15 Jun Why I Walked Away From My Career As A Physical Therapist

You should probably know that this article is potentially the most painful article I've ever written.

Painful because I'm openly sharing why I chose to walk away from a great profession.

As a matter of fact, this one is going to take some courage to hit the "publish" button.

It's been several years now since I walked away from my role as a clinician.

I was an orthopedic physical therapist (hopefully, a damn good one too).

I still get a lot of questions about why I left the clinic?

Until now, I've never shared the full story, but because I'm asked about this so often, it's time. 

(*Special "thank you" to Tami and Luis for your recent questions. It was your questions that formed the basis for this article).

Keep in mind that there are lessons in this article for every reader.

Do I regret leaving PT?

I'll explain soon.

Things happen for a reason and it’s the choices we make that shape our lives.

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22 May The “Gap” In Physical Therapy (Why Most Physical Therapists Don’t Understand Strength And What We Can Do About It)

I was recently talking to a top strength coach.

He was telling me about his experience at a strength seminar where he was doing a presentation for a group of physical therapists.

What he told me was that he was shocked to discover that the group of physical therapist’s had very little knowledge of barbell training - and strength training in general, for that matter.

As a former physical therapist, I was quick to point out that there was indeed an “educational gap” in the training for physical therapists (PT’s) and that I wasn’t surprised at all by his comments.

I do think the tide is changing in today’s world.

For me personally, I was a “lifter” long before I was a PT (I’ll talk more about that in a minute).

The Gap

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15 Mar How To Do The Zercher Squat – The Best Squat You’re Not Doing

The barbell zercher squat has to be the best squat that most people never do. I've never gone into a gym or training facility and observed someone performing a zercher. And, rarely do a I hear about someone incorporating zerchers into their program, yet it's such an effective and valuable squat variation that makes it almost impossible to squat improperly.
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11 Nov Progressing With The Olympic Lifts – An Experience With Greg Everett

CatalystWSOlympic weightlifting is clearly one of the greatest displays of physical performance.

"There is literally no other sport that challenges your strength, skill, and mental powers more fully than weightlifting." ~Arthur Drechsler

There's such power in explosively lifting heavy weights overhead. I've always been impressed with the athleticism, explosive strength, and dynamic mobility that's required to perform the Olympic Lifts. I believe that the Olympic lifts (snatches, clean and jerks) are really the pinnacle of strength and performance training. As I write this, I'm still sore. That's because I just finished an outstanding Olympic weightlifting seminar led by Coach Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics.
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20 Oct How to Program Barbells and Kettlebells Effectively

BarbellIt's getting hard to keep up with reader questions so I'd like to start answering more of your questions here at Rdella Training. Recently, I had a few great questions from Rick, who's a former powerlifter and starting to integrate more kettlebells into his training. He wanted to know the best ways to effectively combine barbell and kettlebell training. Here are Rick's questions.
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