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Strenth Training has been labeled as everything from the fountain of youth, the key to athletic performance and a treatment for depression*.  Below are four pillars to how Ryan Kerola builds exercise programs for his personal training clients 

1. Exercise Selection

Beginning with a list of hundreds of exercises; first any motions or exercises that have been restricted for a client medically or in a therapeutic process are eliminated or modified to work within the boundaries of said restrictions.  Next using the Comparative Assessment of Mobility component of the Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT) process, information is gathered about what positions can actively be controlled by a client.  Exercises that don't fit within a client's active range of control are eliminated to dramatically reduce the risk of injury.  Exercises that have not worked well in the past for a client are modified or eliminated until if and when the exercise is more tolerable to the client. 

The safest exercises are continually reassessed in training sessions and during any ongoing MAT work.  

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Muscle tightness due to muscle weakness

2. Technique, Technique, Technique!  Muscles don't always work like they're supposed to

Several factors are considered through the lens of science and education and experience to create the best possible training programs tailored to safely meet a customer's goals.

Factors Considered Include:
Duration of Training Sessions

Duration of Training Plan

Previous Exercise Experience

Desired Response (Athletic Tone, Performance, Weight Loss, Muscle Gain)


MAT™ identifies inefficient muscle function

Using a systematic approach called the comparative assessment of mobility, the MAT™ process begins by identifying imbalances in mobility and potential areas of muscular inefficiency.  Then over 300 different tests are used to assess for muscular inefficiency. (Only tests specific to limited motions are used on each individual).

Muscle efficiency is improved

When a muscle fails a test, a few different activation techniques can be used to improve the muscle's function.  Muscles are then retested to confirm improvement in efficiency.  Over time more and more muscles often maintain their designed efficiency allowing for longer lasting benefits to an individuals health, fitness and/or sports performance.





Move better, move stronger, feel better!

The potential benefits of MAT™ are quite amazing.  Through more efficient muscle function; people compensate less in motion resulting in less unnecessary joint wear.  Overtime people often experience less pain in activites as muscles become strong and efficient enough to handle a task that previously would result in pain or injury.  With more efficiency and muscular control sports performance is optimized and workouts can have a greater diversity of safe exercises for improving strength.

Are you ready to start the Muscle Activation Techniques™ process in Overland Park, KS?

Muscle Activation Techniques™ at Restorative Fitness
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