So I have done the foam rollers, the hip stretches, couch stretches, yoga and other mobility work. I’m not sure if you guys are familiar with Dr.Quinn Henoch, but I just happened to click on a link that was posted on Mike Israetal’s FB page that went to one of Dr. Henoch’s videos. It was a video about what issues relating to what is thought to be a mobility problem, when in reality it is a different problem all together.

    He demonstrated what happens to hip flexion when you draw your rib cage down (it increases). He then said the words that peaked my interest, which I had never heard or read about before any anything I have come across in relation to the execution of the squat, which were “experiencing front hip pain.” He described exactly the pain that I felt when squatting. He said that is not caused by a problem with mobility, but rather it is an impingement problem, that the femur has no more room to travel at a certain point in the squat because of forced lumbar extension. This causes soft tissue to pinch in between the femur and the hip. He said you just need to draw your rib cage down and get your ass more underneath your shoulders and your range of motion will increase. My initial reaction was, yeah right, that won’t work with me (I figured I was destined to hip pain while squatting because of my extremely long legs and short torso). So I attempted to do what he suggested and holy shit. I squatted below parallel AND no hip pain! It does feel a little bit awkward as I put more weight on the bar, but I think it’s because I’ve been squatting a certain way for so long that I’m not use to squatting this way.

    Just wanted share that what might be thought of as a mobility problem, may not be after all. Anyways, keep kickin ass guys and I appreciate the content you guys put out.


    • That’s a great breakthrough. Yeah, mechanics are everything. And well done on learning to stack your shoulders and hips. That’s the key to producing force in any vertical pulling or squatting movement. You’ll get depth, but also, your overall training results and strength will improve quickly.

  • I love these podcasts. Have learned so much. This Roop guy is most excellent. And he talks so fast it’s like getting two or three podcasts in one.

    Thx for everything, guys.

    • You need some kinesiology basics. Pick your joint, then understand what primary muscles flex and extend that joint. Study time. You can find that online with a simple google search.

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