SMP 118: Get Fit For The Task With Charlie Weingroff

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Today our guest is Charlie Weingroff who is a Physical Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Strength Conditioning Coach. Charlie is a member of the Nike Executive Performance Council and the Physical Performance Lead and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team. As a Physical Therapist, Charlie use a movement-based approach to rehabbing patients. He is also a weightlifter and achieved AAPF Elite Status in the 220 weight class with a total of 1915 pounds.

Charlie is a physical therapist, but he doesn’t see a difference between rehabbing and creating optimum performance. He broadens the edges of training and rehab because they both track back to the same end points. As a consultant, he looks at all of the systems. He utilizes a keen evaluation to employ certain strategies. His methods are applicable to people in all aspect of fitness. That is why he is a strength coach and physical therapist.

Today’s topics include:

  • Charlie goes out of his way to say thank-you to the other people who have helped him cultivate his practice
  • How do you know who is the right trainer for you? It’s not just a good physical therapist who knows how to coach lifts. There is a lot more to understanding physiology. These aren’t two separate things.
  • If you have a challenge to accomplish a task, the reason you are experiencing pain, is because you were not fit enough for the task that hurt you
  • Difference between instructing someone how to lift, as opposed to being a legitimate coach
  • There is a lot of depth in training that ties back into what a therapist would do
  • There is an enormous amount of physiology that drives a process that creates results
  • Find a therapist that understands lifting and fitness and also practices and walks the walk
  • People learn by doing,if they can’t perform it, they can’t coach it
  • Deadlift, pull-up, 10-minute mile any human should be able to do that, so should your therapist, if you can demonstrate this, you should appreciate what your client wants
  • When there is pain or a dysfunction that prevents you from performing, it’s from a combination of tissue hypoxia
  • The stronger you are, the more you can tolerate those processes
  • Movement-based approach where on the spectrum of working with someone, you want to find the best choices
  • If you don’t move well enough eventually, you will break, proper movement technique is important, a functional movement screening can help find whether a person is moving properly to prevent injury and increase fitness
  • Look for proper form and find exercises that are effective
  • In order to learn, you have to get a little uncomfortable

Links and resources:

Charie Weingroff

Twitter @CWagon75

Charlie on facebook

Charlie on Instagram



“With human systems, everything comes out of the same bank account” Charlie Weingroff

“I’m the physical therapist that knows how to train people” Charlie Weingroff

“I can see things that other people may not see” Charlie Weingroff

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