John Rusin, DPT, CSCS

Background

With more than a decade of elite-level training experience and advanced degrees in both exercise science and physical therapy, Dr. Rusin develops performance, regeneration, and aesthetics programs for some of the world's best power athletes, NFL and MLB athletes, gold-medal Olympians, competitive powerlifters, and bodybuilders.

Dr. Rusin is a coach, speaker, and writer, whose work has been popularized in Men's Fitness, Stack Magazine, Testosterone Nation, and Mountain Dog Diet. In addition to his sports-performance physical-therapy practice in Madison, Wisconsin, he's also the owner of John Rusin Fitness Systems, an online fitness platform geared toward synergizing the best of high-performance training and intelligently designed physiotherapy/regeneration programming to athletes and clients across the world.

Dr. Rusin is also the author of .

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Articles

  • 3 Essential Lateral-Raise Variations

    You have more choices than you realized with this bodybuilding staple. Go light, hit these hard, and your muscles will scream while your joints celebrate!

  • The Only Dumbbell Lateral Raise Article You Need

    All the presses in the world won't earn you big, strong, pain-free shoulders. You need lateral raises, and you need to do them the right way!

  • Most Of You Are Foam Rolling Wrong. Here's How To Do It Right.

    A lot of people do it, but many don't know how or why. If you're looking to maximize the value you can receive from the fitness world's favorite accessory—and you should be—you owe it to yourself to read this article!

  • Don't Do High-Rep Squats, Deads, And Bench! Do These Instead

    To build strength and size, you need both low reps and epic burnouts. But not all moves lend themselves to both approaches! Rather than risking life and limb under the bar, use these smart approaches!

  • Podcast Episode 19: How to Earn Your Best-Ever Back Squat

    In this info-packed episode, strength coach and doctor of physical therapy John Rusin, Ph.D., gives his step-by-step guide to earning your right to kneel before the throne of the so-called King of Lifts. Do these squat variations in this order, and do your back squat this way, and you'll never regret it!

  • The More Gain, Less Pain Guide To Squats

    If you wince at the mere mention of the back squat, you're not necessarily banished to the machines forever. Do these intelligent squat variations instead for pain-free progress in your lower-body training!

  • Stop Going Heavy on These 3 Exercises

    If you've been chasing 1RM strength in these movements, you're barking up the wrong tree. Stay pain-free and get better results by switching to these three exercises!

  • Protect Your Back With This Daily Routine

    Your glutes, core, and lower back called. They're tired of getting the short end of the stick! Give them 5 minutes of love each day with this routine, and you'll never regret it.

  • The Trap-Bar Fix For 3 Painful Movements

    If there were powerlifts for the trap bar, these would be them. You can go heavy on these 3 movements and feel great doing it!

  • 3 Fixes For Mysterious Knee, Back, And Elbow Pain

    Hammering away at your painful joints with every roller, ball, and torture device you can get your hands on? You might be barking up the wrong tree.

  • The New Way To Train Upper Body Twice A Week

    Training your upper body twice a week is a surefire way to build size and strength, but you don't want to lift as heavy as your first day. Grow more with these push-pull trisets!

  • 3 Ways To Train The Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

    The single-arm dumbbell row should be placed in every single type of training program, period. Here's how to use it for your specific strength, hypertrophy, and performance goals!

  • 3 Ways To Train The Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

    The single-arm dumbbell row should be placed in every single type of training program, period. Here's how to use it for your specific strength, hypertrophy, and performance goals!