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Episode 74: Meet The Barbell Physio, Zach Long

Bio (@thebarbellphysio)

Zach Long is a doctor of physical therapy and strength & conditioning coach in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in exercise and sport science, and East Carolina University, where he earned his doctorate in physical therapy. Long’s research related to physical therapy and athletic rehabilitation has been presented at multiple state and national conferences. He currently runs thebarbellphysio.com.


Episode at a Glance

In Episode 74 of The Doc & Jock Podcast Doc Danny and Coach Joe sit down with physio coach Zach Long to talk about training, recovery, coaching and PT life.

The episode starts with Zach talking about how his career morphed from a Strength Coach at UNC Chapel Hill to being a Physical Therapist that works with high level athletes like the Carolina Panthers and Jared Felming.

Zach continues by updating us on Olympian Jared Fleming’s recovery. He details the protocols they are using, where Jared is at and when we can expect to see him back in action.

The fellas conversation then moves into the meat and potatoes. Zach talks about why he started his site The Barbell Physio, how he finds guest writers and what he thinks are the most important things CrossFitters, Weightlifters and Athletes can be doing to prevent injuries and perform better.

Check out the conversation and let us know what you think via an iTunes review.

Quick Show Guide


Who is Zach Long? How did become a Physio Coach? How did Zach’s base in Strength & Conditioning help him become a PT?


Zach’s clinic works heavily on the chiro side with the Carolina Panthers..how does this environment help broaden his skill set?


Zach fills us in on Olympian Jared Flemings ACL surgery, recovery and how soon we can expect to see him dominating the Weightlifting scene again.




On Zach’s website thebarbellphysio.com he spends a ton of time talking about how working hip internal rotation helps increase squat depth and aliviate that pinch in the interior hip during squatting. Find out why Zach encourages this and what corrective exercises he recommends.


What are 2 or 3 movements/corrective exercises that CrossFitters, Weightlifters aren’t doing that they should be?


Zach brings in a wide variety of writers for his site The Barbell Physio…so how does he screen them?


Does Zach think that young PT’s and PT wtudents are generally getting ahead of themselves a little bit with their blogs or Facebook coaching?


Is being wrong a bad thing?


Closing Remarks

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Also, please check out these links to the articles and content creators mentioned during our conversation.

Zach’s Web Site: http://thebarbellphhysio.com

Instagram: @thebarbellphysio

Twitter: @zlongdpt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebarbellphysio/?fref=ts

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDkrIRlPUAe4aRSMJk4epPA


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Thanks for listening and remember, If you have a BODY you’re an ATHLETE



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