My Info

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:

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.

I also threw together a small fundraising effort for breast cancer a couple of times.

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:

Example of a postural assessment

Another example of a postural evaluation

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!

-Brian

Feel free to email me or leave comments. I read and reply to every single one.

b-reddy@hotmail.com

Advertisements
31 Responses “My Info” →

  1. Georgia

    April 11, 2013

    Hey Brian
    I’m a student Sports Therapist in Melbourne, Australia.
    I’d jus like to say cheers for the article about the ITB stretch, found it really helpful and interesting, very informative.
    Looking forward to all the other articles you have on offer.
    Cheers mate!

    Reply
    • Hey Georgia,

      Thanks for the kind words; it’s much appreciated.

      Best of luck with school.

      Reply
      • Ahoy Brian,

        Here’s another chick from Melbourne Australia saying thanks for the ITB stretch article. I’m going to try to get my gym (also SNAP fitness) post stuff like this up and around the walls as it’s quite common to see people come in with injuries.

        Cheers!

      • Thanks Susie! Appreciate the feedback.

  2. Brian,
    I just came across your blog while researching scapular exercises. I have hesitated going the CPT route for the longest time bc I feel there is a stigma where there are individuals in the field who look the part but do not know the material. Here recently I’ve decided to go the CPT route and eventually obtain CSCS. With that said, I wanted to give credit where credit is due and provide you with a standing applause on the material you have presented on your blog followed with sound reasoning. You are one of the few I have come across so far. I have just started blogging a little more in hopes of providing blogs in the same manner. Keep up the great work, sir!

    I would love to hear any advice you may have as well. My blog is at http://arunnersenduringexcursion.wordpress.com/ and I am contemplating at this time converting to a host site. Just worried about losing followers at this point in time, but I am sure there is a way around that and is better to do early on.

    Cheers!
    ~Joshua

    Reply
    • Hey Joshua,

      Nice to meet you and thank you for the nice words.

      -Regarding your site:

      I’ve had wordpress for a while now. I’m nearly positive they can switch you from your current domain to something like “arunnsenduringexcursion.com” without losing anyone. You can keep this so wordpress stays your host but pay the small fee (~17 bucks a year) to have your own domain name. WordPress has been my host the entire time I’ve been online and they do a superb job.

      If you want to change hosts I’m still betting they could help you out with this. Personally, unless you’re decently tech savvy, I think changing hosts is futile.

      -CPT:

      As I’ve been around quite a few trainers at this point, unfortunately it’s not a stigma those with a CPT look the part but lack knowledge, that’s what it is. Hell, there are quite a few who don’t look the part either.

      In terms of knowledge base, it’s very easy to surpass what most know. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to make a living at this. Getting through the door and into the room with personal training is easy; staying in the room is not.

      If you’re looking at more of a personal training direction, I think a CSCS isn’t worth the time and effort. Other than some very selective gyms and working in a university / athletic setting, you aren’t going to be required to have a CSCS. I could go into how the certification isn’t a great preparation tool for training as well, but that’s really all certs. Some specific differences with the CSCS are it’s very tailored to an athletic population, it’s more money, and it’s more prep time. I know how many people want to work with athletes but this isn’t easy unless you’re in a university setting. You have to consider how much more out of shape older people are, along with how much more money they have compared to athletes who are often high schoolers or in college.

      -Blogging:

      Be in it for the long haul. I loathe when people start a blog, are unhappy they don’t have thousands of visitors in a few months, then stop. OR, those who have one, but update it 6 times a year.

      Be consistent. This goes with above. Whatever works for you. Once a week, couple times a week, few times a month, whatever it is.

      As a caveat, I’m not much a fan of all the fitness bloggers attempting to put something up 5 days a week. First, the majority of the time their posts are links to other people’s posts so the other people will link to their posts. (The circle jerk of the fitness industry.)

      Second, say they’re posting 260 business days a year = ~260 posts a year. I’d say these guys are bordering on saying the same thing about 230 times out of their 260 posts (or whatever, you get what I mean). I wish more bloggers would take a note from -good- musicians. “If you have nothing to say, you have nothing to say.” But for the love of god don’t write another article touting deadlifting because you don’t have any other ideas.

      Hope that helps!

      Reply
  3. Thanks for the quick response, Brian!

    -Regarding my website:
    I made the change! I figured though I had the followers that I had, it would be best for me in the long run.

    -CPT:
    You are very right! I am going to start out with a CPT no matter what. Though I want to work with athletes (mostly runners, b/c that is my passion), my true passion is helping individuals learn to live a healthier lifestyle. With that said, I believe my biggest target audience will be those who are looking to live a healthier lifestyle and runners. With my passion for running, I know they have a RRCA running coach certification that is popular also that I may very well consider.

