The Intersection of Medicine, Muscle, and Strength Training w/ Dr. Jordan Metzl, Anders Varner, Doug Larson, and Kenny Santucci — Barbell Shrugged #394


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With a practice of more than 20,000 patients, Dr. Metzl is widely known for his passion for sports medicine and fitness. He completed his residency training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Sports Medicine Fellowship Training programs at both Vanderbilt University and at Harvard Medical School.

In addition to his busy medical practices in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut, Dr. Metzl is the author of the bestselling titles Running Strong, The Exercise Cure, and Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies, and has also authored three other books including The Young Athlete. Dr. Metzl is the medical columnist for Triathlete Magazine.

Dr. Metzl is a highly sought after teacher and fitness instructor. He lectures both nationally and internationally to health organizations, fitness communities, and in wellness venues on the topics of sports medicine, fitness, and preventive health.

His research interests include the treatment and prevention of running related injury, the effectiveness of preventive wellness programs, and the prevention of youth sport injury. For a list of Dr. Metzl’s peer-reviewed journal publications, click here.

He created the Ironstrength Workout, a functional fitness program for improved performance and injury prevention that he teaches in fitness venues throughout the country. The workout is featured free online where it has been performed by more than 9 million athletes around the world and was also featured in the New York Times. It is also available on DVD here.

A former collegiate soccer player, Dr. Metzl is a 33-time marathon runner and 12- time Ironman finisher (and still going).

In this episode of Barbell Shrugged we talk about how Dr. Metzl built his practice, the importance of merging the world of medicine with the world of fitness, fitness classes for Doctors, how the medical field views strength training, the branding problem in fitness, reaching the people outside of the fitness community, where to find Dr. Metzl, and much more.


- Anders and Doug

Episode Breakdown

0-10: Dr. Metzl’s background, Ironman, how Dr. Metzl built his practice, and the importance of merging the world of medicine with the world of fitness

11-20: The problem with the culture of constantly pushing your body, knowing your body, why your biggest screw ups lead to the best life lessons, and the business side of Dr. Metzl’s model

21-30: Steroids, men’s health, and the last 5%

31-40: Fitness classes for Doctors, the importance of a fitness education for health professionals, and looking at the research of muscle mass and heath

41-50: The benefits of strength training, how the medical field views strength training, the branding problem in fitness, and reaching the people outside of the fitness community

51-68: Knowing your scope of practice as a fitness professional, do no harm, “regenerative medicine”, Dr. Metzl’s books, and where to find Dr. Metzl


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