What is a “Doug Brignole Seminar”?
The Doug Brignole Seminar is an opportunity to find clarity in how resistance exercise works. Historically, “weight training” has been taught in broad, non-specific terms, like “this exercise engages all 5 of these muscles”—accompanied by an anatomical drawing showing those muscle groups highlighted. People then make the misguided assumption, from that description and illustration, that “muscle engagement” is an all-or-nothing concept. They don’t ask any questions.
In fact, there are a variety of questions that should be asked when considering whether to do an exercise, and they include the following:
* How does the “engagement” of my triceps in “this” exercise (e.g., bench press, for example) compare with the engagement of my triceps in other exercises?
* Is the amount of load my triceps receive in this exercise as much as the load my triceps would receive in another exercise, using maximum effort in each exercise?
* Is the range of motion my triceps receive in this exercise as much as it would be in a dedicated (isolated) triceps exercise?
* Is the “resistance curve” my triceps experiences in this exercise as productive / beneficial as the resistance curve my triceps would experience in another (dedicated) triceps exercise?
* Is the ratio of “safety / injury risk” of this exercise the same as it would be in another similar exercise? Is it “less risky” or “more risky”, and what factors would determine that?
* Is there any neurological interference occurring in this exercise (i.e., “reciprocal innervation”, “bilateral deficit”, “active” or “passive insufficiency”), whereas another exercise might have no neurological interference?
* Is the motion required of this exercise conducive to ideal joint function?
* How is this exercise different than other exercises for the same muscle group? And how does that difference translate to the exercise’s productivity, efficiency and injury risk?
- What are the factors that determine whether an exercise is “not very good”, “fairly good”, “very good” or “ideal”—the way that there are factors which determine the flight worthiness of an airplane (“Principles of Aviation”), based on physics?
These questions, as well as others, have absolute answers, but few people ever ask them, and even fewer realize questions like this are worth asking. Yet, the answers to these questions are the key to optimizing benefit, minimizing wasted energy and minimizing injury risk.
The Doug Brignole Seminar includes answers to these questions, and other answers that significantly influence how productive exercises are, and how safe they are.
The Doug Brignole Seminar includes “The Physics of Fitness” PDF, plus a seminar guide, plus online videos.
The Doug Brignole Seminar includes certification (Gold or Silver).
The Doug Brignole Seminar includes CEC (Continuing Education Credit) with ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) and Canfitpro (Canadian Fitness Association).
Soon, it will include CEC credit with ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), ACE (American Council on Exercise), and others.