At Muscle Activation Schaumburg, we often receive the question of, “How do I know if Muscle Activation Techniques® is something I should be doing?”. This is a very valid question because MAT® is something that helps a wide variety of people, from professional athletes to professional parents, from elementary school…


When I was 24 years old, I thought I had blown out my knee. I was playing in a basketball game in a rec league at DePaul University. During one play, I went up to dunk the ball and got hit in the chest by a defender. I reached to…


A question we often get at Muscle Activation Schaumburg is, “What’s the difference between Muscle Activation Techniques®(MAT®) and personal training?”. As personal trainers and MAT® practitioners, this is an important clarification for us to help our clients and prospective clients with.

For us at Muscle Activation Schaumburg, personal training and…


It is common knowledge that exercising on a regular basis allows your body feel and function its best, but yet many people fail to incorporate exercise into their daily schedule. Work, kids, social lives, managing a household, various interests and ambitions, and finding some time to relax all tend to…


It is common knowledge that exercise is necessary for a healthy body, but what about for a healthy brain? While we would love for our skeletal muscles, joints, and heart to stay strong and functioning well as we age, making sure our brain stays sharp is of the utmost importance…


When you think of the reasons why you should exercise or do your workouts, what do you think of? Improving your health? Increasing your fitness abilities, such as your strength, endurance, or flexibility? Changing your body composition? Changing how your body looks and feels? Increasing your energy levels? …


When striving to live a healthy life, things can often feel as if they are “all” or “none”. Today, you either “were healthy”, or you “were not healthy”. We might think that as long as we keep living days that are “all healthy” everything will be okay. …


I used to stretch all the time growing up. I would stretch before I worked out. I would stretch after I worked out. I would stretch in the mornings. I would stretch in the evenings. I would stretch all the time because I wanted to improve my joint mobility and…


This past week, I worked with a client who described her hamstrings as “being on fire”. She is young, fit, and healthy, and had not reported any kind of injury or trauma. …


Many prospective clients tell me that their body seems to be getting achier for no apparent reason. They weren’t in any accident. They don’t have any surgeries to speak of. In fact, they have been relatively healthy their entire lives and cannot pinpoint a single injury or trauma. Yet, it…

Charlie Cates, M.S.

M.S. — Exercise Science; Muscle Activation Techniques™ practioner & instructor; Certified Personal Trainer; blog @matschaumburg.com; connect w/ me @CharlieCates

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