Meet the Team
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 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.
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.
As an education lover, Julie has taken on the role of leading the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education’s (AAPTE) Chicago-area hub for personal training certification and education. AAPTE provides in-depth education and continuing education for personal trainers and prospective personal trainers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Instagram at @juliegracecates!