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New episode every Wednesday! Join the Barbell Shrugged crew in conversations about fitness, training, and frequent interviews w/ CrossFit Games athletes!

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 246 Ratings

New episode every Wednesday! Join the Barbell Shrugged crew in conversations about fitness, training, and frequent interviews w/ CrossFit Games athletes!

    [Stress Resilience] Navigating Injury and Anxiety w/ Emily Hightower, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    [Stress Resilience] Navigating Injury and Anxiety w/ Emily Hightower, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    As an Educator and Coach at SH/FT, Emily Hightower leverages her expertise in the neurophysiology of trauma and resilience to help clients master their stress response and improve their quality of life. By combining over 25 years of experience as a breathing expert, yoga teacher, river guide, and wilderness EMT, Emily empowers high performers to disrupt limits, align with nature, and heal their bodies and minds.
    Emily developed SH/FT’s Skill of Stress course and teaches the N=1 Exposure Experience and Mentorship program with Brian MacKenzie. Her experiential teaching approach enables clients to understand and direct their stress response to drive optimal performance under pressure while promoting long-term balance.
    Before joining SH/FT, Emily founded Intrinsic, where she helped combat veterans, athletes, and clients recovering from substance abuse resolve past traumas and gain clarity using a science-based approach and tools such as breath, exposure, somatic yoga, archery, and integrative nutrition.
    Earlier in her career, Emily’s practice was based in a neurology clinic, where she integrated her approach with cutting-edge neuroscience and research. Her clients include the United States Special Operations Command Adaptive Care Unit and other Veterans services in the US and Abroad. She also served as the Education Director for the Headwaters Institute, facilitating river education seminars on 28 watersheds in the US and Chile.
    Emily is a Master Yoga Teacher with 16,000+ hours of teaching experience specializing in Pranayama Breathing. She lives with her husband, Brian Hightower, and their son and loves to ski, run rivers, and bow hunt.
     
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    • 59 min
    Muscle, Protein, and Aging with Dr. Stuart Phillips, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    Muscle, Protein, and Aging with Dr. Stuart Phillips, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    Professor Phillips is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Skeletal Muscle Health in Aging. He is a Professor in Kinesiology, and Graduate Faculty in the School of Medicine at McMaster University.
    He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). His research is focused on the impact of nutrition and exercise on the mechanisms of human skeletal muscle protein turnover.
    He is also keenly interested in diet- and exercise-induced changes in body composition particularly in older persons.
    His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the US NIH, the USDA, and several industry partners.
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    Coach Travis Mash on Instagram

    • 55 min
    [Biometrics] How to Use Data to Build Your Own Nutrition and Supplementation Program w/ Pratik Patel, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    [Biometrics] How to Use Data to Build Your Own Nutrition and Supplementation Program w/ Pratik Patel, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    Pratik Patel is a health and performance coach, speaker, advisor, and consultant to sports teams, startups, and VC groups in the health, wellness, and performance realm.
    Pratik brings unique perspectives gained from his time in high level elite sport (NFL) to enhance the health and performance of individuals in the real world.
    Using his internal and external health approach and stress adaptation frameworks along with technology and wearables Pratik helps his clients implement effective health improvement strategies for long-term sustained success.
     
    For the past 20 years, he has studied health, nutrition, fitness, recovery, and the interplay between these and health and performance and has had the opportunity to implement his strategies with multiple elite college teams and most recently the New York Football Giants (where they experienced the least number of games lost due to injury in their history during his tenure).
    Pratik is highly regarded in the field of sports, health, and wellness and teaches his concepts to dozens of other elite college and NFL teams along with presenting to numerous Fortune 500 companies.
    He is also one of the most featured coaches in the sports, health, and wellness space with features in USA Today, Outside Magazine, ESPN, and has been sought after as a guest on over 60+ podcast episodes.
    Pratik is also the author of 4 scientific publications through peer reviewed journals.
    Pratik is a Registered Dietitian and board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
     
    Pratik resides in the Kansas City area with his family and two children (newborn son) and can be reached on his X/Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn social media accounts @pratikxpatel.
     
