Employment in the field of health and fitness is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

Businesses and insurance organizations are continuing to be aware of the benefits fitness programs provide their employees. These organizations offer incentives to join gyms or health clubs.

Hiring a private trainer can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are unsure of the different certifications and the education process required to attain these certifications.

According to Patrick Hagerman, EdD, a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Tulsa, there are about 400 organizations in the U.S. that purport to offer certifications for personal trainers.   Most professionals consider only a handful of these organizations legitimate; these include the C.H.E.K Institute, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Numerous organizations do not require their participants to have any formal background in health or exercise sciences or even to have taken any prerequisites before entering a certification class.  Many associations actually allow the trainer to take a test online to receive a certification.  If we cannot get a license to drive a car online, why is it we allow personal trainers to get their certification on line to “drive” the human body?

Fortunately, the C.H.E.K Institute offers the most respected, advanced training certifications, taking two to four years to complete. C.H.E.K Institute focuses on education being the basis for its practitioners. Health and fitness professionals from around the world turn to the C.H.E.K Institute for training. Let’s take a look as to why.


1. Education

Education is the foundation of the C.H.E.K advanced training programs, from corrective exercise, rehabilitation, high performance conditioning, stress management, to nutrition and lifestyle coaching. In order to take the C.H.E.K certification courses, practitioners must first pass prerequisite courses to be admitted to the class. Once admitted, C.H.E.K practitioners get hands on clinical experience to stimulate and open the mind through advanced training.


C.H.E.K. practitioners learn numerous techniques and assessments based on orthopedics, massage therapy, chiropractics, and alternative healthcare. In addition, practitioners take correspondence courses to advance their skills.  Once done with the correspondence course, C.H.E.K practitioners must complete an exam at a set standard to receive their certification.

2. Clinical Experience

It is said once a trainer takes just one C.H.E.K Advanced Training course, he is placed in the top 10 percent of the exercise field.

C.H.E.K practitioners must take highly practical and clinical courses to achieve the skills to become the top professionals in the exercise field. C.H.E.K. practitioners go through an Exercise Coach certification and then four-advanced training programs achieving the skill set to be able to work with a wide range of clients. Over 100 orthopedic assessments and techniques based upon clinical experience and research from famous physical therapists, orthopedists, chiropractors, osteopaths and from the work of Paul Chek are taught during each of the training levels.

Assessment techniques include Infant Development to identify developmental issues, a Primal Pattern™ assessment to assess movements essential to life and sports performance, orthopedic assessments and physiological loads to determine stress levels in clients.


3. Holistic Approach

C.H.E.K practitioners do not take a “cookie cutter” approach to addressing the needs of each individual.  The approach of a C.H.E.K. practitioner is looking at each individual as a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical being. C.H.E.K practitioners learn techniques to assess and effectively administer an individualized lifestyle program to restore normal body functions, nutritional balance and mind body fitness, creating lasting results. Clients of C.H.E.K practitioners experience increased vitality, decreased stress and gain the power to take responsibility for their own health!


4. The 4 Doctors

C.H.E.K Practitioners are taught to work with the original 4 Doctors.  The key to any successful health and fitness program is to pay a visit to these 4 experts every day.  The 4 Doctors are Dr. Quiet, Dr. Diet, Dr. Happiness and Dr. Movement.  World-renowned therapist Paul Chek developed the 4 Doctors concept and it is the foundation of his treatment programs.

Let’s take a look at the last 4 Doctors you will ever need.


Pay a visit to Dr Diet

What it means: Eat less processed foods and drink more water. 
 Your body is composed of trillions of cells.  Where do they come from?  They come from the foods that you consume.  Most Americans eat too many refined carbohydrates, preservatives and additives. Minimizing these from your diet will immediately boost your health.  Increasing your water intake will help you physically, mentally and emotionally.  There are 10 billion biochemical reactions per second in the human body and they’re all water-dependent.  A dehydrated central nervous system can contribute to emotional, physical and mental issues.  Get it right today: Start drinking a minimum of 2 liters of clean spring water.  This is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  Preparing nutritious meals with grass-fed meat and dairy, organic fruit and vegetables are close seconds in importance. 


Check in with Dr Quiet

What it means: Make room for more “me” time.  The most important thing to understand is we all run off a system that is powered by what can be likened to rechargeable batteries.  Regular quiet time helps us refuel so we can get on with the things we need to do to achieve our dreams, without burning out along the way. To honor our need to rest and recharge, the C.H.E.K system recommends sleep between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am.  Also, 20 to 30 minutes of active or passive rest during the day is remarkably vital.  Passive rest is something your body is not actively involved in, but you are consciously aware of, like meditation; and active rest is a light activity.  Get it right today: Spend 20 minutes meditating or doing a “mindful” activity such as yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual for extra total rest.


Say hello to Dr Movement

What it means: Be more active, but “smart” active.  You are composed of 70-80% water and when the water in your body stops moving, this is the day you die.  We weren’t designed to sit behind a desk for eight hours every day. What we want is to get the body pumping.  
To achieve health, we must get away from the modern corporate warrior and closer to that of our ancestors.  Our hunter and gatherer ancestors would have been active for three to four hours per day, with long walks and short bursts of intense energy. 

If you exercise properly, 30 minutes is more than enough time to sustain optimal health and well-being.  If you’re just getting started, however, it’s important you don’t exercise too hard, too soon.  If you do too much too quickly, you will run your battery flat.  Make sure you understand your food choices and quiet time activities are the things that give you the right energy to work with Dr Movement.  Get it right today: Spend 30 to 60 minutes a day exercising, including your warm-up and stretches, and write a plan to keep it in your schedule throughout 2014. Start with a low-intensity program such as walking, tai chi, yoga or swimming. Build up to higher-intensity workouts that include weight resistance and interval training.


Get to know Dr Happiness

What it means: Determine and respect your core values.  Unhappiness is often the result of making decisions that don’t support your core values.  There is a saying:  “Those that have a big enough dream do not have time for a crisis.”  When you identify your core values around quiet time, work, health, family and friends, it’s easier to make optimal decisions that will help you find happiness.  Making poor decisions causes stress, and chronic levels of stress can manifest itself physically in the form of excess fat, fatigue, anxiety and disease.  Underlying stress produces excess amounts of cortisol and keeps the adrenals working overtime.  When the body is in a constant state of flight or fight, it holds onto fat because it thinks it will need excess reserves of energy.  Get it right today: Ask what value you place on your health, personal time and work. Use your new awareness to decide what to spend your time and money on. Ask, “Will this move me closer to my overall life goal?”


Be aware of your “four doctors” throughout the day. Have you made good food choices? Have you met Dr Quiet when you notice you’re a little flat and need recharging?


It is time to take responsibility for your health; it is time to hire a C.H.E.K practitioner to learn how to care for the one and only body you will ever have.  To schedule your free consultation with Hellman Holistic Health, call 954.566.0585 and set up your appointment today.



Dan Hellman MSPT, C.H.E.K Faculty