    What are your opinions regarding selection of a CPT certification?

    -Blogging:
    I agree completely and a lot of sites I have read regarding blogging has said the same. I am unique and my goal is to allow my blog to show that.

    I greatly appreciate you taking the time to reply. Looking forward to your posts and response. Thanks again, Brian!

    Reply
    • Hey Joshua,

      Regarding CPT certs:

      First, I would go with what you’re already most prepared for. For example, my college curriculum was heavily tailored to the ACSM guidelines. So, the ACSM cert was an easy choice for me when I got out of school. It necessitated the least amount of studying.

      No, that doesn’t sound good. But the fact of the matter is none of the certs are too great. NASM seems to be the hardest and most corrective exercise geared, but there are some big holes in their materials and approach.

      NSCA is much more athletic oriented. (NASM is too.)

      ACE seems more cardiovascular and I believe what many class instructors end up having.

      ACSM is very cardiovascular heavy.

      ACSM and ACE are probably more everyday people oriented too.

      If you were starting from scratch, based on your interests I’d probably lean NSCA or NASM, then ACSM, and I’d avoid ACE. All with the caveats they are starting points, much of what you learn you will not apply, and do not take everything you learn as infallible.

      Quick example: NASM and it’s certified like to say, “When the feet are externally rotated the hip external rotators are tight.”

      Wrong.

      When the femurs are externally rotated the external rotators are probably tight / overactive. The feet can be externally rotated but the femurs may remain in neutral alignment.

      This seems like a small issue, but it’s not as externally rotated femurs are rare, yet externally rotated feet are common. The course of exercise can change quite a bit based on this. I see NASM constituents stretching people into hip internal rotation when the person often has internally rotated femurs!

      Reply
  4. Having foot/hip related issues from long distance running. I tore my labrum is Nov 2012 and started having plantar pain the following June. Now the hip pain is gone, but I still have serious ankle, heel and mid foot pain after running… Almost to the point of being unable to walk. I have been sleeping in a Strasburg sock which has helped with the arch discomfort but I know the biomechaniclly I cannot walk normally barefoot …. Is there a connection between the hip injury and after it healed the foot pain?

    Reply
  5. Brian, thank you for the IT band info. I have been suffering with debilitating lower back/buttock/hip/lower outer leg pain for 7 years on the left side only. Have seen every pt known to man. Nothing but your IT band stretch stops the pain. When cycling, I still have ishial tuberosity (sitbone) pain on left side only. I think it’s related to hamstring, gluts, piriformis, psoas. Any ideas or advice? Also when femur is ext rotated or pulled across body, I have sharp trochanter pain. Sometimes walking produces are grinding like feeling in trochanter.

    Reply

  6. Ryan Chow

    November 17, 2014

    Brian,

    Your TFL stretching article is very well done and I applaud you for an informative and succinctly written article with great images and videos.

    I’m a fellow enthusiast in kinesiology. I got my BS in Movement Science at the University of Michigan and I’m currently in my second year of PT school at Mercy College. I’m also the manager (and trainer) of a personal training gym and a cadaver lab teaching assistant at my school. I only tell you all of this to express that I’m like minded as you.

    I looked through your background since I was so impressed with your work and I was wondering how you got connected with so many industry leaders. I too, would love to work learn under Washington University’s, Shirley Sahrmann and Eric Cressey of Cressey performance. If you feel like disclosing this information, please reach out to me. I would love for a chance to accelerate my learning and growth process. Sharing this information with other professionals would be a great service to everyone. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hey Ryan,

      Thanks for the nice words.

      I’m actually probably one of the worst people to ask this type of question to. I (very) largely keep to myself in this world. There are a few reasons for this, but one is networking is not something conducive to my personality. At least not the type of networking most people mean when they reference it.

      In terms of your question, part of what I mean is I’m by no means connected. I have learned from some great people though, and learning I have some thoughts on. The way I’ve met and learned from others is pretty straight forward.

      -For Eric, I needed to do an internship to complete my college degree. Cressey Perfomance has an application on their site, but I prefer, and recommend, to do these types of things in person. I drove five hours from New Jersey to Massachusetts (his facility), introduced myself to everyone, and said I was interested in an internship. I was actually a bit late in the process as the first facility I tried to intern at fell through. Despite CP already having all their interns for the summer, they fit me in.

      Part of this, I believe, is because a couple years prior I drove to Boston to have Eric assess me. He still remembered me, partially because he has a brain like that, partially because I asked some unusual questions and struck him as knowledgable. So that certainly helped.

      -For Washington U., I flew from San Diego to St. Louis to have them assess me. 18 months later, I signed up for one of their courses. The only thing I did that was unusual at that course was ask a lot of questions. Way more than anyone else there. My questions also came across as, “Ok, this guy has clearly read our work, thoroughly.” By the time I was able to talk to Shirley directly, she was more than receptive to sit down and talk to me for a bit.

