Check out a snippet from Charlie’s most recent article on, titled “Why Your Clients May Not Be Able To Feel The Exercises You Are Doing With Them“!

“Have you ever had a client that just couldn’t feel the exercise where you wanted them to?  Every time you would do a chest press, all they could feel were their deltoids.  Or if you did deadlifts, they only felt their hamstrings, never their glutes.  You tried cueing them differently or changing how they would do the exercise, but still, they just couldn’t feel the muscles you were trying to work.

As a personal trainer, this can be a frustrating thing.  You want your clients to have a great experience when they workout with you, and they do, for the most part.  But you want it to be even better.  You want them to feel how you feel when you workout – strong, capable, energized.  And yet, despite your best efforts, they don’t.  Something is still off.

This is a situation I often ran into during the first part of my training career.  Because I was inexperienced, I figured it must be something wrong with the client.  They must not be focusing enough during their exercise, or they just want to have something to complain about.  It couldn’t be me.  I could feel all of the exercises just fine–and doing them felt great!

Until I could no longer feel the exercises as I used to, and doing them didn’t feel great.

That was a scary day for me.  I was twenty-three years old and still new into my professional personal training career.  The exercises I did during college no longer felt great.  The aches and pains that I had heard my clients talking about were starting to set in.  I could no longer feel my muscles squeezing like they once did.”

Read the rest of the article here to find out what to do if the exercsies you are doing don’t feel great.

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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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