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 is the leading consultant to high-level professional, college, & high school basketball players in the Chicagoland area for injury prevention, recovery, & muscle performance. As a certified Muscle Activation Techniques® MATRx practitioner & former college basketball player, he uses his personal experience & understanding of the game & player demands to create customized exercise options for his clients to recover faster & perform their best. He is certified in the highest levels of MAT®, including MATRx, MATRx Stim, and MAT® Athlete. Follow him on Instagram @CharlieCates!