As a personal trainer and MAT™ Specialist in Schaumburg, I am often telling people that they need to get their body tuned up with Muscle Activation Techniques™.  Why?  Because much like our cars need to get tuned up so they keep running well, our bodies need the same attention.  And just like our car’s check engine light that will illuminate when something is off, our body has a check engine light as well – pain, fatigue, exhaustion, achy muscles, sore joints, etc.


Question:  When the check engine light of your car comes on, what do you do?

Do you immediately pull the car over, grab the toolset out of the trunk, and beat the dashboard in with the hammer until the light no longer lights up?  That would get rid of the bright light, right?

Or do you take out some black electrical tape and cover up the light?  That would keep you from seeing it, right?

Of course you don’t!  First, that light is merely an indicator that something is going on.  Second, there are numerous reasons why it could be on, none of which include the dashboard being in need of a random, violent beating or covered with electrical tape.

So what do you do?  You take your car to the mechanic and let the professional assess and figure out what’s going on.

That’s what MAT™ practitioners are able to do–assess your neuromuscular system and try to figure out if the check engine light of your body can be dimmed or shut off by improving the way your muscles contract.

Does MAT™ get rid of the check engine light every time?  Nope.  Does it have the potential to?  Maybe.  Is that the main goal of MAT™?  Nope.

Your check engine light might be illuminated for many reasons, one of which is inefficient contractile abilities of your muscles.  The muscles that need the most attention may not have any relation to where the light is shining the brightest.  Remember, the check engine light is just an indication of an issue and is not necessarily specific to the issue that needs attention.  Muscle Activation Techniques™ is a modality that can assess and improve how your muscles contract, potentially dimming that check engine light or shutting it off altogether.

Is the check engine light of your body shining?  Contact your local MAT™ specialist for a tune up!

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Charlie Cates

Char­lie Cates, M.S. is a Muscle Activation Techniques® Master Specialist (MATm), an MATRx® Full Body Specialist, a mastery level Resistance Training Specialist® (RTSm), and a Cer­ti­fied Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Charlie attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in 2010, where he played varsity basketball for four years. In 2016 he graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Master of Science degree in exercise science. A type-1 diabetic, he is the owner of Muscle Activation Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL. He is an instructor for the Muscle Activation Techniques® program, introducing students of all different backgrounds to the MAT® process. Charlie specializes in managing and improving the function of his clients’ muscular system through the MAT® process and utilizing RTS® principles. He can be reached via e-mail at Fol­low him on Instagram at @CharlieCates!


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