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Review of Charlie Weingroff's "Training=Rehab 2: Lateralizations and Regressions"

Bottom line up front: If you are a coach or clinician seeking to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance in a high performance training model, Charlie Weingroff’s acclaimed DVD series Training Equals Rehab 2: Lateralizations and Regressions is a "must have."  This video series offers a full blown workshop brought to life on DVD (and now available for download).  I also own the first Training Equals Rehab and have attended one of Charlie’s live seminars (see recap HERE), so I was naturally excited for this product to be released.

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Before getting into the newer DVD, I'll address a common question that comes up with T=R2...Is it necessary to buy T=R (the first series)?  In short, if you want to get the most out of T=R2, it behooves you to get the first series.  There is some material not covered in the new one simply because nothing has changed in those areas.  Yet where Charlie has made changes, the changes and thought process behind those changes won't be as clear without seeing the original.   

What does this DVD set add to the discussion?  Above all, it brings context into what each of us does to support the athlete.  Teamwork is a strong theme here based on his associations with Canada Basketball, TPI, and other organizations dedicated to this team approach.  This is best summed up in Charlie’s recent presentation at the World Golf Fitness summit…”The high performance team asks the questions you didn’t know existed.”

The main question that runs through T=R2 is this: “Is the athlete ready to adapt to the stressors of their environment?”  As such, the training side must address all components of readiness and preparedness.  Overall, the DVD is split into a several blocks of introductory lectures (definitely entertaining even with some recycled jokes from the first T=R!!) with multiple blocks of practical application, whether that is a demo on a student or a mini-group workout.       

The FMS is naturally a hot topic.  Unlike the first DVD which offered a more step-by-step walk through the FMS and SFMA, this DVD focuses more on where the FMS fits into a high performance model.  That picture is framed by the importance of getting the athlete ready to respond to the loads that will be placed upon them.  Movement appraisal using the FMS is one approach to enhance readiness by ensuring we give the athlete what they need.  And if you’ve followed Charlie’s lead in raising awareness in the modern work of the Prague School and DNS in the western sports performance world, you will understand how this very powerful information fits into treatment and training approaches.  

As for clinicians, getting the athlete ready for play is not simply getting them out of pain.  And it is certainly not “you break ‘em, we fix ‘em.”  Instead, it means bringing your best clinical skills to the table and ensuring the athlete is ready to play (good overall body state) and prepared to play (capable of absorbing the stress to be imposed by the skill and strength coaches). 

The title of the DVD (Lateralizations and Regressions) drives each learning module.  It is a more nuanced way of applying one of Charlie’s other commonly used analogies, where we recognize the need to occasionally “hop on the access road” rather than drive 80mph on the freeway.  Basically, what can you do to safely and effectively drive the athlete forward in your own expertise, whether that is in the gym (strength coach), on the field (sport coach), in the lab (sports scientist) or in the clinic (med professional or other manual therapist)? 

Charlie’s work has been instrumental in shaping my own career and I am fortunate to have this valuable resource as part of my training library.  I highly recommend this series for any coach or clinician seeking to fortify their thought process in bridging the gap between rehab and performance.