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Shoulder Pain, Performance, And The Difference Between Good And Great Coaches W/ Tony Gentilcore, Anders Varner, and Doug Larson — Barbell Shrugged #388

Tony Gentilcore is one of the co-founders of Cressey Sports Performance, which really should have been called “Cressilcore Sports Performance” because that sounds like an awesome castle where a wizard lives (and plays sports). He’s no longer coaching there, but his legacy remains. Tony’s Techno Tuesdays will live on forever.

When he’s not picking things up and putting them down himself, he trains people at his studio, CORE, located in Boston, MA. He also contributes to the top fitness magazines and websites around, and sets up a camera in his garage to record his lightsaber skills. He lives in Boston. With his wife, Lisa, and son, Julian. And cat, Dagny.

In this episode of Barbell Shrugged we talk about Tony’s background in fitness, writing for t-nation, how to train baseball players, off-setting pitching with training, taking the demands of the sport translating those into training, what makes and maintains a healthy shoulder, PRI, knowing your scope of practice,  the flow of Tony’s programs, quasi-isometrics, where there’s meat there is movement, and much more.


– Anders and Doug

Episode Breakdown

0-10: Barbell curls, music, and Tony’s background in fitness

11-20: Writing for T-Nation, meeting the O.G.’s over the internet, and the importance of surrounding yourself with people with a good work ethic

21-30: The pioneers of strength and conditioning forums, leaving room in your life for growth, if you’re going to talk about the trenches you better have experience in them, and the importance of working your ass off

31-40: Finding sports coaches who are supportive of strength and conditioning, how Tony and Eric became “the baseball guys,” becoming “top of mind,” and finding your niche

41-50: How to train baseball players, off-setting pitching with training, taking the demands of the sport translating those into training, and what makes and maintains a healthy shoulder

51-60: How to present information, adjusting technique to fit anatomy, and why you shouldn’t make generalizations

61-70: Focusing on alignment before mobility and stability, breathwork, creating spatial awareness, PRI, and knowing your scope of practice

71-80: Writing the warmup into the program, when to add in breath work, pairing movements with corrective exercises, and the flow of Tony’s programs

81-90: Finding someones trainable window, the separation of the good vs. great trainers, why you can always train, and how Tony writes programs

91-100: Quasi-isometrics, why you should sit in the bottom of a squat, a breathing squat, the lost art of hinging, and why you need to be utilizing exercises that get people strong

101-110: Why your back might not like you, where there’s meat there is movement, where movement should come from, and the progression of movement

111-120: Assessment, what fixes most peoples issues, Tony’s digital product, and where to find Tony

Connect with Tony Gentilcore

Connect on social: Instagram, Facebook
Resources: Website, Complete Shoulder and Hip Blueprint

Doug Larson Fitness

Doug’s new website is live! Check it out at DougLarsonFitness.com

The Bledsoe Show

The Bledsoe Show (Mike’s personal show) is back! Check out new episodes and the new website at TheBledsoeShow.com

Check out our FREE 50+ page OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING GUIDE! Includes: The Basics, Sample Programming, Links to Technique Videos, and more!


Train smart,

Doug and Anders

Anders Varner


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