      -For Tom Myers, I subscribe to his Anatomy Trains newsletter. They sent one out saying he would be speaking in San Diego. I signed up and there you go.

      -For Stanford, I was looking for a cadaver class. They were the nearest one. There were a couple of other students there, but I ended up sitting down and talking to the professor for quite a bit. She was very generous with her time with me.

      Keep in mind though, it’s not like I have continuing relationships with any of these people. The guys at CP, Pete, Eric, Tony, were all great to me. And I think if I emailed them something, they’d sincerely try to get back to me. (They’re way more known now than when I was there.) But I haven’t seen or really talked to them in over five years now. (A big networking fopaux.)

      Perhaps a couple takeaways:

      -I haven’t been to a ton of classes, but a theme I’ve caught is many are there because they have to be. Degree completion, CEUs, boss sent them, whatever. Others are there to “network.” I’ve simply been way more engaged than others at these types of things. I’m there to learn something. I often have burning questions in my mind I need to attempt to get answers to. When someone is lecturing for hours on a topic, they clearly are into it. If you can match their interest and intensity, they notice.

      -Paying for a person’s service or product can be a nice introduction to learning more directly from them. E.g. I went through assessments at Washington U. and with Eric before working more alongside them. Not to mention, this is a great way to learn someone’s methods. (How do they handle their everyday clientele, from the client’s perspective.)

      -I do think some of these people were a bit more generous with their time with me than the average person. But that’s strictly because I knew their work, and prepared myself. As someone who gets emails from those looking to learn, it really rubs you the wrong way when someone asks a question and my response is literally a link to a post answering their question.

      Or, when I was at CP, I distinctly remember one of the interns talking to one of the staff about the upward rotators of the scapulae. This is a huge baseball facility, led by a guy obsessed with anatomy, and an intern about to graduate college…who had no idea what the upward rotators of the scapulae were. My jaw dropped at this and I literally blurted out, “Are you serious? Come on man!” I no doubt rubbed people the wrong way, but I was that shocked. Years later I now know this is more the norm. Don’t be the norm! I went through my anatomy book everyday for a month before starting that internship. One intern was asking freshman anatomy questions; I was asking questions regarding differentiating between anteversion and retroversion.

      -Within the above, if you’ve purchased someone’s work (service, product, whatever), and you really know their work, you are going to be asking questions more on their level. The person will notice this, and they will enjoy it. You will likely ask some questions currently bouncing around in their head, you’ll be able to have a discussion. Because the person is also engrossed in the same topic, they aren’t going to mind sitting down with you for 15 minutes after they just lectured for three hours. They’ll want to do it.

      -In person is always better. From my own point of view, I’ll talk to someone for hours, I never want to type on email for hours.

      Hope that helps.

      Reply
  7. I am a surfer. For the past 25 years it’s what I have lived to do every single day. Last week I tore my ACL and MCL surfing, and am beyond depressed!! Surgery has been set-up at Kaiser in 6 weeks. Your blog has become my ACL bible. I want to thank you for it, and ask you,.. Being from San Diego, do you see or hear of surfers that undergo ACL reconstruction, returning to a competitive surfing state?

    Reply
    • Hey Tom,

      Sorry to hear about your recent ACL tear. I can’t say I’ve had direct experience with any surfers, but based on seeing quite a few people surfing (as you said, being in SD), and some at a pretty high level, I’d feel very good about being able to get back to whatever level you were at before. Certainly much better than someone looking to get back to soccer or football.

      I would still take your time, but by 12 months post-op or so, I’d feel very confident -so long as rehab is solid!- in someone being back to where they were. There is strong chance of things being good enough sooner than 12 months, but I always err on the side of taking longer. If someone were to say “I bet you could be surfing quite well by 6 months,” I wouldn’t have much objection to that though.

      Unless we’re talking professional level surfing. Doing something like what I’ve seen Kelly Slater do, I’d probably stick with more like 12 months, and I wouldn’t be pushing it. Based on the amount of torque I’ve seen some of the professionals put on their knees, I’d wait things out quite a while before exposing a reconstructed knee to that. Without getting too technical here, the last thing you want to do after an ACL reconstruction is end up with a knee that’s still anteriorly lax. So, you want to be careful about exposing the knee to anything which mobilizes it too much.

      A professional case, 12 months, if not longer, wouldn’t surprise me. That’s really the only level of surfing where I’d be a bit more apprehensive about someone’s ability to fully come back as well.

