Mitch Babcock and Zach Long come on the show for an episode focusing on teaching and training the fitness athlete. They provide their insight on how to best teach/train fitness athletes, pros and cons of treating fitness athletes, how students and clinicians can become better at treating this group of people along with their favorite resources, how they teach management of the fitness athlete and much more!

Mitch Bio:

Dr Mitch Babcock is a Physical Therapist and CrossFit Level I Trainer with a primary purpose of helping others pursue a greater state of health through fitness. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Mitch went on to receive his Doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Michigan-Flint and graduated in 2016 to better understand the human movement system and help others recover from the injuries & limitations hindering their performance. With personal training experience in CrossFit, as a NPC physique competitor & in endurance events, Mitch continues to test his physical potential daily in order to better help people reach theirs. He teaches the online class: Fitness Athlete: Essential Foundations & The Fitness Athlete: Live Seminar with Ryan Smith through the Institute of Clinical Excellence.

    • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
    • Certified MobilityWOD Movement & Mobility Specialist
    • Certified Functional Movement Screen
    • Certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment
    • Certified RockTape Level 2 FMT

He is also the owner of FitnessTX: Aiding Elite Fitness which is in the town of Holly, Michigan which is about 20 miles south of Flint, Michigan. He offers rehabilitation, recovery, and post rehabilitation strength progression through a tailored program to help people get back to the PR numbers that they’re accustomed to/ and eventually a new PR.

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Mitch’s Interview on The Healthcare Disruption Podcast:

Mitch’s Interview on The Knowbodies Podcast:

Mitch’s Interview on The Duck Legs Podcast:

Mitch’s Interview on The PT Entrepreneur Podcast:

Mitch’s Interview on the Healthcare Reboot Podcast:

PTonICE Podcast:

Fitness Athlete: Essential Foundations online course taught by Mitch and Ryan Smith:

Fitness Athlete: Live Seminar course taught by Mitch and Ryan Smith:

Zach Bio:

Dr. Zach Long is a physical therapist and CrossFit coach located in Charlotte, NC. 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 in 2013. He specializes in improving athletic performance and injury rehab of athletes from Olympians to weekend warriors. He is also a Sports Certified Specialist, certified in Dry needling, a performance enhancement specialist, and a Y-Balance test administrator. Additionally, He has published 8 publications.

He is the creator of which is a website which provides great content . He also teaches the Online Course: Advanced Concepts in the Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete  through The Institute of Clinical Excellence.

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Fitness Athlete:  Advanced Concepts online course taught by Zach             

Zach’s Interview on the Doc and Jock Podcast:

Zach’s Interview on the Rdella Podcast:

Zach’s Interview on Strength Chat:

Zach’s Interview on The Movement Fix Podcast:

Zach’s Interview on Therapy Insider’s Podcast:

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