Fitness,  Mindset,  Peaceful Power Podcast

52: Chuck Turner: How to properly train if you have a desk job


Welcome to the Peaceful Power Podcast. I’m your host Andrea Claassen and today I have Chuck Turner of the Movement Lab.

A little background on Chuck- I actually met Chuck at the private training facility we both train clients from. I respect his training and thought he would be a great person to have on the show. Little did I know he is full of nuggets and surprises. We chat about why he believes adults don’t need structured shoes & should be in more minimal shoes. As well as a surprising nugget at the end of the interview on why he doesn’t believe in using pillows to sleep on. I hope you have as much fun digging into this interview as I had chatting with Chuck.

Chuck’s Bio

Founder, trainer, and teacher of body movement and maintenance at The Movement Lab
Do you have persistent, nagging pain? Are you moving a little slower and feeling a little worse than you used to? Are you seeing diminishing returns from your workout routine or long runs? Or do your responsibilities not give you the time to work out at all?
The Movement Lab is for you. No matter your age or fitness level, I can teach you how to move better, and how that can make you feel better, longer into your life.
Modern life, its hours of prolonged sitting in offices, can lead to muscle imbalances, limited range of motion and repetitive stress injuries. This in turn leads to persistent, perhaps debilitating pain in your hips, back, joints or neck.
I founded The Movement Lab after a long career in banking because I saw first hand the damage this style of life can bring. Even those of us who get regular exercise, who might run multiple times per week, can suffer from these conditions. Depending on how you’re running, you may be exacerbating them.
As founder of The Movement Lab, I work closely with institutional and private clients to teach and implement best health practices in those of us who face serious risk from the lack of movement or repetitive stress that has become a hallmark of modern life.
I work with corporate clients, private clients, and groups.

Topics Discussed

  • How he left his corporate job to start personal training just a five years ago.
  • How he stays in shape and why he believes people who have desk jobs need to train a little differently
  • The biggest excuses on why people have trouble getting workouts in on a weekly basis and how to combat those stories we tell ourselves
  • What stretching & warm-up routines should look like if you train after work
  • How becoming a father later in life has changed his approach to fitness
  • How watching his 2 year old has taught him so much more about movement
  • His take on shoes for both adults & young kids
  • Why pillows are something he doesn’t believe we should be using

Quotes from the interview

  • Your best position is your next position
  • Whatever happens downstream happens upstream in the body

Where to connect with Chuck


Instagram- @iamchuckturner 

Chuck’s Weekly Challenge

Try to not use a pillow this week and let Chuck or myself know how it goes over on instagram.

Where to find more about Andrea

Instragram- @andreaclaassen21

Facebook- @andreaclaassen21



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