Charlie Weingroff: Corrective Exercise for the Movement Professional

Corrective exercise works through negative feedback, so when Charlie Weingroff wants to program exercises that work . . . he tries to pick something that his client can’t beat.

Based on the rules and laws of motor control, where folks have found the best success in acquiring motor skills is not by positive feedback. That kind of sucks . . .

We were always taught that positive feedback was better than negative feedback. It’s actually the opposite in the rules of motor control: it works by negative feedback.

When I choose a corrective exercise—which only exists because I have a standard . . . and only exists because I believe it will correct something—how do I keep it and how do I use it? How do I measure its utility?

When I roll it out there and you start to feel this corrective exercise, does it make you feel wrong?
Does it exaggerate whatever you are doing wrong?

Motor control lives on a continuum. The continuum starts with subconscious (you don’t know it’s there) dysfunction.

Well, I know it now because I saw it on my audit. I screened you first.
I know what’s wrong . . . but you don’t know what’s wrong.

I’ve got to pick something that you can’t beat. Heart rate variability is one thing. If you knew what you were doing, maybe you could cheat the Functional Movement Screen, but then I’m going to know if you’re bracing or struggling. It’s very difficult to beat.

I need to make a choice for you so that you now know you don’t need me anymore. I need to walk away and go play in Excel so that I can come up with my strategy because my corrective exercise is going to teach you.

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