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Old 01-03-2007, 08:14 AM   #1
Chris Hogg
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Anyone every heard of Paul Chek from the Chek Institute. Recently a fellow follower of Crossfit referred me to his books. I was wondering if anyone had any feedback about this fella.

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Old 01-03-2007, 08:36 AM   #2
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His website has a lot of good info on diet and workout routines.

I want to get a few of his books at some point...He coaches Laird Hamilton with his diet and exercise routine.....that guy is in amazing shape.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:38 AM   #3
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I have How to Eat, Move and be Healthy and think it's well worth reading. He pretty much recommends the same kind of diet that's popular here but also goes into mobility, stress, sleep and the digestive system. There are some good stretches and core conditioning exercises in there too.

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Old 01-03-2007, 04:17 PM   #4
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:56 PM   #5
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It's got some interesting stuff about food and stress like Paul said.

Basically he advocates something which is pretty similar to a Paleo Zone but calls it by a different name.

His workout philosophy is similar in some ways to Crossfit but different in others.

Although he doesn't cover it much in this book accept for a bit of Chi Gung he's into New Age type theories also.
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:14 PM   #6
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I haven't followed Check since he started getting into nutrition. What I remember from his exercise videos were lots of stability ball and fancy cable work... the "functional training" fad. He was into activating the transverse abdominus muscle before a lift by drawing in the belly button towards the spine. I remember Dr. Siff saying Chek didn't know what he was talking about.
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Old 01-05-2007, 06:41 AM   #7
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There is an episode of "insider training" on the fit channel that features Laird Hamilton and he talks about Paul several times on there.

Lairds diet sounds like Paleo but he did say will put a tad of butter on a sweet potato. But his workouts were very crossfit like.
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:16 AM   #8
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I've learned a lot from reading Paul's work. I enjoy it. It was through him I was introduced to more functional training. I haven't read much about his diet protocols, but i was always under the impression that was fairly simple and fairly easy to understand - "If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it."

I personally believe we all can take something from everyone and make ourselves better. It's all part of our own evolution.

All the best,
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:52 AM   #9
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This interview w/ Paul Chek is from t-nation. I read one of his books. He is filled with knowledge (some of it appears crazy, but that's ok by me).

They say there is a fine line between genius and crazy. Chek is that line.

There is a CHEK certified trainer at a gym near me and I've been meaning to stop in just to pick his brain a bit.

I haven't read it in a while, but I think it's work/family safe. No sound after all.

http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=885647

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Old 01-06-2007, 11:07 AM   #10
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Does anyone have any of Paul's videos? I spotted some specific to athletes & swiss ball workouts.
A review would be good if someone has seen them.
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