Today I get to introduce you to some friends of mine whose work I’ve loved and used for a long time. I’m here with the husband and wife team Juliet and Kelly Starrett to talk about movement, what it is (not exercise!), and why it’s so important. Juliet is an entrepreneur, an attorney, an author, a podcaster, and along wither her husband they’re the founders and CEOs of The Ready State. She’s also the former CEO of San Francisco CrossFit, which was one of the first 50 CrossFit affiliates.
Dr. Kelly Starrett specializes in physical therapy and consults with athletes and coaches from the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, the US Olympic team, and more. Kelly also works with elite military and special forces and corporations on employee health and well-being. This is just scratching the surface of all the amazing things they’ve done in the movement and fitness space!
Even though the Starretts work with coaches, athletes, and special forces, their work is equally important for moms, children, and anyone with an injury or chronic pain. By knowing how to move in everyday life we can have the freedom to do what our bodies need to do without the pain. We talk about the vital signs of movement and what benchmarks we can check in on to see how we’re doing with these. Whether you’re training for a marathon, or just want to be able to get down on the floor and play with your kids.
My kids have gymnastics rings in their rooms and a gym mat down the hallway as just a few of the ways we incorporate movement into our everyday lives. I realized a long time ago that the handprints and footprints on my walls were a good thing! And I try to model movement for my kids by making it a part of my daily routines as well. I’m really excited to share the Starrett’s work with you on how movement is important and how we can do it better!
Episode Highlights With Juliet and Kelly
- How Juliet survived a run-in with a hippo… the most dangerous animal on earth after the mosquito
- Their journey into the work they do now and the world of movement
- The ten key techniques to enhance your capacity for movement
- Why the ability to get up and down off the floor without putting a hand or knee down is correlated with living longer and having fewer health issues
- The objective health benchmarks that are missing in the broader conversation and how to benefit from them
- What the ten vital signs of movement are and how to know if you’re doing these well
- How this book stemmed from their work with elite performers and what worked best
- What mobility actually is and why it isn’t exercise
- The real story about sitting and why it isn’t bad but how to do it better
- Consistency trumps heroism
Resources We Mention
- The Ready State – Juliet and Kelly’s website
- Built to Move: The Ten Essential Habits to Help You Move Freely and Live Fully by Kelly Starrett and Juliet Starrett
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
- Frank Herbert’s Dune Saga 3-Book Boxed Set: Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune
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