Brent Brookbush has been in the health and wellness industry since 1998, and an impassioned educator for nearly 10 years. Through a presentation style that is clear and engaging, he has been focused on optimizing evidence-based, skill-centric education for all human movement professionals. As a recourse to industry giants from SHAPE magazine, Town Sports International, Equinox, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Brent is grateful to affect thousands of lives every year as President and Founder of the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science.
We were honored when Brent agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA. So without further ado, here are his answers to your questions…
What is the one fitness activity you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?
Personally, I would have to say that I hate anything related to cardiovascular performance. I would rather lift a treadmill than run on one. But, basketball is currently my favorite sport, and for how long I’ve played, I’ve learned that having a strong cardiovascular base is a must.
You're widely considered an expert when it comes to the science of human movement. What are the 2-3 biggest misconceptions regarding this topic?
Most misconceptions are centered around 3rd party evidence. You have one camp who swears there is no research to support the science of human movement, or more specifically, a movement impairment model. On the other hand, there are several "gurus" in the fitness and health industry who eventually mess up human-movement science as well as functional training, because they are unaware of the evidence and have no formal education. There is a long, rich history of research in human-movement science, and it is the essential foundation from which we can strive to build an optimal model of practice. In summary, I’ll end my answer with this quote, "If it doesn't have a bibliography, it's not worth studying.”
Have you ever used red light therapy (photobiomodulation)? If so, what type of results did you experience?
I have had it done a couple times, but I have never owned a cold laser or "red light" unit. So, I would have to say that I don’t have an opinion. I would need to research the topic and have a chance to use it for a while to form any reasonable opinion.
In your videos, I always see some really cool gear. What are the best 2-3 tools/gadgets I can buy to enhance my movement at home?
I love toys. Although, many toys are just poorly designed junk that’s marketed for a quick money grab. However, there are a few pieces of equipment that do a wonderful job of making things easier and better. In no particular order, I would say my favorite gear is the Hypersphere from Hyperice, the Twin Block Pro from Massage Blocks, and the Monster Bands from Serious Steel. These tools are in my workout bag at all times, and I always make sure my patients and clients never leave without them.
What 3 supplements can you not afford to live without?
I don’t believe there are even 3 supplements on the market, supported by 3rd party evidence, that have an ergogenic effect when taken in quantities larger than a healthy-diet can provide. Research supports creatine as a workout aid (although I do not use it) and Electrolyte/Carbohydrate drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) for long workouts, if you can call that a supplement. Beyond that, I cannot stand behind any supplementation. Even the multi-vitamin is most likely over-recommended.
You have some amazing online courses. It's probably like asking a parent which child is their favorite. But what course do you like the most and why?
This is not just a hard question, it’s also a little impossible given the way we create courses. Our goal is to have all of our content approved for continuing education, which is 500 articles along with more than 400 embedded videos, approved by accreditors for various professions across the world. Because of the way we structure our content, you can take a course on the Integrated Functional Anatomy of the Subscapularis, or Gluteus Maximus Activation, or Lower Extremity Dysfunction, or start with more introductory courses. Each course works certain pieces of your body, which is comprehensive and congruent. We are currently offering nearly 70 courses now, and are working toward 200.
What is something you enjoy that most people would be surprised to learn?
That's another tough question. I guess it truly depends on your perception of what I do. I love to read about business leaders and other things in the area. I am constantly striving to be a better leader and entrepreneur myself, so I do a ton of reading in that area. I also love the science of logic and try to find time to study that. Physics has always sparked my curiosity, so reading and watching the Discovery channel has always caught my interest. I’m just a big nerd, really.
If you could teach a class on anything (outside of something related to movement), what would it be?
Great question. I do have a couple pet peeves. I think more individuals would benefit from understanding basic logic, evidence, and formulating an argument. I think with the "rise of the troll" and the "troll mentality," a course on "ethics and consideration for others" may also be necessary. These two topics are very interrelated.
What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?
I actually don't know if I just follow one person.I do like the research being published by Tim Hewett and colleagues, Darin Padua and colleagues, Stecco and colleagues, etc. There is a ton of great research being published. I also like to hear about the other great thought leaders in the world of businesses and technology (not researchers in our field, per se) from Zuckerberg, Gates, Bezos, Musk, etc. There is a ton of great stuff out there.
If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?
“Join BrentBrookbush.com, Education the Way You Want it!” That billboard would be on the homepage of every human movement professional's computer, worldwide. That may be a little bit of a shameless plug, but I believe very strongly in what we are trying to accomplish. Our mission is as follows,"Optimize the delivery of human movement science education by integrating technology, student-centered learning, and evidence-based, practical education."