Today’s show is with Dr. Kelly Starrett where he answers audience questions concerning how he optimizes human performance. Kelly is a coach, physical therapist, author, speaker, and creator of the blog Mobility WOD. Kelly’s work across these mediums has reached large audiences and revolutionized how athletes think about human movement and athletic performance.


In this episode, we discuss:

-Allied relationships between physical therapists and strength and conditioning coaches

-Do anatomical variations impact ideal posture and movement?

-Why we should be taking a 30,000 foot view in our culture

-How Kelly reconciles pain science and biomechanics in his physical therapy practice

-How to build a large platform with the use of social media

-And so much more!


Kelly advocates that every human should be incorporating a mobility regime into their day to day lives. He states, “What does it mean foundationally to be a human being, what are the things we should be able to do? We remain agnostic about the way you want to train, but you better have a movement practice or at least express full range of motion if you plan on moving fast, lifting heavy, going up and down stairs, or picking up your kid.”


Kelly stresses that enhancing movement is a continual process and every day is a movement screen. “We don’t expect movement competence to happen overnight. This is a process but eventually we should all be moving better and better and better because that is what it means to acquire skills as a human. It takes 10,000 repetitions as a baby to integrate a movement pattern. That means we have some tolerance in the system to buffer some less than ideal biomechanics. Overtime we should be refining that.”


Kelly challenges the physical therapy profession to focus more attention on educating the public on preventative care. He stresses, “When you have a fever, you take some Tylenol. If you have a cold, you don’t go see your doctor. If you have a cut, we teach people basic first aid. [Physical therapists] are not doing a good job teaching basic first aid around the body to everyone.”


We also discuss Kelly’s widely successful online fitness platform and the best ways to target and gain influence in your own local community. He states, “People are looking for advocates, they are looking for help… if you set out to influence a bunch of people, you influence no one. It’s not authentic, it’s not real. Solve a set of problems and be of use to your community and people will find you.”


For more about Kelly:

kellystarrettKelly Starrett is a coach, physical therapist, author, speaker, and creator of [], which has revolutionized how athletes think about human movement and athletic performance.


His 2013 release, Becoming a Supple Leopard has become a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. [His] blog was voted #4 in Outside Magazine’s Top 10 Fitness Blogs of 2011, Breaking Muscle’s Top 10 Fitness Blogs of 2011, and Health Line’s Top 100 Health Blogs of 2011. Kelly and his work have been featured in Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Body, Competitor Magazine, Inside Triathlon, Outside Magazine, Details Magazine, Power Magazine, and the Crossfit Journal.


He teaches the wildly popular Crossfit Movement & Mobility Trainer course and has been a guest lecturer at the American Physical Therapy Association annual convention, Google, the Perform Better Summit, the Special Operations Medical Association annual conference, police departments, and elite military groups nationwide.


Coach Kelly Starrett received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California.


Before starting his own physical therapy practice at San Francisco CrossFit, one of the first 30 CrossFit affiliates, he practiced performance-based physical therapy at the world-renowned Stone Clinic. In his current practice, Kelly continues to focus on performance-based Orthopedic Sports Medicine with an emphasis on returning athletes to elite level sport and performance.


Kelly’s clients have included Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world and national record holding Olympic Lifting and Power athletes, Crossfit Games medalists, ballet dancers, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes.


Kelly’s background as an athlete and coach includes paddling whitewater slalom canoe on the US Canoe and Kayak Teams, and leading the Men’s Whitewater Rafting Team to two national titles and competition in two World Championships. In his free time Kelly enjoys spending time with his wife Juliet and two daughters, Georgia and Caroline, surfing, paddling, Olympic lifting, hot-tubbing, and so-you-think-you-can-dancing.


Resources discussed on this show:

Stand Up Kids

Chris Powers

Dan Pfaff

Functional Movement Screen

Lorimer Moseley

David Butler

Greg Lehman

International Spine and Pain Institute



Kelly welcomes you to stop by his clinic in San Francisco, California and see what he’s all about. You can find more from him at Mobility WOD and follow him on twitter!


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Xo Karen


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