Bill DeSimone (Congruent Exercise) is a personal trainer known for his sensible, biomechanics-based approach to strength training and is the go-to biomechanics expert for some of the best high-intensity trainers in the world like Dr. Doug McGuff and Skyler Tanner.
Starting as a trainer in 1983 in New York City, in 2006 he opened his own studio, Optimal Exercise, in central New Jersey. He is the author of Congruent Exercise: How to Make Weight Training Easier on Your Joints (Kindle version); and the upcoming Joint-Friendly Fitness: Your Guide to the Optimal Exercise Program. He has presented at national conferences, provided in-services for private studios, and consults online or by phone with individual exercisers.
In this episode, Bill shares updates about his shoulder injury, how to do joint-friendly weight training, how to exercise without hurting your shoulders and back, recommended machines for weight training, and much more.
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In this video, Bill demonstrates how to do chin ups safely and protect your body:
- 0:18 – Introduction to Bill DeSimone
- 1:27 – Updates on Bill’s shoulder injury
- 6:09 – Bill’s exercise science internship program
- 19:37 – How to develop good interpersonal skills as a trainer?
- 23:10 – What causes shoulder impingement and other shoulder problems?
- 32:39 – How to execute chin ups?
- 47:54 – How a person’s glenoid cavity affects the risk of having shoulder injuries?
- 50:29 – What is the correlation between the crunch and chin ups
- 55:35 – Starting position and repetitions for a chin up
- 1:02:09 – Bill’s recommended machines for leg press
- 1:11:07 – What features to look for an ideal leg press machine?
- 1:14:25 – Proper feet placement and execution on a leg press
- 1:21:11 – The evolution of training congruent to safety
- 1:26:10 – How to maintain good body composition?
- 1:33:22 – How to execute plank rows?
- 1:39:53 – Is the plank row a sufficient lower back exercise?
- 1:41:32 – Bill’s recommended exercise for lower back strength
- 1:48:41 – What are the dangers of hyperextension?
- 1:52:23 – Is the side bend a good lower back exercise?
- 1:58:24 – Find out more about Bill DeSimone
- 2:01:25 – Overview of The Joint-Friendly Fitness Project
- 2:08:21 – Bill’s functional training course at HITuni
Selected Links for the Episode
- Optimal Exercise
- Central New Jersey
- Congruent Exercise: How To Make Weight Training Easier On Your Joints by Bill DeSimone
- Joint-Friendly Fitness Project
- Cooper’s Aerobic
- Nautilus Machines
- Wrist Roller
- Congruent Chin Up
- Sports Injuries Guidebook by Robert S. Gotlin
- Shoulder Impingement
- Glenoid Cavity
- MedX Machines
- Resistance Exercise Conference
- The Zone Diet
- Suspension Training/TRX
- How to perform plank rows
- Plank Exercises
- Fit Ball
- BOSU Ball
- Cybex Isokinetics Machines
- Learn about the “side bend” from James Fisher PhD here
- Quadratus Lumborum
- The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! by Al Ries and Jack Trout
- Nautilus Bulletins #1 and #2
- Grolsch Beer
- Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week by Doug McGuff and John Little
- Dr. Doug McGuff (Listen to my episodes with Doug here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5)
- Simon Shawcross (Listen to my episodes with Simon here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3)
- Dr. Ellington Darden
- Arthur Jones
- Mike Mentzer
- Ken Hutchins
- Greg Anderson (Listen to my episode with Greg HERE)
- Frank Zane
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Dr. Barry Sears
- Dr. Stuart McGill
- Dr. James Fisher (Listen to my episodes with James here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
- Adam Zickerman (Listen to my episodes with Adam Zickerman here: Part 1 and Part 2)
- Roger Schwab (Listen to my episode with Roger HERE)
- Fred Fornicola