• BSc (HONS) Sports Studies, DMU Bedford
• Level 5 Professional Diploma (SRF) in Soft Tissue Therapy, OSSM
• Holistic Lifestyle Coach, CHEK Institute
• Integrated Movement Science Level 1, CHEK Institute
• Scientific Core Conditioning, CHEK Institute
• Scientific Back Training, CHEK Institute
• Scientific Shoulder Training, CHEK Institute
• Program Design, CHEK Institute
• Advanced Program Design, CHEK Institute
• Equal But Not The Same (specific to women), CHEK Institute
• Swiss Ball Training, CHEK Institute
• Advanced Swiss Ball Training, CHEK Institute
• Dynamic Medicine Ball Training, CHEK Institute
• Primal Pattern Movement, CHEK Institute
• Healing Fungal and Parasite Infections, CHEK Institute
• Scientific Stretching, CHEK Institute
• The Science and Application of Infant Development for Adults, CHEK Institute
• PGCE Physical Education, DMU Bedford
• HND Sports Science, DMU Leicester
• Reiki Practitioner Level II, London
C.H.E.K Scientific Core Conditioning
Scientific Core Conditioning (SCC) is the most comprehensive, in-depth course available on this subject. SCC gives knowledge of the abdominal musculature and its biomechanical relationship to the entire kinetic chain, when applied to the prevention of back pain, maintenance of good posture and optimal sports performance. SCC gives knowledge of functional anatomy of the core; support mechanisms provided by the abdominals; why tongue position is crucial when conditioning the abdominals; how faulty abdominal training can create postural problems; how to assess core function; how to reestablish activation of the abdominal wall after abdominal surgery such as caesarian section, hysterectomy and hernia repair, or in the deconditioned client; understand why core coordination and strength tests are essential for your orthopedic patients and competitive athletes; exercises suitable for the post-rehabilitation patient all the way to performance-enhancing techniques for training amateur and elite athletes.
C.H.E.K Scientific Back Training
This comprehensive course is intended for serious strength and conditioning specialists, rehabilitation specialists and personal trainers. The course reviews and analyses the biomechanical intricacies of stabilization exercises as a necessary prerequisite to general strengthening of torso musculature for patients, the general public and athletes. This information is essential for preventing repetitive stress disorders that lead to injury. The synergistic interaction of muscle groups in performing complex frontal, transverse and sagittal plane movements are explained and assessments practiced. Technique flaws, harmful to spinal structures, that encourage postural degeneration are exposed, addressed and countermanded to reestablish optimal function. Phase 1, 2 and 3 spinal rehabilitation, stabilization and strength exercises are demonstrated, with variations and detailed technical cues.
C.H.E.K Scientific Shoulder Training
This course covers the functional anatomy of the shoulder and shows you how you can develop preventative, performance and corrective exercise programs better than ever before. Developed by Paul Chek, this course is based upon the tried and tested methods he has used over 28+ years of successfully working with clients who presented with all types of shoulder pain and injury.
You will gain a deep understanding of the interactive anatomy of the shoulder that will enable you to develop functional shoulder exercise programs that improve performance and decrease the risk of injury and chronic shoulder problems. You will learn how to assess the shoulder complex, select the best exercises for each individual client and design programs for all phases of conditioning. Instruction of correct techniques for common shoulder conditioning exercises is covered in depth, plus corrective exercises, mobilizations and explosive training to enhance your exercise programs for all levels of patients, clients and athletes.
This course provides an in-depth, multifaceted approach to optimal shoulder conditioning and the integrated function of the shoulder with the rest of the body.
C.H.E.K Program Design
Exercise is like a drug; given in the right quantities at the right time, it can help a person. In the wrong quantities at the wrong time it can hurt the same person. A key skill for any fitness professional is being able to design individualized exercise programs that will lead to optimal performance for all types of clients; this course is designed to teach you to do just that! You will learn how to combine and manipulate acute exercise variables; not just reps and sets, but also loads, tempo and rest periods. Periodization concepts are covered and case histories are used as illustrations, bringing real-life examples to help you understand these critical factors. Move far beyond the “one-program-fits-all” approach and develop an in-depth understanding of how to use the science of selecting acute exercise variables to create effective programs for all your clients.
C.H.E.K Equal But Not The Same
How the female client differs from the male and why specific exercise programming for females is essential
How to recognize common joint instabilities and orthopaedic concerns in females
How to correct common postural problems in women
Hormonal and nutritional considerations that need to be taken into account when designing effective programs for females
Corrective exercises that address these common female concerns
The science behind designing exercise programs to meet females’ aesthetic goals
Level 5 Professional Diploma (SRF) in Soft Tissue Therapy
This diploma course covers all the essential skills necessary to become competent at treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems ranging from common postural dysfunction to sports injuries – students learn general massage techniques, soft tissue release, muscle energy technique and neuromuscular techniques. Level 5 provides the student with an understanding of the underpinning knowledge necessary to apply these techniques to the patient correctly. As part of the course students will cover postural assessment and joint assessments – both vital components in drawing up treatment plans.
C.H.E.K Dynamic Medicine Ball Training
Why Medicine Ball training works and how to select appropriate Medicine Ball size and weight.
Program design for optimal performance, including criteria for choosing repetitions, sets, intensity, rest periods and speed of movement.
The science of strength and power development for torso, rotator cuff, upper and lower extremities using Medicine Balls.
Precautions for orthopedic conditions and rehabilitation exercises.
