What’s up everyone,
My name is Brian Reddy and I am a personal trainer in Escondido, Ca., which is a little north of San Diego. For those in the area, the clients I have are primarily from North County such as San Marcos, Poway, Valley Center, Rancho Bernardo, Vista, and obviously Escondido.
For those not in the area, I work with people from all over the world remotely as well.
In terms of background, I have a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Mathematics, from East Stroudsburg University. The Exercise Science degree gave me an academic background in everything you’d imagine it would: Exercise physiology, kinesiology, physics applied to exercise, biomechanics, nutrition (particularly sports nutrition), etc. The mathematics background got thrown in the mix due to factors nobody cares about. However, it’s proven useful in a myriad of ways. Such as having a different appreciation for physics and exercise, a better grasp of statistics when it comes to reading research, along with that whole analytical thinking thing.
My interest in a lot of this stuff started with sports. I played a bit of everything growing up. Eventually I focused on track (middle distance) and football, soon giving up track for the violent aspects of football. While in college I played football at a tiny division I school, Lafayette College, for two years.
With football comes the aspect of how big you are. Because of this my bodyweight has fluctuated quite a bit. Towards the end of high school I was about 190, and in college I got up to 235 lbs. (You can read more about this here.) This is where much of my interest in nutrition started. After two years of being heavier than I wanted, and exhausted from beating the shit out of my body, I had enough.
Due to all of the beating the shit out of my body, I got into anatomy, exercise, and all that at a very young age. (Well before college.) So, I’ve been involved in this stuff in some shape or form for about 20 years.
At the tail end of college I interned at Eric Cressey’s facility -Cressey Performance, dealing with a good amount of baseball players.
After that I started working with people full time and I have worked with, I don’t know, probably close to 300 at people at this stage.
When I first started working full time I happened to start in a gym where the clientele was primarily 40 years old and up. While my football background gave me solid grounding in dealing with beat up joints, this type of clientele forced me to get much better with injuries and everything else that comes with aging.
I’ve worked at everything from the huge commercial gym setting, to the 1500 square foot mom and pop gym. (Along with many who only exercise at home.) I actually first started exercising others in the form of a camp counselor. Contrary to what you may initially think, many adults do have things in common with 8-10 year old boys!
Continuing education wise I’ve been up to things like:
- Visited Washington University in St. Louis as a patient after my ACL reconstruction.
- Checking out the Bodies exhibit, both human and animal.
- Went to a conference to learn from Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains.
- Visited Stanford University Clinical Anatomy Lab to work with cadavers.
- Went to Washington University in St. Louis a second time to learn directly from Shirley Sahrmann.
- Took a course by MITx on aerospace engineering and human spaceflight. Here is one way I’ve applied that, and I’ll be writing about another way as well.
- Some have asked me if I recommend this course. I highly recommend it, but beware: Only 7% of students received a certificate for completion. It might take some serious work. (The first week is literally rocket science.)
- Taking a course on machine learning, which was part of the impetus for this post.
- Attended the North American Spine Society’s annual conference, for their day course “State-of-the-Art in Motor Control and Low Back Pain”
- Went into an operating room to observe an ACL reconstruction and meniscal procedure (one post here)
- Went into another operating room to observe a canine surgery for a patella chronically dislocating. Wrote about this, and patellar tracking issues, in this article.
- Working on this site, which often contains things I’m in the process of learning.
In terms of informal credentials, check out the Testimonials and Results page.
Since college I’ve continued to mess around with sports, albeit more in a recreational manner. Due to my background with overhead athletes, I actually got pretty into dodgeball for a while. Recently, I’ve picked up running again, like training for a 10k.
This site is primarily about musculoskeletal pain and weight-loss (moving better), with some performance notes thrown in. If some part of your body has been bothering you, or you’re looking to drop some weight, hopefully I’ll be of some service to you.
The other topic I’m often thinking about is beer. It’s a rare week I don’t visit at least one brewery.
Lastly, I’m from New Jersey. Apparently we are a tad blunt and curse, a lot.
These two posts are a pretty good intro into how I approach helping people:
For some more insight into who I am check out My list of injuries with some stories to go along.
I’ll be updating the site about once per week; I hope you get something out of it!
Feel free to email me or leave comments. I read and reply to every single one.