June 22

Overcoming Pain to Reach Goals with Alex Effer

Alex Effer, a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach based in Toronto, is our guest today. His work focuses on the pain and post-pain population, and encompasses general population and athlete rehab. Alex joins us today to discuss data points to take into account when creating programs, finding the client’s range of movement, and what people are overlooking when working with people in pain.

“Exercise is secondary. Exercise is the method to reach the goal. The goal is whatever that person’s goal is. As a professional, you need to do that without hurting them.” – Alex Effer

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Topics covered include:

  • What is an Exercise Physiologist?
  • Getting good at the low-level strategies before trying to implement high level ones.
  • Why it’s easy to get people strong but harder to keep them maintaining and out of pain.
  • Why Alex gravitated to the pain/rehab field.
  • The cost of collecting data points.
  • What data points Alex looks at for proper programming.
  • Assessing active and passive movements.
  • Understanding range of motion and positioning to create programs.
  • How Alex accurately gauges range of movement.
  • Overcoming clients “cheating” in data collection.
  • Programming to help clients reach goals without risk of injury.
  • Combining manual intervention with exercise.
  • Driving client compliance and building resiliency.
  • The importance of looking at the whole picture and understanding how structures of the body interplay.


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Alex on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alex.effer/?hl=en

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