#61: Todd Hargrove – The Science of Better Movement

Todd Hargrove of Better Movement.org

This is episode 61 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we interview Todd Hargrove. Todd recently co-published a new book titled A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving With More Skill And Less Pain, available in both paperback and e-book formats.

You can keep up with Todd at BetterMovement.org.

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Episode 61 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • 0:45 – Can you tell us a little about your new book?
  • 1:05 – Can you define “better movement”?
  • 3:20 – Does that apply to people working a regular 9-5 and not just athletes on the field?
  • 4:40 – What do you mean when you say that something can be either a hardware or software problem?
  • 9:25 – How does a trainer or athlete figure that out?
  • 11:35 – How does the nervous system control the way we move and how we feel?
  • 12:20 – What are “central governors” and how can they limit our performance?
  • 17:20 – What do people need to know about relaxation in terms of physical fitness and movement?
  • 21:30 – How much individual variability is there in “good movement” within a given sport, such as sprinting or tennis?
  • 25:25 – What actually happens in the nervous system and the muscles, etc during movement?
  • 27:50 – What is Body/Brain mapping and how is it related to pain?
  • 32:30 – So pain itself isn’t actually indicative of tissue damage?
  • 34:30 – Is this what’s going on when people say they went into shock?
  • 35:55 – What is the Neuromatrix?
  • 37:20 – Can you offer some tips for people to improve their physical movement?
  • 40:50 – So does it really matter if it’s a hardware or software adaptation? Or is just doing the movements the key?
  • 42:20 – If you could suggest some positive advice to the fitness industry, how can the industry do better?

Show Notes

A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving With More Skill And Less Pain

Music Credit

Intro music from Baba Brinkman’s Revenge of the Somatic. Purchase any of Baba’s music at http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/


  1. Thanks for this podcast, guys. Very helpful information and bought Todd’s book off the back of it