Podcast #45 Charlie Reid on Mobility and Strength Training - Ariana Rabinovitch Yoga and Movement Education Google+



Podcast #45 Charlie Reid on Mobility and Strength Training

Charlie Reid Real-World Fitness Advice for Real People

We talk about strength and mobility training, some research behind the The Biggest Loser, how most commercial group fitness just makes people tired not better, thought viruses that need to go away, fitness candy, and one-legged cable McTwisty presses. Yup.

My Favorite Excerpts:

“Strength training should be simple and progressive over time. Movement should be exploratory and fun and infinitely as creative as possible. If they’re not getting stronger or improving in some kind of capacity or not improving movement quality then I don’t know what they’re working on.”

“If mindfulness is the goal then technically any movement can be yoga.”

“I gave up on yoga. I’m tired of talking about chakras and energy. Can you tell me something about physiology so we can have a conversation? It’s like going into a chamber orchestra and you’re like, yeah I only read tabs so I don’t actually read music. Yeah, well you’re in the symphony so you’re going to have to learn how to use it. Why should training, pilates or yoga be any different? We should all have a common language so that we can communicate with each other as professionals.”

Charlie Reid, CSCS, CMT, considers himself an “anti-guru”, an educator, and an enthusiast for all things strength and conditioning related. His pragmatic approach centers around helping others find solutions that are practical, while sifting through all the hype so prevalent on the internet.

Conversation Highlights:

  • We establish that we’re both coffee snobs.
  • He’s “somatic meat head.” As a competitive weight lifter, working with the Egoscu method opened his eyes to Somatics –  Thomas Hanna, Feldenkrais and the Alexander Technique.
  • The genius of the Egoscue method was learning to be a good listener. Pete was the original functional training guy. He got a bunch of logs and made people jump over and under them. He had people move in ways outside of fixed nautilus machines.
  • Pavel Tsatsouline and working with kettlebells opened his eyes to simple and more frequent training.
  • What trigger points are and a “thought virus” that needs to go away: trigger points are the cause of all problems.
  • He’s a big fan of deadlifts because they’re accessible and it’s a fundamental movement to be able to pick up stuff from the ground. And the hip hinge pattern is a good spine-sparing movement.
  • The best set rep scheme for a beginner is 3 x 52. Show up a minimum of 3 times per week for one year and see what happens. Staying the course is a challenge when people are bombarded by fitness candy.
  • Another thought virus that needs to go away:  a muscle is tight so it needs to be stretched in order to be released. The body is not a bag of nuts and bolts that needs to be tightened or loosened. We’re an adapting organism that responds to our environment. When we look at the body as a machine we’re limited in our ability to see the bigger picture.
  • Many times hamstring “tightness” has nothing to do with restrictions in the tissues.
  • Within the resistance stretching community there’s a mechanistic explanation for what the technique is doing, for example an eccentric contraction breaks up adhesions. I don’t believe that to be true. What I think is happening is that it’s changing the brain’s perceived threat around range of motion.

Related Links and Mentions:


2nd Resistance Stretching Symposium – Charlie and Jules Mitchell will talk about how to use resistance flexibility in yoga poses.

Andreo Spina FRC

The Biggest Loser

Research http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1002/oby.21538/
Obesity Doctor Yoni Freedhoff’s response to the study : http://www.vox.com/2016/5/10/11649210/biggest-loser-weight-loss
Turns out they were using drugs: http://nypost.com/2016/05/22/biggest-loser-fed-us-illicit-drugs-to-lose-weight-ex-contestants/


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