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    127- Lindsey Valenzuela: CrossFit Games Athlete and NPGL Athlete

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    This week on Barbell Shrugged we have the pleasure of welcoming Lindsey Valenzuela to the show, professional fitness athlete and current member of the Los Angeles Reign. 

     

    Lindsey is in an incredible position. First, she’s one of the very first women ever to sign onto a professional fitness team. Better yet, the Reign, and all other founding members of the National Professional Grid League, are actually coed. 

     

    That’s right. For the first time there is a mainstream professional sports league featuring women and men competing together on the very same field, or in this case, the very same “Grid.”

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    Stirring the Pot With Patrick McCarty: Breaking Muscle Radio, Ep 5

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    In this episode our hosts, Managing Editor Becca Borawski Jenkins and Coach Chet Morjaria, speak with CrossFit veteran Patrick McCarty. Pat is a three-time CrossFit Games masters-level athlete, finishing in a world-class sixteenth place this year.


    Pat is now part of the commentary team for the National Pro Grid League. His knowledge of both CrossFit and Grid allows him to draw interesting parallels between these two forces of the fitness world, and predictions about the future of each.


    Patrick’s fitness journey has taken him from traditional weight training to marathon running and ultimately, to CrossFit, where he found the perfect balance of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and proper goal setting. This has allowed him to find levels of fitness and well-being that eluded his twenty-year-old self.


    00:13 - Intro to Patrick McCarty
    00:50 - Criticism does not equal hate
    03:36 - The main "what-if" for CrossFit as a movement
    07:40 - The key to the continued expansion of CrossFit
    12:40 - Explanation of Grid
    17:00 - What is going to make the NPGL stick
    23:19 - The inclusivity of masters athletes in fitness-related sport
    28:08 - Drugs and steroid use by masters athletes
    31:42 - How Grid is handling drug use in competition
    32:30 - Explosion of CrossFit competition scene in UK
    36:14 - What is great about CrossFit
    39:50 - What Pat likes to do in his spare time
    42:05 - Short questions related to training and fitness
    47:50 - Pat's details and upcoming projects.

  • 138- Neuroscientist & Masters Athlete Steve Platek

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    This week on the Barbell Shrugged podcast we welcome Dr. Steven Platek, Neuroscience Professor, Crossfitter and gym owner, contributor to Power Athlete Radio, and current member of the NPGL’s Miami Surge. Yeah, he’s a busy guy. 

     

    Those are impressive credentials, but I actually didn’t know any of it at the start of our interview. I just knew that Steven was a really sharp guy, and yes, he was strong as hell. Earlier that day at the Las Vegas NPGL Combine he absolutely destroyed the deadlift ladder, lifting close to 4,500 pounds in total in less than 60 seconds, and finishing with a lift of 585 pounds. Not bad for a Master’s level Crossfitter, right? Really, it’s amazing. It was no surprise that Miami took him when they had the chance. 

     

    There’s a clear niche for Master’s level competitors within this new sport of Grid. No, Steven and mos

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    138- Neuroscientist & Masters Athlete Steve Platek

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    This week on the Barbell Shrugged podcast we welcome Dr. Steven Platek, Neuroscience Professor, Crossfitter and gym owner, contributor to Power Athlete Radio, and current member of the NPGL’s Miami Surge. Yeah, he’s a busy guy. 

     

    Those are impressive credentials, but I actually didn’t know any of it at the start of our interview. I just knew that Steven was a really sharp guy, and yes, he was strong as hell. Earlier that day at the Las Vegas NPGL Combine he absolutely destroyed the deadlift ladder, lifting close to 4,500 pounds in total in less than 60 seconds, and finishing with a lift of 585 pounds. Not bad for a Master’s level Crossfitter, right? Really, it’s amazing. It was no surprise that Miami took him when they had the chance. 

     

    There’s a clear niche for Master’s level competitors within this new sport of Grid. No, Steven and mos