November 12, 2017

PropanePodcast | The Return of Kit Laughlin 2017

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Time stamped show notes

0:01 Introducing Kit Laughlin, the world’s leading authority on stretching and flexibility and a short preamble on injury and training adaptation.
0:08 How can we overcome the limitations of post-injury tightness caused by fear responses, threat perception and guarding?
0:23 Off-season for the powerlifter, the dangers of year-round spinal loading and the importance of periodisation.
0:35 Diminishing attention spans, instant gratification and unrealistic expectations.
0:59 Training for optimal performance versus training for identity reinforcement and why we should train mindfully rather than obsessively.
1:20 Recommendations for building and enhancing self-awareness.
1:35 Kit’s thought on Stuart McGill’s methodology and ideas.
1:46 What would be best practice to avoid hyper-extension of the knees and joint hypermobility?
1:56 Plantar fasciitis – causes and treatments.
2:04 What is the best way to deal with emotional blocks and the accumulation of tension that manifest in the body?
2:26 What is the minimum effective does for stretching and should stretching be periodised?
2:32 What is the biggest mistake that people make when trying to become flexible and tools for getting flexible – what should I buy?
2:45 What is the best exercise for mastering Downward Dog?
3:03 Fitness gurus and other narcissists – why the ego will do anything to defend itself.
3:10 Closing thoughts – Kit on gratitude and the human experience.


  • Surprised at his dismissal of Stuart Mcgill as theory only. He has practical science based evidence to support his methods.

    I’m not sure how you reconcile recommending Mcgill and Kits methods together.

    • Hi Gary. Olivia here. I think you posted a similar comment on Yusef’s YouTube of this same program. His reply is:

      Hi Gary – thanks for the comment. I personally don’t see the two approaches to be at odds at all.

      Both Kit and Stu are frequently strawmanned by people who haven’t read their work. Stu has been interpreted as the ’no flexion under any circumstances’ guy, and Kit has been seen as the ’stretching is the cure-all to back pain regardless of injury mechanism’, both crude oversimplifications that I think neither of them would agree.

      Looking a little deeper, they both are proponents of: strength training, building specific, relevant capacity at full ROM, not picking the scab and finding success in movement.

      From speaking to Stu and reading his books, he is far less concrete in his views than people claim him to be, and he performs an hour long clinical assessment of a patient before making recommendations.

      Certain systems which perhaps look and sound different may coalesce on the important aspects, and one of the reasons things appear this way is that the language and the traditions that we are coming from are different. Kit’s focus is on the subjective and Stuart (precisely because he’s a scientist) has to consider the most objective. But the recommendations and principles are very similar in practice.

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