About - The Barbell Physio


Dr. Zachary Long


Dr. Zach Long is physical therapists in Charlotte, North Carolina and runs an industry-leading fitness website “The Barbell Physio” where he is a trusted resource to thousands of athletes, coaches, and health care professionals across the United States and beyond.  Additionally, Zach teaches for the Institute of Clinical Excellence’s Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete division, where he educates rehab practitioners on advanced assessment and treatment techniques specific to fitness athletes.  Zach is an ABPTS Sports Certified Specialist, Level One CrossFit Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, and certified SFMA practitioner.

Zach practices out of his clinic Onward Charlotte.


  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, 2013
  • B.A. with Highest Honors in Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010


  • Director of Physical Therapy at Carolina Sports Clinic, 2015-2019
  • CrossFit Kaiju, 2014-2016
  • The Physical Therapy Center, 2013-2015
  • TheBarbellPhysio.com, 2012-Present
  • Duke Sports Physical Therapy, 2013
  • UNC Chapel Hill Football Strength & Conditioning, 2006-2007
  • Providence High School Football Strength & Conditioning, 2006-2007


  • ABPTS Sports Certified Specialist
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment
  • AAMT Certified Dry Needling
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • American Physical Therapy Association Sports Section


  • Long, Z., Holden, D., & Owens, S. 60-Second Scaling: So Many Squats. The CrossFit Journal, July 2017.
  • “Blood Flow Restriction Rehab”. Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association, May 2017.
  • Long, Z. & Gagnon, P. How Long Can You Stand It? The CrossFit Journal, May 2017.
  • Long, Z. & Gagnon, P. Maser The Kipping Muscle-Up. The CrossFit Journal, April 2017.
  • Long, Z. & Gagnon, P. Master The Strict Muscle-Up. The CrossFit Journal, April 2017.
  • Long, Z. & Gagnon, P. The Keys to the Kip. The CrossFit Journal, February 2017.
  • Long, Z. & Gagnon, P. The Secret to Pullups. The CrossFit Journal, January 2017.
  • Long, Z. & Gagnon, P. The Position For Your Gymnastics Mission. The CrossFit Journal, January 2017.
  • Long, Z. & Gagnon, P. Stand Before You Walk: Gymnastics Foundations. The CrossFit Journal, December 2016.
  • Long, Z. Rack It Right. The CrossFit Journal, September 2015.
  • “Blood Flow Restriction Training”. 2016 Clinical Athlete Seminar.
  • Long, Z. The Need for Regressed Core Training in Athletes. Functional Movement Systems, June 2016.
  • Long, Z. Dissecting the Squat. The CrossFit Journal, October 2015.
  • Long, Z. & Iskat, J. Analyzing the Handstand Position. The CrossFit Journal, July 2015.
  • Long, Z. The Lumbopelvic Hip Complex and Athletic Performance. The CrossFit Journal, June 2015.
  • Long, Z. & Casto, B. The Optimal Shoulder. The CrossFit Journal, September 2014.
  • Long, Z. Addressing Ankle Mobility to Decrease the Risk of Injury to the Lower Extremities. Training & Conditioning, September 2014.
  • Long, Z. The Full Snatch. The CrossFit Journal, July 2014.
  • Long, Z. A Comparison of Heart Rate Variability and Coherence Between Breast Cancer Survivors and Healthy Controls. UNC Undergraduate Research, May 2010.
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