There's a lot of fitness-related information on the internet these days. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of knowledge to sift through. One way that I make sure I'm exposed to more good information than bad information is I'm strategic about who I follow on social media. Take a look below to see my top 5 fitness experts to follow on Instagram.
So technically, this one is not a single individual. It is a "task force" of sorts including Greg Nuckols and Eric Trexler, among others. However, the content is too great to not include on this list. Stronger by science is also a website and a podcast. They offer more free strength and conditioning resources than anything I have ever come across in my career. All of their posts and content are extremely evidenced-based and thorough. Not only that, but everything is always incredibly relevant and current. They are typically diving into the new research in this area before I even know it exists. For this reason and many others, it's much easier to just to follow them and get their input and analysis on the latest research.
Dan pope is a physical therapist that works in the Boston, MA area at Champion PT and Performance. I found Dan's content through a podcast known as the "Ask Mike Reinold Show", where Dan is regularly featured. Mike Reinold is the co-owner and founder of Champion PT and Performance. Mike and the entire Champion staff are excellent resources as well. (Side note: Mike was recently elected president of the academy of sports PT) However, they all tend to stick more closely to the physical therapy education side of things, making them less eligible for this particular list.
Although Dan is a physical therapist, he regularly posts strength and conditioning-relevant content and regularly includes these concepts in his practice. I definitely have taken a great deal of tips and mentorship from this man and his company website.
Dan and his content are particularly relevant to fitness athletes and crossfit athletes. If this describes you, he is well worth your follow. Probably my favorite thing about Dan Pope and Fitness Pain Free is that complex topics are explained in an easily understandable format. In dealing with fitness athletes, the content is also readily applicable to anyone who goes to the gym or wants to improve their overall health and fitness.
Calvin Dietz has been the head Olympic strength and conditioning coach for a variety of sports in addition to being a coach at the University of Minnesota. The amount of championship-caliber athletes and teams he has been associated is remarkable.
What I like most about Cal Dietz and his content is how creative and genuine it is. Cal's personality is more relatable than a lot of strength and conditioning professionals in a similar position. He doesn't try to overcomplicate things, yet the behind the scenes rationale can be extremely complex. He is obviously extremely intelligent and gifted regarding his ability to come up with novel approaches to training. Cal has created Triphasic Training and had a founding role in Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) as well. If you aren't familiar with either of these approaches, check out Cal's content for yourself!Use this space to add more details about your site, a customer quote, or to talk about important news.
Dr. Craig and I actually went to physical therapy school together and graduated together. It has been an honor watching Cody grow (albeit, from afar) into the physical therapist, coach, and powerlifter that he has become.
If you go to Cody's instagram page, he introduces himself under the "About Me" highlight to learn more about his story, but it is definitely an inspiring one.
One thing (of many) I love that Cody does with his content is he is very direct about his points, yet is able to respectfully critique opposing views without being dogmatic or assuming he is always correct. He readily admits that, like all of us, he is constantly learning more and more in his practice. This is a viewpoint that I definitely share and believe it is a necessary quality to become a leader in ANY field. The second you believe that you have it all figured out, you fall behind.
Cody, as a physical therapist himself, is also very passionate about the power of movement and exercise as a fix for musculoskeletal conditions, which I believe to be something that needs to be more mainstream in our current healthcare landscape.
Jeff was the head physical therapist and assistant strength coach for the New York Mets from 2006-2008. After this, he has broken out as a highly successful trainer and coach for many elite athletes.
What I love most about Jeff's content on his Athlean-X page is all of his creative variations and modifications to otherwise common exercise movements. He never leaves you in the dark about his reasoning for making a tweak, either. He always has an in-depth explanation about what he is targeting or accomplishing with the portrayed exercise.
He is also another example of an individual who practices what he preaches, which I believe to be an important demonstration of authenticity. With so much information readily available on the internet, it's nice to have individuals like Jeff who combine individual experience, coaching experience, and research.
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