Training = Rehab, Rehab =Training Seminar

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend another seminar to further my professional training. The seminar was in Arizona and conducted by  Charlie Weingroff  entitled “Training = Rehab, Rehab = Training“.  He is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and strength coach. He’s worked with the 76’ers NBA team, the military and is now working at his own practice as well as with Nike. Charlie is a self described strength coach with Physical Therapy capabilities. You can read more about him here.  This was another great seminar. I learned a lot and was able to professionally network with other Fitness and Health Care Professionals.

Here are some notes and big takeaways:

Defining the Core?

-training and rehab lie on the same spectrum, what is going to make someone elite is the same thing that will bring someone back under the pain threshold.

-breathing, more precisely diaphragmatic breathing is what really drives a strong core. Diaphragmatic breathing is the only feed forward mechanism that allows the DEEP core muscle (TVA, multifidus, pelvic floor) to function as they should.

-developmental kinesiology can help be our reset button, we can learn the same way we learned the first time around (as babies). To do this, we need mobility at all joints.

–  Shirley Sahrmann’s  book Diagnosis and treatment chapters 1-6 is required reading.  Sahrmann’s holds degrees in PT, PhD, and FAPTA.

RKC= strength, FMS= Movement, DNS=relaxation all on a continuum

-What is the core? We need to consider: Muscular (Phasic and Tonic), Fascial, Neuromusclar and Neuro development

-You want your stabilizing (deep muscles) to stay still and superficial muscles to move. Each joint can act like a SLING SHOT.

-High EMG is not always good or the answer!

-Proporiocepters only fail 7% of the time

-Muscles attach to bone AND FASCIA,  ex: glute=60% fascia, 40 bone

-“know what is awesome then scale back”

-There are many systems that improve pain by restoring mobility

-You want to be like a martial artist. If you have mobility ” you don’t have to overcome your own stiffness.”

-” core can mean everything”

-The FMS is 25% developmental, Ipsilateral roll is the hardest roll, example: ipsilateral quadruped reach

-trainers should sell themselves as gate keepers. Be great at what you do then refer to someone better for specific situations.

-Read “Human Locomotion” by Dr. Michaud .

-Your body is two gyroscopes. The neck and pelvis

-“Humans have a drive for verticality”

-“your core is your crown to ass-crack”

-Think of your core as deep roots (inner) the trunk (spine) then two supports (outer core) on each side.

-Nutrition to make a monster: gluten free, dairy free, minimal processed carbs and adequate protein.

Joint Centration

-allows maximum weight-bearing

-balance of mobility and stability acting on a joint. Stability= control in the presence of change

-babies are ridiculously strong

-centration is based on a sounds CNS, free of stress

-loss of joint mobility is a stress

-structure (bones) drives function and joints drives the brain

-muscles drives motions ->motions drive joint->joints drive the brain

– Big bang joints: L5-S1, T-L junction, C-T junction and OA

-“packed” is a direction not a position

How do we make a Monster?

-Movement, Preparation and the sensory system

-Movement: start with FMS pyramid: movement to performance to skill

-Prepration: measure prepadedness using HRV or grip.

-Sensory: 5 senses, all CNS, Vision in the athlete is huge! 50% of balance  is vision

Corrective Exercise for the movement professional

1) expose the limitation

2) find an exercise that teaches to correct with high win % “no two wrong reps in a row”

3) client should be able to coach themselves

-No such thing as muscle memory, all motor learning

random practice sticks better than block (reps/sets)

-FMS- attack the lowest score and biggest asymmetry

4 by 4 matrix for correctives and communication is position by pattern

1. unloaded-assisted

2. quadruped bodyweight

3. kneeling – resisted and assisted

4. standing-resistance

Get out of correctives fast and get to lifting!

“Get long, get strong, go hard!”

As always, contact me if you have specific questions about this post or if you have any other questions.

Sergio Maldonado



About MaxOut Performance Fitness
Sergio Maldonado is a Sports Performance and Fitness Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. He strives to be the best at what he does through training, professional development courses, and practice. The purpose of this blog is to get out some of the knowledge that he obtains to better help others in their pursuits towards fitness and a better life.

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