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    Coach Travis Mash on Instagram

    • 52 min
    [Chronotype] The One Thing More Important than Getting 8 Hours of Sleep w/ Dr. Chris Perry, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    [Chronotype] The One Thing More Important than Getting 8 Hours of Sleep w/ Dr. Chris Perry, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    Dr. Christopher A. Perry, an Assistant Professor at Eastern Kentucky University, began his fitness journey at Penn State University, where he developed a robust background in Strength & Conditioning leading to 17 years in the industry to date.
    His academic path, leading through a PhD at Arizona State University, deepened his expertise in Exercise Science & Sports, Sleep & Circadian Rhythms, and Nutrition.
    Chris's current research focuses on sleep, movement analysis, and CO2 tolerance, particularly in tactical populations and collegiate athletes.
    His work aims to enhance performance, wellness, and longevity health outcomes, demonstrating his commitment to advancing the field of exercise and sports science.
    Beyond his academic pursuits, Chris is an executive performance coach, weight loss consultant, fitness entrepreneurship mentor, podcast host, and enjoys engaging in coffee culture and movie discussions.
     
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    Doug Larson on Instagram
    Coach Travis Mash on Instagram

    • 55 min
    How to Build a Killer Cardiovascular System w/ Dr. Mike T. Nelson, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    How to Build a Killer Cardiovascular System w/ Dr. Mike T. Nelson, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis Mash

    In today’s episode of Barbell Shrugged, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis sit down with Anders coach, Dr. Mike T. Nelson.
    For those that have followed the show, you know Anders has been in pursuit of running a sub-6 minute mile at the age of 40. Dr. Nelson is the coach Anders hired to help with that goal.
    In this episode the crew walks through program design, initial intake, and execution of how to build cardiovascular fitness.
    You will learn performance tests used to design Anders training program, how priorities are scheduled into a busy life, understanding higher intensity efforts mixed with Vo2Max training, Zone 2 efforts, and how to maintain strength throughout the process.
    We hope you enjoy.
    Work with Dr. Nelson
    Anders Varner on Instagram
    Doug Larson on Instagram
    Coach Travis Mash on Instagram

    • 53 min
    How to Raise Strong, Healthy Kids w/Anders Varner, Doug Larson and Travis Mash #730

    How to Raise Strong, Healthy Kids w/Anders Varner, Doug Larson and Travis Mash #730

    In today’s episode of Barbell Shrugged, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Travis dive into the thought process and strategies we use to build a positive conversation around fitness and nutrition.
    We dig into the proper framing of how to eat, the benefits of specific foods, and the steps we take to ensure our kids are eating well.
    We also discuss the steps we take to ensure our kids see fitness as a healthy part of life by being outside, seeing us train, and celebrating an active lifestyle.
    This show will give you insight into a subject we do not dedicate full shows to, however, is something we think about on a daily basis when raising our kids.
    We hope you enjoy.
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    Coach Travis Mash on Instagram

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

Leady my love ,

15 minuets of commercials before any content!

Been listening for a while and they have some great content. However recently they’ve massively increased the amount of commercials and I’ve started to listen less.

Illestfuture ,

Great guests, but hit and miss these days

Barbell Shrugged was one of the first podcasts I started listening too. Thought it was really good when Bledsoe was leading it. Since Andrea has taken over though I think it’s gone downhill, he interrupts the guests so much, and for me, that spoils it. I want to listen to HINSHAW, not VARNERS. Love Doug Larson, and I like Bledsoe’s series’.

katolotus ,

Worst Laugh in Podcast History

Barbell Shrugged was 5 stars, Barbell Collective is just about 3 Stars. Too much poor, unrelated, woo-woo content since the expansion. Seems just a money grab now!

Way way too many adverts, done in a way to lure people in, the worst way, almost like a scam. Constain request for 5 star reviews, that is the only reason I'm writing this. And now general filled with rambling life coaching stories.

You have to believe! Sounds like they've all just put down 'The Secret' or the Bible, Matthew 21:22: "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Horrible

Miss the old one's when they'd actually mentioned a barbell! There are some good bits of info, but now you have to listen to hours of content to get a few minutes. Getting close to giving up. Way to ruin a good thing in the pursuit of money!

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