What I Learned From Charlie Weingroff

I attended Charlie Weingroff’s excellent seminar this weekend called “Training = Rehab, Rehab = Training.” To say that Charlie is a ridiculously smart dude is an understatement. Anyways, if you enjoy moving properly and staying out of pain, read on.
– Movement qualities can be restored or improved. Movement qualities can be restored if they aren’t industry standard. Movement qualities that are industry standard should be improved if needed. Industry standard in my case refers to the Functional Movement Screen. The screen quickly gives me the information I need to screen whether or not a client meets the industry standard for functional movement.
– There are numerous ways to get a client in pain to non-pain. Some treatments are authentic and others lack authenticity. Advil for instance is not authentic treatment. It may help with the pain immediately after it is taken, but it doesn’t remove the cause of the pain. Fixing movement is authentic and can have long lasting effects.
– How we gain stability is more important than having stability. Anyone with a crappy posture has stability, their fascia is holding that position. Do we want our stability to be causing pain or dysfunction?
– A painful joint is usually doing everything right! Another joint, probably above or below are causing the dysfunction or pain! He brought in a case study that was directly related to this. A female with a messed up, crunchy and sometimes painful knee. In about 10 minutes of assessing and helping her “fix” her hips, she was able to squat with minimal crunching and no pain. He repeatedly said, this wasn’t a knee problem, it was a hip problem (and he didn’t even assess her ankles, which also could have been contributing to the issue).
– This was an amazing point he made on the feeling of “tight muscles.” Muscles may feel tight, yet not actually be short. The nervous system maybe be sending messages to the joint to keep it restricted into certain movements. Perhaps the brain is restricting movement because it wants to prevent a problem from occurring.
– In order to truly add length to a muscle, it must be elongated for 30 minutes or more. This will add actin/myosin fibres which can change tissue length/stiffness. Stretching for a few minutes will do nada in terms of true muscle flexibility.
– If you statically stretch someone, how do you know it’s not a capsular problem. Maybe their lack of flexibility comes from a lack of movement in the joint capsule.
– A packed shoulder is a direction, not a position. You want to pack the ball of humerus into the glenoid fossa.
– Kinesiology doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t tell the whole truth either. For instance, in the kinesiological model the rotator cuff performs shoulder internal rotation and external rotation. Yes it does these actions, but the most important and overlooked action it does it to pull the head of humerus down and into the glenoid fossa.
– I thought this was super important and couldn’t agree more: make sure you are auditing your clients to see if what you are doing is working (are they improving movement patterns, getting stronger, getting faster etc.). If it isn’t, change your approach or refer out to someone who can help.
– Putting something between your foot and the floor (such as shoes with large heels) robs you of tension. There isn’t any reason to NOT train barefoot.
– In the presence of a threat, there is a cascade of muscles that get inhibited and muscles that get activated.
– Less glutes = more knee compression in the squat pattern.
– The TVA NEVER TURNS OFF…. Unless you are deceased.
– Drawing in inhibits the outer core, bracing does not.
– Corrective exercise is a blend of training and rehab.
– The goal of corrective exercise should be to make the client feel wrong. This way the client has no option but to feel right, if they know what wrong feels like.
– The short foot and shoulder packing are needed for joint centration.
– If a client is full of two’s in the FMS leave the corrective exercise… Lift heavy ass weights!
That was just an inkling of the things we learned. There really was so much stuff, and I definitely was overwhelmed at times. However, I definitely took a lot of information away with me and I’m glad as hell I attended this seminar. If you ever get a chance to see Charlie speak and you are in the business of dealing with people in pain, then pay to see him.

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