My name is Seth Larsen, DO, CSCS, and I'm a board-certified family physician for SteadyMD and strength coach at Unicorn Strength Training. For my day job, I am the Senior Medical Officer (among wearing many other hats) for NAS-JRB Fort Worth. I also happen to be a former NCAA Division III football player who now competes as a nationally-qualified middleweight strongman, amateur highland games athlete, and elite-level deadlifter.
For as long as I have studied science, anatomy and physiology have fascinated me, especially that of the musculoskeletal system. The more I learned, the more I realized how applicable these principles are to myself as an athlete, especially after all the injuries I've had.
After graduating high school, I completed a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and biology at Dickinson College before attending the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. All the while, athletics, and more specifically strength training, were a part of my life. Even during the hard times of residency at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, I built my garage gym to help keep me going. From lifting with my high school and college football teams, personal training between semesters at Dickinson, dabbling in triathlons and obstacle races at the beginning of medical school, to finally transitioning to strength athletics for good at the end of 2012, the iron was always there.
I already knew what the iron could do for me; the weights had transformed my body and hardened my mind, but it was at this time that I began to study further the effects that strength training has on all aspects of human physiology, and how it can improve both health and happiness.
But physical health does not exist in isolation. In the Western world, we often espouse a false dichotomy between body and mind. Truthfully, the two are not separate. During my studies in meditation, mindfulness, and mind-body medicine, it has become very clear to me how important it is to cultivate all aspects of health within oneself, and that starts with the thoughts running through our heads each day. The benefits of mindfulness and mind-body wholeness in athletic performance, stress management, mental health, pain control, and improvement of a multitude of medical diagnoses are staggering. Combining a strong body with an even stronger mind is the key to achieving #HealthThroughStrength.
It is with these thoughts in mind that I continue my work as Dr. Meathead. Lifting, mindfulness, and medicine are my passions, and I want to show you all how closely connected they can be. If implemented properly, one can improve health through strength, and ultimately strength through health. Let's make my dream of a stronger, healthier, more compassionate, and happier world come true together.
(P.S. that beautiful brunette is my amazing wife, Taylor. None of this would be possible without her. Sorry ladies!)
And if that's not enough, you can keep up with me on Instagram @paging.dr.meathead!