The Knowbodies Podcast

Know. Your. Body. We are two physical therapists passionate about creating a more informed and healthier society through speaking with leading minds in the worlds of health, fitness, and self-development. The goal is to tackle any and all subjects relating to the most dynamic organism on the planet: the human body.
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Jul 26, 2017

In this week's episode we sat down for the second time with Dr. Michael Breus, aka The Sleep Doctor. Our chat stemmed from our observation in practicing PT that our patients who weren't sleeping well tended to be the ones not recovering from routine conditions. So we brought in Dr. Breus to help us break down sleep's role in recovery!

Show Notes for The Episode:

Wake Up Wednesdays: Tune into TheSleepDoctor's FB LIVE every Wednesday at 9AM EST to learn the keys to optimal sleep health!
The lowdown on napping: what drives the sleep cycle, HOW to nap, and the Napalatte
The social disadvantage of being tired
The role of sleep in the healing process
The relationship between pain, anxiety, and sleep
Drugs pt. 1: Benzodiazepines
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Can pain wake you up?
Drugs pt 2: Opioids


We hope you enjoy this episode!

Jul 19, 2017

In this episode we discuss emergency medicine with special guest Dr. Steven Carroll. Steven graduated from the Emergency Medicine Residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center (formerly Brooke Army Medical Center) in 2012.  After 2 years at Fort Hood, TX he returned to his residency program as core faculty.  After finishing his military commitment in the summer of 2016, Steve moved to Atlanta Georgia where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine with Emory University working at Grady Hospital. 

Episode Shownotes:
  • Dr. Carroll’s pathway to emergency medicine
  • The birth of the EM Basics Podcast
  • The role of emergency medicine in all professions
  • Avoid betting on the Dallas Cowboys
  • Identifying true emergencies, thin slicing, and gestalt
  • Think while your calm to avoid freezing in fear
  • Reviewing:
    • Cardiac arrest, what it looks like and what to do
    • 25 minutes in
    • The vital signs and blood pressure
    • Exercise and syncope
    • Diabetes and glucose levels
    • Seizures
    • The emergency of pain
    • The evolution of a clinician in emergency medicine
    • Lifestyle changes that can improve society
Follow Dr. Steven Carroll on twitter @embasic and online at for tons of great podcast content and other resources for emergency medicine! Feel free to email Dr. Carroll at
Jul 12, 2017

Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997.  He has 4 years of Division One coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector.  He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB; his most notable client being Scott Downs who is currently with the Chicago White Sox and is going on his 13th year in the MLB.

As an elite level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years, and now understands the difference between working out to be healthy, and working out to achieve a high level performance goal, and he want to help others do the same. Jim has a reputation for two things: getting more results from less work, and getting his clients both strong and healthy.  Jim’s motto of “Training Smarter, Not Harder” has earned him the respect and recommendation of numerous orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists.

In this episode we explore:

  • how to get yourself in - shovel the shit to grow the flowers!
  • First impressions and the observant eye
  • default movement strategies
  • shoutout to the Paleo Solution Podcast and Robb Wolf
  • Assessment and relationship tools
  • BrainWave App
  • Working In to work OUT
  • Building capacity without hitting the high intensity button
  • Building a relationship with exercise
  • The stress response - tightness or living situation?
  • progressing a common exercise movement
  • Where will putting in the time get you?
  • faulty vs less than ideal patterns
  • strategizing movement
  • Going deep into the subjective
  • The biggie of the health industry? get results
  • applying technique
  • The best coaches may put themselves out of a job
  • the epitome of a sign-off
Follow Jim at
Follow Aimee @fitnerdaimee
Jul 5, 2017

Joining Nick and Will on this episode is their good friend Eric Christensen of Chandler Physical Therapy in Arizona. Eric delivers a great discussion on the importance of breathing and calming the sympathetic nervous system. He is also the author a brand new book called "Breath Better", and we get into some great detail about it's content and release.

In this episode we explore:

  • Why is breathing important, and how it can commonly grow less efficient
  • What are the breathing strategies to be aware of
  • The inspiration for Eric's book, and those that can benefit from it
  • Just how trainable is breathing
  • The relationship between the nervous system, our respiration and pain
  • How to get better outcomes with your daily life with a few easy breathing habits
You can download the first two chapters for FREE at 
The book is also free for the first few days when its released, stay tuned to get your copy in the summer of 2017!
Check out Eric's new book and follow what he's up to at:
Instagram: @Chandler_PT
Facebook: Chandler Physical Therapy
Twitter: chandler_PT


Jul 4, 2017

In this short episode, Will and Nick break down some superlatives for The Knowbodies Podcast, reflect on whats been common amongst all our guests, and dive into our efforts to get better. In the episode we discuss:

  • Funniest guests
  • Best dressed
  • Best beard
  • The behind the scenes glory
  • How to prepare for a podcast discussion
  • What improvements were working on with the game
  • The biggest take aways from the first few weeks on the job


A big thanks to all our wonderful guests. Without them, we would be nobodies instead of knowbodies.