Charles Austin Muir
Personal Trainer, NASM-CPT
Private garage gym in Southeast Portland, Oregon
Weight training basics
Strength and conditioning for work and life
Squat, bench and deadlift
Home gym set-up and home exercise programs
Charles Muir is our Pre-gym exercise trainer. He grew up in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland State University and was a newsroom staffer for The Oregonian for 13 years. A freelancer now, he writes the newspaper’s My Workout column. Besides working at the clinic and freelancing, Muir writes fiction. His short stories have appeared in amateur and professional publications, including two Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthologies.
Muir is a former powerlifter who has lifted weights most of his life. He joined Third Way Chiropractic in 2016 as a chiropractic assistant and exercise teacher. He considers the program he teaches—called Pre-gym—a form of gentle strengthening that builds confidence, stability and respect for the body's internal communication system. He learned the hard way how damaging it can be to “train through pain,” relying on adrenaline and fear of failure to work through weaknesses and imbalances.