Scientific Balance Training - Part 4A

by Paul Chek |   Date Released : 04 Sep 2002
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Paul Chek

About the author: Paul Chek

Internationally acclaimed speaker, consultant and Holistic Health Practitioner Paul Chek, draws upon over twenty-eight years of experience in corrective exercise, high performance conditioning and integrative lifestyle management. Author of six books, over 60 DVDs and numerous correspondence courses and seminars, he has also developed four advanced training programs for professional development in the health and fitness industry. Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute, based in San Diego, CA which specializes in Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology ( He is also the creator of the P~P~S Success Mastery Program (

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Efird, Michael | 24 Sep 2012, 00:23 AM

"The aberrant joint relationships, biomechanics, circulatory, reflexive and compensatory muscle changes, associated with the ASC, contribute noxious input to the trigeminocervical afferent and cervical sympathetic systems. "

I agree - there is an apparent lack of communication. The information in your articles is wonderful and thought provoking. The language, however, is tedious and difficult to understand. Do these articles really require speech that proves their five-syllable vocabulary when speaking to a mass population who most likely do not have a PhD on their nameplate?

Let's begin bridging that gap with some laymen's terms, OK?

Sullivan, Karen | 26 Feb 2012, 00:44 AM

Thank you so much for this information. I am always pleased to see a holistic approach to training. I work with stroke patients and my main problem is getting them to realize that my rather unconventional methods (different from what they got in rehab (immediately after their strokes) was not ALL they needed. Thank you for helping me learn -- and in turn helping my clients.
Karen Fili Sullivan

Chek, Paul | 24 Oct 2011, 18:07 PM

Melanie, Thank you for you feedback! This comment is reflective of a person that is truly motivated to learn and grow. There is nothing more complex on earth than the human being, yet, sadly, many have negative reactions to my series on balance training because it is complex, reflecting the issues that must be considered if we are to provide real balance training, not just guessing and playing. The population entering gyms today is riddled with orthopedic, neurological, dietary, visceral, hormonal and mental-emotional challenges. We shouldn't just be doing what everyone else is doing because they are doing what's "fun" or "easy" if we truly want to help our clients achieve long-term results.

I'm grateful that you can appreciate the work I put into the series so I could help health and exercise professionals better understand what to look for and consider with any balance training exercise or programming.

Much chi,
Paul Chek

Clark, Melanie | 23 Oct 2011, 15:06 PM

I cannot imagine any fitness professional reading these articles and not coming away with information that questions what they are currently doing with their clients. We should be constantly learning and questioning ourselves, and striving to become better at what we do. If you are not a better trainer or fitness professional today, than you were 6 months ago, or better yet, a month ago, I would question whether you are in the right professional field.

If anyone walks away from these articles feeling hopeless, helpless, less intelligent....then maybe you are in the wrong profession. I, and I believe everyone should, walk away from the articles feeling more hopeful, more helpful, more intelligent, and appreciative than you came across this information. Better yet, perhaps know something your competitors don't, making you a superior trainer/fitness professional.

Chek, Paul | 29 Sep 2011, 17:21 PM

@Andrea. My articles are written with an authentic appreciation for how complex the human body is. It makes me sad that the standard of education in the exercise industry is so low...DANGEROUSLY LOW. When people from the massage, physical therapy, chiropractic, osteopathic or medical profession read my articles, I never get the kind of comment you've left here. My dream for writing all these articles (all over the world!) is TO HELP truly educate people. If I were truly intonating that I'm the only one qualified to train hurting people, would it make any sense at all that I'd spend my professional career "sharing my knowledge - a HUGE amount of which is FREE?". This series on balance training was written at the request of the past owners of PTontheNet specifically because so many exercise professionals were confused by conflicting advice from authors on their site. They wanted something comprehensive that would essentially allow everyone to better understand the intimate details of balance training, so I delivered. It makes me sad that trainers project such negativity to those of us in the world who give so much to others.
Sincerely, Paul Chek

Bowden, Andrea | 24 Sep 2011, 19:08 PM

Paul Chek always challenges me. I've been training for more than 25 years. I seek to know as much as I can to genuinely help people adapt to a healthier lifestyle. I have been reading PTonthenet articles by virtually all of the expert authors for about 10 years or so. But no one leaves me feeling more hopeless, uneducated and unqualified than Paul Chek. He makes me feel useless in my field as he talks down to his readers in virtually every article. I appreciate his calling me to THINK, but I wish he would not intonate that he is the only person qualified to train hurting people.

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