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

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43 Responses “My Info” →
  1. 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

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  2. 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

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  3. Dear Brian,
    I have been on your site for hours and hours now (I read the ITBand article and took notes!!!)and have two questions: WHICH PRODUCTS TO GET, AND WHICH TO GET FIRST? I have all the bad posture things you describe, sit all day (I am a psychotherapist), plus anterior pelvic tilt, knee pain-especially on pavement, and have become terrified of walking DOWN stairs because I cannot bend my right knee when it is weight-bearing. Downward inclines are bad too. Also, have a dislocated cuboid bone from standing too long one day!
    (MELT method foot treatment has been very helpful for cuboid) All my exercise (Pilates, PT, and Balance and Strength training) are coming to an end at this time, for different reasons, so I am UP for a fresh, new approach– YOURS! Please advise. Thank you so much.
    Laurie

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    • Hey Laurie,

      If you’re looking for a general program aimed at hitting a bit of everything, I’d check out the 7 Exercises, 7 Ways, and Sleep manual. An introduction to these:

      https://b-reddy.org/2014/11/18/7-very-common-posture-issues-and-how-to-correct-them/

      e.g. if you have issues with exercise, go with that. Issues during the day, go with the other. Issues with sleeping, go with that one. Issues with all the above, then check them all out.

      If you want to get more direct, then I’d decide between anterior pelvic tilt and the knee. If one has more priority than the other for you, I’d go with the APT guide or IT band guide.

      If you want to get very specific, this is the place: https://b-reddy.org/2013/06/20/the-remote-client-process/

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      • Brian,
        What a fabulous,, thoughtful reply! I will get right on it tomorrow. I am most appreciative of your thoughtfulness and quickness! Thank you so much! Laurie

      • You’re welcome :).


  4. Ramakanth Reddy

    July 2, 2017

    Dear Reddy, I’m Dr. R K Reddy, physiologist from Hyderabad city in India and I want to tell you about one problem faced by my brother. He is in to sports and plays cricket for local clubs. He is a thin built person about 6 foot tall and is a fast bowler in this sport. His shoulders are drooping and he says he says he can’t lift his hand up ove his head. He says that he has no problem with fast bowling, but he is not able to clear one test because of the same problem, ie., pull ups, in the fitness testing before sports if he has to play for higher level teams. This is what’s is stopping him from reaching there, he says. Orthopedicians say that he is ok and needs to train his serrati anterior muscles for this condition. Tests have shown normal results. Hope to find some thing from yourself, sir.
    Thank you.

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  5. desertgirl1272

    July 26, 2017

    I just wanted to say Thank You!

    Here’s why: I recently discovered I have retroverted hips, which helped me understand some of the issues I’ve had with balance and walking. For years I struggled unsuccessfully to get myself, my feet, knees, everything, facing “forward”. No amount of stretching, strengthening, rest, physical therapy changed a damn thing.

    Trying to understand what retroverted meant I stumbled across your article about retroversion. You are the only trainer (and one of the few people generally) I have discovered anywhere who understands and accepts it’s not always muscular, that it can be “in the bones”.

    Even the physical therapists who were supposed to be trained to treat people with retroverted hips kept telling me to face my feet forward causing discomfort and frustration on my part.

    I wish there were more in the fitness, health, and medical communities with your understanding, but I’m glad at least someone is out there who gets it.

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    • Brian Reddy

      July 28, 2017

      Thank you for the nice words, and that’s great to hear how helpful the article was!

      You’re right, bony differences are not well understood, if at all acknowledged, in the fitness or physical therapy worlds. I’ve been debating putting together a resource outlining the most common ones. Or even doing a course on it. It’s something that needs to be more widespread.

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  6. Stephy Pettersen

    August 5, 2017

    Hi Brian, I found your website and sincerely I couldn’t stop reading it. I’m a former professional bodyboarder, I used to compete on the Workd Tour. As an athlete I had many injuries and years of crap training during the 90’s, before the internet came along. Probably my best training at that time was capoeira, since I’m Brazilian. I fractured my neck in 96 and it’s probably my worse injury since when I fractured I kept traveling and competing with a fractured neck, so you can imagine the healing process. Yes I was in pain but the ego kept me going. Then I hit the reef on a trip to mentawaiis in 03, it was basically right over the QL area. After couple years problems started around my lower back and hip. Im a trainer for 10 years now, mostly working on movement, always trying to learn more, for my own healing and my clients. So, I’m happy to find you to help me become more knowledgeable, it seems you are ahead and on the right track based on all the articles I’ve read so far. My body got so much better since I started Prolozone Therapy, would like to know what your thoughts are about Prolozone. take care looking forward to keep reading and learning from you. ☀️Stephanie Pettersen

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    • Brian Reddy

      August 6, 2017

      Hey Stephanie,

      Nice to meet you and thank you for the nice words. Your injury history makes me feel a little better about mine :).

      The prolozone / prolotherapy world is something which is constantly changing. My experience has been people *can* get pain relief, but that’s likely because there is often something like lidocaine in the solution (or a placebo effect). Where it’s not so much some regenerative properties are going on, rather a pain dulling effect. I haven’t kept up with the solutions the last few years though. I train a surgeon and he’s been trying to convince me to look into some new methods. They’re constantly changing with new ones being tried.

      I did see one new solution, don’t think it was prolozone though, which had some promising results. In order to really know though I have to dig into the research. It’s common once digging to find hints of companies paying for the studies. Enough so to have doubt.

      Brian

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