After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes persistent inflammation and pain in my muscles, tendons, and ligaments, I’ve been on a quest to figure out how to reduce my pain and move better without the use of drugs.
One of the most impactful discoveries I’ve made has been a training protocol called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT).
MAT was developed by strength coach and biomechanics specialist Greg Roskopf (who has worked with a long list of professional athletes, including Bryson DeChambeau, Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, and Odell Beckham Jr. It’s designed to re-establish the communication pathways between the nervous system and the muscular system in order to restore muscle contractile capabilities.
The result: increased strength, flexibility, mobility, and coordination, lower risk of injury, and less pain.
I’ve put together a list of exercises that use MAT and several other techniques to address some of the most common sources of pain (neck, back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, hips, etc.).
I do some combination of these every day. I recommend starting with 1 or 2 and seeing how you feel after doing them daily for a couple weeks. There’s also a link below if you’d like to find a MAT specialist.
No matter how old or young, fit or sedentary you are, moving is the key to looking and feeling younger.
I guarantee these exercises will help you do just that.
My 10 Favorite Exercises for Reducing Aches and Pains
Areas Targeted: (Wrists and Elbows).
Notes: any time I lift weights, I always warm up my wrists and elbows with this routine.
Areas Targeted: Neck, Back, Shoulders, Chest
Note: Face pulls and this exercise are amazing for improving your posture.
Areas Targeted: Glutes & Hips
Areas Targeted: Hamstrings & Hips
Areas Targeted: Shoulders
Areas Targeted: Back
Areas Targeted: Back and Shoulders