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Missing Variable Podcast

Missing Variable Podcast

By Mathew McClanahan
Fitness for sport, whether that be Crossfit, powerlifting, bodybuilding, etc., is an ever-increasing community. With this growth, injuries can happen, and we need to have a better understanding of the specific needs of these populations. 3x10 with a band just isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s time for a change. The Missing Variable host, Matt McClanahan, is here to talk with various professionals regarding the current state of fitness and rehab, and how these two worlds are closer than you think. Join Matt and his guests to find what your athletes are missing.
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Rehab Round Table - w/ Brianne, Vince, and Piotr

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The Art of Falling with Ben Musholt
Ben Musholt is a physical therapist and entrepreneur in Portland, Oregon. He co-authored Parkour Strength Training in 2016, and he published the Mad Skills Exercise Encyclopedia in 2013, with a second edition that came out in 2017. When not coaching or helping his rehab clients move better, he can be found exploring the Pacific Northwest wonderland. His goal is to do 3 fun physical activities per day. Good luck keeping up. We explore the art of falling in this episode. Often, we think of avoiding falls or rehabbing patients after they've had a fall. But what if we taught patients HOW to fall? That's what Ben and I explore in this episode and more! Links available at
August 2, 2018
Chronic pain, the VA, and BFR with Matt Anderson
On this episode I chat with Matt Anderson. Matt currently owns a small part-time physical therapy practice, which is located in Crossfit OptIMize. His full time job is at an outpatient VA facility working with veterans where he sees a lot of chronic pain patients and utilizes BFR in his rehabilitation with this population. We wrap up the chat talking about what the highland games are and Matt's experiences at his first highland games was like! More about Matt Anderson at
July 26, 2018
Pose Method with Denise Smith
Denise Smith is a certified running technique specialist and a licensed physical therapist. She graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, is the technique coach for 3 local high schools, and travels the country as part of the Pose Method education team with a lecture series on improving performance and reducing injuries for runners through understanding proper running form. She is also an adjunct instructor for kinesiology at McHenry County College. Denise believes that when a runner improves their form by addressing biomechanics, they can run faster, run longer, and run without pain. Visit for show notes and links
July 19, 2018
Rehab Round Table - w/ Brianne, Vince, and Piotr
On this episode I got to chat with three PT's who treat different populations. Brianne sees a more active population/ barbell athletes, Vince treats/prefers geriatric patients, and Piotr sees various populations, but see's many climbers as he is heavily involved in that community. We chatted about various topics including programming for these individuals, overcoming fear of certain movements, and how to keep things interesting in PT. You can see each guests bio and links to their respective social media links at
July 12, 2018
Gaining experience through immersion with Jon Ide-Don
Visit for complete show notes of every Podcast episode. Dr. Jon Ide-Don is a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in working with CrossFit athletes and Endurance Athletes. He also specializes in strength and conditioning for endurance athletes and people with orthopedic and neurological diagnoses. Currently, he teaches clinicians and coaches through continuing education courses with MobilityWOD, helping to educate people on how to utilize strength and conditioning and MobilityWOD concepts in the clinical and gym settings.
July 5, 2018
Making connections in a rural community with George Tate
George and I talk about his recent transition from student to clinician as well as where some PT’s might not be as experienced as a personal trainer. George is constantly pushing his limits and is a man who wears many hats. He has his own podcast, is studying for the NPTE, and is currently pursuing other endeavors. George is going to be exploring the golf rehab world and I know he is going to make a huge impact. If you want to reach out to George, hit him up on his IG which is located in the show notes. To checkout the show notes visit for links to George's content.
June 28, 2018
How providers can change perception with Max Lepage
Max Lepage is a competitive natural bodybuilder and powerlifter originally from Quebec, Canada. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at College of Charleston and is currently completing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In combination with his experience in academics and athletics, Max uses his personal history of injuries in an attempt to educate others on how to more effectively prevent and rehabilitate injuries and improve the overall training process. Max and I discuss his current injuries and how his previous experiences have strengthened his current outlook regarding rehabilitation and returning to the platform.
June 21, 2018
Missing Monday - The Entrepreneur, Manager, & Technician
I've been reading "The E-Myth Revisited" and have been loving it. Today I wanted to quickly talk about one of the first concepts talked about. How all of us have an entrepreneur, a manager, and a technician inside us.
April 23, 2018
Introvert turned Instagram Hustler - Bob Chang
Bob Chang is a first year DPT student at Ithaca College. He has dreams of starting his own clinic/gym when he gets out of school. Bob has been trying to brand himself on social media (@gainstherapy) and been connecting with various mentors and influencers. He will talk about the struggles of trying to branch out, connect with other people while being a shy introvert.
April 19, 2018
Missing Monday - Little steps lead to big changes
This episode I discuss a perspective I learned on my current clinical rotation in the acute care setting and how we can use it in other areas of life.
April 16, 2018
Missing Monday - Networking for your future
Are you networking at the local, state, and national level? If not you should be, and I give tips on how you can go about doing that in this episode of Missing Monday.
April 9, 2018
Kurt McDowell - Lifelong Learner, Sports Science, and PhD
Kurt McDowell is a Personal Trainer/Sports Coach at Southeast Hospital's gym Healthpoint and is currently in the beginning stages of starting is own online coaching company, Paragon Training Systems. He recently acquired both his Master's degree in Nutrition and Exercise and his C.S.C.S., and has plans in motion to attend East Tennessee State University for his PhD. in Sport Physiology. Follow Kurt on Facebook, Instagram, and his Online coaching platform Show notes can be found at
April 5, 2018
Missing Monday - K.I.S.S. Principle
Ever have someone tell you about something and you have no idea what half the words they are saying mean? The same thing happens to our patients when we go into drawn out details. The K.I.S.S Principle aims to fix that. Show notes for all episodes can be found at
April 2, 2018
Missing Monday - Encouraging Physical Activity
Is it ethical to encourage our patients to continue in a physical activity that they can become injured in? I give my opinion on this topic and hope to have some constructive conversations regarding this. Send me a message through anchor with your thoughts, and connect with me on social media!
March 26, 2018
Brian King - Essential Oils, Lung Function, and Coding
Brian and I talk about how essential oils allowed him to stay health enough to stay out of the hospital. We also talk about overcoming fears and not listening to the "what-ifs" that can stop us from taking action. Follow Brian on youtube at He's most active on Instagram and you can follow him at @defytobreath Episode show notes are on
March 22, 2018
Missing Monday - Distress Vs. Eustress
This week I want to talk about recognizing distress from eustress. How to say no, even when you want to do something. Then I give you a quick tip of how to relieve some of the stress you might be having. You can find the episode show notes at
March 19, 2018
Missing Monday - 20 Minutes a Day
Welcome to the first Missing Monday! In this episode, I talk about one thing you should be doing every day, and it only takes 20 minutes. The impact it can have on your life is astronomical Find the show notes at Follow me on instagram - mv_mcclanahan
March 12, 2018
Making your bed and other habit changes with John Slater
John and I talk about Deep work, holding yourself accountable publicly, John's morning routine and why everyone should have one, and many other things that are sure to help you out. Follow john on instagram at @john.slater Check out his youtube - All episode show notes are on
March 8, 2018
My first episode! Listen to what this ride is going to be about. Let's find what we're missing.
March 5, 2018