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Episode 143: Training While Injured, Using Lifting Tools, Squatting Misconceptions, and More with Dr. Zachary Long

podcast Dec 10, 2021

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Listeners can find Dr. Zachary Long at his website and, and on Instagram @thebarbellphysio and @performanceplusprogram


Dr. Zachary Long is a physical therapist in Charlotte, North Carolina, and runs an industry-leading fitness website “The Barbell Physio” where he is a trusted resource to thousands of athletes, coaches, and health care professionals across the United States and beyond. 

Additionally, Dr. Zach teaches with the Institute of Clinical Excellence in their “Fitness Athlete” division where he helps medical professionals better understand the needs of CrossFitters, powerlifters, and weightlifters. Zach is a Board Certified Sports Specialist, Level One CrossFit Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, and certified SFMA practitioner.

In this episode, Dr. Zachary Long and I chat about some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to injury rehab, misinformation surrounding squat depth and why squatting with your knees over your toes isn’t an inherently “bad” thing, why (and how) CrossFit training can lead to muscle or hypertrophy gains, and much more!

“Our goal should always be ‘how close can we be to our intended stimulus in the workout without slowing down the healing process.’ And when we do that, we're going to be significantly better off in the long term.” Dr. Zachary Long

Top Takeaways:

  • Why resting is often the worst thing you can do when injured and what you should do instead.
  • How CrossFit training can lead to muscle gains
  • Benefits of using modalities such as lifting shoes or heel elevation, wrist straps, and weight belts.
  • Squatting misconceptions & misinformation
  • How to know if you should be stretching something vs. strengthening something

Show Notes:

  • [0:00] Intro to episode trailer 
  • [0:30] Rachel gives a brief introduction of guest Dr. Zachary Long    
  • [1:30] Welcome back to MetFlex and Chill! Rachel welcomes guest, Dr. Zachary Long, @thebarbellphysio to the listeners
  • [2:00] Dr. Long gives an intro to himself and how he got into sports and physical therapy
  • [3:30] Question: If it is not resting, what should we be focusing on instead when we get an injury?
  • [7:00] Question: What other modifications aside from rest would you focus on?
  • [8:30] “Our goal should always be - how close can we be to our intended stimulus in the workout without slowing down the healing process - And when we do that, we're going to be significantly better off in the long term.” Dr. Zachary Long
  • [9:00] Question: Is there any validity to R.I.C.E? (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) 
  • [11:00] Question: What are your thoughts on NSAIDs?
  • [12:30] Question: How do you know if you should be stretching something versus strengthening something?
  • [15:00] Question: Do you use foam rolling and massage therapy in your practice?
  • [20:30] Question: Limiting factors in training - should we try to “fix” them or is it okay to use external ‘help’ depending on the goal?
  • [24:00] Question: In terms of squatting, is it okay if your knees travel over your toes?
  • [32:30] Question: Can you chat about how lots of CrossFit athletes get super jacked? 
  • [35:00] Question: Is there anything specific that you personally do with your clients to help with accessory movements that they might not be getting in a typical CrossFit workout?
  • [39:30] Question: When is it beneficial to use a lifting belt
  • [43:30] Valsalva maneuver 
  • [44:30] Using external lifting tools depending on your goals 
  • [46:30] Question: Is there anything you’ve changed your mind about in the past year, and why?
  • [49:00] To check out more from Dr. Zachary Long at his website and, and on Instagram @thebarbellphysio and @performanceplusprogram  
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