Charlie Cates, M.S.

Char­lie Cates, M.S. is a mastery level Muscle Activation Techniques® 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 obtained 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 co-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 since 2014.

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!

Julie Cates, MATm, RTSm, CPT

Julie Cates is an experienced, certified, and insured National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer and mastery level Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) Specialist (MATm). She is one of 88 certified mastery level Resistance Training Specialists® (RTSm) in the world.

Julie specializes in training new exercisers that have never exercised before.  As a personal trainer, she is excellent at communicating the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of each and every exercise in an effective and understandable manner.  She also often works with individuals with chronic illnesses, joint issues, and muscle issues.

Julie graduated cum laude from the University of Florida. She earned her degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology.

Julie is the co-owner of Muscle Activation Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL.  In her free time, Julie loves to dance!  Julie is still active in a dance company with yearly performances of tap , lyrical, jazz, and hip hop.

Julie can be reached via e-mail at  Follow her on Instagram at @julcates!