      Lastly, a factor with all the above may be which leg a person has forward. From some videos I’ve looked at, the back leg seems to get a lot more bend on it in a way which would be more likely to stress the ACL. So, if the back leg is the one which tore, and a person always uses that leg as the back leg, this could change how soon a person could come back. Or perhaps necessitate a change in form.

      Long winded answer, but this is a population I don’t hear from often! Hope it’s helpful.

      Curious to hear how you tore it surfing? What happened exactly?

      Edited “as soon” to “how soon”

      Reply
  8. Thanks for the response! Yes, it is my front leg, so I do have that going for me, I guess. I was surfing and the backwash hit the wave I was riding in on, and my back foot slipped off the board, and all my weight went to my front foot, and it collapsed under me. I feel part of my problem might have been that every morning I stretch my lower body thoroughly, yet I do nothing to strengthen it. So perhaps that imbalance of laxity without tone allowed the knee to slip far out of it’s joint?? Or maybe I was just unlucky in how it twisted…

    Reply
    • I was going to say, if the leg collapsed like that, some strength work could only help.

      Stretching by itself is unlikely to cause the knee to be extra lax. It’s possible, but you’d probably have to be doing some intense yoga or dancing esque type stretching, or perhaps a couple specific stretches that maybe you shouldn’t be doing. A hurdler stretch like this would be one example of a stretch not very knee friendly: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/XFfa6k42nj0/maxresdefault.jpg

      Some laxity while lacking some strength could certainly play a role, but I think it’s unlikely you did anything to increase the likelihood of ACL rupture. You may not have been doing as much as you could to prevent things though, such as having stronger legs in general. But considering how rare surfers seem to have this happen, bad luck is probably the primary reason.

      If interested, I talk about laxity and ACL injuries in this post: https://b-reddy.org/2015/09/14/meniscus-wedge-angles-a-genetic-component-to-knee-injuries-why-some-knees-are-only-built-for-some-sports/

      Reply
  9. I had acl reconstruction surgery one month before , and I cannot walk still , I can walk with the help of walker , but with out walker I can’t walk still now it’s been 1 month

    Reply
  10. Hi Brian,
    Your website and information is very helpful and very real. I recently torn my ACL a month ago and I’m waiting for my surgery date. Your site definitely gave me a good dose of reality of what’s to come and what to expect. I have a question. While I wait for my surgery is there anything i can do to prepare for the surgery? I noticed my injured knee / leg is obviously smaller than the other so I started doing some light exercises like leg raises and extensions.

    I also noticed I cannot fully extend my leg/knee, is this normal? Any suggestions and advices you can offer is greatly appreciated. I plan on visiting your site more often.

    Thanks
    Bob

    Reply
    • Hey Bob,

      Thanks for the nice words, though sorry to hear about your ACL tear.

      You definitely want to be doing some “prehab” for surgery. I’d recommend to start doing what you would be doing post-op, so come post-op, you’re significantly ahead of the game. Nothing is unexpected, you already know the form of things, you have a decent schedule planned ahead of time, etc. For some they’re able to get with a therapist beforehand. You’d likely need to push for this as it’s rarely offered. You could also go through the ACL manual essentially following that as your prep for the surgery.

      Manual link if interested: https://b-reddy.org/2014/04/02/the-most-important-phase-of-acl-rehab-copy/

      While you don’t have to be on crutches and such, it’s a solid idea to practice with them and get a good sense of your limitations with them (if you’ve never used a pair before).

      If you don’t have full extension, then this is what you really want to hammer on before surgery (big point of emphasis in the manual). The better your range of motion going in, the better you go into surgery overall, the better one tends to come out.

      (Also have a manual solely dedicated to regaining knee extension: https://b-reddy.org/2015/09/03/help-i-cant-straighten-my-knee/ )

      Reply

  11. Jaylene Rumsey

    July 1, 2016

    Hi there. I really appreciated this article. I had ACL surgery 3 months and a day ago. It’s surprising how much muscle atrophy I have endured; this surgery takes a lot of metal effort and preparation as you stated. Anyway– I could go on forever. I just wanted to thank you for the laughs. I totally resonated with your article.

    😂👏 Jaylene Rumsey

    Reply

  12. Stranger

    August 8, 2016

    Hey Brian is there any email adress to contact you privately??

    Reply
  13. Hey Reddy-B. Just stumbled on your site. You seem like a very knowledgable buy, and your content can be pretty humorous at times. Looking forward to reading more

    Reply

  14. Frank Cheung

    February 23, 2017

    Hi Brian,

    I found your site very useful so far. I benched press incorrectly the past year due to a trainer misinforming me about scapular retraction. I was over retracting to the point where I was shrugging my shoulder up a bit. This caused a whole host of issues including nerve irritation. In short, I felt miserable. Your site was very informative on the function of the scapular.

    Thanks for your help!

    -Frank

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s