John Rusin on Authentic Movement, Injuries and Pain-Free Performance

Dr. John Rusin is one of the fitness and sports performance industry’s leading experts in the pain-free performance training model that blends the world of strength and conditioning with clinical movement based diagnostic treatment.

Dr. Rusin’s present and past client list include MLB All-Stars, NFL All-Pros, Olympic Gold, Bronze and Silver Medalists, World-Record-Holding Powerlifters, Elite Bodybuilders and Figure Competitors, All-World IronMan Triathletes, and top professional athletes from eight of the major American professional sports leagues.

John is also the founder of the Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certification (PPSC) which has Certified over 2000 coaches in the last 3 years on 4 different continents.

In this show, John and I talk about how an elbow injury ended his baseball career but started his career as a coach, the most common injuries he sees and deals with, why a push-up is one of the single best exercises you can be doing, a staggering statistic on conventional deadlifts, and his thoughts on developing and expressing authentic movement patterns.

John is a super impressive guy – not only in his thought process but with regards to his workload – and I think you’re really going to enjoy our chat.


Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of what we covered in this week’s show:

  • Weekly Recap
  • Deep Thought: The Value of Forced Deadlines and Constraints
    • HS/College – 2 tests per semester – when did you REALLY study?
    • Practical – bringing together the content for this certification
    • How can you take this to your own training? Or that of your clients/athletes?
  • Interview with John Rusin
    • How a serious injury kick-started John’s career in physical therapy and performance training.
    • His overarching philosophy, and how it’s unique based on his background as a PT and strength coach.
    • Knee pain: Why we see it, and what to do about it.
    • Why the back is such a troublesome area, and how to sort it out once and for all.
    • The most underrated upper body exercise if you’re dealing with shoulder issues.
    • Are there any exercises that Dr. Rusin really hates?
    • How he became the content creation machine, and how he built a business empire around his children’s nap time.
    • The BIG Question.
    • A really fun lightning round where we talk about his favorite articles, his new product Functional Power Training, his favorite place to visit, and what’s next for Dr. John Rusin.


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