C.H.E.K Swiss Ball Training
Developed by Paul Chek, the pioneer of Swiss Ball training for athletes, this course will teach you how to use this excellent tool to improve balance, posture and dynamic strength, plus train righting and tilting reactions. Used in rehabilitation since the 1960’s, Swiss balls are now becoming popular in training environments. There are literally hundreds of uses beyond performing a crunch over the ball! However, as with any training tool correct usage is essential to achieve the results you are seeking. In this comprehensive, highly practical course the personal trainer, athlete, athletic trainer and/or strength coach will learn:
The science behind the application of Swiss balls.
How to choose the correct size of Swiss ball for optimum training.
Beginner to advanced level exercises for the upper and lower back, abdominals, shoulder girdle, gluteals, hip musculature and lower limbs are included. The exercises cover the entire spectrum of intensity and complexity from the novice exerciser to those appropriate for elite athletes.
Well explained precautions for orthopedic conditions.
C.H.E.K Advanced Swiss Ball Training
This course shows you how to apply the science of biomechanics and kinesiology to advanced assessments and functional training techniques using the Swiss ball. Paul shows you how to use the Swiss Ball for rehabilitation and injury prevention. You will learn how to identify postural problems and instabilities using Swiss ball assessments. After completing the course, you will be able to develop these assessments into corrective exercises, with appropriate modifications for the condition and training level of your client.
C.H.E.K Advanced Program Design
Learn to design the world’s most effective corrective and performance exercise programs in this empowering course. Based upon Paul Chek’s two-day seminar, Advanced Program Design will stretch your mind to reach beyond the usual components that make up an average program. You will learn Paul Chek’s Primal Pattern® Movement system for biomechanical assessment and exercise selection; a comprehensive system for rating core conditioning requirements; how to rate and prioritize bio-motor abilities and how to periodise a program based on exercise and medical history. Having covered these seldom considered but critical aspects of program design, you will learn to build base and specific conditioning programs for everyone from the injured worker to elite athletes. This course is intended for the experienced exercise and rehabilitation professional with a serious desire to develop the best possible conditioning programs.
C.H.E.K Primal Movement Pattern
Paul Chek shares his unique approach to preventing orthopedic injury and improving performance through nutrition and optimal motor engram programming.
Today, despite the fact that we have more medical, sports and exercise technology and more doctors per capita than ever in history, we have more orthopedic injuries in almost every category recorded! It doesn't have to be that way. Paul Chek shares his unique approach to preventing orthopedic injury and improving performance through nutrition and optimal motor engram programming.
This course covers the following objectives:
Recognize the need for a holistic approach to developing optimal resiliency of the body.
Understand the importance of a base conditioning program and what such programs should address.
Learn the key concepts behind optimal motor engram programming.
C.H.E.K Healing Fungal and Parasite infections
How fungal and parasite infections occur
The symptoms that suggest you have an infection
Key anti-parasitics to help fight an infection
Lifestyle changes that you can make to help minimize your risk of getting an infection
C.H.E.K Scientific Stretching
Stretching is an integral part of any exercise program, yet there is tremendous inconsistency and uncertainty as to how to stretch for optimal results. In this course, Paul Chek shares both the art and the science of the approach he has developed for flexibility training, based on 30+ years of clinical experience conditioning world-class athletes and rehabilitating orthopedic injuries.
You’ll come away from this course with not only an excellent compendium of stretching assessments and techniques, but also a wealth of knowledge on how to read the body of your clients, patients and athletes. You will understand why stretching is FAR more than creating optimal length-tension relationships in the joints and muscles. In fact, stretching, when performed correctly, has a powerful effect on the entire body-mind.
C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach
Learn how to apply the 1-2-3-4 approach to developing long-term body-mind changes.
Learn how to use the CHEK Nutrition and Lifestyle questionnaire system for assessing physiological load and making essential diet and lifestyle changes.
Understand the relationship between the 6 Foundation Health Principles and body-mind stress and learn how to apply these principles to balance your body systems so you can exemplify well-being!
Learn Paul Chek’s Zone Exercises as a means of “Working-In” which will show you how to use movement to “create energy” and cultivate the life-force needed to effectively express your creativity and Work-Out!
Identify common roadblocks to success with diet and lifestyle modifications and gain simple solutions.
Know how to implement key concepts of individualized eating using Paul Chek’s Primal Pattern® eating
Discover how and when to use the “less is more” principle of exercise prescription and how to apply the 5 essentials of program design.
C.H.E.K The Science and Application of Infant development for Adults
One of the great miracles of human life is that we start out as stranded, dependent, relatively immobile beings and become, within the space of about 1 year, dexterous, independent, squatting, bending, climbing, walking beings. It is this startling transition – and the ongoing development beyond this – which allows us to move towards our goals in life.
How do we go through this transformation? There is a very specific motor-sensory and brain-body developmental sequence that we need to pass through to become well-functioning adults. But sometimes, there’s a break in that developmental chain… sometimes due to accidents, sometimes due to illness and other times due to misinformed advice or ideas of how a child should develop. When such a break occurs, inefficiency in movement, loss of coordination and other musculoskeletal, visceral and hormonal disorders can result.
This course is designed to teach you the exact sequence of human infant development, how to track down when and where your clients have experienced those breaks in the developmental chain, and how to address them through simple exercise interventions.
The tremendous benefit of the approach is to see and address the deep and often hidden causes for injury and sub-optimal athletic performance. Infant Development is a powerful approach to functional exercise that will give you deeper, and little-known, insights into movement dysfunction.