The Most Commonly Skipped Form of Exercise

When you think of exercise, what is the first thought that comes to mind?  It may be a specific activity, such as running or lifting weights.  It may be a physical feeling, like fatigue, soreness, or strength.  It may be a goal, such as weight loss or completing a marathon.  It may be an emotion, … Continued

E4 – Q&A #1

This week on the Exercise Is Health podcast, Julie and Charlie are answering listener-submitted questions!  This is the first Q&A episode for the podcast, and the Muscle Activation Schaumburg team will be discussing topics such as: How can we explain what MAT® is in simple terms? What workout advice do you have for people over … Continued

3 Ways MAT® Helps Maintain Your Health and Function

When clients come to us for Muscle Activation Techniques®, they typically fall into one of three categories.  The first group is what we call the Progressors, which is made up of clients who have a health, function, or fitness goal that we get to help progress them towards. Another group is call the Optimizers.  These … Continued

MAT® Posts: 2016-2017

At Muscle Activation Schaumburg, one of our specialties is Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®).  However, we find that many people are unfamiliar with MAT®, so we started writing about it.  A lot.  Since 2016 we have written 35 blogs on the subject of MAT® and why it is important.  Check them all out below! 2016 Muscle … Continued

Shoveling snow? Make sure to stay safe with these exercise tips!

Welcome back to this week’s edition of 2-Minute Tuesdays where we are talking about one exercise topic for two minutes and giving you three reasons why you should follow our advice.  Now this week, we are putting out some content for those of you who have been assigned the chore of shoveling snow.  Winter is … Continued

The Best Version Of You

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 take priority over physically challenging … Continued

Hip Ab/Adduction Machine – 3 Reasons You Need To Be Using This

Welcome back to this week’s edition of 2-MInute Tuesdays where we are talking about one exercise topic for two minutes and giving you three reasons why you should follow our advice.  Now this week, we are talking about a specific machine.  In fact, this machine is usually just thought of as “the ladies’ machine”.  But, … Continued

Barbell vs. Dumbbells – Which is better?

“Which is most effective to gain mass in my arms – the rod, the barbell, or the curly?”  This question was posted on Quora.com recently.  While there are many exercise and fitness questions that I choose to skip over, I decided to answer this one because I felt it highlighted a common misunderstanding in the fitness … Continued

3 Secrets of Working with a Personal Trainer

Imagine this.  You meet a new friend and this friend has never eaten a strawberry.  As you hear about this craziness, you realize that you must describe to this person what it is like to eat a nice, juicy strawberry. Think about that for a moment.  How would you fully describe to someone what it … Continued