Muscle Activation Fitness

May 11, 2016
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Recently I was invited to check out Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) at Muscle Activation Fitness in Plano.  Located in Willowbend Fitness Club, Muscle Activation Fitness is a great way to get custom fit exercises to help with pain and increase muscle movement.  Jake and Matt work with a variety a clients (from youth athletes to adults and professional athletes) looking to improve performance, pain, or appearance.

I was able to work with Matt and here is what he has to stay to a couple of my questions.

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What is Muscle Activation Therapy (MAT)?

MAT is a GPS for the body and uses a system to find and correct your muscle imbalances that can lead to tightness, pain, and lack of performance.  It began with Denver Broncos Biomechanics Consultant, Greg Roskopf about 15 years ago.  He helped both John Elway and Payton Manning stay in the game for as long as they did.

You know when you are driving and your alignment goes out and there is uneven wear on the tire?  The tire marks are the symptom of the bad alignment, right?  Well we believe that tightness is the symptom of bad alignment in your body.  This bad alignment happens from over compensation in other areas of the body.  Certain muscles take over and try to take on the work for other muscles.  It’s like B team stepping up for A team.  It just doesn’t work.  So we go in, check out your alignment, find muscle imbalances and strengthen the weakness that exist in specific muscles.  When we do this your compensation improves and you may find that the tight muscles can relax and the painful areas in your body can heal naturally.

Benefits of MAT

We focus on 5 things:

  1. Improved Coordination and Performance in any sport (We have worked with helping youth, strengthening dancers and even better verticals with professional basketball players)
  2. Improved Flexibility (Flexibility with Stable joints)
  3. Decreased Pain
  4. Increased Strength
  5. Lower Risk of Injury

(Video Source)  This brief video is from the muscle activation therapy website to give you a better idea of what MAT is and what techniques are used.

My experience at Muscle Activation Fitness

The Willowbend Fitness Club was easy to find, clean and full of great amenities.  Jake and Matt were helpful, friendly and thoroughly explained the process before, during, and after.


Matt sent me a questionnaire packet to fill out before our session together.  The questionnaire asked about everything from my physical and medical history to current nutritional habits and more.  It was extensive, but it didn’t take me long to fill out.

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The first session included a consultation to go over all of the pre-session paperwork.  Matt and I discussed my medical history, including my bike accident.  Once he got a good idea of my medical history and current , he started my initial evaluation.

He started by evaluating my current strengths and weaknesses.  This consisted of multiple tests of my legs, hips, and arms to determine my limitations in motion.  Right away, it was obvious that I had issues with my hips from what I imagine was months spent walking with walkers, crutches, boots and casts.  After a few pokes to activate my muscles, there was already a difference in strength.

Then, we went to the gym to practice a few exercise to strengthen and activate those problem areas.

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Sessions 2-3

Since Matt already knew what needed to be strengthened, he went straight to work.  At times muscle activation therapy feels like a very brief deep tissue massage.  Again, once the strength tests were complete, we went to the gym to work on the exercises.  I felt like I had a personal trainer working with me on very specific muscles, because that is exactly what I had!

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What I noticed

After three sessions, I noticed a difference in the way I felt.  I had less pain in my hips, and felt as though my hips were more aligned.  My leg strength has improved.  Unfortunately, I found out that when I sprained my ankle I actually broke it, so I am walking with a boot for at least 6 weeks. (This was right in the middle of my treatments, so I guess I will just have to go back again when I am all healed up!).

To learn more about MAT at Muscle Activation Fitness, contact Matt at or visit their website here (and receive a free consultation session- value $125).

Muscle Activation Fitness isn’t just for pain, they also offer personal training sessions.  Be sure to check them out!

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  • Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy May 11, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I’ve never heard of this before, but sounds amazing!!!All of those benefits are great!

    • Jessica May 11, 2016 at 11:25 am

      It’s really crazy how it works, almost like magic. haha. I am so glad I tried it and can’t wait to go back once my foot is all healed up.

  • Mai Lyn May 11, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I might have to look into this myself. I know my hips are always out of whack and looking for a good professional to help is difficult.

    • Jessica May 11, 2016 at 11:27 am

      You should! It’s very different from anything else I have tried (Physical therapy, chiropractor, massage) but helps tremendously!

  • Brittany Giles May 11, 2016 at 11:24 am

    How cool! I may need to try this out. My lower back and hip area has always given me trouble!

    • Jessica May 11, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Try it out, girl! At least go in for the free consult to learn more about your body.

  • Will G May 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Since I typically run a lot during the week, sounds like this would be super awesome for my tight, stiff legs 🙂

    • Jessica May 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Yes! You should check and see if there are any MAT specialists near you (Or come to Dallas! haha)

  • Deynece May 11, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    This is great. I hate feeling tight and uncomfortable.

    • Jessica May 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Isn’t it the worst? Thanks for stopping by!

  • Brandi May 11, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    This looks like a great way to fix the issues that the chiropractor can’t get to.

    • Jessica May 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Yes!! It totally is.

  • Pete May 12, 2016 at 8:42 am

    It is so refreshing to see fitness professionals that actually get it. I spend a lot of time trying to right the wrongs of the fitness myths myself because there is just way too much misinformation out there. It’s great when the good peeps get profiled. Nice piece … and hope the leg heals soon so you can get back to it!

    • Jessica May 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been making it work, but I am ready for it to be 100% again.

  • Saswati Bhoi May 12, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Sounds great!! Will have to check this out!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • Jessica May 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      It is! If you’re in the Dallas area, check out Muscle Activation Fitness. If not, look for a MAT specialist near you. 🙂

  • Susannah May 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve never heard of MAT before but it sounds awesome!!! I’ll have to see if there’s a specialist near me!

  • Tiffany VanSickle May 12, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I had never heard of this either! I am constantly struggling with lower back pain so maybe I can get into this! Thanks! 🙂

    • Jessica May 13, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Absolutely! It really is great for all kinds of issues.

  • JeeYoung May 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I would love to try this! Sounds so good! I’ve been recently going to the gym regularly, this would be so cool to try!

    • Jessica May 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

      You should!! It’s great for everyone. My mother-in-law used it for her shoulder and now has full range of motion she hasn’t had in many years. 🙂

  • Rachel May 13, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Wow, have never heard of this! definitely something to try and find in California.

    • Jessica May 14, 2016 at 9:05 am

      I’m sure y’all have plenty of fun things like this out there. 🙂