Muscle Activation Techniques
VPF is proud to offer MAT or Muscle Activation Technique to our Members. "Muscle Activation Techniques is a specific and unique process for evaluating an individual’s ability to develop efficient muscle contraction(s). MAT’s premise is that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health and that muscle’s health (demonstrated by its ability to contract efficiently) is essential for normal movement. Any loss of muscle(s) contraction efficiency may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance, which may lead to subjective complaints and/or the loss of physical capabilities. Ed, our MAT Certified Specialist, is trained and certified to perform several force application techniques to the body. When it has been determined through testing that a muscle has lost its efficient contractile ability, precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s efficiency.
Ed Barrientos has over 10 years of personal training experience. He is one of only 24 worldwide MAT Master Level Specialist. As an RTSm, he provides a unique philosophy and approach to fitness. His rare combination of skills unmatched by few in the industry allows him to prepare the body for exercise, provide personalized exercise analysis, and skillfully guide the client along their fitness process. He has extensive experience with exercise-based rehabilitation and working with many concurrent and post-rehabilitation clients. His clients have ranged from all ages 5 to 75 years old and of all capabilities from the professional athlete and endurance athletes to the client that has never before stepped into a gym.
David has been a practicing Muscle Activation Techniques therapist for almost 15 years. As an elite personal trainer at the renowned Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, Texas, he was hired by Greg Roskopf, founder of MAT and biomechanics specialist for the Denver Broncos and moved to Denver. He has integrated MAT into his training programs for a unique result, making his clients stronger and faster, mitigating and controlling any nagging chronic and repetitive stress injuries. Over his career, David has had the privilege of working with many professional athletes, including those on the PGA Tour, the NBA, the NFL and the MLB. David has used his unique skillset to create a niche in the ultra-competitive high school arena, helping many athletes overcome chronic injuries to move on with D1 scholarships. He is married with twin boys and loves to cycle