I am a former C.H.E.K. Coach as well as a huge proponent of the Institute…key word, former.
This is not to say that the Institute has no value or contains no potential “nuggets” to aid an individual in his/her career. What I’m actually referring to is my own ideological shift to performance coaching/training and away from the prescription coaching/training.
While corrective designs are a valuable tool, I personally don’t believe that this should be the focal point of any ciriculum, certification or program.
In 2000, I believe that they began a shift that continues to this day over to a “new age” system that truly teaches the concept of ‘integration.’
They go as far as teaching that one should think only happy thoughts while performing the Tai Chi Push Zone 3 exercise, standing on a bosu ball, performing a body blade swing and a kettlebell push…doing this all next to an unpolluted body of water on your day off, in 76 degree, partly sunny weather!!!
…and for some reason, the less clothes you wear while in the gym…the more chi you cultivate.
After coming back to this site…I remembered how FUN lifting used to be when I was competing in powerlifting regardless of the repercussions to my joint health. C.H.E.K. damn near makes exercise into something as tedious as painting industrial pipe elbows (you’ll have to trust me on this one…
unless you too, have climbed through hot pipe racks to paint fucking pipe with a goddamn brush).
Oh, and speaking of chi, if you enroll or subscribe to newsletters be prepared to read that word every other fucking sentence.